You will almost definitely save money buying your new computer online. But what's the best website, which brand, desktop or laptop and how much should you be paying? Why not read our quick guide for help.
Still a sizeable purchase, before you go buying the first new computer you see and like the look of (or you like the free cd they give you) do some proper research into processors, memory and features for gaming or workflow.
You have a number of different ways in which you can buy your PC. Each has different advantages and disadvantages:
Buying from a manufacturer or supplier direct (by telephone, internet or mail order) is a good option if you know about the system you want. It can be cheaper because the sellers' overheads are low. Buying in this way will also entitle you to a seven day cooling off period after the goods are delivered so you get a chance to check them over and cancel if it is not what you want. You should get an order confirmation via email immediately when you buy online.
Companies that have done particularly well with this route include Dell and PC Specialist in the UK.
These could range from a large retail chain to a small local independent shop. You may not be able to take the PC away immediately as many are built to order. However, you can usually test the system before you buy.
Independent stores may sell or be able to order a wide range of products.
Monitor Flat-panel LCD screens win over bulky CRT monitors for brightness, looks, and energy efficiency.
If you're buying a PC, Windows 10, Outlook 2016 or Ofice 365, Anti-virus and Firewall software should all be offered or pre-installed.
Network interface card (NIC) - maximise your broadband speed to your computer - especially if you like to play games.
Graphics Card - check this out very carefully if you like gaming.
USB ports. Make sure your computer has four USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 ports as a minimum, so you can plug frequently used devices like printers, digital cameras and scanners into your computer.
Built in Wifi and Bluetooth is always good for smartphone connectivity