The best budget desktop PC can be subjective, depending on what your budget is. But, taking into account how easy it is to spend upwards of £1000 on an all-singing all-dancing PC, we’ve narrowed down our budget to around £450.
Now, you may think that’s not enough to bag yourself a quality PC capable of catering to all your needs, but you would be surprised. Of course, spending the big money on a highly rated PC will get you the top spec, but that doesn’t mean a slightly lower spec PC won’t get the job done.
Depending on what you’re using it for, a PC for less than £450 will be more than sufficient, saving you the need to break the bank. So, let’s take a look at why a budget desktop PC is the way to go.
Often, you’ll find a gaming desktop PC with a hefty price tag attached to it and for good cause too. If you’re looking for a PC that will allow you to game to your full potential on the latest games with the best graphics, then it’s worth splashing the cash.
However, that doesn’t mean that any ‘lower range’ PCs won’t be able to run games. Individual components such as the processer and graphics card will determine which games can be played depending on file size and to which level it can be played. But, there are several games which can be played on budget PCs.
The most recent example would be the online multiplayer game Among Us. It’s arguably the most popular online game available right now amassing millions of players worldwide. It’s a simple game with simple graphics and straightforward tasks, meaning a PC of almost any level would be able to play it.
There are many similar games which don’t require high processing power of graphics capability, making budget PCs perfectly adequate to game on.
Desktop PCs have many uses beyond gaming and offer a great alternative to those who use them for work and would normally opt for a laptop, especially if you don’t need to take your PC on the go. Desktop PCs typically offer much higher performance at a lower price than you’d get with a laptop.
If you want a little more from your desktop PC, you can upgrade it too, which is just another reason why you don’t need to spend the top dollar on a high-end model. Taking it easy on your wallet an opting for budget desktop PC allows you to build it up to whatever you want.
Barebones PCs allow you to do just that. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a barebones PC is a computer in its most basic form. It’ll come with the essentials such as a motherboard, which allows you to attach additional components, and often a processor too. The PC may include RAM and a graphics card, but they’re likely to be extremely basic. But, if you’re buying a barebones PC that won’t matter because it’s all about upgrades.
That’s the most beneficial part of choosing a barebones PC, the clean slate to add your own components. Often this works out much cheaper than buying a pre-built PC too! The basic components will likely give you enough power to go about your web browsing and document creating tasks as normal. It may even be able to handle a couple of games which aren’t too demanding either, depending on which spec you opt for.
On top of that, barebones PCs are lightweight and compact, making them easy to set up. This is due to their minimal components which allows them to be packed inside a compact case.
In terms of disadvantages, there are very few. Supposedly the main one would be that you have to install the additional components yourself, but with the help of YouTube tutorials, that part of the build is made extremely easy. Plus, when you consider how much money you save on the PC, even if you paid somebody to install the components for you it would most likely work out cheaper.
It’s also worth noting that barebones PCs come without operating systems, which has both its pros and cons. If you’re looking to simply set up your PC and go, you won’t be able to do that unless you buy an operating system and take the time to install it.
Now, this can be beneficial as it allows you complete control over which operating system you choose to go with. However, this also poses its own difficulties. Installing something as crucial an operating system needs to be done right, meaning if it goes wrong it can be detrimental to your PC.
Doing this yourself may prove difficult, even with the wealth of knowledge the internet offers you, so you’ll almost certainly need to get a technician to install it for you.
Barebones PCs aren’t the only option for you to get a PC for under £450, there are pre-built PCs with more than adequate components for less than this. As we mentioned before, if you’re just going to be doing simple tasks such as surfing the web, checking emails or using word documents you won’t need a powerful PC.
If you’re looking to grab a budget desktop PC to build your home office around then you won’t need to be looking at a top-end PC. However, make sure you check the specs of the PC you choose to buy to make sure you can upgrade it how you’d like.
Your budget PC may also come with a HDD (hard disk drive), in which case you may want to consider upgrading to an SSD, or choose a PC with one already. SSDs are the modern alternative to HDDs and are considered superior, as they are ‘solid state’ which means they have no moving parts, making them more reliable.
HDDs typically require more power and can’t access data as quickly as SSDs can, this results in SSDs running more efficiently and having a longer battery life. SSDs are definitely a worthy upgrade.
Does the brand of PC matter?
Generally, people tend to gravitate towards big-name brands due to their status and the fact that they are well known. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to be any better than lesser-known brands, but it will almost certainly mean that you’ll end up paying more.
Brands we stock at Ebuyer, such as Xenta, offer a great performance, comparable to that of some of the more widely known brands, but will come at much less cost. Although the brand may not be that well known, on the inside there’s a stunning configuration of proficient branded components on the inside.
When you’re buying a budget PC, you don’t want to get hung up on brands. The built-in components, if they are branded, will likely be very basic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade with top of the range branded components.
Great value for money
A lot of people are deterred by the word ‘budget’ as they think it means cheap and low quality, but that actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Just because a desktop PC is described as budget doesn’t mean it won’t be able to do what you want it to.
The best way to describe a budget desktop PC would be as great value. You’re getting a great piece of kit with endless upgrade potential for a fraction of the price you’d pay for a top end model. This makes it the perfect starter PC for those who don’t want to break the bank have a desire to piece together their own PC.
Using a budget desktop PC as a basis to build upon is a smart choice, not just for your wallet, but for your creative appetite too. It allows you to pick and choose the components that will benefit you the best. For example, if you want to build a gaming PC you can choose RAM and GPUs that will allow you to get the most out of your games.
The same goes for a home office PC, if you’re just using it for work, you can choose which components will better help you tackle your workload.
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