A guide to buying a new desktop computer with ease.

Purchasing a new desktop computer for your home or business can be an extremely overwhelming process, especially if you have no idea where to even begin the process. This is the beginner’s guide to purchasing a new desktop computer. My name is Anthony Jackson I am the founder and owner of O’Fallon Computers, over the past several years of being in business I have personally assisted hundreds of customers helping them navigate the shopping process to find the perfect desktop computer, as well as helping them get set up for success at there homes or business.

With all the overwhelm, where do you even begin the process? Purchasing a new desktop computer is so much more than simply going to the store and making your purchase, you will more than likely get sold on something you don’t even need, which is why it’s important to know what you use your computer for,

Let’s start this off by talking about the homework you need to do before making your new desktop purchase. First and foremost you are going to want to establish a budget of some sort. Next, if you have ANY type of files on the computer, things like documents, pictures, videos, etc.. you are going to want to make a FULL back of your important information, why you ask? because you will want to have your files on the new computer when you go to set things up. You can take your computer to a local repair shop and request that they back up your information onto some type of device, like a flash drive or an external hard drive.

You are going to want to check your printer, and see if there is software to download and install. When you purchase a new desktop computer it will have a fully licensed copy of Microsoft Windows 10 pre-installed, if your printer worked prior on your previous Windows 10 device, then you are good to go, just note that you may need to purchase a new printer, several things can factor into this especially age.

Next up Microsoft Office — A new computer DOES NOT contain a fully licensed copy of Microsoft Office, if you purchase a new computer, you will need to have the original license from when you made the purchase, please note that if you owned a copy of office before 2013, there is a good chance you will need to upgrade to latest version office which is 2019. If you upgraded after you may still be able to redownload your office software using your Microsoft account, Please contact us if you have any questions on how to find this information.

New desktop computer brands

When it comes to purchasing a new computer, you are just buying the name, You can pretty much feel comfortable with picking any major brand, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo, if I had to pick one brand to stay away from I would say no Lenovo’s, we see a lot of them with various issues. The general rule of thumb is is if you had a certain brand before and it was good then just go with that, so if you had a DELL go with dell for your new purchase. It’s not the brand you are after it’s the specs that you want to pay attention to.

Where to make your purchase?

You can feel comfortable making your purchase at any retailer that sells computers,

Best buy OfficeMax, the one place that I would recommend is going through Microcenter, they are kinda like the ultimate computer store, we go through them often for parts and various things we need. I have had some pretty good luck with them, please note I do recommend you purchase your new desktop computer from a store of some sort, returning things online can be very frustrating and overwhelming.


This is kind of a to each his kind of conversation. When it comes to processors, there are two types of brands to consider. You have Intel and AMD, more than likely you have heard the name intel. I am an intel person, I have been in business for almost 7 years and every time I touch an AMD computer something goes wrong lol, now AMD has made some pretty big changes, but I personally just do not like them, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should not consider buying an AMD processor

there is a number associated with your process it is referred to ask GHz this is more or less the speed at which things happen. ideally, you want to be at 2.9 GHz GHz or higher ( Ask your salesman about this) When it comes to intel processors the highest it goes is an I-9, you find these custom-built computers, this will be a way overkill if you are just using your computer for basic functions like paying bills and getting on the internet. For the average user, we recommend an i-3 or an I-5 2.9 GHz and up this will suit you just fine for day to day tasks

Hard Drives

This is one of the parts that can dictate the performance of your computer. Without a question, you want to purchase something called an SSD (Solid State Drive) This is a relatively new piece of technology and it can make all the difference in the world. If you are someone that keeps a lot of pictures and music I recommend you get something with at least one terabyte, if you are just doing day-to-day tasks 500GB will be just fine. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out, we can guide you and let you know what you have, typically the bigger the hard drive the more expensive the computer.


If you are someone that keeps multiple tabs open in your browser, then you want to have LOTS of memory. This is how memory works, when the application is opened like the internet the computer allocates a piece of memory to that application when the application closes the memory returns to the computer. It takes a minimum of 4 GB to run Windows 10 64 bit. 8GB is an ideal number to be at. If you are doing any type of photoshop or editing you want to be in the range of 16 GB to 32GB. these types of programs are memory hogs, it takes 8GB to run Adobe Premiere alone.

Wrapping up

Any new desktop computer that you decide to purchase is going to have Windows 10 pre-installed on the machine. I would pay attention to things like can your monitor connect to your new computer, your printer, and other small things, like how many USB ports does it have.

There are a lot more things to consider, but we can’t spill the beans on everything! If you have any questions please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! Thanks, for reading! I hope you got some value from this!