Holiday Guide: Finding the Best PCs this Season

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There are fewer than fifty days left until Christmas. Fewer than fifty days to research the best PC for you, to track it down, find reviews make sure it can run the games or applications you want, look for deals, compare it other options, find a monitor, look for accessories.


What an exhausting task!

Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Whatever you need, from the best all-in-one to the best business PC, from Apple’s latest iMac to the hulking Alienware beasts, we’ve tinkered and tailored and trolled the manufacturers’ product lists to help you keep apprised of the top PCs for you, regardless of your requirements. 

Check out our 2012 holiday buyer’s guide, and find the best PC for you!

Best Performance PCs and Best All-in-Ones

Got a need to play the hottest PC games? Need to get a new PC to play? Check out our list of the best gaming PCs for this holiday season and see if there’s one for you! The editors at DesktopReview have scoured the web and manufacturer product lists to find some of the holiday’s hottest all-in-ones for you to browse – and if you fancy getting some literal hands-on time with Windows, be sure to check these guys out.

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Best Gaming PCs of 2012

As the holidays come near, and more importantly, the end-of-year Steam sale approaches, it becomes harder and harder to pick out which PC you’ll need to play the games you love.

This one looks cooler! That one has an SSD RAID array. That one ships with 64GB of RAM! Does it have the right GPU?

We took a look at some of the systems we’ve handled over the past year and put together a list of some of our favorite gaming desktops that span the gamut, from affordable to extraordinary. Some have the best graphics cards out there and some don’t, though all welcome the end user tinkering around with upgrades and expansions.

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Best Mainstream PCs and Best Small PCs

The mainstream desktop market has been changing more quickly than almost any other segment of the consumer tech industry, save perhaps for smartphones and tablets. The boring beige boxes of yesteryear have been replaced with stunning designs, wild lighting, and razor-thin all-in-ones. 

We’ve picked some of our highest rated desktops, as well as a few that tickled our first impressions. 

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Best Business PCs and Best Workstations

It may not seem like it, but businesses and corporate users (and IT departments) have needs from their computers that the rest of us simply don’t. From being able to image a desktop from across the network, remotely diagnose issues that pop up, run multiple operating systems – often simultaneously – the list goes on and on. Add to this the fact that many businesses run their PCs 24/7 and go years without an update or upgrade, and you start to see why the enterprise market doesn’t buy Pavilions or Inspirons. 

All of the PCs on our list year can ship with multiple operating systems, including Windows 7, Windows 8, some flavor of Linux, and, in some instances, no OS at all – ripe for whichever software you already use. Check out our top pics for your home office or small business space!

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Looking for the best product buys in desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and cameras?  Go to our Holiday Guide 2012 main page to find the best choices for technology products this holiday season!



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