If you think the day of the desktop has passed, think again because, Intel’s Haswell fourth-generation Core processor family has breathed new life into stationary computing. Acer’s Veriton 2 minitower not only as room for an optical drive, but for a PCIe x16 and a PCIe x1 slot for future upgrades. It’s energy efficient and allows entry for maintenance and cleaning. The systems come with Windows 7 and 8 so that the school can choose without cutting off an important upgrade path. Models start at $449.