What do I need to look for when buying a new PC?

Looking for a new computer can be a daunting task.
Computers come in so many different styles, colours and sizes.

The most important thing to remember when you are looking for a new computer is never just buy a computer because it looks nice, just because a computer looks really stylish and sleek it doesn’t mean that it is generally the best.

With laptops you will notice that the specification varies depending on what’s inside, in simple terms;

Component Laptop A Laptop B
Processor/CPU Intel Celeron Intel i3 Processor
RAM/Memory 6GB 4GB
Hard Drive/Storage 750GB 500GB
Graphics Intel HD Graphics ATI/NVidia Dedicated
Webcam Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Size 15.6” 15.6”
OS Windows 8 Windows 8
Cost £299.99 £349.99

I hope you chose Laptop B…

You will notice with laptops that one model may have one component better than the other, compensating cost, it may have a better processor but in may have a smaller hard drive or may have a smaller hard drive but more memory. The trick round this is to know which components can be changed/upgraded/replaced in the future if you need to upgrade.

RAM/Memory and Hard Drive space are the cheapest and easiest to change in a system so if you purchase a laptop with a to small Hard Drive or a small amount of Memory then it is always upgradable.

When you are looking at a desktop or laptop there are a few technical items you need to check;

We recommend to go with an Intel processor but this is a personal choice in our opinion we prefer Intel CPUs to AMD

But there are slower and less powerful versions of the Intel range to watch out for;


Atom, Celeron, Pentium say No! the price may seem good but in the long run you should invest in a high end CPU for a much better experience.

We suggest going for any of these, if you see these on a laptop your heading the right direction for a pleasant computing experience.

Most laptops on sale now days don’t come with anything less than 4GB but there may be a few out there so keep an eye out just in case.

Hard Drive/Storage:
If you have a massive Picture, Music or Movie library make sure you have at least 500GB or think about investing in an external backup device to keep your files safe.


Say No! to Atom/Celeron and Pentium processors and say Yes! to i3/i5/i7 for a more pleasurable computing experience.

Window’s XP User’s – End Of Support



Windows XP is soon to be unsupported meaning you will not receive any Microsoft updates for XP, these updates usually include bugs fixes, service packs and fix security threats. We would recommend you to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Commonly asked questions:

Does this mean I cannot use XP?
No, you can still use Windows XP normally but you will no longer receive any automatic updates.

Internet Explorer 8 sometimes tells me my browser is outdated?
When Windows XP becomes unsupported so will Internet Explorer 8, which means that websites will not appear correct or load correctly, the solution, is to use another browser for example Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox if you continue to use Windows XP.

I’m worried that my programs won’t work on Windows 7?
We have found that Windows 7 is just as compatible as Windows XP, most of those older applications will work with 7 or if they don’t you will have to find a newer release of the product or use the compatibility mode to run the program, if you really need Windows XP there is a Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 Professional*.

Can my PC run Windows 7?
Depending on your age of your PC and the hardware you have, you can either bring in your PC or Laptop into our shop to see if it can run Windows 7 and if any upgrade options are necessary or install the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and follow the instructions.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor:

Windows 8 Upgrade Advisor:

Should I purchase a new PC?
Depending on the circumstances such as your PC specification and budget, you may find it cheaper to upgrade than purchase a new PC or Laptop or vice versa. We also have a range of Custom Built PC’s and Laptops, which fully support Windows 7 and Windows 8.

What about Windows 8?
If you’re use to the layout of Windows XP we suggest to stick with Windows 7, if you fancy a fresh start with your PC and willing to try a new layout you can try Windows 8, the choice is yours.

*Certain Hardware and Software requirements are needed to run Windows XP Mode.