Despite declining in popularity, the traditional PC tower is still going strong, especially in the corporate world. Even though the “Rise of The Machines” (portable devices, laptops, chromebooks) is gradually eating up a large portion in the market, there are things you just cannot replace. With a desktop, the worries of battery dying out or replacing the system as a whole when one part is faulty is nonexistent and what’s more is that desktop computers will always be the only choice for gamers.
Be it desktop computers or laptops, there are a wide variety to choose from. From the compact simplicity of an all-in-computer to the featherlight HP Spectre 13, it is sure to appeal. Nonetheless, we are talking about desktop computers here and there is only so small & light you can get. Budget PCs, often used by users for casual computing, watching over YouTube, playing non-demanding games like Solitaire are popular choices. While corporate users usually go for business computers that can handle heavy document-processing work and for gamers – usually expensive and boasts high graphic cards.
Here, we’ve listed a list of our best selling desktop computers of 2016, ordered by price and specification starting with the most inexpensive all around desktop computer that you can afford.
1. LENOVO IDEACENTRE 300S
Coming in first on the list is a budgeted yet inexpensive desktop computer by Lenovo. Priced at RM1,199 only, you are in for a treat, powered by an Intel Pentium Quad-Core Braswell processor, a 4GB DDR3 RAM and storage up 500GB at 7200rpm HDD. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t be able to run demanding games with this machine, but occasional Counter-Strike 1.6 shouldn’t be a problem. Nonetheless, at such a low price, the Lenovo Ideacentre 300S is a perfect companion to handle casual word processing and streaming of medias online.
2. Dell OPTIPLEX 3040 MT i5 6500
Second on the list is Dell’s Optiplex 3040 MiniTower. Do not be fooled by the size of the this machine as it packs a mighty punch. At a price of RM2,673, you will get an Intel Quad-Core i5-6500 processor with 6MB cache, 3.2GHz, 4GB 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM, a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive and an Intel HD Graphics 530 enough to handle DOTA 2 at optimal setting and medium to heavy workloads, for instance, word processing, video editing and Photoshop. The Dell Optiplex 3040 MT is designed for small to medium businesses and is compact enough to fit in whatever little space you have on your desk.
3. HP (W) ENVY 750-103d
Next we have the HP (W) ENVY 750-103d priced at a premium price of RM4,299. This machine is designed to give you a taste of both worlds. Installed with a Nvidia GeFore GTX 745 4GB DDR3 graphics card, the Envy 750 is capable of running Tomb Raider (2016) at optimal settings. Storage wise, you will get a scrumptious 1TB SATA hard drive and pulling the strings is an Intel Core i7-6700 with 3.4GHz, capable of turbo boosting up to 4GHz. This desktop computer is even capable of overclocking. A solid-state drive for quick loading and audios from Bang & Olufsen will keep you occupied all day. Not to mention its’ sleek design, the Envy will compliment your workspace all day.
4. Asus Zen AiO Pro
The Asus Zen AiO Pro is an all-in-one desktop and it is a complete package. Priced at RM4,599, some would think twice but wait when you see the specs of this machine. Asus is generous enough to fit in a Nvidia GeForce GTX950M graphics card into this beauty bundled with a processor up to the latest Intel i7 processors, DDR4 memory and a generation 3 SSD storage. This is truly an exquisite all-in-one desktop. The Asus Zen AiO Pro is a great alternative to Apple’s iMac and you will more or less get the same spec for a much lower price.
5. LENOVO IDEACENTRE Y710
Last on this list is a true gaming beast. The Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 is a machine built specifically for gamers. From first-person shooters, to high-speed races, and beyond. Play any game like a pro, even while streaming videos. And, with up to NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition graphics card, the Y710 Cube delivers high graphics performance, so you can effortlessly play in stunning 4K definition. Unlike traditional desktop computers case, the Y710 is built in a cube like case which allows much more compactness and on the top of the case is a handle designed for easy portability and maximum fun. Priced at a generic market price of RM6,099, you could be on your way to pro gaming.
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