The 5 Best Desktop Computers of 2022

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The best desktop computers give you plenty of processing power and memory storage. Many models let you add more RAM for faster and reliable access to your files, while others have extra drive bays to add traditional hard disk drives or solid-state drives.

There are also pre-built desktops retailing under $500 that still deliver great power and storage space, as well as high-end desktops that will future-proof your office from needing to swap out individual components. From options for creative professionals to compact models, here are the best desktop computers for every need.

Best Overall: Dell XPS 8930

The Dell XPS 8930 Special Edition Desktop provides the best experience for office computers: it can be configured with a 1 or 2TB hard drive to store all of your work files as well as a 512GB SSD for ultra-fast boot times. You can also have up to 64GB of RAM, making this option great for compiling and rendering animation and 3D video. In addition to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics card, the desktop features up to a 9th generation Intel Core i9-9900 processor.

The front and rear of the PC tower offer plenty of USB-C and USB Type-A ports to plug in external memory storage and peripherals. You can also expand internal memory storage with the two extra HDD bays. Plus, this PC is VR-ready.

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Best for Creatives: Microsoft Surface Studio 2

With 13.5 million pixels packed into a 28-inch touchscreen display, the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 offers unprecedented detailing for digital art, photography, and filmmaking. The display supports both DCI-P3 and sRGB color gamuts, and you can also connect another 4K UHD display for a multi-monitor setup. Even more, the display is mounted on a hinged base that can easily adjust to almost any angle with just one hand.

The dual speakers support Dolby Audio technology to produce deep, rich audio, while the front-facing camera records and streams in 1080p HD. A dual microphone array ensures that your voice can be picked up anywhere, and they also work with the Cortana virtual assistant for hands-free controls over your computer. The desktop uses a solid-state drive with up to 2TB of storage to give you fast boot times and quick access to files.

Best Budget: Acer Aspire TC

The Acer Aspire TC is a budget-friendly desktop that still delivers all the power you need for a typical workday. It's powered by an Intel Core i5-9400 CPU and 8GB of RAM for fast access to files and quick loading times—for more memory, expand the RAM up to 32GB. It also features a 1TB hard drive to give you plenty of storage for Word documents, Excel sheets, and other files. Additionally, the integrated Intel UHD 630 graphics let you record and stream video.

The front of the PC tower has an SD card reader to quickly transfer files from mobile devices or cameras, as well as a USB-C port for faster file transfers from the latest devices. The back of the tower has seven USB 3.1 ports to connect to peripherals, external memory storage, and other devices.

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Best Splurge: Corsair One Pro i200

If you're looking to invest in a high-end desktop, opt for the Corsair One Pro i200—it's designed to last for years without needing hardware upgrades. This PC sports an Intel Core i9-10940X CPU and 64GB of DDR4 RAM for a ton of processing power and ultra-fast access to files. The 2TB solid-state drive also gives you fast boot times and plenty of storage. Better yet, the Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics card can support up to four monitors for a multi-display setup. 

With built-in Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, you can wirelessly connect your mobile devices and peripherals as well as get blazing fast internet speeds. The tower measures just 15 x 6.8 x 7.9 inches, making it the perfect size to tuck under a desk. The computer also features a liquid cooling system to keep all of your internal components running at optimal temperatures.

Best All-in-One: HP Envy All-in-One

The HP Envy All-In-One PC features a 32-inch display that produces stunning 4K resolution, giving you high-quality video recording and playback. The edge-to-edge glass also has an anti-reflection coating to help reduce glare and eye strain. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity built-in, you can wirelessly connect peripherals and integrate the computer into your home or business network. 

For storage, choose from either a traditional hard disk drive or a solid-state drive up to 1TB, with a secondary HDD up to 2TB for additional storage. You can also choose to have either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro installed to best suit your needs. This PC features an Intel Core i5-9400 CPU for plenty of power.

Meet the Expert

Taylor Clemons has over three years of experience writing about games and consumer technology. She has written for IndieHangover, GameSkinny, TechRadar, and her own publication, Steam Shovelers.

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  2. Microsoft. "Surface Studio 2 for Business."

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