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Alienware X51 R3: from $699

Alienware X51 R3 With Graphics Amp And Monitor

The new X51 R3's specs are ride with the latest PC technologies, from Windows 10 to Intel's Skylake Core i7-6700K processor and companion Z170 motherboard chipset, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 960, 16GB of DDR4-2133 memory and the excellent Samsung PM951 M.2 PCI Express NVMe SSD. I you're looking for a small form factor gaming-rig that integrates well in the living room, or anywhere elsewhere really, we're confident in recommending the Alienware X51 R3. Read our review here.

Alienware Area 51: from $1,699

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The Alienware Area-51 is one of the most unique gaming PCs currently on the market.  It's custom, angular chassis not only looks good, but has functional cooling benefits as well. And with a 6-core Haswell-E processor, tri-SLI, and a fast SSD on board, it'll to light up some benchmarks too.The Area-51's new Triad chassis design enables top-end performance with thermal and acoustic profiles that are best of class in high-end gaming systems. We'd go so far as to suggest that even for workstation professionals, not just gamers, the Area-51 has a lot of merit.  Read our review here.

Lenovo B50 All-in-One: from $999
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It’s easy to pinpoint the B50’s most appealing traits. It’s equipped with a large (but not overwhelmingly enormous) touchscreen display. It also has a fairly compact footprint so that it won’t eat a lot of space in your office or living room. Perhaps best of all, its middle-of-road price will be very tempting for anyone who wants ample processing power in an elegant all-on-one, but doesn’t have the need or means to spring for something like Lenovo's A Series. From a performance perspective, this is a good all-purpose machine. Like so many others in its class, it doesn’t quite have the GPU horsepower for the latest games, but for all general tasks and a bit of fun on the side, the B50 is a solid setup at a fair price. Read our review here.

Gigabyte Brix S BXi7H-5500 Broadwell Mini PC: from $500+

Gigabyte BRIX Mini PC

Although there are some newer mini-PCs on the market right now, the Brix S BXi7H5500's internals still hold its own among its tiny competitors. None of these tiny systems will ever blow anyone away with their performance; it's just the nature of the beast since they're packed with low-power components and have minimal space for cooling. But the Brix S BXi7H5500's Core i7 processor and Iris graphics still pack a punch, especially considering the machine will fit in the palm of your hand. Read our review here.


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