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Mac mini server
Sit down. This is gonna take some 'splaining. Here's the thing: my favorite Windows desktop computer is the Mac mini. I explained it briefly in my DIY-IT gift guide last December and back then, we owned two of them.
We've since bought two more, and I've installed Windows 8 on three of them. As I said in the gift guide, I've been hard pressed to find another box this small, this powerful, and this inexpensive. It takes far less desk space than even a laptop, it has a ton of ports, with SSDs it can be fast as all heck, and it's relatively inexpensive for a 16GB machine.
I buy the server version, which comes with two drives. The biggest issue is I have to set up Boot Camp and then install Windows 8, but that's not a whole lot of work.
With the exception of the studio machine, which runs Mac OS X Mountain Lion, I never boot the Mac minis into the Mac side. They've been rock-solid Windows machines and I don't have a single complaint about them.
In fact, I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on a fifth. I'm running an old Zotac in my private office, and I'd like something quite a bit faster and more capable.
Of all Apple's product, the Mac mini running Windows 8 is, by far, my favorite. Now, would I buy these if I had to run OS X on all of them instead of Windows 8? Probably not. I find OS X a tedious chore to use.
Product page: Mac mini