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Advice for Buying a Home Computer

Posted on March 15, 2017.

When it comes to buying a new computer for your home, there are many things to consider.  Most computer manufactures today will even let you pick and choose what components you want to put in your system, “a la carte” style.  It is important to know exactly what your needs are and what hardware will benefit you the most so you get the most bang for your buck. Let’s look at the main components you should focus on:

 

RAM

RAM stands for “Random Access Memory” and is one of the main pieces of hardware that will influence the speed of your computer. Most users today will only need about 8GB of RAM, such as people who primarily use their computers for basic functions like word processing, email, web browsing, etc.  For more advanced users, such as gamers or people who use a lot of video processing software, they’ll benefit more from having 16GB of RAM. 

 

Processors

Processors are another major component that will affect your computer’s speed. Today’s CPU market has been dominated by Intel processors, however AMD processors have been making strides as of late. AMD’s new Ryzen CPU is supposed to give Intel a run for their money, but their shaky past still have some people skeptical. If you want a reliable and solid CPU experience, Intel is your choice. If you’re on a budget, AMD is for you. 

 

Hard Drives

Traditional mechanical hard drives are great for budget builders because they’re cheap and have high storage capabilities, but they are slow and trending towards outdated technology. New age hard drives, like solid state drives (SSD’s), are much faster and smaller than traditional hard drives and have no mechanical/moving parts. SSD’s generally have a longer life span and are much more efficient.

 

When you’re in the market for a new computer, customization like screen size and detachable keyboards are nice to consider but your primary concerns should be exactly what hardware you want.  The components inside your computer will determine the cost, speed, and how long it will be relevant for.  Once you determine the inside specs, then you can pick and choose your aesthetics and accessories.