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Planning to buy a computer? Here's everything you need to know

Unlike laptops, tablets or even smartphones, desktop PCs are not limited by portability and battery life requirements.
Unlike laptops, tablets or even smartphones, desktop PCs are not limited by portability and battery life requirements.
By Orestis Bastounis
Unlike laptops, tablets or even smartphones, desktop PCs are not limited by portability and battery life requirements. Whether you want to expand on storage, memory, graphics or sheer processing power, a desktop PC gives you the most flexibility to upgrade on hardware. We’ve listed six of the best computing machines available today:

Asus K31ADE
CPU:
Intel Core i3-4170 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 1TB hard disk | Communication: 802.11ac | Dimensions: 180x350x390mm
Asus is a unique PC maker that offers a wide range of computers for different users. The company describes the K31 desktop towers as ‘all you need for daily computing’. Its configurations include discrete graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD, along with USB-C for increased data transfer rates.

The K31 desktop towers are described as ‘all you need for daily computing’. (Image: www.asus.com)
Dell Inspiron 3000
CPU:
Intel Core i3-4170 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 1TB hard disk | Communication: Dell Wireless-N 1705, Bluetooth 4.0 | Dimensions: 178x388x431mm
Dell’s Inspiron desktop computers come in a mini-tower, therefore won’t take up too much space either on a desk or underneath it. For an extra bit of cash, you can upgrade the processor to a quadcore Intel Core i5-4460 and the graphics card to a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT705, for a decent allround performance boost.

LG Chromebase
CPU:
Intel Celeron 2955U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB flash | Wireless: 802.11n WiFi | Dimensions: 528x43x320mm
Being an all-in-one, it carries the same benefits as Apple’s far more expensive iMac. Chrome OS is intentionally designed to work with files stored in the cloud rather than locally, and has equivalents of Microsoft’s software which run in a browser rather than from the computer. It takes some getting used to, but it does work, and works well.


Chrome OS is intentionally designed to work with files stored in the cloud rather than locally. (Image: www.lg.com)

Apple iMac with 5K Retina display
CPU:
Intel Core i5-4260U | Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 5100 | RAM: 4GB - 16GB | Storage: 500GB HDD | Communication: Wireless 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 | Dimensions (WxDxH): 196x196x36mm
The unique selling point of all-in-ones, like this, is their simplicity, and that’s partly what makes the iMac so appealing. A built-in screen and speakers, 802.11ac wireless networking and a wireless keyboard and mouse means you only need a power cable to get up and running. There’s quite a range of iMacs, starting at around $1,365 for an entry-level 21.9-inch model up to 27-inch iMacs with quad-core processors, and even a 5K display.


A built-in screen and speakers, wireless networking and a wireless keyboard and mouse means you only need a power cable to get up and running. (Image: www.apple.com)

HP Pavilion Mini
CPU: 1.9GHz Intel Core i3-40255U | RAM: 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM | Storage: 1TB 5,400rpm HDD | Communication: 802.11n WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 | Dimensions: 144x144x52mm
If Apple’s OS just can’t do it for you, HP offers a stunning Windows alternative. The Pavilion Mini as it’s called, won’t blow your mind in terms of specs, but it will get the job done if you’re not planning on doing any intensive gaming or video editing. Plus, it’s still faster than a lot of mini computers on the market, and with plenty of storage space to boot.

Acer Revo One RL85
CPU:
Intel Celeron 2957 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 2TB hard disk | Communication: 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 | Dimensions: 107x107x220mm
If you’re looking to share your PC with an entire household or office rather than locking it behind a desk, Acer’s Revo One accomplishes just that. The Revo One packs in two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort, and comes with a 2TB hard drive. It also has a built-in wireless card, so there is no need to reconfigure your entire house’s network wiring just to keep it underneath the TV.

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