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The answer is "yes!"
We still get many surprised looks when people learn we continue to build quite a few desktop PC's.

Offices depend on the desktop PC's performance, larger (and higher resolution) screens, full-sized keyboards and real mice, and overall reliability. They're also the #1 choice for creative-minded people (photographers, videographers, programmers, etc.) for these same reasons.

Then there are families that prefer their kids use a desktop PC in a family area. Last, but not least, don't forget gamers (there are portable devices that can do some gaming, but in a somewhat limited capacity).

Sure, portable devices have found their place, but the desktop PC is a proven, economical workhorse.

 

Milwaukee AMD sales

1. Select your CPU/Platform

  • Asus H97M-E Motherboard
  • Rosewill Micro-ATX Enclosure with 350-watt power supply and four front-panel USB ports (two of them USB 3.0, two USB 2.0)
  • Up to 16GB of RAM via 4 DDR-3 slots
  • Two PCI-E x1 slots, One PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot
  • 10/100/1000 Networking
  • 8-channel High Definition Audio
  • Intel H67 Multi-display Graphics
  • Eight USB ports on back (four of them USB 3.0)

  • Asus F2A85-M/CSM Motherboard
  • Rosewill Micro-ATX Enclosure with 350-watt power supply and four front-panel USB ports (two of them USB 3.0, two USB 2.0)
  • Up to 16GB of RAM via 4 DDR-3 slots
  • Two PCI-E x16 slots, One PCI-E x1 slot
  • 10/100/1000 Networking
  • 8-channel High Definition Audio
  • ATI Radeon HD7000 Dual-display Graphics (CPU integrated)
  • Eight USB ports on back (four of them USB 3.0)

 
Which CPU to select? AMD is the value leader, Intel is the performance leader. For office applications, browsing the web, etc., the AMD is all you will ever need. For editing video, 3D game-playing, etc., you may want the additional performance of higher-end Intel CPU's.

Passmark Labs offers benchmarks for almost every Intel and AMD CPU. One word of caution, though: Their benchmarks are skewed by the # of cores in the CPU. So a chip with four cores will outperform a chip with two similar cores by a factor of two. In the real world, though, few applications can take advantage of all those cores. Above maybe 2-3 cores, additional cores may be a waste (there are exceptions, application servers for example).

For a real-world example, an i7-4790K has a Passmark score of 11,237 and four cores, or 2809 per core.  If your application can only use a single core (very common), that is as fast as your application will run (I'm simplifying but not by much).  An i3-4160T has a Passmark score of 4425 and two cores, or 2212 per core.  So if comparing only the raw Passmark scores, the i7 looks 2.5x faster than the i3.  But on a per-core basis, we're talking a 26% difference between the two.

 

 

Milwaukee Kingston sales

2. Select your RAM

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3. Select up to four hard drives

(DISK #1)
(DISK #2)
(DISK #3)
(DISK #4)

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4. Select up to two DVD+/-RW drives

Milwaukee Asus sales

5. Select your monitor (optional)

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6. Select your keyboard/mouse bundle (optional)

Milwaukee Windows sales

7. Select your operating system

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