Buying a Computer: First Timers
Buying a computer for the first time can be an intimidating process especially if you don’t really know what you need. The biggest mistake you can make is shopping for a computer by price alone. Obviously, unless you are independently wealthy, cost is definitely going to figure into the choice.
But choosing a PC solely based on price practically guarantees that you ultimately will be dissatisfied with the system. The following steps are a good basic guide to choosing a new computer. What applies to PCs also applies to Laptop computers although you tend to get more for your money from a PC
What will you mostly be using your computer for? If all you are going to primarily surf the web, Facebook and email, then you wont need as robust of a system than if you were going to play resource intensive games & videos.
- Processor (CPU) – this is your PCs overall computing power and speed. Thus the higher speed and number of cores, the better (i.e. Intel Dual-Core i3 2.7Ghz < Intel i7 Quad-Core 4.2Ghz). Basically, the larger the numbers the better!
- RAM – this is what allows your computer to multitask more and adds to the overall speed of the computer. You’re going to want a minimum of 4GB if you’re running Windows 10. 8GB or more is recommended if you are going to be gaming or doing anything with video or manipulating large photo files.
- Hard Drive – this is where your computer stores everything! So again, bigger is better. 500GB is the recommended minimum size. For gamers and video collectors, a 2TB HD (or bigger) is a better choice! There is also the option of an SSD (Solid State Disk) which does not have any moving parts and are therefore faster than a conventional hard disk. SSDs are all good but they still have a higher cost per gigabyte than a normal Hard Disk Drive.
While there are always other things to consider like upgrading the graphics card or having the newer faster types of storage drives (Solid State Drives) we are always here to point you in the right direction.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Anyone you are considering buying a computer from should be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the process.
So if you are in the market for a new PC or Laptop then please get in touch!
The Computer Centre – For all your computer needs.