Don't-Miss Desktop Stories

iBuyPower Paladin XLC: Performance You Pay For

We love just about everything in iBuyPower’s Paladin XLC, but its commanding price puts this desktop’s appeal into question.

Dell XPS 8300: High on Features, Low on Price

Dell’s inexpensive XPS 8300 is a true force to be reckoned with for its speeds, connections, and do-no-wrong attitude.

Micro Express MicroFlex 26B: Top-Shelf Speed at a Bargain-Basement Price

This performance desktop scored among the best in its category, and offers a large chassis with plenty of room for upgrades.

V3 Convoy: Premium Performance at a Palatable Price

Looking for a top-tier performance PC, but not quite ready to part with a kidney? You’re in luck.

Giada DN2301: Average Performance for Smaller Spaces

The Giada DN2301 is ultimately relying on its small chassis to sell, but competition in the compact-PC category is tough.

Micro Express MicroFlex 25B: A Mainstream King, but for How Long?

Sandy Bridge arrives on our mainstream-PC chart with a flourish as Micro Express’s MicroFlex 25B mops the floor with the competition--for now.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti: A Strong Contender For The Midrange Crown

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 560 Ti makes a strong push for the midrange graphics card crown, but savvy shoppers have a few options before them.

Sony VAIO VPCJ114FX/B: Wait for the Price to Drop

Facing tough competition at varying sizes and costs, Sony's attractive all-in-one doesn't quite live up to its asking price.

HP Omni 100: Low on Price and Features

HP’s Omni 100 is an extremely inexpensive all-in-one PC, but if you spend a little more elsewhere, you'll get a better deal.

HP Pavilion p6640f: An Awkwardly Positioned Midsize-Tower Desktop

The p6640f tries to offer a competitive buffet of features for its low price, but the meal isn't as satisfying as what you’ll find elsewhere.

Gateway DX4320-45: An Agile Performer Fails to Stand Out

This midsize-tower desktop just has too much competition offering too many other interesting features, for less money--raw speed doesn't make Gateway’s DX4320-45 a sure-fire winner.

HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f: High-Definition Multimedia, Little Real Estate

It’s small, it’s inexpensive, and it’s not upgradable--but why would you want to rip the Blu-ray player out of this superskinny system anyway? The networking, however, is another story.

Origin Genesis Midtower: Solid Performance, at a Price That's Hard to Beat

Origin has updated the Genesis Midtower desktop for 2011 with Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPUs. While far less imposing than its larger sibling, this machine represents one of the best price-to-performance ratios on our charts, with few sacrifices.