When it comes to desktop computers, you can typically get the best performance and features by building a customized system with parts you hand select yourself. That’s not the case today, however, because Amazon’s Prime Day is here and there are big discounts on already-configured systems that make them far more economical.
Walmart and Dell have crashed Amazon’s party, though, and heavily discounted some of their PCs, too. Some systems are actually priced lower than what their individual parts would sell for, which makes them an excellent solution instead of building your own PC.
Acer Aspire TC-885 Intel i5-8400 6-Core
With an Intel Core i5-8400 processor that has six CPU cores with a 4GHz turbo boost and 8GB of RAM, this system should work well for both home and office use. It also comes with a large 2TB HDD that should have ample storage for the average user, and the system includes a USB keyboard and optical mouse.
This HP Pavilion is an incredible deal at $ 479.99. Its quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 2400G processor is paired with an AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card and 8GB of RAM. The system should easily be able to run modern games with medium graphics settings; older games should run fluently with maxed graphics settings.
This system runs an Intel Core i7-8700 processor that supports Hyper-Threading and allows the CPU to run 12 threads simultaneously to get more work done in a shorter amount of time. It also has 16GB of RAM and is well-suited for heavy multitasking. This model would also work well for gaming if you added in a graphics card, which would essentially turn it into a full-blown gaming desktop. Use promo code AFF300XPS at checkout to get the system marked down from $ 999.99 to $ 699.99.
Just as its name suggests, the Overpowered DT1W is overpowered, or at least it offers far more performance than you would usually get out of a $ 699 desktop. In addition the Intel Core i7-8700 processor, the system also has a fast Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card that can run almost all games’ maxed settings at 1080p. Add in 16GB of RAM, a 2TB HDD, and a 256GB SSD, and it would be impossible to build a similar system without paying substantially more.
A small word of warning, however, as this system appears to suffer from poor ventilation and you likely will need to equip it with a few extra case fans to keep it from overheating.
For an extra $ 200, this system offers even more performance than the Overpowered DTW2 as it features a faster Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. The system’s RAM and SSD were also doubled relative to the Overpowered DTW1, and it comes with 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB SSD.
It would be nearly impossible to build a system that can match this one without paying more, but unfortunately it also suffers from problems related to poor ventilation. As such, you should get a few case fans or opt to move the parts to another case to keep the system from overheating.
All-in-One desktops like HP’s Pavilion are rather convenient as they take up significantly less space than a traditional desktop PC. They’re also easier to move around, and many models, like this one, feature a touch-screen display. HP equipped this model with a fair amount of power, including an Intel Core i5-9400T and 12GB of RAM. This system also has two built-in speakers and a 512GB SSD to quickly load programs.
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