Shopping for a home computer

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Step into your average family home in 2015 and you’ll be met by a veritable army of screens in virtually every room.

From tablets to laptops and plasma screens to iPhones, there’s barely a family member not handling a gadget at many times of the day. While much of this technology activity leads to solitary confinement in a bedroom or study, the room which houses a home computer is the one place where we can gather to enjoy some family time. This could entail looking at friends’ photos on Facebook or helping with homework or laughing at a cat dressed as a 1920s gangster on YouTube.

First, the benefits

While the younger generation might view a desktop PC as somewhat unwieldy and archaic given the tendency to view good technology as being small and powerful, there are may clear benefits (some of them health-related) to using a home PC over longer periods of time.

In terms of affordability, a PC is really the only way to go especially if you want to do more punchy activities such as editing videos or listening to music with powerful speakers. If you have to use a computer for long periods of time (especially if this is where you do your work), then a large screen and user-friendly mouse and keyboard are essential to reduce the risk of RSI or back pain.

With any system you should always look into the technical support available when you consider your purchase and it’s always worth spending a little more to get effective anti-virus software.

Here are some of the year’s top affordable PCs with a couple of items should you have some extra cash to spend…

Palicomp AMD Kaveri Evolution, £500

With its 24in monitor, you can enjoy movies and games with comfort and it has a powerful processor with solid upgrade potential

UltraNUC Pro XL, £590

If you don’t have room for a bulky PC, this quiet little number can be tucked away out of sight and is ideal if you want to use your TV as the monitor

Arbico Family i3 4185, £685 

This ideal family PC doesn’t go over the top with crazy graphics, but offers a complete system for solid day-to-day use and gaming facilities

Dino PC Raging Lizard V2, £749

Despite the name, this gaming PC is a subtle, unflashy product with less fancy elements of pricier models, but it’s a tidy, neat and reliable model

Scan 3XS Z97 Performance GTX, £1200

With 8GB of fast memory and a dedicated sound card, this provides excellent value, especially with its facility for gaming and scope for upgrades

Chillblast Fusion Ares, £1400

A beautiful-looking and powerful product which offers great gaming performance and a unit with speed and accuracy at every touch: the only downside is that every family member will be fighting over it

Apple 27-inch iMac 2014, £1900

Clearly, this one is only for those who put technology high up their priority spending list, but if you have the finances available this is a must, especially if you’re an Apple devotee: phenomenal display, fantastic colour and great if you need plenty desktop room

What do you look for in a home PC?

 

 

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TerryR
25th Oct 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
When my desktop failed recently due to motherboard failure, I did an awful lot of research and checking specs etc and ended up buying an Asus multimedia machine. Tons of memory and hard disk space and really easy to set up. I had an advantage though cos I'm a recently retired programmer so I knew what sort of specification I wanted and shopped to fit that spec. There are plenty of websites that offer impartial advice that are worth a look at though.
silver essex
18th Jul 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
What about Lenovo H30 or Zoostorm base unit are they any good
andbrown01
25th Jun 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
a desk top is more
comfortable to operate in
my opinion
Speeednet
4th Jun 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
Hi, I haven't come on here to start a fight or an argument but to purchase a computer with sufficient oooomph for the majority of peoples needs, may be purchased for half the price of the cheapest mentioned above.

e.g. Lenovo Thinkcentre E73 TWR Desktop

Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz
4GB RAM + 500GB HDD
DVD Writer
Intel HD
Windows 7 + 8 Pro - Price £289.98

add to that a BenQ GL955A 18.5" LED LCD VGA Monitor price £68 and you are good to go.
TerryR
25th Oct 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
I'd go for the biggest monitor one could afford, 18.5 inch is a bit small for seniors with not quite so good eyesight!
Speeednet
4th Jun 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
I apologise for the terrible grammar above, I didn't mean to hit post before double checking it, and can't find an edit facility.

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