Best desktop PC 2015 - tower, mini and all-in-one picks

The very best desktop PCs around, from all-in-ones to hardcore gaming rigs

Discover what PCs to buy in 2015 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 you can hide behind your monitor or television, to the overclocked gaming PCs and space-saving all-in-one PCs from all the major brands.

You don’t even have to spend a lot of money on a PC to get decent performance with plenty of budget options available as well. A lot of the systems we review come with or without a monitor so you can always use your old one, so now is a great time to pick up a new PC. Our always up-to-date list can help you make your choice. Click through to our full reviews for all the information you'll need.

Chillblast Fusion Ares

A well-equipped gaming desktop PC with high-quality components and performance to match


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Our Expert Opinion The Chillblast Fusion Ares is a breathtakingly beautiful and well put together PC that uses a powerful six-core Intel Core i7 “Haswell-E” processor and a high-quality Intell X99-based board all housed within an elegant and understated NZXT H440 case. A quality Samsung 840 Evo SSD makes everything feel super responsive and the2GB VTX3D Radeon R8 285 X-Edition GPU brings great gaming performance, making the Fusion Ares a fantastic all-round performer.

Price when reviewed: £1,400. Read our full Chillblast Fusion Ares review for details.

Key specs
Processor 4.2GHz Intel Core i7-5820K
RAM 16.00GB
Front USB ports 2x USB3, 2x USB
Rear USB ports 6x USB3, 4x USB
Total storage 2TB hard disk, 240GB SSD
Display None
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty Five-year (Three-year collect and return, two-year RTB)
Details www.chillblast.com 
Part Code Fusion Ares

Apple 27-inch iMac 2014

The latest version of this 27in all-in-one is powerful, stylish and stands up well to its upstart rivals 


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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 2014 version of the 27in iMac is all of those things and now with a stunning 5K display with a resolution of 5,120x2,880.The display itself is also phenomenal and especially useful if you need a lot of room to work with. It also has fantastic colour accuracy and contrast. If you can afford the iMac, it's impossible not to fall for. The ultimate all-in-one.

Price when reviewed: £1,999. Read our full Apple 27-inch iMac review for details.

Key specs
Processor 3.5GHz Intel Core i5-4690
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 0
Rear USB ports 4
Total storage 1TB hard disk
Display 27in widescreen IPS LCD
Operating system MacOS X 10.10 Yosemite
Warranty One-year RTB
Details www.apple.com
Part Code MF886B

Chillblast Fusion Obelisk

A terrific all-round performing PC that has top-notch gaming potential and a quality IPS monitor

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Our Expert Opinion With the Chillblast Fusion Obelisk you get a system equipped with a quad-core Intel Core i5-4690K and an AMD Radeon R7 265 that means it packs a both good application performance and gaming potential. The CPU is overclocked to 4.2GHz and temperatures are kept under control with an Akasa CPU fan. Impressively, the system manages to still run whisper-quiet even when put through its paces. Paired with a Full HD 23in Asus VS239HV IPS monitor you get a quality complete PC package. Overall, the Chillblast Fusion Obelisk is great value at £700.

Price when reviewed: £700. Read our full Chillblast Fusion Obelisk review for details.

Key specs
Processor Quad-core 4.2GHz Intel Core i5-4690K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 3
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 120GB SSD, 1TB hard disk
Display 23in Asus VS239HV
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty Two-years collect and return, three-years parts and labour
Details http://www.chillblast.com
Part Code Fusion Obelisk

Scan 3XS Z97 Performance GTX

The Z97 Performance GTX's high-end Core i5 processor and great gaming performance make it a Best Buy-winning PC

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Our Expert Opinion The Scan 3XS Z97 Performance GTX strikes a good balance between scintillating application performance and gaming punch thanks to its combination of Intel's Core i5-4690K 'Devil's Canyon' CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 graphics card. The system is also incredibly well assembled and includes a dedicated sound card to boot. There's also decent scope for upgrades and the system is equipped with 8GB of fast memory. This all makes the 3XS Z97 Performance GTX a great mid-range gaming PC and excellent value.

Price when reviewed: £1,200. Read our full Scan 3XS Z97 Performance GTX review for details.

Key specs
Processor Quad-core 4.7GHz Intel Core i5-4690K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 4
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 256GB SSD, 2TB Hard disk
Display N/A
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty Three-year (one-year onsite + two-year RTB)
Details http://3xs.scan.co.uk/
Part Code 3XS Z97 Performance GTX

Chillblast Fusion Slipstream

New hardware and outstanding performance make this a great gaming PC

Chillblast Fusion Slipstream
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Our Expert Opinion The mid-range gaming PC market is hotly contested so you need to be extra special to get noticed. The Chillblast Fusion Slipstream includes a lot of the latest generation hardware to make it stand out from the crowd. It has an overclocked Core i5-4670K running at 4.2GHz so has plenty of power and a GeForce GTX 760 graphics card means it's got decent gaming capabilities as well. You get good upgrade potential thanks to its quality motherboard that has lots of free SATA ports and memory slots available. The system is also reasonably priced but offers fantastic performance in both desktop applications as well as 3D games, so it's an all-round great-value system. 

Price when reviewed: £699. Read our full Chillblast Fusion Slipstream review for details.

Key specs
Processor 4.2GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 2
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 120GB SSD + 1TB hard disk
Display N/A
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty five-year (two-year collect and return and parts, plus three-year labour only RTB)
Details www.chillblast.com
Part Code Fusion Slipstream

Palicomp AMD Kaveri Evolution

This excellent AMD Kaveri PC performs brilliantly in games and applications, and comes with a great 24in monitor

Palicomp AMD Kaveri Evolution
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Our Expert Opinion It's always a joy to see manufacturers push the boundaries of what you can expect in a budget PC and this is what Palicomp have achieved with the AMD Kaveri Evolution. We've been massively impressed by the capabilities of the AMD's Kaveri processors, and this budget PC shows them off to great effect. It has a powerful processor that's been capably overclocked and offers reasonable upgrade potential. You also get a big, good-quality 24in monitor that lets you enjoy movies and games comfortably. It also uses a 1TB SSHD that uses 8GB of NAND cache to help Windows feel responsive and bootup and shutdown super swiftly. This system offers a wonderful combination of application and gaming performance that makes it a good all-round home PC. This is quite simply one of the best PCs you can get for £500. 

Price when reviewed: £500. Read our full Palicomp AMD Kaveri Evolution review for details.

Key specs
Processor 4GHz AMD A10-7700K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 3
Rear USB ports 4
Total storage 1TB SSHD
Display 24in widescreen LCD
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty three-year RTB
Details www.palicomp.co.uk
Part Code KAV1

 

Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander

A powerful graphics card makes this one of the best value gaming systems around

Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander
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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 without spending a lot of money. You also get a 60GB SSD as well as a 1TB hard disk for storage, and the SSD in particular made Windows 8 feel super responsive although its actual storage capacity is low. The Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander is a great combination of both value and performance.

Price when reviewed: £650. Read our full Palicomp Intel Haswell i5 Commander review for details.

Key specs
Processor 4GHz Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 3
Rear USB ports 6
Total storage 60GB SSD + 1TB hard disk
Display N/A
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty three-year RTB
Details www.palicomp.co.uk
Part Code HAS6

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
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Our Expert Opinion The Scan 3XS NUC is based on one of Intel's NUC Kits and they've adapted it into a well-designed PC. It is incredibly quick for its size, squeezing a large amount of storage space into its tiny chassis. Small enough to place out of the way or mount behind your monitor. The only thing it lacks is more connectivity which can be excused considering it comes in such a tiny package. It strikes a perfect balance between price, performance and features, making it an excellent Best Buy. 

Price when reviewed: £650. Read our full Scan 3XS NUC N16 review for details.

Key specs
Processor 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-4250U
RAM 8.00GB
Front USB ports 2
Rear USB ports 2
Total storage 1TB hard disk
Display N/A
Operating system Windows 8.1
Warranty three-year RTB (one-year onsite)
Details www.3xs.scan.co.uk 
Part Code 3XS NUC N16

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