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Desktop Computer Buying Guide

FINDING THE BEST DESKTOP PC

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 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.

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PC TOWER

Although desktop towers may seem a little old school, they're user-friendly, simple to update and easy to customise. They also vary in price points, allowing you to buy the tower and monitor together or separately. You just need to make sure there's enough space for the extra equipment.

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ALL-IN-ONE PC

With an AIO, the system features are already built into the back of the monitor, meaning it's user-friendly and you lose the bulky tower. Their screens tend to be larger - ideal for displaying online content, TV or films. You can't update internal components like other PCs, due to their limited space - so just be mindful that their components can be less powerful.

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COMPUTER COMPONENTS

Your 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.

COMPUTER MONITORS

Man sat at a desk, looking at PC monitor

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MONITOR

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. Read below to help you spot what to look out for.

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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.

CURVED SCREEN - Looking for a different and more immersive viewing experience? Try a curved screen - wrapping around your field of vision to really submerge you into your content.

4K AND HDR - By enhancing the colours of an image and defining every detail you can see, makes these high resolution screens a great choice for streaming or gaming.

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.

RESOLUTION - Monitors are available with 3 levels of resolution, measured in pixels - the higher the resolution, the more detailed the image. With higher pixels, a larger screen is recommended to create a flawless picture.

WHICH SIZE SCREEN DO YOU NEED?

  No. Of Pixels Recommended Screen Size Great For...
Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 Up to 24" General use and basic gaming
Quad HD 2,560 x 1,440 25" - 27" Content creation and high end gaming
4k / Ultra HD 3,840 x 2,160 27" and over Professional and extreme gaming

iMacs

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 decide which PC is best for you.

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