Gamers are generally considered the highest level of PC users in terms of technical requirements. Running modern HD games properly requires some pretty solid hardware, and most of the time you can expect to pay well over £1000 for the best gaming computers. However, it’s possible to find models that can play games comfortably for half that price, if you look out for the best bargains. Here are some of our favourite choices.
This modified gaming PC includes a performance-boosted Intel Core i5 processor, allowing it to produce even better results when running HD games. Nvidia GeForce dedicated graphics support the 8GB of built-in RAM to make video rendering easy. This PC offers some of the best graphics and performance stats you’re likely to find on a model below £1000, and yet it only costs £600!
It’s no longer necessary to go for a laptop if you want your computer to be compact and good value. Lots of people are finding that desktop PCs are far from redundant, especially with newer and more creative models being released every year by all the major manufacturers. In fact, there’s a growing new trend for small form-factor PCs at the bargain end of the market, especially among users with relatively simple requirements. Here are some of our top budget-friendly picks from the likes of Acer, Dell and Asus.
This miniature PC really is tiny, and it looks great despite being a little limited by its size. With a basic dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a total of 32GB storage, this Windows PC is entry-level in terms of performance by 2016 standards. That makes it ideal for someone who only needs entry-level, since simple tasks like browsing the internet are easy for this Dell, and it’s very affordable.
If you’re looking to replace your laptop or PC this year, and you’re sticking with the most popular operating system out there (Windows, of course), then you’ll want to find a machine that’s optimised for running Windows 10. Whatever your thoughts are on the latest Microsoft OS (which was first released a year ago now), most new computers will either come with it pre-installed or prompt you to upgrade to it immediately. Here’s your ultimate guide for what to consider when buying a new laptop or PC to run Windows 10.
Every single task your computer completes will require processing power. A good processor will make your experience feel more lightweight and quick, which is vital for anyone trying to complete serious work, and highly desirable for any user. The standard benchmark is now quad-core, so look for that as a minimum. Windows 10, when configured correctly, can run perfectly well at this level.
Integrated graphics are still common in laptops, but full graphics cards are vastly superior on the whole. This is most relevant for gaming and other high-end visual software. A good mid-range Nvidia or AMD dedicated graphics card should be enough for most intermediate users on Windows 10.