Which is the best HP desktop

Desktop PC comparison 2021

3.1. Which operating system should it be?

The first decision when purchasing a desktop PC is the question of which operating system you want to work with: Windows, iOS or Linux. By far the largest selection of desktop PCs is available for Windows.

We have therefore concentrated on this operating system in our comparison. Whether you buy a PC with Windows 7 or Windows 10 is secondary. Newer Windows PCs usually have the current system on board.

If you already have several devices from the Apple family, an iMac could complement your network. In this all-in-one PC, the computer is already integrated into the screen, top models also meet the demands of gamers. The Mac Pro, the only computer from Apple that corresponds to a traditional desktop PC, is more powerful.

3.2. The processor

The processor (core processing unit, CPU) is the heart of a desktop computer. Its clock frequency determines how fast the PC can work. Current desktop PCs usually offer more performance than would be necessary in daily use. You can therefore neglect the clock speed of the office computer, but With a desktop PC for gaming, you should ensure that the clock frequency is high enough.

Leading manufacturers of processor chipsets for Windows are Intel and AMD, who have also developed special CPU series for gaming and multimedia. In desktop PC tests, you will also be confronted with terms such as dual-core and quad-core. If the desktop PC has a dual-core processor, two cores are used.

In contrast, four cores are processed in the dual-core processor. The Intel Core i7 chip enables higher speeds than a desktop PC with an i5 or i3 chip. Intel's new X series provides 18-core processors for extreme gaming and complex multimedia applications.

3.3. The RAM

The size of the working memory (Random Access Memory, RAM) in the desktop PC defines the computing power of its graphics card. If the PC does not have enough RAM, it has to move program and driver data to the hard disk. This noticeably delays the workflow.

In the business computer, the RAM should be at least 4 to 6 GB. If you are looking for a desktop PC for image and video editing, 8 GB is the minimum standard. The gaming PCs in our comparison deliver at least 16 GB and are therefore also suitable for graphics-intensive games.

Tip: Pay attention not just to the size, but to the type of memory being processed. For demanding gaming and multimedia it should have the DDR3 (Double Date Rata) abbreviation. In high-end PCs, for example, DDR3 32 GB RAM is used.

3.4. The hard disk

The operating system, all programs and the music collection: Everything that you install or download from the Internet is stored on the desktop PC's hard drive. Photos and videos that you copy from the digital camera, as well as all documents you have created, must also find a place there. A hard drive in a desktop PC can therefore hardly be too big. An office computer should have at least 500 GB ready, hard drives with 1000 GB and more are on board in well-tested gamer PCs.

In addition to classic HDD hard drives, faster SSD hard drives are increasingly being used in high-end desktop PCs. HDD stands for Hard disc drive, SSD is short for Solid state drive. By combining both types of storage, software that you want to access quickly can be stored separately. This makes the desktop PC with SSD interesting for gamers, for example. The pros and cons of SSD:

  • faster access
  • pleasantly quiet
  • longer lifetime
  • high purchase price
  • less storage capacity

Tip: Would you like to put together your own desktop PC? A so-called SATA hard drive (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) can often also be installed by laypeople - depending on the model, as a replacement or extension of the system drive. If necessary, you can also connect an external hard drive to the desktop computer via USB.

3.5. The graphics card

The graphics card controls the image structure on the monitor. If the pictures jerky when playing games or watching videos, the graphics card is too weak. Inexpensive desktop PCs are often equipped with Intel HD graphics. This is sufficient for business computers for writing, surfing and emailing.

If you would like to put together an inexpensive desktop PC yourself, we also recommend an older graphics card from Nvidia GeForce or AMD. Gamers should look for a high-quality AMD Radeon HD or an Nvidia GeForce GTX model when comparing desktop PCs.

3.6. Drives and connectors

Drives and connections play an important role in desktop PC tests. Most gaming computers have a DVD burner on board that allows you not only to watch movies, but also to record them. Those who prefer Blu-Ray have to retrofit the PC tower accordingly.

In addition to VGA or DVI connections for the monitor, the Windows desktop PCs in our comparison usually also have an integrated HDMI interface.

A modern display port is also built into some PCs. In addition, all PC desktops are equipped with at least 5 USB ports, of which at least 2 are USB 3.0 ports. The HP desktop Pavilion 560-p042ng also has a versatile USB 3.0 Type C port.

As our desktop-PC comparison shows, wireless Internet has now also arrived in the PC system. Only one model relies on the traditional LAN connection, all other desktop computers can be connected to the Internet either via network cable or via WLAN.

For televisions with WiFi, you can also stream pictures wirelessly from your desktop PC to the TV. Retrofitting with a WLAN card should also be possible without any problems. Alternatively, you can use a WLAN stick to connect to the network wirelessly. You can also connect a Bluetooth adapter for a few euros.

Tip: Expandable desktop PCs do justice to the rapid technical development. Pay attention to expansion options such as free slots for network cards and drive bays for additional SSDs.