At HST, we offer a huge range of computers from laptops to desktops. We even supply a range of bundles which provide all your needs in a single purchase. We specialise in all kinds of refurbished computers which gives you incredible value for money.
When buying new tech, there’s a lot to get to grips with, especially when there’s so much to choose from! That’s why we’ve put together a guide to understand tech jargon and make your tech buying experience easier.
The CPU (central processing unit) is the brain of the computer. Whenever you move the mouse, open a program or load a file, the processor makes it happen. The kind of CPU setup you have, can tell you about the kind of tech you’re buying.
Core i3 - If you're buying a basic desktop, it may well feature a core i3 CPU. It's a dual core CPU which should do the job for basic, everyday computing.
Core i5 - This is Intel's main processor. Coming in dual and quad-core, this processor will be found on many desktops and is very popular.
Core i7 - If you’re buying a Core i7 PC, it’s likely that you need a lot of processing power. This is ideal for video editing and playing heavy-duty games.
Hard drives come in two main types: hard disk drives (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD). Solid state hard drives use flash memory. You can expect your machine to boot up faster, and applications and programmes to load quicker when you choose an SSD.
Hard drives are measured in gigabytes, and the more you have the better so it’s best to have a hard drive with at least 250GB, while also considering those with 500GB or 750GB). Don't forget too, external hard drives can be bought and plugged into your computer, so you can expand to as much space as you need.
RAM stands for Random Access Memory. The more RAM your machine has the better it will run. If your computer doesn't have enough RAM, it will run slowly.
We would recommend 8GB of RAM. The more RAM you have the better set up you'll be for doing more than one thing at a time. Plus, you’ll be able to run apps and multitasking on your computer all the more smoothly.
If you're just planning on browsing the web and watching videos, an integrated graphics card should be fine. This is the graphics card that comes already built into your computer and shares the computer's memory, which can make it slower to process video and images.
However, if you plan on playing some serious games, you'll need a decent graphics card. Graphics cards usually have their own dedicated RAM - the amount you need depends on what you plan to do but try to ensure you have enough memory to play your games to the best standard.