Desktop Buying Guide

An Ergonomic Solution to Meet Your Needs

Once you've decided on a desktop computer setup, there are a few more questions you need to ask yourself before making a final decision. What do you intend to use your computer for? What are your size limitations? Are you looking for something with the latest technology? Evaluating what you want to get out of your desktop PC and the functions you need it to perform is a good place to start.


How Do You Plan to Use Your Desktop?


Home

Perfect for basic tasks ,such as surfing the web, paying bills online, sending emails, and engaging in social media.


Professional

These PCs offer powerful processing for quick file access and additional security features for work.


Gaming

These computers offer dedicated graphics and high-end processors perfect for gaming, photo editing, or video production.


Operating Systems (OS)

The operating system is the foundation of the desktop computer, managing both hardware and software.  While Windows PCs are the most prevalent, Google's Chrome OS is another attractive option.


Windows

This is an intuitive and user-friendly operating system. You can use Windows with a touch screen or mouse and keyboard. Windows is a great option for traditional tasks like word processing but can also tackle demanding ones, such as gaming, creative design, and video editing.


Chrome

Google's Chrome operating system is the foundation of the Chromebox. These PCs feature custom apps and cloud-based programs. While Chrome is fully functional, it is best suited for less intensive activities like word processing, spreadsheet creation, email, and social media.


Shop by operating system: Windows │ Chrome

Processors

Intel® Processors

Core™ i7: Intel's flagship processor offers lightning-fast speeds and peak performance through even the toughest of tasks.

Core™ i5: This mid-tier processor is powerful enough to allow your device to work smarter so that you can work more efficiently.

Core™ i3: Intel's entry processor to the Core family offers fast wake and more than enough processing power to handle your daily tasks.

Pentium & Celeron: For the budget-minded, these processors offer the performance you need with the value you want for work and play.


AMD Processors

A10: AMD's A10 processor offers smooth multitasking performance, enhanced HD video streaming and amazing energy efficiency.

A9: The AMD A9 is a great all-round processor, offering ample performance for common tasks like web browsing, streaming media, and Microsoft Office.

A6: This processor provides enough power to allow you to run multiple programs simultaneously and offers the rich entertainment experience you expect from AMD.


Shop by processor brand: Intel │ AMD

Memory

Also known as random access memory (RAM), memory is the foundation for helping your processor run programs. Desktop PCs allow for an easy upgrade of the included memory. While sold separately, this means that at a later point in time, you can purchase additional memory to enhance the power of your desktop.

Below are the types of memory with their corresponding speeds and transfer rates:

Bus Clock: 266-533 MHz

Data Rate: 533-1066 MT/s

Trans. Rate: 4.2-8.5 GB/s


Bus Clock: 533-1066 MHz

Data Rate: 1066-2133 MT/s

Trans. Rate: 8.5-17 GB/s


Bus Clock: 800-1200 MHz

Data Rate: 1600-2400 MT/s

Trans. Rate: 12.8-19.2 GB/s


Shop by memory type: DDR2 │ DDR3 │ DDR4


Internal Storage

Storage capacity enables a desktop computer to accommodate your videos, movies, images, games, documents, and other files. Today, there are different versions of internal storage, each with its own advantages. It is critical to understand your options to determine what’s best suited for your needs.

Hard Disk Drives (HDD)

This is the most common storage device used in traditional towers. They are relatively inexpensive compared to the newer solid-state drive or hybrid drive.


Solid-State Drives (SSD)

Power up more quickly and expend less heat than traditional hard disk drives. Given that they have no moving parts, there is no rotational speed to consider.

Shop Solid-State Drive Desktops 


Hybrid Drives

With a hybrid configuration, the SSD can be used to support the operating system and its applications, while the HDD drive is used for data storage.


Storage Size: What Can It Hold?

There are quite a few storage options to choose from. Consider what you will be using your desktop for when deciding how much storage you will need. If the documents, images, and videos you?re creating are richer and larger in size, consider a larger hard drive to ensure plenty of storage space.


Shop by storage size: Small │ Medium │ Large


Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)