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If you aren’t the tinkering type and you aren’t interested in enthusiast-level gaming, Gateway’s DX4840-15 is a fine choice, at a fine price.
You won't find anything too exciting here, but HP’s Pavilion Elite HPE-235f delivers good performance and strong media functionality, at a great price.
Offering a strong overclock and a readily accessible chassis, Maingear’s F131 clambers to the top of the mainstream PC chart.
With a few minor exceptions, the 97B provides most of what you’d expect from a reasonably priced high-performance PC. Few can match its combination of power, gaming prowess, and cost.
Offering the highest general performance we've seen to date, the Genesis is arguably worth the arm and leg that Origin is asking in trade.
Packed with liquid-cooled, overclocked components, the midtower variant of Origin's Genesis is every bit as potent (and pricey) as its larger sibling.
Even bundled with a 23-inch monitor, Polywell's Poly 890FX performance PC has a pretty high price. At this cost, a little more TLC from Polywell toward the system's design could have done wonders.
If price is no object, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better power PC than the beautifully constructed Black Ops Assassin from Digital Storm.
If you’re in a tinkering mood, VIA’s Artigo A1100 is a modular, media-slinging PC in a tiny shell.
Versatile, attractive, and capable--Dell’s Studio XPS 7100 lacks upgrade potential, but it’s a strong contender for the media-savvy set.
HP’s Pavilion Elite HPE-390t delivers great performance in a humble, media-focused shell. Just be sure to bring your own peripherals.
If you have an Android phone and need a Wikipedia browsing app, then Wapedia by Taptu may be the right choice.
Though it can't match the performance of some competing models in its category, the A300 offers a wealth of connection options in a stunning shell.