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Run, don't walk: These PC deals include a $480 savings on an Asus rig

New desktop PCs can cost a lot. That's why we've gathered the best deals available to save you up to $450 on a new rig.
Written by Rebecca Isaacs, Staff Writer and  Taylor Clemons, Staff Writer
Skytech Blaze Gaming PC Desktop | Save $350
Skytech Blaze Gaming PC Desktop
Skytech Blaze Gaming PC Desktop
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Alienware - Aurora R12 Gaming Desktop | Save $350
Alienware Aurora R12 gaming desktop
Alienware - Aurora R12 Gaming Desktop
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Asus ROG Gaming Desktop | Save $300
Asus ROG Gaming Desktop
Asus ROG Gaming Desktop
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ROG Strix G10 Gaming Desktop PC | Save $481
ROG Strix G10 Gaming Desktop PC
ROG Strix G10 Gaming Desktop PC
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SkyTech Shadow 3.0 Gaming Computer PC Desktop | Save $450
SkyTech Shadow 3.0 Gaming Computer PC Desktop
SkyTech Shadow 3.0 Gaming Computer PC Desktop
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Getting your hands on a great new desktop PC 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 your budget and your needs.

Also: Best laptop deals available right now: For users on the go

CPU:  Intel Core i7 11700F | RAM:  16GB DDR4 3200MHz | Storage:  1TB NVMe SSD | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

  • Current Price: $1,300
  • Original Price: $1,650

For lighter gamers, this Skytech pre-built option boosts up to 4.9GHz max while you're gaming, giving you a speedy processor while you're battling against foes with friends. The memory cards also use a special Heat Spreader to keep the interior from overheating while you're gaming.

CPU:  Intel Core i7-12700K | RAM:  32GB  | Storage:  1TB NVMe SSD & 2TB HHD | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

  • Current Price: $1,450
  • Original Price: $1,800

The graphics card in the Aurora R12 gaming desktop can help take your gameplay to the next level without breaking the bank on a higher-end GPU like the 3080 or the newly released 4000 line. It also comes with enhanced cooling to keep the parts running for longer.

CPU:  Intel Core i7-12700F | RAM:  16GB  | Storage:  1TB HDD & 512GB SSD | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

  • Current Price: $1,200
  • Original Price: $1,500

If you're needing some extra storage space, this gaming desktop is perfect for your needs. It comes with both hard drive storage for storing large content but also SSD storage for your gaming. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 can support 4K tear-free gaming.

CPU:  Intel Core i7-11700 | RAM:  32GB  | Storage:  1TB PCle SSD  | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

  • Current Price: $969
  • Original Price: $1,450

This Asus model, in addition to the GeForce RTX 3060, will offer you DTS Headphone:X software for an immersive gaming experience. It can boost up to 4.9GHz  and can store up to 1TB of games, content, and more on the SSD space.

CPU:  Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core | RAM:  16GB  | Storage:  1TB SSD  | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

  • Current Price: $1,300
  • Original Price: $1,750

This Skytech gaming desktop offers a GeForce RTX 3060 for powerful gaming and 16GB of dedicated RAM. It offers Heatsink & 3 RGB fans to keep the CPU and GPU cool during gaming sessions, in which it invokes the 4.4GHz Turbo boost feature.

Are PCs and desktops the same thing?

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 a desktop, since you can use either as a personal machine; "PC" also has become a sort of shorthand to help differentiate Windows and ChromeOS machines from macOS desktops.

Which is better: laptops or desktops?

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, a monitor, a keyboard, and a 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 can only afford mid-grade components, you can expect maybe three to four 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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