Written by Kasper

Advice on desktops

You choose a desktop based on what you want to use it for. That’s why we’ve listed what specifications you need for each specific usage situation. This way, you can be sure that you’re making the right choice.

I want to use the internet & send emails

Coolblue website on monitor of HP desktop.

Do you want to browse the Internet, send emails, process texts, or watch a movie? You can do that with any desktop. If you plan on using your desktop for these tasks alone, a less expensive PC will do. Keep in mind that less expensive computers are less future proof, since you won’t have many upgrade options and programs will become more demanding over time. To use the internet and send emails, you’ll need at least the following specifications:

  • Any processor
  • 2GB RAM or more

I want to edit photos

Editing photo of Coolblue employee using Photoshop on HP desktop.

If you sometimes edit holiday photos, an entry-level computer with an i3 processor has more than enough power. But if you regularly want to edit photos professionally, we advise you to consider a more powerful PC that's suitable for programs like Photoshop. Make sure the PC you have in mind has at least the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • 8GB RAM

I want to edit videos

Editing videos on monitor of Medion desktop.

If you edit videos regularly, you’ll need a computer with enough power. That’s because video editing is very demanding for your PC, especially while the video is rendering. If you want to edit videos regularly or professionally with software like Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effects, you’ll need a computer with at least the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 8GB RAM

I want to game

Shooter game on desktop.

In principle, any PC can run a game. Simple games like FarmVille or Angry Birds aren't very demanding on your computer. If you want to play new games like Call of Duty, the video card is particularly important. It provides the power necessary for the game to reach its full potential. If you’re looking for a full-fledged gaming PC, you’ll need at least these specifications:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 processor

I want to game in virtual reality

VR game Eagle on desktop.

If you want to play virtual reality games via your computer, you'll need a PC that’s suitable for that. The video card plays an important role, because it sends a smooth image to the VR headset. If it doesn't, you run the risk of motion sickness. That’s why you should choose at least an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 video card. This way, you can be sure that your virtual environments look their best.

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • Intel Core i7 processor

I want a desktop for business use

Excel on HP desktop monitor.

A business PC differs from a computer for personal use in a number of ways. The Windows 10 Pro operating system is recommended for a business PC. That's because it allows you to connect the PC to the entire company network and can be used to connect to other computers in the domain remotely. Files are also more secure with Windows 10 Pro. In addition, most business desktops have an on-site warranty. This means a technician will visit you the next working day to repair your PC.

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