Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in desktops.

Alienware Area-51 R5 review

The Alienware Area-51 has always been a striking machine. With its angled edges and gently glowing LED lighting there’s just nothing else like it. Its unusual case is filled with extravagant hardware, so let’s see… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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AVADirect Avant Mid-Size Dekstop Review

  • Solid all-around performance
  • Attractive enclosure
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Priced below most similar competitors
  • SLI isn’t worth it
  • Various LED-lit components don’t sync up
  • Build quality is below par
Our Score 6

MSI Trident 9S6-B90611-02S Review

  • Compact design
  • Sturdy feel
  • Solid 1080p gaming
  • Tons of plugs
  • Bloated with extra software
  • Odd port selection
Our Score 7

Dell XPS Tower Special Edition 8910 SE Review

  • Compact design
  • Decent gaming performance
  • Easily upgradable
  • Mechanical drive is too slow
  • No CPU overclocking
Our Score 6

Digital Storm Velox (Kaby Lake) Review

  • Attractive, functional custom case
  • Incredibly easy to upgrade
  • Overclocked to 5GHz
  • Great all-around performance
  • Limited room for additional hard drives
  • More expensive than similar competitors
Our Score 8

Cybertron CLX Ra Review

  • Attractive case
  • Spacious interior with room for upgrades
  • Great performance for the configuration
  • Competitively priced
  • Case design makes for awkward connections
  • Very loud during CPU-intensive cases
  • Comparatively short warranty
Our Score 6

Lenovo Ideacentre Y900 Review

  • Attractive, if simple, design
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Clever chassis enhancements
  • Great gaming performance
  • Quiet, even at full load
  • Perhaps too simple
  • Small solid state drive
  • Included peripherals are too basic
Our Score 7

Acer Predator G1 Review

  • Sharp, sturdy design
  • Solid 4K gaming performance
  • Quiet under load
  • Can be difficult to replace components
  • No overclocking
  • Doesn’t perform as well as expected
  • Too much bloatware
Our Score 5

Alienware Alpha R2 Review

  • Solid 1080p performance
  • Compact, sturdy design
  • Decent price point
  • Highly upgradable
  • No more SteamOS
  • Runs hot and loud
  • SSD upgrade is a must
Our Score 9