Choosing the best desktop PC for your workspaceShop desktop computers at Argos
Looking for a more powerful and dedicated workspace? Then a desktop computer is just for you. By figuring out what you're using your PC for, our guide can help you find the right one to suit your needs, space and lifestyle.
What are the different types of desktop computers?
From the traditional tower block to customisable RGB lighting, there's something to suit every desk. But how much space you have in your chosen room, and the purpose for your purchase, may determine which style of computer is the best fit for you.
Working in a creative industry?
Although PCs offer similar software and programmes, many believe that iMac computers are better suited for creative tasks such as graphic design and photo editing. Check out our dedicated Mac page to help you decide whether a PC or Mac is the best option for you.
RAM, OS, processor speed? Understanding computer specs
A computer is made up of multiple components, and the importance of each one comes down to what you're doing. To find out more, read our computer guide and advice page, but here's a little preview for you:
RAM - Random Access Memory is your PC's short-term memory space, allowing your computer to work on the jobs it's doing at any given moment.
Operation System - Or OS, is how your computer is designed to function. Choose between Chrome, Windows or macOS depending on your needs.
Processor - Essentially, your computer's brain which determines its performance. Most processors are produced by either Intel or AMD.
Getting the best display for your desktop computer
Selecting the right screen will not only put less strain on your eyes, but will also enhance the tasks you're completing. Sometimes seeing that extra detail can really make the difference.
What to look for in a monitor
Size - There's no right or wrong here, this again relates to what you're using your PC for and the amount of desk space you have. If you do need a high resolution, we'd recommend a larger screen.
Brightness - This is measured in candelas (cd/m2). The brightest monitors can go over 300cd/m2, meaning you can still see the screen even in direct sunlight. However, a lower amount will reduce strain on your eyes.
Contrast ratio - Linked to brightness, this is simply the difference between the darkest and brightest peaks of a monitor. It's debated that the more contrast a monitor has the better. However, the recommended 100000:1 or above is plenty for most computing tasks.
Other features to consider
Looking for a more immersive viewing experience? Try a curved screen - wrapping around your field of vision to really submerge you into your content.
4K & HDR
By enhancing the colours of an image and defining every detail you can see, these high resolution screens make a great choice for streaming or gaming.
Monitors are available with three levels of resolution, measured in pixels - the higher the resolution, the more detailed the image on screen.
Which screen size is best for you?
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