Thinking of buying a new PC but have no idea of the best configuration or specifications you need especially if your project requires a system with good specifications. You need to know why you need a PC, then settle down and select the PC configuration that will help you achieve your goals.
The first thing is you need to know is that every computer was designed with a purpose in mind. No matter the project you are on, there is a computer out there for you. Whether you want to, set up an online business, design in Photoshop, build apps, write codes, stream movies, play games, you can easily get a computer that will match your objective. Unfortunately, you first have to know what you are looking for; otherwise, you will miss it when you see it.
To ensure you buy the PC with the best configurations for you, here are listed the guides that you will need to consider before making your purchase:
How Do You Intend to Use Your Computer
Determine how you want to use your computer; will it be light use (basic internet operations like emails and surfing webs) or average use (streaming movies and doing tasks such as a spreadsheet) or are you going to engage in a Heavy use such as programming and graphics design
The Operating Systems
The operating system is the heart and of your PC. Without it, your PC is just a plastic. It allows your hardware and software to work together to achieve a goal. You need to make a decision which type of operating system you need. Some of the common Operating systems (OS) include:
Windows is by far, the most popular operating system used worldwide. It is very intuitive and easy to master.
Mac Operating system is for those who use their PC heavily and needs a long-lasting battery life. The great thing about this operating system is that it has fewer problems with malware and viruses. However, you will need to pay higher to get such PC.
The lesser-known operating system is Chrome OS which is used exclusively in the Chromebook. It is mostly for those that want to run custom apps and cloud-based programs instead of traditional software.
The processor of your PC can be likened to the brain. It is your processor that determines the type of software your system can run. It is also this technology that determines how many programs can be run at the same time. There are Intel and AMD Processor.
Intel processors are ranked as follows:
Core M: For just little use in small devices
Core i3: Great for simple tasks like reading emails and surfing social networks.
Core i5: For average use like streaming movies. It can also multi-task.
Core i7: For heavy users. Meant for graphic designers, videographers, and everyone that uses PC heavily.
Just like Intel Processors, AMD Processors are ranked as follows:
E-series: great for just basic internet use
A4: For playing music and videos
A6: Good for streaming videos
A8: for average users. Can be used for 3D gaming.
A10: Great for graphic designers and programmers
FX: for those that need to run very heavy tasks.
When it comes to storage, you will have to choose between SSD and HD drives. Your choice will depend on our need and of course, your budget.
Hard Disk Drives
HDDs are the traditional drives. The great thing about them is that they offer a lot of storage capabilities. Unfortunately, their sizes make them add to the weight of the laptop. They also generate a lot of heat and noise. There are two types of HDD – 5400rpm for basic internet needs and 7200 rpm for those that need to store large files like PSD files.
SSD or flash storage. The great thing about them is that they are very light, faster, quieter, and cooler than HD drives. Unfortunately, you will need to spend more to get them.
Random-access memory, otherwise known as RAM . If you just want a basic use of your PC, you can get a PC with just 2GB (which is the minimum you should get). However, if you need a PC to run heavy software such as Photoshop, you need a PC with at least 6GB and more.
Nowadays, most PC comes with around 4 to 8GB. There are even PCs with up to 32GB pre-installed. You can always buy a PC that allows you easily expand your RAM anytime you want.
Another important thing to consider when buying your PC is batter life. Remember that the higher the configuration you have, the faster your system will utilize the battery. Note that no battery lasts forever. Depending on how you use your PC, you will need to change your battery after some years of use.