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We look for the best budget desktop PC of 2011

If you have decided to buy a brand new desktop PC for your home, but are unsure as to what kind of specifications you are looking for, you're in luck thanks to this handy guide which will give you all the information you need to find the best budget desktop PC of 2011 to suit your needs, as well as recommending you some great cut price PC deals available in the UK.

The most important thing you need to do when buying a new PC is deciding just what you are going to use it for. While it might be tempting to look for the best possible specifications when buying, this can often ramp up the cost unnecessarily, especially if you're not going to make use of all that processing power.

Unless you want to play the latest cutting edge video games or work with processor intensive software then it isn't hugely important to have the fastest machine on the market. If you're just going to use it for internet browsing, paying the bills, shopping online, replying to emails, watching movies and listening to music then pretty much any computer from the last three or four years will be more than up to the task.

What you need to watch out for when buying a new desktop PC are the hidden expenses. Often the prices are listed for just the base computer itself; the monitor, mouse, speakers and keyboard will all be extra - and they can really add up.

Tesco have a great deal on the Packard Bell iMedia A3010 desktop PC which comes with an 18.5" monitor, keyboard and mouse for just £379. It's got everything you need to get you going, including a dual core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. It's not the fastest PC available by any stretch, but it'll comfortably handle the basics.

Alternatively, PC World offer the stunning ACER Aspire Z3831 All in One desktop PC with 21.5" display, dual core Intel Pentium E7500 3GHz processor, 3GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive for just £499 - a saving of £200 on the regular list price.

Be sure to shop around, because there are many places offering great prices on desktop computers these days. Just be sure that you get a minimum of 2GB RAM, at least a dual core 2.6GHz processor and a hard drive no smaller than 500GB in order to ensure your machine will be good for at least four or five years!

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