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How to buy a new PC Computer or a new Laptop Computer?

Buying a new PC computer or laptop for a home user, or for a small business can be a real challenge as with both desktop computers and laptop computers that is so much choice and even one pc computer manufacture can offer so many new pc computer models to choose from

Our how to buy a new PC computer or how to buy a new laptop computer guide will take you through the steps that you need to make below is a quick summary of the choices that either a home pc computer or a small business needs to consider when buying a new pc computer. Our guide is for a Microsoft Windows pc computer purchase. See our how to buy a Apple Mac Computer guide if you are looking at a new Apple Mac computer.

  • Decide if you need a desktop pc computer or if you need a laptop pc computer.
  • Think about what screen size you need for either a desktop pc computer or for a laptop computer.
  • Do you need an entry level pc computer or a mid-range pc computer or a high-end performance pc computer?
  • How much storage do you need for a new computer? Will you need to upgrade the storage in the future?
  • What is the computer used for home internet use, hybrid work from home use, computer games, or home and office use?
  • Learn about which Microprocessor CPU ranges from both Intel and AMD, and how to choose the right Microprocessor type.
  • Choose a new PC computer that has flash storage or NVMe SSD storage for the best performance of Windows 11.
  • For a new computer that is used for games, getting the right Microprocessor and graphics processor GPU is important.
  • Understand Intel Evo which makes buying a new computer easier to get the right level of technology performance.
  • Think about Wi-Fi when buying a new pc computer, especially if you use or are thinking about a new Mesh Wi-Fi network.
  • How to choose a PC manufacturer brand for a home user, or for a small business.
  • Where to buy a PC computer from and how to get the best deal or service for a new pc computer.

Choosing a desktop pc computer vs a laptop computer and what is the best screen size to use?

A desktop pc computer is often better to use, if you work at a desk at home or an office desk, and the need to travel with the computer is not needed. A desktop pc computer screen ideal size is 24-inch or 28-inch desktop screen size, however, if you like a larger screen then 32 inch is also a good size to use.

Did you know that if you have a Television that has a HDMI port this can be used as your pc computer screen, or you have a spare television that you can use, as most new tower and mini tower pc computers have a HDMI display port.

If you need to travel with a computer or you like to work or use a computer in a kitchen or a living room or in a study, then a pc laptop computer can make sense. pc laptop computers come in different screen sizes, a 13 inch or a 14-inch laptop screen size is a popular choice, but some of the entry level pc laptops so have laptop screens that are not very high quality to look at and use.

Most of the pc laptops also come with a HDMI display port so you can use an external HDMI desktop computer screen with a Windows pc computer laptop, the best setups is if the pc laptop can be docked so you can use a full-size keyboard and either a trackpad or a mouse.

How to choose the right level of pc computer performance and speed for a home user, or for a hybrid pc home work computer?

Entry level desktop PC Intel vs AMD Ryzen CPU Microprocessors.

With Microsoft Windows pc computers you can buy a new windows pc computer from just about £449 for an all in one 21.5-inch desktop pc computer with an Intel J5040 CPU Microprocessor with 128Gb SSD storage, 4Gb of memory and Windows 11 home edition pre-installed. Or for £399 a similar pc desktop computer with a AMD Ryzen 3 Microprocessor CPU with 128Gb of storage, and 4Gb of memory and Windows 11 home edition, pre-installed.

The choice here is either the Intel J5040 CPU Microprocessor or the AMD Ryzen 3 Microprocessor CPU. For a home pc user, or for an hybrid remote office worker that is going to use the PC computer online and mainly for internet browsing the difference between choosing the Intel CPU vs the AMD Ryzen 3 CPU from a technical point is how well does Windows 11 work with the Intel vs and AMD Ryzen CPU, both are going to work at a very similar speed.

A Intel and an AMD CPU has a generation level the newest generation for intel is the 12th generation of intel Microprocessors, Windows 11 is is supported on the 10th, 11th, 12th generation of Intel microprocessors.

If you need to find out more about the Microprocessor or CPU from Intel you can visit the Intel website and take a look at the CPU Microprocessor in more detail, a key factor might be when was the microprocessor launched this is shown a Q122 which means the first quarter of the year in 2022.

For Intel the Microprocessor is branded or sold with a name for the entry level Microprocessors this is known as Intel Celeron processor, Intel Pentium Gold processor, Intel Pentium Silver processor, The intel Pentium Silver processor has not been updated since Q1’21 so the choice for an entry level intel microprocessor is Intel Celeron vs Intel Pentium Gold professor, with the Gold being the better CPU generally.

Buying a pc computer for games?

The intel entry level Microprocessors can be used for basic games and graphics, but a Intel Core i3, i5, i7 or i9 Intel Microprocessor should be considered for a game’s pc computer. Buying a games pc computer is considered rather expensive and for most homes that need to play computer games a Microsoft X Box or a Sony PlayStation or a Google Stadia system can be a better idea for computer games.

How much pc computer storage do you need to use and buy?

128Gb is now considered the very basic level of storage for a personal computer, if a desktop pc computer or a laptop pc computer is going to be used for online internet use and basic office use, then Windows 11 typically can use between 20Gb to 30Gb of storage leaving 100Gb of free storage space. If you are buying a new pc to replace an older pc computer, and you have an older pc computer that has an oller and much slower 1TB (1000Gb SATA mechanical storage volume, the 128Gb will perhaps not be enough storage for a new pc computer.

128Gb, 256Gb, 512Gb, 1Tb, 2Tb and 4Tb are the storage volume sizes that are available in 2022, with either 512Gb or 1Tb being the popular sizes, even if you have a Windows PC that has 128Gb, most pc computers have USB-C ports so you can add further external storage to use to store files, or to archive files that do not need to be on the computer.

How to choose the right PC Brand from one of the well-known PC manufacturers?

The most popular pc manufactures in the UK in 2022.

  • HP Hewlett Packard
  • Dell Computer Technologies.
  • Lenovo.
  • Acer.
  • Asus.
  • MSI Micro Star International
  • Microsoft Surface PC
  • Samsung.
  • Huawei.
  • Apple for MacOS.

HP Hewlett Packard and Lenovo sell pc computers for both home users, and for small businesses, in fact all of the pc manufacturers sell home and small business computers, but Dell Computer and Lenovo also focus on selling computer for companies and for enterprises. For MSI and Asus the focus on selling pc motherboards and pc components.

Where can I buy a new PC computer in the UK.

Today buying a new pc computer is often online and in the UK, Currys, John Lewis, and direct from a pc manufacturer is a popular option. With Acer, Dell Computer Technologies, HP Hewlett Packard, Asus, MSI, Microsoft Surface Store UK, Samsung, Huawei, Apple for MacOS.

The days of buying a pc computer from a computer shop are over, or from a computer reseller are fading away, but for home users, and for people that want to build their own pc computer companies like scan.co.uk sell a wide range of pc components and also readymade tower pc games computers. MSI focus on motherboards and games pc computer building.

The key points to remember when buying a new pc computer.

A new pc computer can be sold as a new computer, but the microprocessor might be an older one, or an outdated one, the only way to know is to take a look at the intel or AMD website to find out when the microprocessor was launched from the Q1 to Q4 quarter or from the year 2021 or 2022. You can research the Microprocessor CPU first and then look at the pc manufacturer website to find out how old the pc computer is.

Do you need to think about Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 when buying a new pc computer?

If you are thinking about getting a new mesh Wi-Fi system for your home or office, then choosing a desktop pc computer that has support for Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 6 can make sense, for a tower pc computer the Wi-Fi technology can be updated from Wi-Fi 5 to Wi-Fi 6 or to Wi-Fi 6e to take full advantage of a modern home user mesh Wi-Fi network. but if you are using a new pc computer or a new pc laptop computer for basic internet use using Microsoft Edge and then the Wi-Fi speed and Wi-Fi performance does not matter.

What about Google Chromebooks vs buying a Windows 11 pc computer?

Google Chromebooks are becoming more popular to use, if you use a computer and internet browsing using Google Chrome or you use Google Mail or Google Calendars, or even Google Meet for home or work use, then a Google Chromebook might be an option to consider. Google Chromebooks can run Android applications.

A new option is that you can also use an older PC computer and use Google Chrome Flex OS which allows an older pc computer or an older Apple Mac computer to be used online but with full protection against most computer malware and computer security risks. Google are saying that Google Chromebooks have built in cloud security with no need to worry about pc computer security.

Buying a new PC computer for Children and for teenagers.

Buying an entry level computer for a child or for a teenager, can be a challenge, especially for teenagers, as a computer will be used for games, and for online social media use, and teenagers today, have become used to using smartphones, and tablet devices, that are often fast to use, buying a slow computer for a child or a teenager often means that a new pc computer or a new pc laptop computer is not used, or after a short while another pc computer purchase is needed.

PC computer vs Apple Mac M1, M2 computer for home users and for small business.

Often a new pc computer choice might be the option of buying a new pc computer vs buying a new Apple Mac computer. With Microsoft Windows 11 and with MacOS Monterrey, or MacOS Ventura, using a Windows 11 pc computer vs a Apple Mac computer for some people is going to be the same. For example, using Google Chrome on MacOS vs Windows 11 pc is well the same apart from a few minor differences, using Microsoft Word on a pc computer vs a Apple Mac computer is again almost the same.

One of the main factors to consider when buying a new pc computer vs a new Apple Mac computer is if you use or plan to use either an Android smartphone or an Apple iPhone.

Using an Apple Mac computer with an Apple iPhone, Apple iPad or an Apple TV makes the buying a new Apple Mac the obvious choice when buying a new computer.

If on the other hand you are using an Android Smartphone, you can still use an Apple Mac computer, but Apple iCloud services can be complex to setup on a Android smartphone and a windows pc computer.

If you have to use a new Apple Mac computer and, you use an Android smart phone, then by using a free Microsoft OneDrive or free Microsoft Outlook account, you can use Microsoft Edge on MacOS, on Android, and on a Windows 11 pc computer to synchronize Microsoft Edge Bookmarks, and Synchronise the Microsoft Edge usernames and passwords, by using Microsoft Edge on MacOS, on Android, and even on an iPhone.

If you have a Google Pixel phone or an Android Phone, then you can also use Google Chrome on MacOS or on Windows to synchronize Google Contacts, Google Calendars, and use Google Workplace email online across Windows 11 pc computers using Google Chrome for Windows 11, and on MacOS by using Google Chrome for Apple Macs.

Keith Thomas is a PC computer specialist and an Apple Specialist that worked for Apple Computer UK, and has worked with Microsoft UK in Reading to assist with the launch of Windows in the 1990s. Today Keith Thomas provides primary onsite Apple Mac IT Support for home users, and also provides Microsoft Windows 11 support for home users, and for small businesses in the UK.