Jun 24 2013 - Desktops that cost over $1000 have turned into specialty machines for those that either need extreme performance for demanding computer or gaming. Personally, I find those interested in this segment are better off building their own rather than buying one but for some that isn't really an option. If you need a fast PC that costs over $1000, check out my picks for a variety of different tasks and budgets.
If you want a high performance system that can be used for gaming but aren't looking to spend several thousand for a prestige class system, the Cyberpower Gamer Infinity XLC comes with a $1400 base price tag with some solid features suitable for great gaming. It features a new Core i7-4770K processor, GeForce GTX 770 graphics card, Blu-ray compatible drive and two terabyte hard drive. Cyberpower also offers a huge range of customization that can allow you to get reduce features for a lower price or add in more if it isn't quite enough. I would highly recommend an SSD upgrade for extra performance. A similarly priced alternative is the iBUYPOWER Gamer Paladin D897 that features a solid state drive but a lower graphics card for roughly the same price. It is also customizable.
Gaming systems are typically about the best frame rates regardless of cost. Often times they also sacrifice noise as a means to achieve that performance. This is the reason I like the Digital Storm Slade Level 2 system. It offers the high performance of items such as an overclocked Core i7-4770k quad core processor, solid state boot/application drive and GeForce GTX 770 graphics card while still trying to keep that noise level to a minimum which make others fail to achieve. The system is highly customizable but some of these customizations may break their assurances of being a low noise system. Of course pricing is high with $2300 being the base setup price. An alternative for those that might not care as much about sound levels would be the Maingear Shift Z87 Superstock which is around the same price but has a nice customized case design.
Want to play PC games on your HDTV in the living room? Most gaming systems are huge tower cases that don't fit very well into such a setup but the Alienware X51 is a slim down system about the size of an XBOX that provides a solid PC gaming experience on a 1080p television. This is thanks to the new i7-4770 quad core processor and the GeForce GTX 660 graphics card. It even features a very affordable price tag of just $1199. If you don't mind spending a bit more, than the iBUYPOWER Bolt with its new R770 version is a solid option starting at $1499.
If you aren't necessarily looking to use your PC for gaming but instead just want a high end system for maybe demanding tasks light digital video editing work, than the new Dell XPS 8700 offers a nice balance of features. It uses the new i7-4770 quad core processor with 12GB of DDR3 memory to provide it with a smooth overall experience regardless of applications. It is still possible to play games up to 1920x1080 with little problem thanks to a GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card. Storage is plentiful thanks to the two terabyte hard drive and networking a breeze thanks to standard wireless networking. All of this comes in a price of just $1149.