Which operating system is right for you?
The first thing to consider when looking for a computer is the operating system. Windows 8 and OS X each have distinct layouts and offer very different ways to work and play. A quick way to decide is to think about your smartphone or tablet - Android devices works great with Windows, while iPhones and iPads are made to work with other Apple products.
If you've used a PC before, chances are it ran on Windows. Familiar, easy to navigate and used everywhere from family homes to space stations, Windows is a trusted and well-supported way to get exactly what you want from your computer.
OS X is designed to tie all your Apple devices together. Bright, simple and well-regarded for its reliability, OS X is used by professionals and casual users alike, and is exclusive to Apple iMacs, Macbooks and Mac Minis.
Barebones (no OS)
Barebones PCs come without an operating system, which gives you the ability to add an older version on Windows if you have one, or install a free OS like Linux or Ubuntu. Barebones PCs are perfect for businesses or users with very specific requirements.
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Things to consider when buying a PC
Some all-in-ones feature touchscreen control that’s perfect for making the most of the touch-optimised Windows 8 operating system.
Whether you’re browsing the web, working on an essay or playing games with the whole family, you can tap and swipe your way around your daily computing with ease.
The processor powers your PC, and is primarily responsible for its speed and performance.
Entry-level PCs feature processors optimised for energy efficiency and are perfect for everyday computing, while more specialised computers have high powered processors tuned for speed and performance. Our most powerful PCs are designed to run demanding software way out of reach of everyday computers including design, music creation and professional-level photo and video editing.
Random Access Memory (RAM) works with the processor and helps with multitasking and complex tasks. The more RAM your computer has, the more you can do at once.
Look for a PC with a high-spec processor and plenty of RAM if you plan on gaming or running demanding software.
Desktop PC storage typically comes courtesy of a hard disk drive (HDD). Desktops often feature huge amounts of storage, with anything from 500GB to 3TB, plenty for a whole family’s worth of files, photos and documents.
Some feature solid state drives (SSDs), which deliver far faster data transfer speeds than HDDs and are perfect for installing games, operating systems and software for improved load and save speeds.
If you’re looking for a PC to watch films, play games or create and edit visual media, a dedicated graphics card is a must.
Gaming graphics cards can easily be upgrade too, letting you enjoy games at their best regardless of future technological advances.
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