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Getting your hands on a great new desktop doesn't have to cost a fortune. Brands like HP, Lenovo, and Dell have awesome employee pricing events, inventory clearance sales, and regular markdowns that you can take advantage of to save a bit of cash on a new computer. I've scoured the web to find the very best deals available, including steep discounts and accessory bundles, to help you find the one that best fits both your budgets and your needs.
This desktop is a workstation configuration, meant for precision engineering applications like CAD drawing and 3D modeling, but if you're a creative professional, it could also work for 3D animation and graphic design. Lenovo is running an employee pricing event where you can pick up the ThinkStation P620 for about half of its usual retail price. It's built with an AMD Threadripper Pro 3945WX CPU and an Nvidia Quadro P620 graphics card for all of the power you'll need for intense rendering. There are a few drawbacks to this build, chiefly that it does not include a Wi-Fi card, so you'll have to use a hardwired Ethernet connection. It also doesn't have any sort of Bluetooth connectivity, so you won't be able to use any wireless peripherals. But depending on what you may use for animation, digital art, and engineering, it may not be that big a deal.
CPU: Intel Core i7-10700 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | GPU: AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100 | Power Supply: 300W 80 Plus Platinum
This desktop from Dell is another workstation build, but aside from the AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100 graphics card, it's much more suited for everyday use and even gaming than other workstation configurations. Newegg is running a markdown deal where you can save almost $800. It uses an Intel Core i7-10700 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, which gives you decent processing power and storage space for most home and even business use. The power supply is on the smaller side, so if you intend to use this as a gaming PC, you'll probably have to stick to titles that are light graphics loads so you don't make your new desktop literally melt down.
This desktop from Lenovo has a small form factor, making it perfect for home and traditional offices that may be short on space; you can tuck it away on a desk corner or even mount it on the back of your monitor to conserve desk space. With Lenovo's employee pricing event, you can save over $600 on a pretty powerful work computer. It's built with a 10th gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an Nvidia Quadro P620 graphics card. This configuration means you can use your desktop for everything from compiling expense and earnings reports to rendering marketing videos for social media and company websites. If you want Wi-Fi connectivity though, you'll have to pay extra.
Now is a great time to upgrade your gaming setup with a markdown deal on the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10. It's built with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800 CPU, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, and a 512GB SSD for fast boot times and quick program launching. It also features Wi-Fi 6 compatibility for ultra-fast wireless internet speeds and Bluetooth 5.1 for more stable connections to wireless peripherals. It even comes bundled with a keyboard and optical mouse.
CPU: 8th gen Intel Core i3 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB SSD | GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 555X
It's not often you see discounts on Apple computers, but Best Buy has marked down the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display by $200. While that isn't a huge discount, it's the most I've seen in a while. This all-in-one desktop features an Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It also has two Thunderbolt 3 ports for fast data transfers and setting up second displays as well as Bluetooth connectivity for wireless peripherals. It also comes with a Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard.
CPU: Apple M1 8-Core | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | GPU: Apple M1 integrated graphics | Power supply: 150W
At B&H Photo and Amazon, you can save $100 on an M1 Mac Mini desktop. This is an incredibly compact computer, measuring just 8 inches square, making it great for small desks. It runs on Apple's new M1 chipset for more efficient processing and graphics rendering. Wi-Fi 6 compatibility ensures super-fast wireless internet speeds and Thunderbolt 3 ports let you transfer data faster than USB 3.0 connections. You can also set up multiple displays with Thunderbolt connections for better multitasking. The downside to this deal is that you only get the Mac mini; it doesn't come bundled with any sort of keyboard, mouse, or display.
Yes! A desktop is a computer that is meant to be set up and used in a single location (as opposed to a laptop that you can basically take with you anywhere), and "PC" stands for "personal computer." A personal computer can be either a laptop or desktop since you can use either as a "personal" machine; PC has also become a sort of short-hand to help differentiate Windows and ChromeOS machines from macOS desktops.
Which is better: laptops or desktops?
This is a pretty subjective question. The best computer is the one that fits your budget and your needs. Desktops are great because they often have more powerful components than laptops, and you can swap out components at will if you decide later on that you want more RAM, a bigger storage drive, or a better GPU. Laptops tend to have integrated or weaker components, but they're much more mobile; so if you go to a lot of off-site meetings or travel for work, it's easier to keep up with your tasks than if you had tried to lug around a full-sized desktop tower, monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Do desktops last longer than laptops?
Since desktops often have components that you can swap out yourself, it's easier to make one last longer than a laptop might. Though there are laptops out there that are user-upgradeable. For example: if you buy a pre-built desktop or build a computer yourself, but you can only afford mid-grade components, you can expect maybe 3-4 years of use at most before you need to upgrade. But you can extend that a bit by replacing components as you go (i.e. switching out GPUs, adding more RAM or storage drives, or upgrading your power supply). Due to the nature of tech advancement, you're never going to be able to buy or build a desktop that never needs updating or replacing. But if you play your cards right, you can find ways to get more mileage out of mid-tier builds.
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