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Buyers Guide

New or refurbished?

Refurbished computers represent great value for money, make excellent home/office computers and offer a lower cost entry to the world of PC Gaming. In addition to avoiding more landfill, re-using computers and their components makes great financial sense, especially where they are well short of their useful life.

Generally speaking, new computers provide better performance, better warranties and improved scalability and are typically worth the premium if you can afford it. What surprises many people is that a brand new modern i3 processor is actually faster in every respect than i7 processors from many earlier generations. If you think that getting a refurbished i7 is better than getting a new i3, then having a read through our processor buyers guide may surprise you!

If you’re working within a budget then our refurbished computer options do provide a great low cost entry point. The majority of our refurbished computers include new cases, power supplies and graphics cards (amongst other components) to ensure reliable performance. These parts are common across both our new and used computer configurations ensuring an easy pathway to upgrade to newer and more modern components over time as your budget allows.

Knowing what to buy…

There are four factors that typically impact the performance of a computer – the Processor (CPU), the Memory (Ram), Storage (Hard Disk/HDD or Solid State Disk/SSD), and the Graphics Card, with the last one typically only important for those looking for gaming PCs or doing high-end video or engineering work.

While the case style, lighting effects, power supply size, and component manufacturers can all impact the price of a system, at the end of the day they have very little to do with the performance you get.

For information on how to assess the different options available, please refer to our buying guide pages below.

  • Processor (CPU)
    Unless you’re into enthusiast gaming, any of the i5 processors we offer will be more than adequate!
    For more information on processor options and differences click here.
  • Memory (RAM)
    8GB is sufficient for entry level gaming, 16GB is a low cost upgrade recommended for most users. For more information on memory options and differences click here.
  • Storage (Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive)
    Buy an SSD and you won’t regret it… it defines the user experience.
    For more information on storage options and differences click here.
  • Graphics Card (GPU)
    For home/office use you probably don’t need one, but if you’re into gaming, get the best one you can afford (at the end of the day it’s the only thing that really changes the gaming performance!)
    For more information on graphics options and differences click here.