Top 10 performance desktop PCs

Intel's Sandy Bridge processors are still the popular kids on the block, but the new Sandy Bridge Extreme Edition has arrived, taking top honors on our performance PC benchmarks

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You'll find plenty of power in your average desktop or all-in-one PC, but the titans of the performance desktop category are built with speed - and gaming - in mind. That power, however, doesn't come cheap.

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Top performance desktops

You'll find plenty of power in your average desktop or all-in-one PC, but the titans of the performance desktop category are built with speed - and gaming - in mind. That power, however, doesn't come cheap.

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Micro Express MicroFlex 79B

This Micro Express machine packs Intel's new Sandy Bridge Extreme Edition processor, serving up tons of power and great performance.

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Primordial Computers Satyr

This is the perfect machine for tinkerers: it's cheap(ish), and it has a huge, roomy case.

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AVADirect X79 Silent Gaming PC

The AVADirect Silent Gaming PC is a speedy, powerful, pricey machine in a quiet package.

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Alienware Aurora

The new Alienware Aurora is well-designed, with a great case and a few neat features, but it’s a little pricey and doesn’t keep up with category leaders in our performance tests.

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Digital Storm ODE

The Digital Storm ODE performance PC offers high-end power at a low price.

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Polywell Ignition X7900i-3960

The Polywell Ignition X7900i-3960 comes packed with every performance PC lover's dream parts, but it carries a rather steep price.

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iBuyPower Gamer Paladin HS11

We love this performance desktop’s speeds, but its omission of a Blu-ray player leaves movie buffs in the cold.

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Polywell Poly 990FX-8150

The Polywell Poly 990FX-8150 fails to stand out in a crowded category; it offers both general and gaming performance bested by machines that cost hundreds less.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre K330

You can do a lot with the superfast speeds of Lenovo’s inexpensive PC; you just can’t put that much more into this system.

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WarFactory Sentinel

The WarFactory Sentinel is a great and cost effective gateway to PC gaming.

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