Choosing a Desktop Computer
The desktop computer is one of the best ways to get the most computing performance for the lowest price. They’re also the perfect solution for anyone who wants a dedicated work station with full-sized peripherals such as a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Whether you’re looking for a central machine that the whole family can use at home or a more powerful machine that can take on tough tasks in your office or home business, we have a huge selection of desktops that can get the job done.
Before you decide on a desktop computer, you should think about what kind of components you need for what you’re using it for. Processors are important as they are considered the “brain” of your computer and the more complex and powerful, the better your computer will perform. Working with the processor is your RAM (Random-Access Memory), which allows your computer to multitask like a pro. The more programs you have open, the harder it has to work so you want to make sure you have enough RAM to be able to run the programs you want. Ensure you have enough storage, whether you’re downloading movies, music, or simply using the desktop for documents and emails. Finally, the more graphics-heavy your digital life is, the higher quality graphics card you’ll require. For example, Performance Gaming Computers require a powerful combination of these components in order to keep you competitive in the latest and greatest games.
Choose an All-in-One computer for a simple and sleeker lifestyle by combining the monitor and computer in one good-looking package. These computers take up little room on your desk and many include a touchscreen display to tap, swipe, and zoom your way through your files. Similarly, the iMac gives you a dazzlingly thin yet large display with built-in computer components. The compact mini-PCs allow you to choose your peripherals for complete customization, from monitors to keyboards, and more. If you want something that boots fast and stays fast with cloud-based applications plus a small footprint, check out the Chromeboxes. If you’re not as concerned about space but want a high-performance and reliable machine with the potential to upgrade components and peripherals then a traditional desktop tower computer is the computer for you.
Boost your productivity by choosing an operating system that supports your working process. Whether that means sticking to what you grew up with or trying out something new. The most prominent system choices are Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft’s Windows OS. Chrome has been making waves lately with their new OS, which works with cloud-based storage and applications for quick start ups and fast performance while doing work and streaming multimedia.
1. Why would one want a desktop over a laptop?
Some of the reasons for choosing a desktop over a laptop include, but aren’t limited to, a good price for a powerful performance, easily repairable, upgradability options and keeping it in one place to control usage.
2. What is the best type of desktop for a student?
Generally speaking, a good desktop for a student would have a small footprint to fit easily in with your dorm room’s size and décor, such as an All-in-One or mini-PC. It’s best to look for a desktop that balances budget while still including performance components you may need for your assignments.
3. What’s new in desktop computers?
Desktop computers are becoming more powerful in a more compact body as we move more and more to a cloud-based storage system. No longer are large towers or CPU boxes required to run complex games or save your multimedia library. New processors, such as the 4th generation Intel Core processors, offer enhanced performance, better energy efficiency, and enhanced security.
Check out our Future Shop Desktop Buying Guide for more a more in-depth look at desktops.