If you have a bottomless wallet, then there are an endless supply of incredibly powerful and impressive desktop computers available. The Surface Studio 2 for instance, is an elaborate machine with a beautiful display that is ideal for creatives and artists.
But most of us don’t have bottomless wallets. Therefore, we will be forced to choose between the cheaper desktop PCs that are within our budget.
The good news is that there is still a good amount of variety available. In this post then, we will take a look at the best cheap desktops for 2019.
Intel Compute Stick
The Intel Compute Stick is a fantastic concept that really shows just how far computing has come. This is a fully functional desktop PC that you can fit in your pocket.
How does it work? Simple: it contains the powerful Core M3 processor from Intel, a couple of ports, Bluetooth, and HDMI. That’s enough to allow you to hook it up to a monitor, set up a keyboard and mouse, and then get to work anywhere that has the necessary space and screen.
And this is no Raspberry Pi experience either! The Core M3 is actually a more-than-capable processor that is found in the likes of the Surface Go. This is not going to win any awards for the most powerful machine, but it is able to handle most software with no trouble – even including some light 3D gaming from last gen.
What Are The Best Cheap Desktops for 2019
Azulle Byte3 Fanless Mini Desktop PC
This is another tiny computer that will set you back considerably less than $300. Clearly this is a concept that is catching on with consumers!
The device comes with some fairly decent specs too with a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor, 32GB on-board storage, and 4GB of RAM (not expandable unfortunately). Flash storage keeps things booting up quickly, and once again this is for all intents and purposes a tiny PC!
Dell Optiplex 990 SFF Flagship Premium Business Desktop Computer
There are several different versions of this desktop PC, but we’re talking about the 16GB RAM version with the 2TB HDD, 3.4GHz (up to) Core i5 processor, and Windows 10 professional. It’s not the most powerful machine around but if you get it refurbished in particular, then you can get some amazing prices for the performance on offer.
Integrated graphics mean that this isn’t a gaming machine any more than the Compute Stick, while the HDD storage is a little on the slow side. But it has more than enough processing powerful for the business audience that it is being marketed toward and it really doesn’t break the bank – so it’s definitely one of the best cheap desktops for 2019.
This does only come as a tower however, so keep in mind that you’ll need to invest in your own monitor and keyboard unless you already have them kicking around.
Acer Aspire C24-865-ACi5NT AIO Desktop
On the other hand, why not choose this Acer Inspire and get the monitor built right into the computer, Mac style? This is a very attractive 23.8” Full HD monitor as well, while the wireless keyboard and mouse look great.
Performance wise this is no slouch either, with a big 12GB of RAM, an 8th gen Core i5 processor (very fast), and 1TBH of HDD storage. An SSD hard drive would have been preferable, and it’s a shame that graphics are still integrated. But as an all-in-one package (which also includes a webcam), this is a very nice looking set-up that’s good to go right out of the box.
iBUYPOWER Enthusiast Gaming Computer Desktop PC AM010A
If you did want to game for less though, then this iBUYPOWER machine might just be one of the best cheap desktops for 2019. This machine seemingly has it all: from the powerful AMD processor, to the NVIDIA Geforce GT 710 graphics card. That’s more than enough to handle the vast majority of modern games (though not on ultra settings), and the included gaming keyboard and moues will help to make the experience all the better. Even the tower has a great aesthetic that shows the PC’s interior with lots of red lighting.
There’s a slightly more expensive option that also comes with an ‘enthusiast’ gaming monitor that has an amazing 144Hz refresh rate.
Of course, if you’re looking for the best desktops for 2019, then the winning option is to build one yourself. If you have the know-how and you can source the parts, then this is an affordable way to achieve a truly powerful performance that is exactly to your liking and specification.
If not? Then any of these will serve you well as the best desktops for 2019! Let us know in the comments down below what your top picks are for this year.