Nov/ Dec 2014. Best Desktop for 2014. Desktops are the best! I was looking for a new affordable desktop because my pc had broken down. Good desktops today have features like quad-core processors, fast hard-drives with plenty of GB storage, and awesome sound and graphics cards so that gaming and heavy duty graphic programs can run smoothly, as well as playing HD movies.
The best desktop brands are Apple, HP, Dell, Sony, Acer and Asus.
Factors that determine the performance of a desktop computer
The speed of a desktop is mainly dependent on the quality of the CPU, how many CPU`s (single core, dual core, quad core), the available MEM (more internal memory is better, today desktops should have at least 4 GB) and the harddisk (SSD is much faster than regular HDD). When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing the quality of the video-card is very important.
Intel vs AMD
When choosing a desktop computer the CPU is an important factor to consider. The CPU is the heart of the system. There are two main processor manufacturers namely Intel and AMD. The intel processors tend to perform slightly better but are about twice as expensive compared to the AMD processors. The gain in performance can be noticed in high speed gaming frame rate but is hardly noticeable when using the desktop for normal use.
What Speed Do You Need?
The i3 Intel series and its equivalent AMD processors are used in low end desktops for usual computer tasks like surfing the web, email and administrative tasks. These are the cheapest Intel processors with the lowest processing power. The Intel i5 series and equivalent AMD processors have better performance and can be used for light/medium gaming and medium video editing/ graphical programs. the i7 Intel processors and equivalent AMD processors are the most expensive but get you the most processing power, the best gaming experience and the best basis for heavy graphical programs and video editing.
It is difficult to say that the Intel CPU`s are better than the AMD ones because for the same price as one Intel core you can sometimes get more AMD cores which eliminates the performance gain that single Intel processors show in benchmark tests.
On this website you will first find my recommendation for the best desktop 2014 and after that you will find my choices for the best Intel i3, i5 and gaming desktops and pc`s of the separate brands.
The Best Desktop 2014: Apple iMac 21.5-Inch Desktop
I have chosen the 21.5-inch iMac as the best desktop because its specs are awesome. The (21.5 inch!) screen is only 5mm thick on the edges. The aluminum and glass frame make this iMac 40% lighter than its predecessor. It also has 75 percent less reflection than ordinary screens. The new iMac has the third-generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processors, the best NVIDIA graphics card and 8 GB SDRAM. With these specs this desktop is very fast. The 1 TB hard drive, high-speed I/O, including two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3 ports complete this best desktop 2014. biggest pro: incredibly fast bootup and awesome graphics, and of course for Apple users => it is an Apple! Biggest con: bit pricy.
Screen : 21.5 inches, Resolution: 1920 X 1080
Processors: 4x Intel 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM: 8 GB SDRAM
Hard Drive: 1024 GB, RS 5400 RPM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
OS: Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Weight: 12.5 pounds, L x W x H: 6.90 x 20.80 x 17.70 inches
Interface: Serial ATA
Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse included
Best Intel i3 and equivalent Desktops
These are basic desktops for basic tasks like text editing and surfing the web. the price range is between $ 350 and $700 depending on All-in-one or just the desktop without monitor, amount of RAM etc. You can click through to see the specs and price.
Best Intel i5 Desktops
The price for these desktops are around $ 700. With the i5 processor and 8 Gb of RAM they are fast and can perform well when doing multiple task at the same time or when you have several programs running at the same time. You can do video editing or gaming at a reasonable fps with these desktops which makes them the best desktops for a family home or small to medium sized businesses. The Apple iMac which I choose as the best desktop also uses a i5 processor.
Best Gaming Desktops 2014
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Gaming desktops are more expensive than normal desktops because they have a better cpu, more/ faster RAM and a much better video card than regular desktops, which are needed for fast game-play, high fps and excellent graphics in high demanding games.
Best Cheap Desktops (around $300)
When you just want a pc to email, internet/ social media, watch an occasional movie or do some text editing or light gaming (no MMORPG) then, a cheaper computer is the best choice. The specs are not as good as the more expensive desktops have, so don`t expect the fastest performance. If speed and specs are not the most important then the following recommendations are everything you need for a good price.
A very interesting choice is the LG Chromebase. It is based on Google Chrome and it boots in seconds. All Google apps like Gmail/ youtube/ docs etc run in the Chrome environment so you dont have to worry about updates, virus protection etc. It has a 16 Gb SSD for fast performance despite the 1.4 GHz processor for an appealing price. A good family desktop.
Best Apple desktops 2014
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Top HP Desktops
The HP Pavilion desktop you see below is actually the best selling desktop at the moment. With a Intel i3-4130 Processor 3.4 GHz( cache), 4GB SDRAM DDR3, Windows 7 64-bit Home premium and a price around $400 this desktop is highly recommended.
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