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The Dell Studio MT system is faster and better equipped than its competition, and at a better price. You can certainly get away with a cheaper everyday PC, but this one is a bargain among lower midrange desktops.
The Energy Take Classic's combination of excellent sound quality and a small form factor makes it one of the best surround sound speaker systems in its price range.
Dell's first release from its new Studio line, the Studio 15, sits between the Inspiron and XPS lines and offers a good mix of features for the price.
The Dell Studio XPS 435 successfully overcomes our bias against desktops that claim to be experts at everything through charming case design and a strong configuration at a relatively fair price. It misses greatness because of a handful of minor missteps, but if you need a do-it-all mainstream tower system, this Dell more or less covers all the bases.
Dell's updated flagship gaming desktop incorporates the latest hardware from Intel, Nvidia, and AMD into a system that delivers some very impressive gaming scores. We'd give it a higher recommendation if it wasn't so expensive compared with systems from the competition.
Dell's new Studio Desktop introduces 64-bit Windows Vista to the Dell desktop lineup, but that's about the only thing this system does well. Its biggest, and deal-killing, fault is the overpriced and less-than-aggressive selection of configuration options.
Shuttle's midrange XPC G5 3600mc is slick looking and compact, but it falls short of other small-form-factor systems.
The Dell Inspiron 530 has very little that makes this system stand out, but if you need Bluetooth in your budget desktop, we can recommend no other.
The small form factor Digital Storm Bolt gaming desktop will play anything on the market. You might even be able to afford it.
Falcon Northwest's FragBox might be the best known small-form-factor gaming PC, but Maingear's X-Cube is currently the most up-to-date. With the latest of everything, if you want a gaming desktop for on-the-road fragging, look no further.