Desktop PCs are the most versatile category of computing hardware. Unlike laptops or tablets, they aren’t limited by portability and battery life requirements. A desktop PC can be crammed with more storage, a better processor, more memory and a graphics card that really is capable of playing modern games well.
It’s also a very diverse category. These machines come in all shapes and sizes and can be used in many different ways. The beautiful, compact simplicity of all-in-one computers is undeniably attractive. With the components, speakers and display built into a single unit, few cables are left trailing around your desk, perfect if you like to keep your workspace neat and tidy.
Small PCs and inexpensive micro media machines are a popular choice as well. There are small desktop PCs that are intended to be used in the living room, designed to look attractive and provide a quick way to access all sorts of digital media. You can hook one up to a surround sound system and your main TV, to enjoy Netflix or your own media files with software such as Plex.
And, of course, the traditional desktop tower keeps trucking on. Whether you leave it on your desk or underneath it, this form factor gives you the freedom to choose whatever components and specification you like, from an inexpensive family computer that can be used for office tasks such as word processing and spreadsheets, to a powerful video editing workstation, with a top-end processor and graphics card.
Prices vary depending on the configuration, from less than £200 (around $303 or AUS$432) for an entry-level family desktop computer, to four figures for a desktop with a powerful video card suitable for demanding gaming.
And with the exception of our Apple examples, any of the PCs in this list come with Windows 10 as standard. We’ve listed 10 of the best, ordered by price and spec starting with the most expensive and powerful machines first.