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Check out our top PC picks for anyone who cares about desktop performance

Everyone wants the best of the best, whether you’re talking restaurants or rave clubs. However, it can be tough to find a desktop PC that blends the perfect amount of comfort and customization in a world increasingly dominated by laptops and ultrabooks. Thankfully, you have a number of pre-built options if you don’t want to build your own, ranging from compact budget-based machines to high-end gaming rigs designed to handle the most demanding titles available. Whatever your performance and budget needs are, one of the desktops below is sure to fit the bill.

Falcon Northwest Tiki ($4,045)


The Falcon Northwest Tiki isn’t the cheapest desktop out there, but its performance is unmatched, especially when you consider its minuscule footprint. The machine is highly customizable, too, with options for budget-minded gamers all the way up to enthusiast-level performance. Falcon’s quality assurance and support is top-notch, so this really is a case of getting what you pay for. Read our full review here.

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Falcon Northwest Mach V ($8,400)


If you don’t mind setting aside a little more room for a higher quality machine, the Falcon Northwest Mach V is a solid choice. The wide array of customization options includes the latest-and-greatest Intel chipsets, along with support for up to three graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire. With six internal hard drive bays and five front loading slots, the Mach V has room for all of your parts and then some. Read our full review here.

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AVADirect Z97 Quiet Gaming ($1,490)


Not every game system has to make its presence known, so AVADirect has tricked out the Z97 to run as quiet as possible. The desktop doesn’t compromise on gaming performance, either, offering the newest Intel Core i7 quad-core chips, as well as extensive air and liquid cooling. There’s even plenty of room for storage drives and SLI or Crossfire cards. Read our full review here.

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Apple 27” iMac with Retina 5K display ($2,000 – $2,300)

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If Mac OS X is more your style, the new iMac includes a 5K display and top-of-the-line performance. You can select from Intel’s newest Core i7 processors with clock speeds up to 4GHz, as well as up to a terabyte of SSD storage or hybrid storage options offering up to three. Apple packages the iMac with a wireless keyboard and mouse or trackpad, with prices starting at $1,999. Read our full review here.

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Lenovo C50 F0B10027U All-in-One Touch ($675)


The all-in-one experience isn’t exclusive to Apple, though, and Lenovo’s competitively priced C50 offers up a respectable 23-inch, 1080p touchscreen. It’s powered by an Intel Core i3-4005u with a 1.7GHz base clock, supported by 8GB of RAM, and includes a healthy terabyte of storage. It even touts a wireless keyboard and mouse, so it’s ready to go right out of the box.

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Intel NUC NUC5i5RYK Mini PC ($370)


The Intel NUC may be a barebones system that requires some assembly, but don’t let that scare you off. The processor is already installed, so you you just need to provide a hard drive, RAM, and an operating system. The package gives you a surprising amount of control over your computing experience, especially considering how easy it is to get Windows 10 for free these days. Read our full review here.

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Alienware Alpha 4GB with Intel Core i3 Processor ($475)

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The Alienware Alpha makes the list for packing solid gaming performance into a small package while keeping the price down. For less than $500, you’ll end up with a system that boasts an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a custom Maxwell GPU. It’s also pre-loaded with Alienware’s new Hivemind interface, which is designed for couch use with a Steam or Xbox 360 controller.

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Apple Mac mini ($500 – $1,000)

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Not every Mac OS X machine has to be a premium all-in-one with a high-resolution display. Apple shows its versatility with the Mac Mini, a sleek desktop machine that packs a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. The options only get better from there, and given it’s one of the most attractive computers on the list, it will also look great on your desk or in your living room. Read more here.

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