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The best desktops under $800 price range grant you configurations like Windows operating system, 8 GB internal memory and the latest 3rd generation Intel processor from the brands like Dell, Lenovo and HP.

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Dell XPS 8700

Dell XPS X8700-625BLK Desktop


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Dell XPS 8700
HP Envy 23
Apple Mac Mini (2012)
CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra
Acer Aspire AME600
Dell XPS X8700-625BLK Desktop
HP Envy 23-c010 23-Inch Desktop (Black)
Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A Desktop
CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA400 Desktop (Black/Blue)
Acer Aspire AME600-UR378 Desktop (Black)
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Release Date
Jun 2013
Nov 2012
Oct 2012
Oct 2012
Oct 2012
HDD Size
1000.0 GB
1536.0 GB
1024.0 GB
2048.0 GB
2048.0 GB
Installed Memory
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
6GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB DDR3
8 GB SDRAM DDR3
10GB DDR3 SDRAM
Operating System
Windows 8
Windows 8 64-bit Edition
Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit Edition
Windows 8
Processor
Core i5-4430 3.2 GHz
AMD A6-5400K
Intel Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz
AMD FX-6100 3.3 GHz
Intel Core i7-3770

  • Aside from its mostly unnecessary abundance of RAM, the XPS 8700 Special Edition is a well-rounded performance desktop that's a good fit as a family PC or a dorm-room power tower. It's powerful enough to handle pretty much any task that you throw at it, from high-end media creation to high-resolution gaming. And its desktop form factor and upgradability mean it won't have to be replaced as soon as one of the components gets too slow or fails.


  • HP has made an aggressive move in the budget PC space with this big-screen all-in-one that will serve as an affordable, generally capable home computer.


  • The HP Envy 23-1050t is a competent All-in-One desktop, but while the hardware satisfies, it omits one or two features you'll miss.


  • Those wanting a high performance all-in-one touchscreen system should take a close look at the HP ENVY 23-d160qd TouchSmart. While it may not have the screen size of other similar priced system, it does offer some high end performance and a good set of customize options to fit one's needs. It is a bit disappointing that HP didn't translate some of the software from their Magic Canvas software to Windows 8 but it is not a major problem.


  • With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price range.


  • The new Mac mini continues to build on the solid foundation set by the 2011 model. If you prefer a Mac desktop computer to a laptop, and/or you don't want to be confined to the glossy 21.5- or 27-inch displays that come with the iMac, the Mac mini is a capable system for most tasks. The quad-core Core i7 processor and the larger storage capacity make the £679-799 Mac mini more attractive - plus you £200.


  • This model is expensive, but generally the Mini is pretty sound.


  • For anyone who needs a computer system with a dedicated graphics system either for gaming or graphics work, the Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 2073 is a tough deal to beat. For under $500, it comes with an AMD 5450 graphics card with a full 1GB of memory. The system also comes free of bloatware many companies add to the OS. There are minor issues with it though including no media card reader and the lack of customization that Cyberpower typically offers through their direct sales because this is a retail system.


  • The CyberPower Ultra HTPC is an all-round system with clean, tidy looks and a Blu-ray writer that may prove useful. Sadly it's also far from quiet and only standard-definition TV facilities are included, although its AMD processor gives it a decent boost in 3D graphics performance allowing it to double up as a gaming PC.


  • While not as much of a bargain as the previous CyberPower system that came through our labs, the Gamer Ultra Perseus presents good value for a well-built, water-cooled and pre-overclocked AM3 system. However, though the water cooling is quieter than a conventional air cooler it still isn't truly silent, and if you actually want the best bang for your buck when it comes to gaming performance you'd be better off dropping the water cooling for a second graphics card.


  • The Acer Aspire AME600-UR378's solid hardware, decent expandability, and reasonable price tag helps set the bar for what we expect from mainstream multimedia desktops in a Windows 8 world.


  • The processing speed, memory and storage are rather impressive, but the graphics chip and customer support may leave you wanting.

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    Great price for a great computer, this is an excellent machine fast, beautiful display. It's attractive and very functional. . So, this Acer AME600-UR378 is low priced, but high powered, at least for what I need it to do. I did comparison shopping both online and at places like Best Buy, Office Max, and Office Depot before choosing and buying this desktop. It was at a great price!


Top 5 desktop under $800:

  1. Dell XPS X8700-625BLK Desktop
  2. HP Envy 23-c010 23-Inch Desktop (Black)
  3. Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A Desktop
  4. CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA400 Desktop (Black/Blue)
  5. Acer Aspire AME600-UR378 Desktop (Black)