Video:Tips for Buying a Desktop PCwith Nick Richards
Desktop PCs come in all different varieties with different strengths and weaknesses. This About.com video will provide some tips on what to look for when shopping for a desktop PC.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Buying a Desktop PC
Hi, I'm Nick and today for About.com, I'm going to give you some tips for buying a desktop PC.
Home computers are becoming more and more of a necessity, with email and the Internet taking over as the way to connect to the rest of the world. Choosing the right computer is a personal decision, based on your needs, but there are some rules you can follow to make sure you get the best machine for you.
Desktop PCs: Processor
The processor defines the speed and efficiency of your computer. Intel processors are geared for performance, while AMD is better for those on a budget. Most desktop computers can handle the basic stuff such as surfing the Internet and writing documents, so unless you're planning any heavy work or gaming, it might be better to keep things simple.
Desktop PCs: RAM
The amount of RAM your computer has controls your machine's ability to multitask and handle strenuous processes. For a new computer, you should be looking to get at least 4GB of RAM, but keep in mind if you want your computer to last a long time that this could begin to struggle in a few years, so make sure you're able to upgrade that particular component if need be.
Desktop PCs: Memory
Memory is tricky to stay on top of, as it's always improving. The newest memory can be expensive, but it depreciates quickly, so it might be a good idea to start small and upgrade every now and then, when the prices are a bit cheaper. Plus, although memory is good to have, unless you know you're going to use it, it's just going to sit there doing nothing, so consider how many large files you expect to store, before you buy. If space isn't an issue, you might want to consider an SSD instead of a HDD – they tend to be smaller, but faster!
Desktop PCs: Ports
Ports and connections are often overlooked on home PCs, but with the new Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 starting to become standard, it's worth making sure you're up to date.
Desktop PCs: Upgrades
Remember that a computer is called a PC for a reason – it's personal! You have to pick the one that fits your individual needs. But whether you have a large or small budget, don't worry too much – desktop computers are ideal for upgrading. Even if the machine you buy isn't the very best available, you can tailor the parts you want to suit your needs.
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