The Desktop PC: Your Personal Connection to the World
The desktop PC, also known as a desktop computer, is an essential piece of hardware. It provides anyone with all the power and speed needed to enjoy the World Wide Web to its fullest and to indulge in hobbies, such as gaming, or to carry out offline work using programs like MS Office. Attempting to do the same things on a tablet or smartphone device offers a limited experience by comparison, which is why the unbeatable capabilities of desktop PCs is what makes them so invaluable. Overclockers UK offers a diverse and attractive range of desktop PCs, tailored to suit all kinds of requirements and lifestyles—discover our fantastic selection in our online shop today.
A General Overview and History of Desktop PCs
The most conventional makeup of a desktop PC comprises a case, within which the following items of hardware and kit are found: the power supply; the motherboard, including components such as the CPU, memory, storage; and peripheral components such as a keyboard, a mouse, and a monitor.
By today’s standards the conventional desktop PC is rather large; however, during its infancy the desktop computer as we know it today, i.e. a personal computer that fits neatly on a desk or table, was small in comparison to the huge processors and cumbersome hardware of early computers.
The world’s first desktop computer was released in the latter half of the ‘60s: the Olivetti Programma 101; also known as Perottina and P101. 1971 saw the creation of more desktop PC designs resulting, one year later, in a model programmable in BASIC, which was based on a smaller minicomputer and used read-only memory (ROM). It also featured little single-line LED alphanumeric displays and was able to draw computer graphics with a plotter.
By the end of the ‘90s desktop computers had grown in popularity and demand. The most popular being the IBM PC, the Apple Macintosh and the Commodore Amiga. Desktop PCs from this era were housed within a desktop case—a shell laid out horizontally upon which the display screen sat. This kind of design fell out of favour as the ‘90s progressed, and were eventually replaced by the tower case which could be left on the floor beneath or next to a desk.
What to Consider when You Buy a Desktop PC
There are many things to keep in mind when you start to weigh up your desktop PC options. To start with, you should consider the main user/users. Someone who requires no more than the ability to surf the Internet and watch videos or view pictures will not require more than a basic desktop computer. Conversely, a modern PC gamer is likely to need a gaming desktop PC that offers the very best in terms of speed and power. Similarly, a mid-range desktop PC that is shared between a family home will be more than enough for everyone to get the most out of their system and satisfy their needs.
The next question to ask yourself is what will your desktop PC predominantly be used for. If you need one for gaming, then you should think carefully about the graphics card that accompanies the particular line of gaming desktop computer. The graphics card is a vital piece of hardware when it comes to performance during gaming, and could be the difference between a fun, enriched in-game experience, and one tainted by lag and stuttering. A hard drive with lots of storage space is paramount if you will use your desktop PC for professional purposes, for example, working with large files, such as video or hi-res pictures. Likewise, a speedy hard drive is recommended for loading and saving big files.
Finally, you should decide on where you will locate your desktop computer, especially if you are considering overclocking your build with additional hardware. PCs today come in a range of sizes, and your chosen model might not fit into the spot at home or in the office that you have in mind. Although many desks are intentionally made to offer ample room to house a desktop computer tower in the cubby hole, lots of PC designs aren’t suitable for these areas because of their size and insufficient opportunities for proper ventilation. This means you should keep in mind the dimensions of your space when you buy a desktop PC. If you do not have the luxury of lots of space, then you can find a solution in an all-in-one desktop computer. This kind of design doesn’t necessitate a tower because the whole PC system is built into the monitor, saving you vital space when it comes to installing your desktop computer.
Find Your Dream Desktop PC with Overclockers UK
We’re committed to delivering quality to our customers. That’s why our hardware experts go into painstaking detail and show unparalleled care when they assemble desktop PCs—regardless of the price tag. If you’re still unsure about the right desktop computer to buy, then our community and support channels can help you find a solution. Ask the passionate Overclockers UK community in our popular and thriving forum—the users, with their vast experience and knowledge, will be able to offer insight and tips based on their own successful purchases and builds. Alternatively, get in touch with our in-house professionals via phone or mail. They will listen, consult and advise accordingly, to help you buy the desktop PC you’ve always dreamed of. It’s also our policy to do as much as we can to accommodate any special requests when you make an order. We’re so confident in our builds, we offer a three year guarantee on them all. Experience true expertise and a game-changing level of service and quality when you buy a desktop PC with Overclockers UK—the leading online marketplace for PC and gaming enthusiasts in the UK.