When it's time to take down the tree and look forward to ringing in the New Year, you'll probably have a much easier time dealing with the letdown if you've received (or have given) a brand new PC. Or, at least that's our best guess. To close this year's Holiday Gift Guide out, we'll point you to a few of our favorite pre-built small form-factor systems and gaming rigs that emerged this year. Good luck out there shopping, and Happy Holidays!
Small? HTPC-capable? Easy to wrap? Somewhat cheap? This Zotac SFF PC is one of the nicer desktops to buy, mostly because you won't go broke gifting someone with it but it also has dual core Atom goodness and NVIDIA Ion graphics under the hood.
Asus Eee Box EB1501 - $499
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z - $755
Dell Studio XPS 7100 - $808+
Dude, it's a Dell! AMD's hexa-core chips don't pack the same punch as Intel's six-core architecture, but the upshot is you'll save a king's bounty by riding into the sunset with AMD, and in this case, with Dell as well. The case is also compact, so it's perfect for the student in your life.
HP TouchSmart 600 All-In-One PC - $1600
Taking advantage of a good thing when they see it, HP has produced a few major updates to the TouchSmart line, culminating in the latest release of the TouchSmart series, the 20-inch TouchSmart 300 series and 23-inch TouchSmart 600 series. Other than screen size and specs, both the 300 and 600 series have much in common, including a relatively thin chassis, glossy 16:9 widescreen display, and a plethora of touch-enabled features and applications. Talk about an exciting unwrapping!
Origin's Genesis Gaming System - $2000+
Maingear SHIFT PC - $2399+
This concludes our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide, but we'd like to point out that these items are far from the only ones deserving. We've highlighted a few of our favorites in 2010, but we'd love to hear some of your alternatives down in comments. Got any good gifts you're giving away or begging to receive? Let us know!