Buying A New Computer Online


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.

Research First

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.

  • Look in PC magazines and on the Internet for articles comparing the different models and prices
  • Go on a course to improve your understanding of computers and help you get a better deal when you buy a PC. There are lots of different courses you could try, from beginner level to more advanced. UK online centres can help you get started on the Internet
  • Ask friends and family about their experiences with PCs

Where You Can Buy

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

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.

High Street Shops/Superstores

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.

Ideas For Your Shopping List

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

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Useful Websites

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    Buy all your household appliances including washing machines,TV's and dyson vacuum cleaners. With computers and laptops to also compare, get more for less.
  • Flashback Data
    Data recovery and digital forensics firm with same crime lab rating as the FBI.
  • CCL Computers
    Online computer store offers computer hardware, software and accessories to buy online, with computer systems and components for private, corporate and public sector use.
  • Bloomsbury International
    Offers a wide range of courses including intensive English, English for Business, TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge examinations. The school boasts 25 classrooms, 20 ADSL computers for Internet access & more
    offers more than 20,000 lines from the world's leading manufacturers such as Sony, HP, Microsoft, and Toshiba. The first place to start looking for your computer stuff.
  • Bromcom Computers Plc
    Suppliers of electronic truancy and attendance registration systems for schools and colleges
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