So you’re in the market for a new computer? Huh! Well, whether you want to build one or buy one and whether you have a really good idea of what you Specifically want or you have no idea?
Or you are confused about the Most Important Aspects of Buying a Computer? we can imagine what can imagine what is going through your mind right now, huh!
Well, keep your reading mode activated because this article aims to help you pretty much answer all these questions.
We want to spend this time helping you decode the most confusing, important and technical aspects you need to understand when buying a new computer.
So by the time you are done reading through this article, you’ll know exactly;
- What type of computer you should be shopping for,
- How much storage capacity you need,
- How many gigabytes of RAM your daily tasks require,
- How many gigahertz you should be shopping for in a processor, and the tiny pitfalls and things to look out for in each.
Most Important Aspects of Buying a Computer
1. The Processor
Firstly, number one on our list on the most important aspects of buying a computer is the strength of your processor. so first, let’s talk about what you should look out for in a processor.
Your computer’s processor is its “brain”, and it’s the main reason a computer gets slow or “bogs down” later in its life.
If you’ve ever experienced that, it’s likely because you didn’t pay for a strong enough processor when initially buying your computer, as the processor is also one of the components most likely to raise or lower the price of a computer.
So how do you know how powerful a computer’s processor is? Processor speed is measured in gigahertz, abbreviated with an uppercase ‘GH’ and a lowercase ‘z’. that is ‘GHz”.
Don’t worry – we’re not going to bore you with a technical explanation of what a gigahertz is. You only need to know how to interpret them.
The more gigahertz you see, the more powerful that computer’s processor is. Also, if you see dual-core or quad-core, you should multiply the gigahertz rating respectively by two or four.
So if you’re comparing a computer with a 3.2 gigahertz processor to a computer with a 1.6 gigahertz *quad-core* processor, the 1.6 gigahertz quad-core is roughly twice as capable as the other option.
If you’re a light-duty user, meaning you only use your computer for simple tasks like browsing the Internet, editing documents, checking email, etc… You don’t need to spend extra money for a powerful processor – the lighter duty models towards the bottom of the market should suit your needs just fine.
However, if you run several programs on your computer at once or you only purchase a computer once every 7-10 years, you’ll want to purchase a mid-range processor that’s slightly more powerful otherwise you could be faced with a very slow, frustrating computer several years before you’re due to upgrade.
If you’re a heavy-duty user that does a lot of intense design work, video editing, 3D modeling, computer gaming, etc… you’ll want to buy a computer with a powerful processor.
You’ll pay a lot more but, at the end of the day, that’s the only type of computer that’s going to suit your needs.
Difference between heavy duty and light weight computer
I guess by now you’ll be asking yourself – what makes for a heavy duty or a light duty processor? How do I know the difference? Simply compare the options currently on the market – if you see a 2.1 GHz processor, a 1.9 GHz dual-core processor, and a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, one is a light, one is a medium, and one is a heavy-duty model.
Now that we’re done talking about processors, I believe you can get the gist now, right? Fine! it’s really essential you understand these concepts very well.
2. The RAM
Moving on to the second most important aspects of buying a computer which is the ; RAM.
RAM, which stands for Random Access Memory, simply put is your computer’s bandwidth.
As the background processes and programs run on your computer, they utilize this bandwidth, which you only have a finite amount of.
If your computer has a super fast brain but not enough bandwidth for the programs you’re running, that can also bog down your machine.
Without getting into another long, drawn-out explanation, here’s a very good rule-of-thumb: If you’re a light-duty user, buy at least 4GB.
Medium duty? Buy 8GB – and heavy duty users should buy 16GB, but in today’s current tech climate, any more than 16GB doesn’t do much – the return on investment is almost zilch.
Again, if you want more than this rule-of-thumb, follow the link in this varticle description labeled “How Much RAM Do I Need?”
3. Storage space
That brings us to the third most important aspects of buying a computer – storage space. This will either be indicated by the abbreviation HD or HDD for hard disk drives, or SSD for solid-state drives.
Solid-state drives are rising in popularity because they’re significantly faster and more efficient than hard disks, but they’re also SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive.
Bottom line: If you can afford a solid-state drive, it’s money well spent. If you can’t or don’t want to, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional hard disk drives.
Now for the really important aspect of storage: How much do you need? Light duty and medium duty users shouldn’t need more than 500 gigabytes to one terabyte of storage space.
Most baseline models in today’s tech climate come with at least that much, and that’s all you should ever need. Besides, if you run out of space you can always purchase an easy-to-use external hard drive to handle the overflow.
Even the heaviest duty users can make due with 500GB of storage if they use an external hard drive.
But if you don’t want to use an external hard drive and you work with HD video or other gigantic files, try to get at least 1-2 terabytes of internal storage.
4. Which Type of Computer You Should Buy?
Now, that question above brings us to our final point for this buying guide on the most important aspects of buying a computer – which *type* of computer you should buy?
You probably already have a pretty good idea of what type of computer you need, but we want to quickly run through your options and explain the pros and cons of each.
If portability isn’t important to you, then you’re probably shopping for a desktop or all-in-one computer.
A traditional desktop has a tower that’s separate from the monitor and typically rests on the ground below, but an all-in-one sits on top of the desk in one piece, with all of the hardware and components cleverly hidden behind the monitor on your desk.
All-in-ones are typically regarded as more sleek and attractive, but beware of the drawbacks if you’re planning to buy one.
They’re typically 20%-30% more expensive than a traditional desktop computer with the exact same amount of power and specs, and they’re difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade should you need more storage space or speed down the road.
So if you choose an all-in-one, choose carefully and know that you’re paying a substantial amount of money for that “sleek” design.
The same goes for shoppers seeking a more portable computer. You likely know if you need a laptop or desktop, but what about laptops vs. ultrabooks, tablet PCs ,or 2-in-1 models that are rising in popularity?
The exact same drawbacks for an all-in-one vs. a desktop apply to a traditional laptop vs. an ultrabook, tablet PC, or 2-in-1 model.
You get a sleek design along with a little added portability, but you’ll pay substantially less for a traditional laptop with the exact same capabilities, and ultrabooks, tablet PCs, and 2-in-1s are all difficult or impossible to upgrade should you need to.
Is the price increase worth it? It just depends on your personal preferences when weighing style and portability vs. practicality and value.
That’s it! There are still some minor details you want to pay attention to like optical ports, media card readers, touchscreens, etc…
but the importance of all those features combined is trivial compared to the essential computer specs we’ve covered in this post.
Paying attention to the sub-topics we’ve covered in this post will determine 90% of how happy you’ll be with your new computer for years to come, so choose wisely!
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