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Desktop Computers

Looking for a powerful, ready-to-use computer for the home or office? A desktop PC here refers to a completely pre-built desktop computer, which is the antithesis of the self-built or DIY (do it yourself) desktop computer system. Desktop PCs are offered by brand name manufacturers, like ASUS, DELL, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Acer, Lenovo, Gateway and Sony VAIO or SIs (Systems Integrators) and are typically offered with full system warranties.

Pre-built computers represent great choices for users that require convenience, performance and ease-of-use. Computer hardware knowledge is not a necessity. Brandname desktop PCs are capable of delivering all the functions and performance you need for your applications, including web browsing, enjoying picture and movie files and office work, as well as multimedia processing and professional 3D work. In addition, desktop PCs still allow for extensive upgrades to be performed, allowing you to make the most out of your investment.

Desktop PC Buying Tips

Form Factor

Traditionally, a desktop PC meant a large tower coupled with a monitor. Desktop PCs now have towers that range from full-size to compact, with some no more than a foot tall. There are even all-in-one PCs that eliminate the tower by combining the monitor and tower into one compact unit, which can free up some space in a crowded office.


A Desktop PC that will be used for general office administration and word processing will not need huge amounts of processing power, and an octa-core processor is usually not required. Find a workable balance where the processor is powerful enough for the tasks you intend to use it for.


Solid state drives are very popular, but not all Desktop PCs will need the increased read and access times that they provide. Consider getting solid state drives for desktop PC that require fast read and write speeds for specialized jobs or fast boot speeds. Otherwise, a traditional hard drive will be sufficient for most tasks.


Most desktop PCs used for general administrative tasks and word processing will not require dedicated graphics cards, so you can reduce costs by purchasing desktop PCs with onboard video.

However, an exception may be made for business-grade graphics cards if your organization is purchasing a desktop PC for design, simulation, rendering, or any other graphics related tasks. Also, if the tasks that the desktop PC will be performing require a lot of screen space, consider getting a desktop PC with a capable of outputting video to multiple displays to improve productivity and efficiency.

Optical drive

Many basic desktop pc come with DVD writers, which should be sufficient for general use, but you can always add a Blu-ray drive if it is required for the tasks that the desktop PC will be doing.


Keep those key points in mind when shopping for a desktop PC and you will find one that fulfills its role and fits your organization’s budget. Avoid over-spending by buying one with specifications that are above and beyond what is needed. The ideal desktop PC should be sufficient for its function without being unnecessarily expensive and laden with necessary features.

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