Top Stationary Computers for the Tinkerer

Top Stationary Computers for the Tinkerer

So, "voiding warranties" is something you do with pride? The following systems allow you to make your own maintenance and some upgrades as needed. After all, it's much more cost-effective to add memory or storage down the road if needed.

Your options 9 top results, ranging in price from ∼ US$790 to US$1240, with accessories.

  • #1, Stationary Computers (under $1000)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$410;
    ~$790 with accessories

    This computer is a compelling choice for everyday productivity, connectivity and enjoying the web... Read More about the di3880_s218pe

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Web & Communication

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-10100
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #2, Stationary Computers (under $1000)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$49036% cheaper than usual
    ~$890 with accessories

    This computer is well-suited for everyday productivity on a budget. Its combination of hard drives helps keep loading times to a minimum while giving you space... Read More about the di3880_s3700e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Web & Communication

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 128 GB (~1.13 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #3, Stationary Computers (under $1000)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$5603% cheaper than usual
    ~$970 with accessories

    This computer is a good fit for everyday productivity on a budget, and thanks to fast storage, it'll keep your loading times to a minimum. It's even relatively... Read More about the di3880_s2041e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power2/5
    Storage0.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Web & Communication

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #4, Stationary Computers (under $1000)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$490;
    ~$890 with accessories

    This computer is a good fit for everyday productivity on a budget. It's even relatively easy to upgrade and maintain thanks to detailed documentation. A few cre... Read More about the di3880_s2021e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Web & Communication

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #5, Stationary Computers (under $1000)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$580;
    ~$990 with accessories

    This computer is well-suited for speedy productivity on a budget. It's even relatively easy to upgrade and maintain thanks to detailed documentation if you do n... Read More about the di3880_s2081e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Web & Communication

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #6, Stationary Computers (under $1000)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$490;
    ~$890 with accessories

    This computer is well-suited for everyday productivity on a budget. It's even relatively easy to upgrade and maintain thanks to detailed documentation if you do... Read More about the di3880_s205e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Web & Communication

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #7, Stationary Computers (under $1000)
    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

    Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop from US$580;
    ~$990 with accessories

    This computer is a good fit if you've been looking to get more work done from home on a budget. It's even relatively easy to upgrade and maintain thanks to deta... Read More about the di3880_s2101e

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Web & Communication

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-10400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Dimensions: 15.40 x 29.30 x 32.43 cm
    Weight: 6.020 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Dell (Canada) site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP Pavilion Gaming PC

    HP Pavilion Gaming PC from US$7808% cheaper than usual
    ~$1240 with accessories

    This desktop PC manages to combine a lot of horsepower for the cost without sacrificing too much in terms of features or maintenance/upgrade options... Read More about the TG01-0199

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Web & Communication

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Video Games

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-9400
    Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.54 x 30.70 x 33.74 cm
    Weight: 5.960 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the HP site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #8, Stationary Computers (under $1000)
    HP Pavilion Desktop PC Guillaume's pick; 4 times!

    HP Pavilion Desktop PC from US$580;
    ~$990 with accessories

    If you need a PC for more than basic homework, or if you want a little room to grow with your next system, this cost-efficient model could be just what you need... Read More about the TP01-0019

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Web & Communication

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audio & Visual medias

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Texts & Numbers

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Video Games

    1.5/5
    Meets minimal requirements
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-9400
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB (~1.25 TB)
    Dimensions: 15.54 x 30.40 x 33.74 cm
    Weight: 5.960 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the HP site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×

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