Which PC do I get?



Buying a new computer can be a dilemma and, if you are not computer savvy then it can also be a daunting task. 


Being in the so-called age of technology it isn't a wonder that the new generation is very adept at the use of computerised gadgets,  such as smart phone's, tablets and desktop computers. If you're born into something and you are constantly surrounded by it, then it isn't any wonder that proficiency is almost second nature.




But.... that's today's youth, and 'some' of us older folks did not have the privilege to be born into it and often, but definitely not always, it is the case that people cannot be bothered to learn how to make use of them. But, it's inevitable that at some point in our life we will have to use them, and when that time comes we are usually lost and left wonder what the hell a Gigabyte is (a gigabyte is a unit of information comprised of 1024 megabytes). I learned the hard way when I was a 10-year-old boy, and this new world of exciting technology had been opened up to me. No one else in my family had any knowledge of computers and I simply dabbled and tinkered about until I got the results I wanted. I still remember the day I got my first 3dfx video card, the voodoo banshee which boasted a whopping 16megabytes of EDO DRAM (Extended data output, Dynamic random access memory) and boy was I over the moon!

Most computer enthusiasts will tell you that nothing beats a self-built computer but, not everyone will have the time or patience to learn what is required to build and source the best computers for your budget. When buying a new computer you need to ask yourself one thing, and that's what the end user will be. Will you use it for word processing? or using it as a home media centre, or maybe for uploading pictures to your Facebook profile, think about these things before committing to anything as you will save yourself a lot of money and stress when purchasing it. 


Generally speaking, anything that isn't specialist geared, such as rendering high-resolution photographs for editing, will not require a high-end build and most "all-in-one" computers will suffice for general use. One such model is the Acer Aspire XC-780, which comes with Windows 10 and for only £379.99 it's a great place to start.


Resource-intensive tasks such as high-end gaming require better hardware and therefore cost a bit more. So, if money isn't something you are worried about then there are some really good pre-builds available. The Dell XPS 8900 is a good option for playing the most recent games and at £900 (with free shipping) it's a nice entry-level model for gaming.  Another top player in the pre-built market is the Lenovo 90DD0097UK which features the video card top dog - the GeForce GTX 1080. At £1299 it's a bit on the expensive side but for what's included and how it's manufactured it's a good deal.

The added benefit of purchasing a prebuilt PC is that they will have everything you require to get yourself up and running. Most brands offer free or trial versions of virus protection/internet security software, which is a must when you are browsing the internet.


What about you, do you prefer to build or buy your own PC?


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13 comments

  1. I tend to do a lot of gaming on my PC, so I ended up just buying each peripheral and part separately and then getting a decent case to put them all in. However, if I were to buy a premade one, the XPS would be a good one to go for :)

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    1. I find myself doing that aswell, nothing beats getting all the parts together and building it up! :)

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  2. I am looking for a new PC. Mine freezes quite a lot (it's an ASUS) and I haven't been able to figure out what's wrong. Thanks for the advice!

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    1. Is it an older model? Hopefully you get the one you're after and it fairs you better :)

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  3. My other half long dreams of building his own PC, I think that one day he will probably do it. However, I'm more of a buyer.

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    1. Give him a push to do it! It's a fun experience :)

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  4. We built our PC, well not us personally, but we wanted one that met all of our requirements. I think it can be so daunting to decide which PC to go for, this is really interesting!

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  5. I wouldn't even know where to begin to be honest! My hubby deals with all the tech stuff for me!

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  6. Great tips here! I'm very lucky as I have my work Macbook and don't have to worry about this stuff!

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  7. I much prefer to buy my own! Great tips here

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  8. I'm definitely not what you would call computer savvy, but I'm saving up for a new PC so I've bookmarked this post for future reference! Thank you so much :)

    Louise

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  9. I moved from a pc to a Mac recently as it was better for what I needed it for. But I was loyal to pc before that.

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  10. I definitely prefer to buy a PC and I'm actually looking for a new one at the moment so thanks for sharing! x

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