Buying a computer is no easy task, especially if you have no idea where to start, this is why, and having a guide is nothing to be ashamed about.
Having said that, do not worry, since the points ranging from how to choose, what to choose and which of all the options is the most suitable for your needs will be covered in this article on the 10 things you should consider before buying a new computer.
In which ambit will your equipment be working?
Knowing in which ambit your platform will operate on, is essential before going to any store; so you have a better idea, it will not be the same a PC to play videogames as one to enjoy multimedia only, therefore, it will not be equal to the last named ones, one designed for the job.
First, in the area of multimedia and streaming playback, you must have a very quiet computer, with little power consumption, and if possible, have a rather small case or body. This will prevent the platform from being obstructed when it is placed in your living room or in a secluded place where it can broadcast the transmission of content to the whole house.
If, on the other hand, you want a device ready to break the party of videogames, you must opt for equipment with two simple points to emphasize: performance and good capacity of cooling. In this area the aesthetics of the rig is not very important, since if you are a player, you must choose in most of cases brute force.
Today’s games require at least 8GB of RAM, which is the memory in charge of managing applications running; the more you have the better. In addition, it is also recommended to have CPUs or central processing units, with at least 4 cores at a frequency of 3.0 GHz or more, whether AMD or Intel.
The workstations have much similarity to the equipment designed to play, but with the great difference that here, more than power, a lot of cooling quality is required. If it is a rig thought to be all day on, you should keep in mind that it generates a lot of heat.
Always opt for a case with good ventilation flow, if your office has air, also use it, performing constant calculations in real time, finances, video editing and others is a task that in many cases takes its time. In addition, it is recommended that you have an extra storage unit to back up your work.
Size: more is less and less is more
Size is one of those things that is relevant when choosing a new computer, whether desktop or if you want to opt for a laptop, is undeniable.
If you have in mind to expand capacity by purchasing peripherals, it is better to have a large PC at home, this will allow you to add in a future, video cards, more PCI accessories, and of course, have a greater Number of ports, for example, connect 3 monitors at the same time.
However, and this is unified to portability, if you want a device that is quite ergonomic, elegant and does not occupy much space in your home, it is best to opt for something small, it will also be easy to carry.
Also remember that in most cases, small objects are usually less resistant to the weather, and this is also applicable to computer equipment. Good ventilation in most cases is linked to a large case, and therefore, more years of useful life, unless your “small and portable” PC is in a cold place.
The portability of the equipment is important, today it does not matter if it is laptop or desktop, there are solutions that fulfill their function for both worlds. For example, Intel Compute Stick is a device no more than 14 centimeters long, which can be connected to an HDMI port to provide the full Windows 10 experience on a desktop display.
Surely you have gone on a trip and you want to take all your work to the place where you are going to stay, then look very well at this property of the equipment. There are also options that just put the case, reduced in size; you can keep it in your bag.
The operating system is also one of the elements that you should keep in mind, Microsoft’s Windows 10 is the most popular, however, it is not the only one, and each has its strength or weakness.
There are a diversity of systems, open source or proprietary, versions designed for the home or business environment; Linux, for example, in its different distributions can help you to avoid most of the viruses that are prowling the web, although it has little support for drivers of many peripherals.
On the other hand, if you want speed and strength when making video editing, you can opt for computers that have the operating system of Apple, macOS, although they are somewhat high in price; have software support for long periods.
Finally, if you want a simple operating system and thought for multimedia and streaming, you can opt for Google’s Chrome OS. This new software solution is simple, and merits being connected to the cloud at all times, even so, it is easy to buy a team of these, as they are very low cost.
RAM, CPU and chipsets
Entering on the technical, you should always know what the internal components that the PC of your dreams should have, or at least, the one that meets your requirements. There are two essential things, RAM, which has already been mentioned in one of the above points, and CPU.
In the world of CPUs, there are two big exponents, Intel and AMD, as you must do listened, now which one to choose?, that will depend on many factors.
It is true that Intel has been very high in price, but surely you have not detailed the advantages they have over their competition; here you will understand a little about them. Here are the reasons why you should choose an Intel if you have the budget.
- The 7th Generation Intel CPU, Kaby Lake has a 12 nanometer manufacturing process, ensuring high performance and low heat or power consumption.
- They use DDR4 RAM for faster speed
- They feature Intel HD integrated graphics
- The socket they use ensures more support than AMD
As you can see, there are many advantages, but of course, the price is usually even 50% more in these components. Now, well, if you prefer an AMD CPU; here are a couple of advantages below:
- AMD has a considerable advantage over the competition in integrated graphics thanks to its APU
- Considerably more affordable prices
- Wide variety of ranges to choose from
- Models with up to 8 relatively cheap cores
- Easy overclocking
Amount of noise emitted
This is one of the variables that most emphasize if you like to be in a quiet environment, especially if your home, office or place of use, requires certain measures for sonic pollution.
For example, the number of decibels generated by a fan inside the equipment is very important, less noise often merits less effectiveness when cooling, you must know which of the two slopes is the one for you.
But if you want to have both benefits, such as low noise and high quality cooling, you can opt for liquid cooling equipment, although they are a little more expensive, they are worth it.
Choosing a good motherboard
The motherboard is like that table where you are going to install an entire dinner, what does this say?, this certainly means: the higher quality of this, the more satisfaction you will get. This colloquial example will work for you to choose a good option.
The motherboard contains all the components for a PC, it is where they will be installed and therefore, it is the main piece of every component or device, even your cell phone contains one of these; Is also called a logic card.
To determine its quality, ask about the material used for its capacitors, if it maintains resistance to humidity or heat. In addition, you must also take into account the number of expansion slots with which it counts. There are different models, in relation to its size, and in addition, its port is determinant to know which CPU you should install. The size models, from highest to lowest are as follows:
- Mini ATX
- Micro ATX
The sockets to know which CPU model to choose, are AM2 / AM3 or AM3 + in the case of AMD, and by number of pins in the case of Intel.
What is the useful life of your PC?
This is another question you have to ask yourself, since if you choose a cheap computer, with hardware already in the line of death, you could not choose to do hardware upgrade and this, translates to the end in short life.
It’s true, you could save a lot of dollars by buying previous generation equipment, and this is good if you quickly merit something where to start your work, but remember, it will not be valid or suitable for applications within 3 years or less, especially in video games.
So if you want to save money, opt for a low-end, but current generation motherboard, so in a short time you could upgrade your internal components.
Memory and storage components
The amount of storage for your applications, multimedia, games and other content should always be kept in mind. This is linked to the area where you want to center your new PC. If you want to edit videos, or install video games, today you should at least have a hard disk of 1 or 2 terabytes.
If you want to use the device for streaming online, or just for multimedia content, this amount of storage may be minimal, since all content can easily be searched from the Internet or from MicroSD memories.
In addition, you must take into consideration the speed of the memories chosen, since in today’s market there are so-called SSDs, or Solid State Drives, which transmit data up to 10 times faster than conventional HDDs. However, this type of memory warrants a higher cost, and in addition, the use of relatively new ports, make sure your motherboard has them.
Finally, you must take into account the total electronic consumption of your new computer, this can be measured by taking each item separately and seeing its specifications in that area.
In addition, your PSU or Power Supply Unit must be certified, and thus have a much better control in terms of energy distribution for each internal component. In many cases bad energy sources have been able to burn entire systems.
Taking this into consideration you will save many dollars by having a much smaller electric bill; but of course, keep in mind that the CPU and the external video card, are the components that have higher energy suction, determines which is the most efficient in your case.
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