2012 Computer Buying Guide: The Best Desktop Computer Reviews

2012 Computer Buying Guide: The Best Desktop Computer Reviews

Posted 07.13.2012 in Articles by Neil-Denny

Choosing the “Best 2012 Desktop Computer” could mean a different thing for every consumer. If you're looking to buy a desktop computer for your office or for your family, an all-in-one computer would be in your best interest, while a video editor or an avid gamer would be interested in more of a workhorse, meaning more memory and a more advanced video card. If you're on a tight budget, there are also some great computers out there with just the bare bones that will give you the most bang for your buck. Whether it's for business or for pleasure, here are some of the best-reviewed desktop computers in 2012.

In the All-in-One category, the Dell XPS One 27 takes the cake. With a base price of $1399 and a fully equipped configuration running up to $1999, the cost of this all-in-one machine may deter some consumers. You'll be pleased to find that the Dell XPS One 27 is worth every penny. 

This desktop computer really is a jack of all trades, both a workhorse and an entertainer neatly packaged into one sensational all-in-one. Features like Quad-Core Ivy Badge Intel Core Processors, Windows 7 Home Premium, and six (count 'em six!) 3.0 USB ports make this the ultimate work station. A “sleep charge” USB port allows you to charge your phone or tablet even while the computer is shut down. After work it's time to play, and this machine plays hard. The 27” Quad HD Display with 2560x1440 and 16:9 aspect ratio works in harmony with the Infinity Premium stereo system to deliver an awesome cinematic experience. While Intel HD Integrated Graphics comes standard at the base level, upgrading to include the 2GB NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Card makes this Dell perfect for gaming and video editing. There's even a built in antenna and TV tuner so you can catch over-the-air broadcasts from the comfort of your desktop. The Dell XPS One 27, although a bit pricey for some, has set the new standard for an all-in-one desktop computer.

If you're a hardcore gamer, you are going to need a machine with the high-end components necessary to deliver the fastest speed and the most memory. The Maingear Shift Super Stock is the Cadillac of gaming machines. Priced just under $8000, this high-performance computer doesn't come cheap. But if you've got the money to spare, and want to experience the extreme limits of gaming, the Maingear Shift Super Stock will not disappoint. This monster is geared for performance, complete with an Intel Core i7-3960X processor that overclocks at a whopping 4.8 GHz, three AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards, and 16 GB of RAM. While you're at it, why not give this workhorse a custom paint job? Optional body colors include “Citrus Fire,” “Organic Green,” “Fusion Blue,” and “Rosso Red.” Sure it all comes with a cost, but if you can play the latest 3D games in nearly flawless HD quality whilst running and downloading multiple programs all at once, you'll get what you paid for.

While the computers mentioned above are great for work or for play, the number of digits in the price tag may be overwhelming to many consumers. If you're looking for a simple machine to carry out your everyday needs, the Acer Aspire AM3470-UC30P is just the ticket. Under the hood is a 2.4 GHz AMD Quad Core Processor, 6 gigs of RAM, and AMD Radeon HD graphics. With perks like built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI port, and a spacious 1TB hard drive, the Aspire AM3470-UC10P gives you more than enough for just under $600.

The Dell XPS One 27 mixes business and pleasure in one convenient package, while the Maingear Shift Super Stock will provide hours of entertainment to gamers with a need for speed. While these two computers offer maximum pleasure at the higher end of the price spectrum, the Acer Aspire AM3470-UC30P is sure to satisfy users who need an efficient machine to carry out their everyday needs at an affordable price. If you are looking for the Best Desktop Computer of 2012 thus far, one could make a strong case for any of these three dashing and daring desktop computers.

 

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FALCON NW
Reply #1 on : Mon October 15, 2012, 11:25:29
Maingear's good but that is waaaay pricey, which gaming computers tend to be. Falcon Northwest customizes great computers still pricey but not $8000!

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