Laptops have been an indispensable piece of portable tech for quite some time, and with good reason. They’re perfect for work and play, and when it comes to mobility it is always good to have a laptop at your fingertips. But that’s not to say that desktop computers aren’t receiving that much love from consumers these days, because there is still a large market for PC hardware and PC gaming, but it is experiencing a slight decline in popularity. For those that are looking for the best performance and the highest possible graphical settings and frame rates, the traditional desktop computer is still unbeatable.
PC enthusiasts are a special breed, and for the most part they are people who are not afraid to get their hands dirty, learn a lot about their systems, and then take a DIY approach to maintaining and optimizing their hardware and software through trial and error. But with the rise of other devices set to replace the desktop computer, such as gaming consoles and high performance tablets and smartphones, it looks like the PC market is set to be diluted even further, with many people opting for the generic gaming experience offered by a closed console platform, as it allows less technical users to get set up quickly and start playing games with hardly any effort. Looks can be deceiving though, and if you need proof, all you have to do is look at the flagship CPU and graphics cards that are coming out on an almost continual basis. The sheer computational power of these devices easily eclipses the capabilities of any mobile device or console, and for those of us who crave only the highest performing hardware solutions, the PC still cannot be beaten.
There are many commentators heralding the ultimate demise of the gaming PC in the not so distant future, and they might be right, for now the big manufacturers are still delivering the goods and pushing the boundries in the process. So let us marvel at these wondrous examples of distilled gaming tech and see what the state of the art currently looks like for gaming PCs in 2017.
This hi-tech masterpiece is created by Dell, almost leaving the word “perfection” behind. Despite being a capable battle-station, it is a refreshed XPS that offers a rock-solid gaming experience that runs coolly and quietly, and is wrapped up in a great design.
The Intel® i5 or i7 Core™ processors give it the power that it needs to deliver outstanding performance, with a BIOS option for overclocking that will get you lighting fast speed and performance boosts for video editing, gaming, and any other CPU intensive tasks that you need an extra boost for.
Consumers also have the option of an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 1080, which is the world’s most advanced gaming GPU ever created, powered by the new high-performance, energy-efficient NVIDIA® Pascal™ architecture.
When you think of an exceptional and avant-garde desktop computer, RAM is something that you should keep an eye on, and like many things in life, the more of it that you have, the better. It has a memory capacity of up to 16GB DDR4 2133MHz.
Designed to Grow with You
The tower can support up to 2 x 225W full size graphics cards and up to four storage devices. It has a capacity for three 3.5”HDD bays or 2.5”NB drives plus one internal optical drive, so it‘s built to accommodate additional storage for your games, music, projects, and videos.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 2GB DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 4GB DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti 2GB GDDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB GDDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 (SE only), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X (SE only)
6 6th-gen Intel Core i5, i7 | 6th-gen Intel Core i5K, i7K with overclocking (SE only)
8,16,32,64GB DDR4 at 2,133MHz
1TB 7,200 rpm SATA hard drive, 2TB 7,200 rpm SATA hard drive,2TB 7,200 rpm SATA hard drive + 32GB M.2 Solid State Drive,256GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 2TB 7,200 rpm SATA hard drive, 256GB or 512GB PCIe SSD
802.11 ac (2.4GHz, 1×1) + Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 ac (2.4GHz & 5.GHz, 2×2) + Bluetooth 4.0
350W or 460W
Keyboard and mouse
Dell Multimedia Keyboard – KB216 – Black
SD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Height: 15.22″ (386.5mm) / Width: 7.09″ (180mm) / Depth 14.02″ (356mm)
Weight Starting 22lbs (10Kg) depending
Up to 4 total 3 HDD/1 SSD
This is one of the best buys for all those workaholics out there. You can transform your desk into a studio with the help of this entirely new device designed for the creative process.
It comes with a glorious 28-inch adjustable PixelSense Display that is the perfect partner for all sorts of projects, and, you can position it upright to paint, sketch, and edit photos or lay it flat to draw on it like a drafting table.
Incredible Picture Quality
It is both a massive viewing area and is incredibly thin, with the razor-sharp PixelSense Display drawing you in with its immersive picture quality. You can get lost inside of its 10-bit color depth, and visualize ideas as you paint, edit, and design. It’s visually effective and has incredible picture quality and clarity.
Power You Need
With 6th Gen Intel Core processors and discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics, Surface Studio is like icing on the cake with a cherry on the top, plus sprinkles. This desktop PC is capable of easily running advanced software like Adobe Premier Pro, and Auto Desk1 or anything else that requires intense CPU resources.
Moreover, it can be paired with Surface Dial and Surface Pen, these powerful applications take creative versatility to a whole new level.
Quad-core 6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
Rapid hybrid drive options: 64GB SSD with 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD with 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD with 2TB HDD
Screen: 28″ PixelSense Display
4500 x 3000 (192 DPI)
sRGB, DCI-P3, and Vivid color profiles, individually color calibrated
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GPU GDDR5 memory or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GPU GDDR5 memory
Supports Surface Pen and Zero Gravity Hinge
8GB, 16GB, or 32GB RAM
Dimensions and weight
Display: 25.09 x 17.27 x 0.44 in (637.35 x 438.90 x 11.4 mm)
Base: 9.84 x 8.66 x 1.26 in (250.00 x 220.00 x 32.20 mm)
Weight: 21.07 lbs max (9.56 kg)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Wireless- Wi-Fi: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible
Connections and expansions 4 USB 3.0 (one high power port)
Audio Dual microphones
Safety and warranty guide
We all know that Apple is a massive company that has been on the forefront of alternate computer designs for many years.
This featured desktop computer can perform a number of tasks that require insane levels of visual detail, such as scientific analysis, graphical editing, video editing, and photography. And now Apple has made it more affordable to own one.
It is difficult to distinguish the latest iMac from the previous iterations of recent years because the design has remained largely untouched since 2012. Apple prefers to change their product designs at an almost glacial speed, with tiny incremental updates here and there along the way.
It has an insane high quality screen, which a massive and HD 27-inch Retina 5K display.
It is running dual graphics cards: a discrete graphics card and an integrated graphics chip on the motherboard.
3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz)
27-inch(diagonal) with 5120 by 2880 resolution and Retina display with IPS technology.
8GB (two 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory (four SO-DIMM slots, user accessible)
Configurable to 16GB or 32GB.
AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics processor with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
Features a 1TB (7200-rpm) hard drive, Upgradeable to 3TB hard drive, 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, or 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of flash storage (SSD).
Video Support and Camera
Supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 3840 by 2160 pixels on an external display and FaceTime HD camera
Apple iPhone headset with microphone
Audio – Stereo speakers, Dual microphones, Headphone port , Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
Innovation is something that Apple strives for, and this clearly reflects in this Apple iMac with 4k Retina. Yep, that’s right, the 21.5in iMac has finally gained a retina Display. This is great news because Apple hasn’t updated its 21.5in iMac since 2013. With this updated range, Apple now offers a top of the range desktop computer that is accompanied by a beautiful screen.
This redesigned Magic Keyboard comes with your iMac. It’s wireless and rechargeable (so no replacing batteries), and an edge-to-edge design that perfectly utilizes all the surface space that is available. Apart from this it also features optimized key travel, and a low profile that increases comfort and control when typing.
The new design of the Magic Mouse 2 lets it glide more smoothly across your desk. Moreover, it supports Muti-Touch, with the help of simple gestures on its surface you can do various things like swipe between web pages and scroll through documents, which is very handy indeed.
If you wanted to enjoy the benefits of Muti-Touch but on a wireless mouse, then that could be another reason why this desktop computer is for you.
21.5-inch (diagonal) Retina 4K display with IPS technology
4096-by-2304 resolution with support for millions of colors
8GB of 1867MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
Upgradeable to 16GB
3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
Configurable to 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz)
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
Size and Weight
Height: 17.7 inches (45.0 cm)
Width: 20.8 inches (52.8 cm)
Stand depth: 6.9 inches (17.5 cm)
3.5 mm headphone jack
Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
Video Support and Camera
FaceTime HD camera
Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes
Connections and Expansion
Apple is a brand that requires no introduction. It is has always been well known for introducing cutting-edge products and unique hardware systems to the market, such as the brand new Apple Mac Mini MGEM2HNA with Intel Core i5. This desktop computer is a pleasure to work on, with mind-blowing features and breathtaking speed all there for the taking.
The Apple Mac Mini MGEM2HN/A with Intel Core i5 has Notification Center, AirDrop, Power Nap, Family Sharing, Facebook Integration, iCloud Keychain, AirPlay, Notification Center, Facebook Integration, and much more.
1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache, 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache
500GB (5400-rpm) hard drive
1TB (5400-rpm) hard drive
Intel Core i5
Mac OS X SUPC: SDL876707891
Up to 4x faster than 5400-rpm 6.35 cm (2.5) hard drive, Thunderbolt 2 technology, Wi – Fi and
1 Year Limited Warranty
4 x USB 3.0
Wireless Network Connectivity
Gigabit Ethernet Port
Network Port Available
Other Connectivity Features
Connectivity: IEEE 802.11 ac, 2 Thunderbolt Ports
The PC hardware market will be a forever changing landscape, with new technologies always just on the horizon. So when it comes to finding a desktop PC for 2017, these 5 brilliant desktop computer are great place for you to start looking.
It is not easy trying to choose the right desktop computer for your particular needs because there are so many variables to consider, including components, software and your budget.
A brief synopsis seems appropriate right about now, so let’s have a quick recap, shall we? The Dell XPS Tower Special Edition, is a behemoth of a system, and it effortlessly pummels all of the other systems in our round up, placing it way up on top in terms of performance, and when comparing the pricing with the Apple offerings it is a tempting prospect indeed. For audio visual professionals, however, it is hard to beat the polish of an Apple product, so not surprisingly when it comes to the best virtual display, the Apple iMac with 4k Retina is a visually stunning option. One thing for sure, and that is that this desktop computer is truly an incredible computer, and has to be one of the best Macs ever made.
Whether you are a passionate graphic designer, an avid gamer, or work with memory intensive audio and video files, these 5 desktops should be your first port of call if you are in the market for a shiny new desktop computer.