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The Best PC Deals Under $1000

At a Glance

A gaming system for buyers on a budget, this model provides fairly good performance at a very attractive price.

Pros

  • Plenty of expansion room

Cons

  • Case looks and feels cheap
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At a Glance

System outperformed our other value models by a wide margin; it's a great choice for media editing or gaming.

Pros

  • Tremendous performance
  • Plenty of expansion room inside case

Cons

  • Low-capacity power supply
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At a Glance

The inexpensive C521 is a solid performer; its compact design makes it a great fit for tight spaces.

Pros

  • Case mounts horizontally or vertically
  • Reasonable performance for the price

Cons

  • Limited internal expansion room
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At a Glance

Midpriced Windows Media Center PC has strong performance and solid features for the price.

Pros

  • Equipped with large hard drive
  • Has dual optical drives

Cons

  • Only one vacant drive bay
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At a Glance

Media-centric system performed very well for a value PC; with its TV tuner, it could replace your living-room DVR.

Pros

  • Includes TV tuner; 19-inch LCD screen
  • DVD drive can write labels to discs

Cons

  • No room for extra internal hard drive
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At a Glance

Cheap PC came bundled with a good 17-inch LCD monitor, but its low performance matches its low price.

Pros

  • Good feature set for a sub-$500 system
  • Includes 17-inch LCD screen

Cons

  • Performance is limited
  • Processor does poorly with multitasking
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At a Glance

Solid business system includes innovative features such as a data encryption chip and remote management.

Pros

  • Beefy performance
  • Plenty of room for expansion

Cons

  • Adding RAM can get expensive
  • Only one vacant drive bay
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At a Glance

Inexpensive system contains low-end components that delivered lackluster performance.

Pros

  • Reasonable performance for the price

Cons

  • CRT monitor produces lackluster images
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At a Glance

PC offers reasonable performance and some expansion options in a package ideal for small spaces.

Pros

  • Small, space-saving system
  • Reasonable performance

Cons

  • Limited expansion options inside case
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At a Glance

Nicely priced system was a medi­ocre performer; its 19-inch wide-screen LCD offered disappointing image quality.

Pros

  • 19-inch LCD monitor

Cons

  • Has below-average performance
  • Disappointing LCD image quality
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At a Glance

This super-small system will look great on your desk, but this model can't handle power-hungry graphics tasks.

Pros

  • Small, attractive design

Cons

  • Sluggish graphics performance
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At a Glance

Packaged with budget components and a CRT, this is among the least expensive systems you'll find; but it's extremely slow.

Pros

  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Slow performance
  • CRT monitor has flat, unappealing color
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