Don't-Miss Desktop Stories
Gateway’s miniature desktop PC simply doesn't have room for anything extra, and its lack of space versus competing systems is distressing.
Aggressively priced and well equipped, Acer's Veriton X498G delivers impressive business-caliber functionality in a compact shell.
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.