THE BEST Desktops

Falcon NW Core i7

Falcon NW Core i7

CNET has finally found a rig that can hit 60 FPS with Crysis maxed out: Falcon Northwest’s Mach V is loaded with a 3.79GHz Core i7, 12 GB of RAM and 2 x 1GB Radeon 4870s.

Abarth Powerplay Extreme

Abarth Powerplay Extreme

No, you’re not seeing double: Abarth’s Powerplay Extreme is from the same company that brought us today’s FZ1 naked bike; similarly, it uses an Antec Skeleton case with an i7 Core CPU.

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Gateway/Dell Core i7s

Gateway/Dell Core i7s

Both Gateway and Dell are dropping Core i7s into their desktops, and at relatively low price points: Dell’s Studio XPS starts at $999, while Gateway’s FX 6800-01e starts at $1,249.

Alienware Area-51 750i

Alienware Area-51 750i

Although rather cheap at just over $1K, Alienware’s Area-51 750i gaming desktop is a good value: you’ll get a 3GHz Core 2 Duo, 512MB 9800GT, 2GB of RAM and a beefy 750W PSU.

YOYOtech MLK1610

YOYOtech MLK1610

YOYOtech’s MLK1610 is an uber rig that runs Intel’s brand new Core i7 (Nehalem) CPU on an X58 chipset; it also packs in 9GB of DDR3 RAM, an 80GB SSD, and a 1TB HDD.

Asus Eee Top

Asus Eee Top

Like their Eee notebooks and PCs, Asus’ Atom powered Eee Top is not a powerful system. However, its clean, all-in-one form factor and touchscreen LCD make it an ideal second PC.

Dell XPS One 24

Dell XPS One 24

If Dell’s XPS One left you wanting for power, the XPS One 24 answers with a 1080p 24″ screen, Q8200 quad core CPU, 4GB RAM standard and optional GeForce 9600M GT video card.

Dell Optiplex 960

Dell Optiplex 960

Despite its humble workhorse purposes, we’re actually liking the industrial design of Dell’s new OptiPlex 960 series; they’ll come in three sizes which are designed to be power efficient.

Mac-O-Lanterns

Mac-O-Lanterns

We kinda wish we had some Mac Classics lying around, because these custom Mac-O-Lanterns are pretty easy to make: just some epoxy, spray paint and a JPEG jackolantern face.

Asus CG6155

Asus CG6155

Asus’ liquid-cooled CG6155 desktop has a pretty tight case, but it’s the nForce 790i mobo that takes the cake, with 3-Way SLI and up to 8 GB DDR3 RAM. It even packs a fingerprint scanner.

Acer Aspire X3200 HTPC

Acer Aspire X3200 HTPC

Blu-Ray just got a lot more affordable: Acer’s Aspire X3200 HTPC squeezes in a Blu-Ray drive alongside a 2.1GHz AMD CPU, 4GB RAM and a 640 GB HDD, all for only $680.

Acer Predator

Acer Predator

Acer’s Predator gaming rig has finally arrived; unmistakable for its orange transforming case, it comes loaded with Core 2 Quad CPUs, up to three 640GB hard drives and 8 GB RAM.

Dell Studio Desktops

Dell Studio Desktops

Joining Dell’s Hybrid today are the Studio Desktop (MT) and Slim (ST). Despite cool, black styling, the modest 350W and 250W PSUs make clear their mid-range intentions.

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HP TouchSmart IQ816

HP TouchSmart IQ816

HP’s TouchSmart IQ816 series tops off their line of all-in-one touch screen PCs; this 25.5″ beauty gets a TV tuner, webcam, bluetooth, and can be wall mounted. It’ll be available 10/12.

Antec Skeleton PC Case

Antec Skeleton PC Case

The Antec Skeleton PC case takes care of ventilation by stripping out most of the walls and slapping a 250mm fan on top; in total, there’s room for 7 expansion slots and 4 drive bays.

Sony JS All-In-One

Sony JS All-In-One

Recently announced at CEDIA, the Sony JS is a value-priced all-in-one PC; it’s got a 20.1″ XBRITE screen and 3.0 GHz Core 2 Duo CPU; optional: BD-ROM and up to 4 GB RAM.

Sony Vaio RT

Sony Vaio RT

The Sony RT is a behemoth all-in-one PC, with a 25.5″ screen, quad-core Q9400 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and 1 TB RAID storage. Hell, it even has a built-in subwoofer.

Shuttle Atom

Shuttle Atom

The Shuttle Atom is low cost entrant to the nettop category (Intel Atom powered mini desktops); it consumes only 23 watts when idle, is whisper quiet and still squeezes in 4 USB ports.

Linux Space Cube

Linux Space Cube

Only available in Japan, the Linux Space Cube by Shimafuji is the ultimate small form factor PC, measuring 2″x2″x1.7″. It has an NEC 333 Mhz CPU, 64MB of RAM, and a 1GB CF card.

Dell Studio Hybrid

Dell Studio Hybrid

Dell’s new Studio Hybrid is 80% smaller and draws 70% less power than standard desktops. Available in six colors and bamboo, it features an HDMI port, 8-in-1 media card reader and optional Blu-ray.

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