KITGURU SHORTLISTS: THE BEST DESKTOP PC OF 2022

Last updated on June 17th, 2022 at 09:20 am

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.

Box Titanium X

This is a great gaming PC, smashing through the likes of Doom Eternal and Shadow of the Tomb Raider - with these specs, the Titanium X will take any modern title on with ease. I also think the approximate £200 premium of having Box build the system is acceptable given the level of care and detail they’ve put into the build, along with free delivery and that 3-year warranty.

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PCSpecialist Magnus Spark

Dropping a grand on a gaming PC is still a hefty investment for most people, but PCSpecialist has done a very good job to ensure you are getting a well-balanced package for your money. The core spec is just very sensible - Intel's hexa-core i5-12400F performs like a champ, while the RX 6600 is, in my view, the best value graphics card on the market right now, offering excellent gaming performance at 1080p, while 1440p gaming isn't out of the question either.

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PCSpecialist Odin i7 Ti Air

As part of PCSpecialist's next-day range, the Odin i7 Ti Air is designed to offer a well-balanced spec at a fair price-point - in this case, £1849. It's not a small investment by any means, but that money gets you an i7-12700K processor, RTX 3070 Ti graphics card, 32GB of DDR4 memory and a total of 3TB of storage space (1TB SSD and 3TD hard drive.) It certainly sounds good on paper, and we were not disappointed during our testing.

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Cyberpower Infinity X123 Pro

The Cyberpower Infinity X123 Pro highly capable for 1080p and 1440p gaming. We thought the i3 would prove a bit of a limitation for this GPU, but our testing has clearly shown otherwise. You could argue that paying extra for an i5 is going to be more 'futureproof' – which may well be true – but it is hard to say when the quad-core i3-12100F just won’t be up to snuff. Right now anyway, it is the clear value choice and does not hold back the RTX 3060 at all.

 

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Cyberpower Infinity X125 GT

The Infinity X125 GT system from Cyberpower is a good all-rounder. The build quality is excellent, and we absolutely love the Lian Li Air Mini case design. It’s very well put together and cable managed, the part choices complement each other and aesthetically it ticks all the boxes. The SSD could have faster write speeds, but it's not a major issue.

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