Desktop PCs

Desktop PCs

Although laptops and tablets are becoming more popular, a desktop PC can still be the best choice if you need a computer for work, school or gaming.

Why you should buy a desktop computer

A powerful argument in their favour is that you certainly get much more ‘bang for your buck’, as they give you better performance for your money. Creating documents, working with photo-editing software, gaming and more is so much easier with the extra processing power, not to mention the larger monitor, keyboard and mouse.

No matter what you use the machine for, it is much less arduous working for extended periods with a desktop computer than it is with a laptop.

Finding the right desktop PC for you

Ebuyer.com has a huge range of desktop PCs and all at great prices, but how do you narrow down the options and find the ideal machine? The first thing you need to do is to determine exactly what you will be using the computer for.

You don’t need the most expensive and sophisticated machine if you will simply be using it for the internet and word processing. On the other hand, if you want to play the latest best-selling games or download HD movies, then a budget machine will be inadequate. So what kind of computer do you need?

Budget PCs

Routine use — word processing and surfing the internet, for example — only requires a basic, low-cost machine. Trusted manufacturers such as Zoostorm and Acer create machines that are perfectly suited to your needs.

Best PCs for the home

Stretching your budget just a little will enable you to buy a higher-specification desktop PC that can better cope with the demands of a family.

HP, Acer and Zoostorm all make great-value desktop computers that are ideal for the home. As well as the internet, a home PC can be used for studying, photo and video editing, watching movies, and basic gaming.

Best desktop PCs for offices

Most small businesses will be well served by a mid-range PC. However, when superior performance is required, Dell desktop PCs and the higher-specification HP computers will be ideal.

Best desktop PCs for gaming

If you want to play 3D games or the latest blockbuster FPS, then you will require a fast, high-specification machine that can handle complex graphics. We have a range of PCs designed especially for hardcore gamers here at Ebuyer.com.

Compact desktop PCs

Although desktop PCs do take up more space than a laptop, there are now lots of different design options. While the traditional tower is still the most common, small and mini form factors are available. You can also save space with a compact LCD monitor.

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Zoostorm Desktop PC

  • Intel Celeron Dual Core 1037U
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • mATX Case
  • Windows 8.1 + Bing

£159.99 inc. vat

£99.99 after trade in

£133.32 ex. vat

£83.32 after trade in
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Lenovo E50 Desktop PC

  • Intel Pentium Quad Core J2900
  • 4GB + 500GB
  • DVD-RW
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing

£189.99 inc. vat

£158.32 ex. vat

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Zoostorm Desktop PC

  • Intel Celeron Dual Core 1037U 1.8GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • DVD Writer
  • No Operating System

£149.99 inc. vat

£124.99 ex. vat

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Zoostorm Desktop PC

  • Intel Core i3-4130
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • mATX Case
  • Windows 8.1 + Bing

£230.00 inc. vat

£170.00 after trade in

£191.66 ex. vat

£141.66 after trade in
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Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 73 TWR Desktop

  • Intel Core i5-4430S Quad Core 2.7GHz
  • 4GB RAM + 500GB HDD
  • DVD Writer
  • Windows 7 Pro 64bit
  • Windows 8 Pro on DVD

£379.98 inc. vat

£399.00save £19.02

£316.65 ex. vat

£332.50save £15.85
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Zoostorm Desktop PC

  • Intel Core i5-4460
  • 8GB RAM + 500GB HDD
  • mATX Case
  • DVD Writer
  • Windows 7 Pro + 8.1 Pro

£419.99 inc. vat

£349.99 ex. vat

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Zoostorm Desktop PC

  • AMD A4-6300 APU
  • 4GB RAM + 500GB HDD
  • mATX Case
  • DVD Writer
  • No Operating System

£159.99 inc. vat

£133.32 ex. vat

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Zoostorm Desktop PC

  • Intel Core i7-4790 3.6Ghz
  • 16GB RAM + 1TB HDD
  • mATX Case
  • DVD Writer
  • Windows 7 + 8.1 Pro 64bit

£599.99 inc. vat

£499.99 ex. vat

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Zoostorm Desktop PC

  • Intel Pentium Dual Core G3240
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • mATX Case
  • Windows 8.1 + Bing

£189.99 inc. vat

£129.99 after trade in

£158.32 ex. vat

£108.32 after trade in
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Zoostorm Desktop PC

  • Intel Core i3-4160
  • 8GB RAM + 1TB HDD
  • mATX Case
  • DVD Writer
  • No Operating System

£269.99 inc. vat

£249.99 after cashback

£224.99 ex. vat

£208.32 after cashback
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Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 73 Tower

  • Intel Core i3-4130 3.40GHz,
  • 4GB RAM + 500GB HDD
  • DVD Writer
  • Windows 7 Pro 64bit
  • Windows 8 Pro on DVD

£347.66 inc. vat

£289.71 ex. vat

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Acer Aspire XC-115 Desktop PC

  • AMD E2-6110 1.5GHz
  • 4GB RAM + 500GB HDD
  • DVD ROM
  • AMD Radeon
  • FreeDOS

£159.00 inc. vat

£132.50 ex. vat

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Acer Aspire TC-105 Desktop

  • AMD A10-6700 3.7GHz
  • 6GB RAM + 1TB HDD
  • DVD Writer
  • AMD Radeon HD8470
  • Window 8.1 64bit

£329.00 inc. vat

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£274.16 ex. vat

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Zoostorm Desktop PC

  • Intel Pentium Dual Core G3240
  • 4GB RAM + 1TB HDD
  • mATX Case
  • DVD Writer
  • No Operating System

£199.98 inc. vat

£166.65 ex. vat

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Zoostorm Desktop PC

  • Intel Core i5-4460
  • 8GB RAM + 2TB HDD
  • mATX Case
  • DVD Writer
  • No Operating System

£339.99 inc. vat

£283.32 ex. vat

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Why buy a desktop PC?

Although more and more of us are using laptops and other portable computing devices there are still plenty of good reasons why you should buy a new desktop PC.

After all a PC can offer a much higher specification than a laptop and, more importantly perhaps, represents far greater value-for-money. Compare a desktop PC with a similar priced laptop computer and the difference in spec will be vast. And an entry level PC can be purchased from Ebuyer at a very low cost.

PC with monitor an dkeyboard

But apart from cost there are also several other compelling reasons why your next technology purchase should be a new desktop PC. Their superior power makes a PC the right choice if you are going to be using complex software like photo, video or music editing programmes. And a PC is easily customisable and easy to expand and is ideal for gaming.

A PC can also form the central hub of your home entertainment centre or media station and, if you are running a business from home, than a desktop PC is a must-have tool.

Form factors

The biggest argument against buying a new desktop PC is the amount of space they need. Apart from the case itself there is the keyboard and monitor to consider but it is usually the size of the case, or tower, which is the main concern.

However worries about the size of the PC are largely in the past. Nowadays there are different form factors (sizes) available including small form factor, micro or mini towers, ultra-small form factors and, of course, the traditional full tower case.

tower desktop pc

Whichever form factor you choose you don’t have to compromise on performance. Even the smallest PC will accommodate high-specification components to make them ideal home and office machines.

The best desktop PC for you

When you are looking for a new PC the first thing you need to decide is which kind of computer you need. Let’s look at the different options:

Cheap desktop PCs

When it comes to finding the best value there are some excellent entry level PCs available on Ebuyer.com. If you simply want a machine for browsing the web, sending emails and doing some word processing than a basic desktop PC is a sensible option and one that certainly won’t break the bank. However this kind of machine will not be able to handle more complex tasks such as video editing and gaming.

Home or family PC

If you are looking for something more powerful just stretching your budget a little will enable you to find an excellent computer. A mid-range machine (in price) will be able to easily handle streaming media such as movies, handle complex software programmes and even some low-end games.

Gaming PCs

Computer gaming is now more popular in the UK than console gaming. But if you want to play the best games out there you need a PC with some serious power.

gaming PCs

Because of the resources needed to play games an ultra-fast processor and plenty of storage is required as well as the fastest possible graphics card. Because of this requirement for ultra-fast performance a gaming PC is more expensive than other desktops but has a much higher specification.

Other options

There are a couple of other options when it comes to buying a desktop PC – barebones and All-In-One machines. Both are outside the scope of this desktop PC buyers guide but a barebones PC is basically a case with a few components and is aimed at those who wish to build their own computer.

An All-In-One PC on the other hand is, as the name suggests, a self-contained PC with the computer housed inside the screen. A separate keyboard is used though some All-In-One computers s also have touchscreen functionality.

PC Operating system.

Most PCs will run Windows but there some alternatives.

Windows OS

Most of us will use Windows on a daily basis both at home and at work so buying a PC that is loaded with the latest version of Microsoft’s software makes perfect sense. You will find PCs with different versions of Windows including 7 & 8.1 and both personal and professional versions.

pc operating system

Apple

Apple’s desktop computer is the Mac Pro. The Mac Pro is beautifully designed and very powerful but is probably not an ideal machine for a novice. Apple computers of course run the OS X operating system that is very different from Windows. But users including designers and creative professionals tend to favour the Mac Pro over Windows PCs.

Linux

You may find some PCs with the Linux operating system installed. This is an ‘open-source’ or free operating system that has been created by over a thousand different developers. Many people are huge fans of Linux but it does take a lot of getting used too if you have previously had a Windows machine and use Microsoft programmes such as Word and Excel.

No O/S

On Ebuyer.com you will a variety of PCs that don’t have any operating system pre-installed. There are a couple of advantages to buying a computer with no O/S. Firstly they tend to cost less than a comparable machine with a pre-installed O/S and secondly it gives the user the opportunity to load their preferred operating system either from new or from an existing licenced copy.

Design

The designs of desktop PCs have evolved considerably over recent years from the basic black box that for many years was the only option. Now, however, designers put plenty of thought into the appearance of the tower unit. Now you will find computer cases that are sleek, have different shapes (and form factors has we have already discussed) and, particularly in gaming PCs, you will find cool lighting.

Your desktop PC specifications

When choosing your new desktop PC you will of course need to pay careful attention to the specification (spec) of the machine. When you look at the details of each PC on the Ebuyer site the spec will be laid out so that you can see exactly what you are getting and are able to compare every PC ensuring you get the best value for your money.

But don’t worry if you’re not too sure on what the different specs are we will explain everything you need to know in this section of our desktop PC buyers guide.

When looking at the spec of a desktop PC you will see the following components listed (usually in the order they appear below):

Processor

The processor, or CPU (Central Processing Unit), is probably the most important component in the computer as it is the brains of the machine. This tiny CPU receives instructions from software programmes and then processes it before sending the results or instructions to the output devices that carry out those instructions.

pc computer processor CPU

The faster the processor is the faster it can process the information it receives and despatches so the faster the computer will run. Complex software such as design programmes or high-end games require very fast processors whilst more basic tasks such as surfing the web or word processing only require low grade processors.

Of course processors differ not only in performance but also in price. The fastest and most powerful processors will add to the cost of the machine but it is important not to leave your desktop PC under-powered.

The best processors are made by Intel though you will also see ones from AMD. For top of the range performance look for a quad core i7 though for entry-level or basic machines a twin core i3 will be perfectly acceptable.

PC Memory

Within a computers spec the memory is listed as RAM (Random Access Memory) and a lower-end desktop PC should always have at least 4gb of RAM. Higher specification machines can have 16gb or more but the memory can easily be expanded on a PC if the need arises.

PC memory

Having sufficient memory is essential if you want to perform more than one task at a time. For example in a typical computing session you may be working on a word processing document whilst sending emails and surfing the internet for information. You may have multiple windows open on your web browser and may also be adding information into a spreadsheet.

When you perform each of those tasks the processor sends data to the memory. If you don’t have enough RAM than the memory won’t be able to cope with the amount of data it is receiving and will either slow down or completely crash.

Hard Drive

The hard drive is the storage area of the PC where all your files, the operating system and software is kept. Obviously the more files you have and the more programmes you use the bigger the hard drive needs to be. But happily most PCs come equipped with plenty of storage and you will typically see 500gb hard drives with 1 terabyte or more in the higher-end machines.

However in some cheap desktop PCs you may find a smaller hard drive. But this can be easily expanded by installing an additional internal drive or by using a plug and play external hard drive that connects to the PC via a USB connection.

HDD or SSD?

There are two types of hard drive; HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and SSD (Solid-State Drive). HDDs are the traditional drive that is still found in most machines and uses moving parts to record data. An SSD on the other hand has no moving parts and stores information on flash memory – which is how a USB stick works. An SSD is faster but HDD are cheaper and are still used in the majority of desktop PCs.

Finally, you may see the hard drive in the spec labelled as SATA. This is simply the interface that connects the drive to the PC.

Optical Drive

The vast majority of PCs will have an integral optical drive and this will usually be a DVD drive though you may also find Blu-Ray drives in some machines. The DVD drives in most computers will be more than good enough to play movies, music CDs, reading software discs and for transferring and saving data.

Some budget machines cut costs to the bone by omitting an optical drive altogether but if you are set on buying such a machine a DVD drive can be cheaply and easily added at a later day.

Software / Operating System

The operating system is a software programme that manages the computers resources and without it a PC cannot function. Or at least not function to its full potential.

As we have already discussed the most common operating system found in desktop computers is Windows which is the best choice for most of us.

Display

The display is the monitor. Please be aware that most desktop PCs do not include a monitor. The monitor is usually purchased separately though of course Ebuyer.com does sell complete PC bundles from time-to-time which include not only the monitor but also a keyboard and mouse.

Graphics

A top-class graphics card can make a huge difference to the performance of your desktop PC. The graphics card controls the output that you see on the monitor and the better cards can handle multiple monitors.

The fastest cards deliver smoothly scrolling graphics and if you are a gamer an ultra-fast graphics card capable of handling 3D imagery is a necessity.

In many desktop PCs you will find either an AMD Radeon or an NVIDIA card but, as some Intel processors now have integrated graphics, some computers no longer have, or need, a separate graphics card.

Interfaces

These are the ports that enable external devices to be connected to the desktop PC. A typical PC will have a whole host of interfaces including USB 2.0 & 3.0, VGA and a DisplayPort. With these interfaces you can connect devices such as printers, cameras and tablet PCs to your computer.

Expansion

These are empty slots that can later be used to expand the capabilities of the PC. Typically these expansion slots will include PCI which are able to accept network, sound and video cards.

At Ebuyer we have a wide selection of cheap desktop PCs and high-end machines from all the leading manufacturers including:

Acer

Reliable and affordable Acer desktop PCs deliver a great performance. Their ‘Aspire’ series of PCs encompass the full spectrum of machines from entry level computers to top of their class mid-range PCs. Check out the full range here.

Apple

Not strictly a PC of course but the Apple Mac Pro is an incredible machine with an amazing performance. For professionals or home users who want to move away from Windows a Mac Pro is a stunning solution. Click here to see the Ebuyer range of Apple Mac Pro computers.

Asus

From budget machines to high-end PCs you will find an Asus desktop to suit you. With a choice of Intel or AMD processors these machines deliver a solid performance and are ideal for the home user. Click here to see the full range of Asus desktop PCs.

family using desktop PC

Dell

One of the biggest names in tech Dell arguably produce the best desktop PCs for high-end business use. But Dell also produce a great range of everyday computers and you can find them all right here at Ebuyer.com by clicking here.

Fujitsu

With their futuristic designs and compact form factors Fujitsu desktop PCs look great but they match their design with an awesome performance. And, with a high-end specification, Fujitsu PCs are ideal for the busy home user and business person alike. See the full range of Fujitsu desktop PCs here.

HP

HP is an instantly recognisable name and they have justly developed a reputation for producing high-quality desktop PCs. The EliteDesk series of desktops is aimed squarely at power users whereas the ProDesk series is ideal for home and small business users. Check out the full range of HP desktops by clicking here.

Lenovo

With top performance and innovative designs including many small form factor models Lenovo PCs are ideal for both the workplace and the home. Lenovo produce a range of desktop PCs that deliver outstanding performance as well as reliability. Check out the full range here at Ebuyer.com and you are sure to find a Lenovo PC that is just right for you.

Zoostorm

Increase your productivity with a dependable Zoostorm desktop PC. This UK company produces a huge range of machines that are suitable for both business and home users. With their incredible value for money Zoostorm desktop PCs are ideal for those looking for a budget machine or businesses that need a high volume of PCs for staff. Yet, despite their low price, Zoostorm computers deliver exceptional reliability and performance. Click here to see the extensive range of Zoostorm desktop PCs available here on Ebuyer.com.

We often receive questions regarding desktop PCs so we’ve listed the most common queries we receive below along with brief answers to point you in the right direction.

How big is a desktop PC?

It varies. But at Ebuyer.com we categorise our desktop PCs into four sizes which are (largest first):

  • Tower (full size)
  • Small Form Factor
  • Micro / Mini tower
  • Ultra Small Form Factor

Does a desktop PC come with a monitor?

pc with monitor

No. Although we do special bundles at different times the vast majority of desktop PCs do not come supplied with a monitor, mouse or keyboard. When a keyboard and mouse is included it will be made clear in the product description.

Which is the best desktop PC?

Not a question we can answer unfortunately! The best PC for you depends very much on what you need it for and how much you want to spend. Why not read though the rest of our buyers guide to get some more information?

Will my new desktop PC have Windows pre-installed?

desktop windows pc

Most PCs have a version of Windows installed but this does vary. Some computers will not have any operating system whilst Apple computers use OS X instead of Windows. This information will be clearly indicated within the product description.

What does SFF mean?

SFF stands for Small Form Factor and refers to the size of the computer case.

What is a tower PC?

Tower simply refers to the computer case

I don’t have enough room for a PC. What do you suggest?

The days of massive computers are long gone. If you need or prefer a small desktop PC there are many different small form factor machines available.

Can I build my own desktop PC?

Yes. More and more of us are going down the DIY route and it is easier to do now than ever before. At Ebuyer you can buy the computer case and all the components you need to build your own PC.

How big a hard drive should a PC have?

Again the answer here depends on what you will use your computer for. But as a minimum you should look for 500gb. However, the size of the hard drive can be easily increased at a later date if required.

How much memory does a computer need?

The more you will ask your computer to do the more memory it will need. But for basic everyday computing 4gb should be enough. But, again, the memory can easily be expanded if the need arises.

What processor do I need for my desktop PC?

If you want to play games or use complicated software a fast processor is essential. An Intel i7 would be appropriate. But, for mid-range and entry level computers, a lower specification, and cheaper, processor will be sufficient.

using a desktop PC

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