Which operating system is right for you?
One of the first things to think about when buying a PC is the operating system. Windows and OS X look, feel and work very differently to each other, with most people preferring one over the other.
Windows is the most popular operating system available today. The majority of software out there is compatible with Windows, while the familiar layout and easy-to-pickup navigation makes it the first choice of many professionals, gamers and families.
OS X is exclusive to Apple Macs and offers bright, intuitive access to your files, software and the internet. Used in homes and studios alike, OS X users praise it for its reliability, simple interface and ‘plug and play’ compatibility with Apple certified software and accessories.
Barebones (no OS)
Barebones PCs come without an operating system, so you can install an older version of Windows if you have one, or an alternative OS such as Ubuntu or Linux. Barebones PCs are perfect for businesses or users with very particular requirements.
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Call into one of our stores to try each operating system out and get a feel for which one you prefer.
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Want the power of a desktop but need to save space? An all-in-one could be just what you need.
Do you know what sort of system you need to study? We'll help you make the right choice.
Looking for a computer that will be helpful to the whole household? This guide will help you out.
Things to consider when buying a PC
Some all-in-ones and monitors feature touchscreens, which give you the ability to navigate your PC just like you do on your smartphone or tablet.
Windows 8 is optimised for touch control, so why not discover the fun and functionality of touchscreen control and let it change the way you use a PC forever.
If you’re looking for a PC for typing up documents, surfing the web or social networking, the processor needn’t be your main concern, although it will affect how fast it runs. If you’re working on things like music creation or photo and video editing, look for something with more power.
Random Access Memory (RAM) feeds the processor information, so the more you have, the more the processor (and you) can do at once.
4 GB is plenty for reliable everyday computing, but look for a PC with more if you plan on editing, creating or designing in the future.
Desktop PCs usually come with a hard disk drive (HDD) for storage. HDDs offer huge amounts of storage, with all desktop PCs offering plenty of space onboard for media and documents.
Some also feature a solid state drive (SSD), which deliver far faster read and write times than HDDs. SSDs are ideal for performance or gaming PCs that need to be as fast as possible.
If you plan on watching a lot of films or editing photos, dedicated graphics are highly recommended, as they dramatically improve the visual performance of your computing.
Gaming PCs always feature dedicated graphics cards which can easily be swapped and upgraded as technology develops.
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