Looking to purchase a new desktop computer for your home and don’t know where to start? The first step is to determine your budget then think about the features you need most from your new desktop. To help, we’ve outlined the four categories that desktop users tend to fall into, as well as the technical features you’ll need to consider.
If you only need your new desktop for typing up the occasional Microsoft Word document, sending emails to your friends and late-night online shopping, you’ll find most computers suitable. If you’re working with a tight budget, there should still be plenty of options available to you.
If you do all of the above but also want to listen to music, watch TV and play games on your new desktop, opt for an entertainment PC. These machines have more powerful hardware such as large screens, high-quality speakers and sound card, as well as a large hard drive.
If you’re an avid gamer and you’re hoping to play the latest games on the highest settings, a gaming PC is best suited to you. Such systems are generally more expensive as they require more high-quality components than everyday PCs.
If you’re interested in video editing or running other heavy-duty software, you’ll need to go high-end in order to get the performance required. While a large screen and powerful graphics card are less important than for a gaming PC, be sure to choose a machine with a powerful CPU, plenty of memory and a large, super-speedy hard drive.
Once you’ve worked out what type of PC you need, it’s time to get a bit more technical. Here are some guidelines:
Even the most basic of PC tasks will require a minimum of 4GB RAM to ensure the system runs optimally. For those with a higher-end system, more RAM is essential for the best results. As a rule of thumb, 16GB should suffice for high-end PC users.
Hard Drive vs. SSD (Solid State Drive)
SSDs may be pricier than hard drives but they come with great benefits, such as faster load times and superior all-round performance. High-end PC users should consider opting for a machine with both an SSD and a hard drive. For users at the budget PC end, it’s best practice to choose a computer with the highest capacity hard drive within your budget. We recommend 750GB but if you can stretch to buying one with 1TB storage space, even better.
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
Dual-core CPUs allow you to run several programs simultaneously – and even the cheapest of desktop PCs is likely to come with this. For improved performance, look for a computer with more cores. It’s worthwhile spending a little extra if you’re planning to run programs that are CPU-intensive as this will prevent slow performance.
All PC users welcome a high-quality monitor. When buying yours, take screen resolution, response time, size and weight into account – and buy according to your individual needs. The faster the response time, the better the monitor will be at displaying moving images without blurriness. Superior screen resolutions are ideal for those needing to work accurately with colour, such as graphic designers. Where size and weight are concerned, consider the desk space you have. If you’re limited, opt for a smaller monitor.
GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
If you’re buying a gaming PC, the GPU is an important component. Look for a machine with a powerful graphics card if you want the best gaming performance. For other PC users, the GPU isn’t as important a consideration.
Paying attention to the features you need from a computer will not only help you save money, but will ensure you get the best PC for the tasks you need to complete. Browse the BT Shop desktop range now to find the right PC for you.