The Best Black Friday Desktop Computers

Poor desktop computers. With the influx of slim laptops, sleek tablets, and do-it-all smartphones, desktop computers seem to have been left behind in the technological landscape, and we can’t quite figure out why. Not only is it very possible to find a cheap desktop computer – especially on Black Friday – but they often boast the most powerful components and high-quality hardware, which all leads to superior performance. Here’s our Black Friday guide to the best desktop computer buys.

Best Overall

We have a tie in this category to appease both the Apple and the non-Apple people out there. Our first recommendation for the most powerful and appealing desktop computer is the Apple iMac. If you’re a regular computer user, this iMac is for you. If you’re into video and multimedia, this iMac is for you. PC gaming? This iMac is for you. And if you need a desktop computer that does it all? This iMac is for you too. Black Friday at the Apple Store will probably mean $100 off all computers, but take a peek on Amazon before you buy. It could save you an extra $50.

Our second pick for best desktop is the Samsung ATIV One 7. The iMac’s processor is a little bit faster, and the Samsung has 6 GB of RAM compared to the iMac’s 8, but what this model has is a touch screen, the latest development in desktop computing. For your best Black Friday deals on the Samsung, compare Amazon to Best Buy.

Best Value

Chances are, if you’re looking to buy a desktop computer, you want a good deal. Well we have the brand for you. We recommend both the Gateway DX4870-UB2B and the Gateway SX2380-UR318. Both computers have processors that are just as fast, and faster, than the processors in the iMac and Samsung ATIV One 7. They’ve got as much RAM as the Samsung, and comparable graphics. And they’re both available for under $500, before even taking Black Friday deals into account. Black Friday will mean Black Thursday at Midnight for any of you Gateway shoppers. Hunt for your bargains on Amazon.

Best PC Gaming

There are some truly unbelievable gaming machines out there. They’re also upwards of $4500. Considering Black Friday is on its way, we know you want a deal. The Dell Alienware X51 Gaming desktop launched just this fall and started at $699. It features a 1 TB hard drive and hyper-threading and turbo boost technology in the processor. Dell Black Friday deals begin at 12:01 am Friday, November 29th, 2013.