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Best desktop PCs to buy in 2014

Discover what PCs to buy in 2014 and read our in-depth PC reviews, as rated by our team of expert reviewers. Not sure if a computer is right for you? We've got something for everyone here, from compact computers to the overclocked gaming PCs and all-in-one PCs from all the major brands. Our always up-to-date list will help you make the right choice.

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander


A powerful graphics card makes this one of the best value gaming systems around
Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander
Our Expert Opinion Palicomp has assembled a great selection of components, and we particularly like the AMD Radeon R9 270X graphics card. It's ideal if you want to buy something that can play the latest games at the highest, or very nearly the highest, quality.

Read our full Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander review.

SPECS
CPU 4GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8.00GB
STORAGE 60GB SSD + 1TB hard disk hard disk/SSD DELETE AS APPROPRIATE
GRAPHICS CARD 2GB AMD Radeon R9 270X
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8.1
DIMENSIONS 468x195x444mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 7W standby, 71W idle, 225W active
WARRANTY three years RTB
PART CODE HAS6
DETAILS www.palicomp.co.uk

BUY IT FROM £650 from Palicomp

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Scan 3XS NUC N16


With its powerful hardware and large hard disk, this is a great-value mini PC that gets everything right
Scan 3XS NUC N16
Our Expert Opinion The Scan 3XS Nuc is incredibly quick for its size, squeezing a large amount of storage space into its tiny chassis. It strikes a perfect balance between price, performance and features, making it an excellent Best Buy.

Read our full Scan 3XS NUC N16 review.

SPECS
CPU 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-4250U
RAM 8GB
STORAGE 1TB hard disk
GRAPHICS CARD Intel HD Graphics 5000
OPTICAL DRIVE none
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 49x116x112mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 3W standby, 8W idle, 24W active
WARRANTY three years RTB (first year onsite)
PART CODE 3XS NUC N16
DETAILS www.3xs.scan.co.uk

BUY IT FROM £582 from Scan

Expert Reviews five stars

Toshiba Qosmio PX30t-A-11C


A good value all-in-one PC with a fantastic display, good ports and powerful hardware
Toshiba Qosmio PX30t-A-11C
Our Expert Opinion The Toshiba Qosmio PX30t-A-11C is well-priced for an all-in-one PC with a high quality display, a great range of ports to complement its stylish design. Although you'll have to reduce your quality settings a long way to play 3D games, it’s also one of the most powerful all-in-one PCs you’ll find for less than £900.

Read our full Toshiba Qosmio PX30t-A-11C review.

SPECS
SPECIFICATIONS
CPU 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-3230M
RAM 8.00GB
STORAGE 2TB hard disk/SSD DELETE AS APPROPRIATE
GRAPHICS CARD Intel HD Graphics 4000
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 23in widescreen LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 391x170x552mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 1W standby, 50W idle, 60W active
WARRANTY one year carry-in
PART CODE PQQ30E-01200SEN
DETAILS www.toshiba.co.uk

BUY IT FROM £830 from Laptops Direct.

Expert Reviews five stars

Apple 27-inch iMac


The latest version of this 27in all-in-one is powerful, stylish and stands up well to its upstart rivals
Apple 27-inch iMac
Our Expert Opinion You know what to expect from an Apple iMac: a powerful all-in-one computer with a fantastic display and looks to shame a supermodel, but a slightly wince-inducing price. This late 2013 version of the 27in iMac is all of those things. It's also very powerful and capable of playing 3D games at its native 2,560x1440 resolution. If you can afford it, it's impossible not to fall for.

Read our full Apple 27-inch iMac review.

SPECS
CPU 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8.00GB
STORAGE 128GB SSD + 1TB hard disk hard disk/SSD DELETE AS APPROPRIATE
GRAPHICS CARD 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M
OPTICAL DRIVE none
DISPLAY 27in widescreen LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM MacOS X 10.9
DIMENSIONS 516x650x203mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 1W standby, 53W idle, 97W active
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE Z0PG2B/A
DETAILS www.apple.com

BUY IT FROM £1,599 from Apple. Review system priced at £1,909.

Expert Reviews five stars

Yoyotech Warbird RS1


A powerful graphics card and processor make this powerhouse PC ideal for gamers
Yoyotech Warbird RS1
Our Expert Opinion With a 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780, powerful Core i5 processor, and 1TB hybrid hard disk, this is a gaming system with plenty of power. It breezed through our benchmarks and played Crysis 3 smoothly at Very High quality.

Read our full Yoyotech Warbird RS1 review.

SPECS
CPU 4.2GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8GB
STORAGE 1TB hard disk
GRAPHICS CARD 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8.1
DIMENSIONS 408x185x445mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 3W standby, 68W idle, 263W active
WARRANTY three years RTB (one year parts, three years labour)
PART CODE Warbird RS1
DETAILS www.yoyotech.co.uk

BUY IT FROM £1,000 from Yoyotech.

Expert Reviews five stars

Braebo Selene


This highly capable gaming PC could do with an SSD but has everything else you’ll need
Braebo Selene
Our Expert Opinion The Braebo Selene is a well-equipped PC with a good graphics card and Haswell Core i5 processor that make it ideal for gaming. Although it has a hybrid HDD rather than an SSD, its performance speaks for itself.

Read our full Braebo Selene review.

SPECS
CPU 4.2GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 16.00GB
STORAGE 1TB hard disk hard disk/SSD DELETE AS APPROPRIATE
GRAPHICS CARD 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7870
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 438x180x462mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 1W standby, 76W idle, 174W active
WARRANTY three years RTB
PART CODE Selene
DETAILS www.braebo.com

BUY IT FROM £799 from Braebo.

Expert Reviews Budget Buy

PC Specialist Infinity A10


This PC's base specification is a bargain and it's all the better when you add a graphics card
PC Specialist Infinity A10 Pro Elite
Our Expert Opinion Reviewed as a PC with optional upgrades, this PC's budget base specification is great value, with a capable overclocked AMD A10-6800K processor. If you can afford to spend a bit extra, adding a 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7870 graphics card turns it into a fully-fledged gaming PC.

Read our full PC Specialist Infinity A10 review.

SPECS
CPU 4.4GHz AMD A10 6800K
RAM 16.00GB
STORAGE 1TB hard disk hard disk
GRAPHICS CARD AMD Radeon HD 8670D
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 440x196x490mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 1W standby, 47W idle, 225W active
WARRANTY three years RTB (one year collect and return, one year parts, three years labour)
PART CODE Infinity A10 Pro Elite
DETAILS www.pcspecialist.co.uk

BUY IT FROM £506 from PC Specialist.

Expert Reviews Ultimate

Chillblast Fusion Kestrel


With the option of an excellent monitor and graphics card, the Fusion Kestrel is a superb system if you go for a couple of upgrades
Chillblast Fusion Kestrel
Our Expert Opinion We love this upgradable system's excellent optional monitor and powerful recommended specification. It has an overclocked Intel Core i5-4670K, massively powerful 2GB Nvidia GTX 760 graphics card and lots of expansion ports, making it a perfect PC for gaming or anything else

Read our full Chillblast Fusion Kestrel review.

SPECS
CPU 4.2GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 16.00GB
STORAGE 120GB SSD + 1TB hard disk
GRAPHICS CARD 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 23.6in widescreen LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 445x200x470mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 2W standby, 95W idle, 205W active
WARRANTY two years collect and return
PART CODE Fusion Kestrel
DETAILS www.chillblast.com

BUY IT FROM £640 from Chillblast.

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Palicomp Sniper Elite2 Gamer


Optional monitor aside, this is a great low-cost performance PC
Palicomp Sniper Elite2 Gamer
Our Expert Opinion Although reviewed as an upgradable system, this powerful PC is best bought without a monitor. Its Intel Core i5-4670K processor is overclocked to 4.2GHz, it has lots of storage and can be fitted with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 for gaming, making it a powerhouse of a home PC.

Read our full Palicomp Sniper Elite2 Gamer review.

SPECS
CPU 4.2GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8.00GB
STORAGE 128GB SSD + 2TB hard disk
GRAPHICS CARD 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 23.6in widescreen LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 326x194x460mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 7W standby, 85W idle, 224W active
WARRANTY three years RTB
PART CODE HAS2
DETAILS www.palicomp.co.uk

BUY IT FROM £599 from Palicomp.

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Computer Planet ND 5000


If you’re serious about gaming, this compact PC is an excellent alternative to an underpowered games console
Computer Planet ND 5000
Our Expert Opinion A compact and stylish gaming PC that makes the most of Intel's latest Core i5-4670K processor. It's also equipped with a 2GB Zotac Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 that delivered maximum quality frame rates of 62.8fps in Dirt Showdown and 54.4fps in Crysis 2. Perfect for gamers with limited space.

Read our full Computer Planet ND 5000 review.

SPECS
CPU 3.8GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8.00GB
STORAGE 128GB SSD + 500GB hard disk
GRAPHICS CARD 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 400x250x355mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 5W standby, 95W idle, 200W active
WARRANTY three years RTB (one year parts, three years labour, first year collect and return)
PART CODE ND 5000
DETAILS www.computerplanet.co.uk

BUY IT FROM £1,075 from Computer Planet.

Expert Reviews five stars

Scan 3XS Mirage AIO245


This all-in-one PC isn’t the most attractive, but it’s well specified and reasonably priced
Scan 3XS Mirage AIO245
Our Expert Opinion This powerful all-in-one PC's Core i5 processor and dedicated GPU make it a phenomenal all-rounder, capable of playing the latest games at very high graphical quality. Meanwhile, the 23.6in touchscreen display is one of the best we've seen.

Read our full Scan 3XS Mirage AIO245 review.

SPECS
CPU 2.9GHz Intel Core i5-3470S
RAM 8.00GB
STORAGE 2TB hard disk
GRAPHICS CARD 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 23.6in widescreen LCD touchscreen
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 460x590x200mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 2W standby, 62W idle, 72W active
WARRANTY two years collect and return
PART CODE 3XS Mirage AIO245
DETAILS www.scan.co.uk

BUY IT FROM £963 at Scan. Review model priced at £1,149.

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Wired2Fire Velocity VX


Get a great all-round PC and excellent monitor for under £500
Wired2Fire Velocity VX
Our Expert Opinion This mid-price all-rounder put in a very reasonable performance in our 3D gaming tests as well as holding its own in desktop applications thanks the addition of a dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6760 graphics card to the versatile AMD A10-5800K processor. Its monitor, the AOC e2250Swda, is one of our budget favourites, too.

Read our full Wired2Fire Velocity VX review.

SPECS
CPU 3.8GHz AMD A10-5800K
RAM 8.00GB
STORAGE 1TB hard disk
GRAPHICS CARD 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6670
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 21.5in widescreen LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 425x170x252mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 6W standby, 71W idle, 187W active
WARRANTY three years RTB
PART CODE Velocity VX
DETAILS www.wired2fire.co.uk

BUY IT FROM £537 from Wired2Fire.

Expert Reviews five stars

Sony Vaio Tap 20


The Tap 20 is our favourite family all-in-one
Sony Vaio Tap 20
Our Expert Opinion It looks like an oversized tablet but is in fact an ultra-slim all-in-one PC that works in both portrait and landscape modes, as well as when laid flat on a table. A battery means you can unplug it and move from room to room while its multi-touch display allows multiple users to share ideas and sketches. It lacks the 1080p screen and media centre PC features we're used to from some all-in-ones but it looks great and is brilliant fun to use.

Read our full Sony Vaio Tap 20 review.

SPECS
CPU 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U
RAM 6.00GB
STORAGE 1TB hard disk
GRAPHICS CARD Intel HD Graphics 4000
OPTICAL DRIVE none
DISPLAY 20in LCD touchscreen
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 310x502x190mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 1W standby, 35W idle, 51W active
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE SVJ2021V1EWI

BUY IT FROM £1,000 from Currys

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Asus ET2220IUTI


Replace your TV and PC in one swoop with this capable all-in-one
Asus ET2220IUTI
Our Expert Opinion This 21.5in touchscreen all-in-one PC isn't the biggest, most attractive or most powerful on the market, but it'll play 3D games at reasonable quality if you drop the resolution and its Core i5-3330 processor has enough power to handle tasks such as image and video editing. It's a perfect family PC.

Read our full Asus ET2220IUTI review.

SPECS
CPU 3GHz Intel Core i5-3330
RAM 6.00GB
STORAGE 2TB hard disk
GRAPHICS CARD Nvidia GeForce 610M
OPTICAL DRIVE BD-ROM, DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 21.5in widescreen LCD touchscreen
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 8
DIMENSIONS 390x552x230mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 2W standby, 54W idle, 85W active
WARRANTY one year RTB
PART CODE ET2220IUTI-B018K

BUY IT FROM £888 from Ebuyer.

Expert Reviews five stars

HP Z1 Workstation


The massive Z1 clearly means serious business
HP Z1 Workstation
Our Expert Opinion Final proof that an all-in-one PC needn't be underpowered comes in the form of this highly upgradeable professional system. Built with designers and digital artists in mind, the Z1 has a business-grade specification and a price to match, with 8GB of ultra-stable ECC memory, a 3.5GHz Intel Xeon E3-1280 processor and a 2GB Nvidia Quadro 1000M graphics card, ideal for use with CAD applications, although you shouldn't hold out much hope of skiving off and using it to play 3D games. The system's crowning glory is its 27in widescreen IPS LED panel with a stunning 2,560x1,440 resolution.

Read our full HP Z1 Workstation review.

SPECS
CPU 3.5GHz Intel Xeon E3-1280
RAM 8.00GB
STORAGE 1TB hard disk/SSD DELETE AS APPROPRIATE
GRAPHICS CARD 2GB Nvidia Quadro 1000M
OPTICAL DRIVE DVD+/-RW +/-DL
DISPLAY 27in widescreen LCD
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
DIMENSIONS 552x660x360mm
POWER CONSUMPTION 1W standby, 126W idle, 194W active
WARRANTY three years onsite
PART CODE WM429EA

BUY IT FROM £1,834 from Laptops Direct.

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