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KITGURU SHORTLISTS: THE BEST DESKTOP PC OF 2021

Last updated on April 6th, 2021 at 01:33 pm

Almost every KitGuru reader still uses a desktop PC as their primary system – with more and more of you choosing to buy a pre-built unit every year. From snazzy gaming mini-towers through to huge beasts with a dozen drive bays, we have tested the PCs and evaluated the PC builders before creating out shortlist.

PC Specialist Vidar

PC Specialist has such a deep love for Assassin's Creed Valhalla that they named this PC Vidar after the Norse God of Vengeance who features in the game. That sounds like a questionable move as Valhalla has suffered from poor reviews... however the PC itself is a fine piece of work that can play the latest AAA games with little effort.

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PCSpecialist Vortex S3

Overall, the Vortex S3 is a very capable PC for both gaming and productivity tasks. In its default configuration, it would suit users who need it for work during the day and also enjoy some smooth, high FPS gaming in the evenings. Paired with either a 1080p or 1400p high refresh rate monitor, it would make for a solid gaming system. In its current configuration, it's a great all-rounder.

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Cyberpower Ultra 3 RX

The Cyberpower Ultra 3 RX is a budget gaming system coming in at £879 in the UK. Core components include a couple of AMD’s value kings in the Ryzen 3 3300X processor and RX 5600 XT graphics card. Combined with 16GB of DDR4 memory, the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max motherboard, and a 256GB NVMe SSD, has Cyberpower put forward a value winner?

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Fierce PC Shuriken

Today we’re looking at a pre-built system from Fierce PC. Using some of the latest hardware from AMD, this PC is named the Shuriken “so the user can use the power of this PC to slice ‘n’ dice any obstacle in their path!”. This system features an 6-core Ryzen 5 3600 with a 4.2GHz overclock, a Radeon RX 5700 graphics card, 16GB high speed DDR4 memory and a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD for storage.

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Corsair One i140 and i160

There is no doubt the Corsair One is targeting a very niche audience, but when the latest models were announced this year i was so interested in the system I asked Corsair if I could get a look at the systems on long term loan. To play with them for months and get a handle on all the strengths and weaknesses.

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