Desktop Buying Tips

Many people around the world remain loyal to the desktop platform due to its familiarity, performance and upgradeability. If you are in the search for a new desktop PC, it is important to consider what you will be using it for, as not all computer users’ needs are equal. With that in mind, here some more tips to consider.

Do your research first
Research is essential when you are considering getting a desktop PC. It hurts to miss on a deal by buying a computer only to find a new CPU or another major component on the market for the same price a few weeks later. To ensure you get the most current technology and value for your money, arm yourself with information and choose the best time to pounce. Look around at all of the major PC vendors’ sites, check refresh cycles for products, and don’t be afraid to put off a purchase for a while to see if you can get better technology at a budget price.

Know the Processor
Power users need the best of processors, possibly a quad-core for maximum performance and the best protection from technological extinction. If you don’t use a lot of programs at the same time, you may be content with just one or two cores and don’t need to spend extra cash to snag a few more. Always make sure to ask how many cores are on the chip and what the clock speed is for a powerful processor.

RAM
Just like the number of processor cores affects the speed and ability to run more programs simultaneously, the amount of Random Access Memory, or RAM, in a computer can alter just how much multitasking can go on and how fast it will be. You will want at least 4 gigabytes though more memory is always better. If you intend to upgrade your desktop PC yourself, make sure that your system’s motherboard can support additional RAM modules.

Graphic cards
The graphics processing unit is responsible for everything you see on your display, whether you play games, watch videos or view pictures. If you plan on gaming with your PC, integrated graphics of the right requirement will help deliver enough power to run simple games or high-definition Flash video.

Operating system
The rule here is sticking with what you are familiar with, whether Mac OS, Windows, or Linux, as it can be a bit challenging to adjust to a new operating system. However, it’s worth noting that not all software is available for every operating system, thus the need to get an OS that can run all the required software.

Hard drive
Make sure you get a hard disk with adequate available space and one with speeds that don’t slow down the computer.

Check your peripherals
The peripherals on your computer are going to be pretty specific to your needs. Do you require more USB ports, an HDMI output, SD slot or built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth receivers rather than using external devices? Think about all of these when purchasing your desktop PC.

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