Buying a desktop computer? 6 things to keep in mind
Few pointers before you get that PC home
Well, you have decided to bring home a new desktop. You must be excited and can't wait to buy it / assemble it. But there are a few key things you should keep in mind so that you don't make some rookie mistakes and end up botching your PC build. There are just a few basic rules and things of concern that you should keep in mind. These will help you pick a personalised build just for your specific needs. So, let's begin.
6 things to keep in mind before bringing home a desktop
1. Intended use: People tend to lose sight of what they actually intend on doing with a computer. There must be some basic requirements and functions that you want to do with this new PC. Keep this in the back of your mind as it will dictate the type of desktop you choose. For instance, you won't be needing the same amount of graphics performance if you don't want to run 3D rendering software or gaming.
2. Budget: After your intended use, the budget is going to be the deciding factor on which you have to base your configuration. One thing to understand here is the precedence called a realistic budget. You need to be aware of whether the configuration you want is feasible in your budget or not. If not, then you have to prioritise some things and let go of a few other things. Make a balanced PC specification-wise in the budget without overpowering any one individual component. The only exception to this rule is the processor.
3. Processor: This is perhaps the most important component of your overall setup. It will dictate the limits and usability of your desktop. The most popular choice is Intel chips. Try to buy the latest generation if possible. Apart from numerical series which denotes how powerful the chip is, within a designated numeric series, there are further distinctions as well.
For instance, even in the i5 processor, you will find the P series, H series, and U series. Apart from this, there are other processors such as those made by AMD as well. Nowadays, the difference between their power and competence is really slim. On the other hand, AMD might be a more affordable option if you are on a tight budget.
4. Graphics card: Based on your needs, you should first decide whether you require a dedicated graphics card or you can make do with an integrated graphical performance. If you aren't going to do anything graphics intensive such as 3D rendering, gaming, or heavy photo or video editing, then you don't really require a dedicated graphics card. If you require one and you aren't particularly tech-forward then you can research a little or you can ask the shop technicians as well. They will help you pick one appropriate for your needs as well as complimentary to the CPU as well.
5. Memory: Last but certainly not least, as far as storage options go, the size should be based on what type of work you intend on doing and how many things you want to store on the desktop. But regardless, try to buy a little bigger storage size to future-proof your entire setup. You can always upgrade it later but it will obviously be more expensive. Make sure the motherboard can support larger storage options as well. In today's world, buying an HDD doesn't make sense so make sure you buy an SSD. It will give much faster read and write speeds. As far as RAM, 16GB is pretty much becoming a new standard. But if you don't require more performance then 8GB would do fine as well.
6. Warranty and return policy: This is a crucial aspect of buying any product, let alone a desktop with more than a dozen individual products. You need to be aware of the return policies, and warranty period of different parts that will go into assembling your desktop. There are few products of few companies known for their quality products as well as their robust warranty period too. Just make sure you have a good warranty on your critical components such as the motherboard, monitor, and other stuff. Also, ask about the few niche scenarios in which your warranty can be void. Keep the warranty card in a safe place as well.
Apart from these basics, there are other peripherals that are equally important. The monitor refresh rate, resolution, and size is one of the crucial things you should have some idea about beforehand. Other things such as Keyboard, mouse, UPS, and other small things are equally important where you can try to save some bucks and get value-for-money products without compromising the overall quality and performance of your desktop.
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