PC monitors: Buying a new PC Where to buy a desktop computer
Buying a desktop PC on the high street
It’s very satisfying to walk into a store and come out clutching a new purchase and, if you pick the right store, you’ll get helpful expert advice about finding the right computer.
Buying a desktop PC by phone
Many retailers offer you the chance to order a desktop PC by phone. This means that you can still ask for advice on choosing the best desktop PC, but you’ll often get cheaper prices than in the shops.
Buying a desktop PC online
Buying a new desktop PC online often gets the best prices, but it relies on you knowing exactly what you want. If you’re happy choosing the right options yourself, this is worth considering – but you won’t get to see your PC until it arrives at your home.
Customising your desktop PC
There are lots of different options available with a desktop PC, and many manufacturers will let you customise it to suit your taste exactly. You'll be able to choose different processors, hard drives, monitors and graphics cards.
If you’re unclear what all of the options mean, the standard selections offered by the manufacturers are a good starting point. But a little tweaking – and a little extra money – can boost the power of the computer, which extends its working life.