If you’re trying to decide what kind of PC to purchase, you will have to choose between laptops and desktops as well as tablets. Our desktop PC buying guide helps you decide what desktop to choose.
Today, laptops and tablets are very popular, but desktop computers are still a great choice for many people. If you are more concerned with power and longevity than portability, a desktop is a good choice for you.
Desktop computers are easy to upgrade, and they are more powerful and often less expensive than laptops. In addition, desktop computers are available in a tremendous variety of sizes, prices, and performance levels.
All desktops have several categories: towers, small-form-factor PCs, nettops, and All-in-ones.
Small-form-factor PC may be preferable if you want a PC for the living room or somewhere else it will be on display.
Nettops can practically fit in the palm of the hand, but they are typically using laptop hardware and have a limitation of external ports.
An All-in-one PC looks like an oversized monitor, packing everything into one unit. They’re easy to set up, but they also lack in expandability.
Main features to consider before buying a desktop
Processor: (CPU) does all the calculations for running your desktop. This is the primary factor in determining the power of the system. Two biggest CPU makers are Intel and AMD. Intel Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 processors are the popular choices for desktop computers. These quad and dual-core chips offer more power than Atom (used in nettops). Intel Pentium and Celeron processors are what you will find in inexpensive tower models. The new super powerful AMD FX eight-core processor hit the market this year and already available in the HP Pavilion HPE Phoenix h9z AMD FX desktop.
System memory: Random-access memory (RAM) is one of the most important components that will affect a computer’s speed and overall performance.More RAM means your desktop will perform better . We recommend at least 4GB of RAM.
Hard drive: The hard drive on computer stores software programs, music, video and any other files in permanent memory. We recommend minimum a 500GB HDD. On top-performing desktop models you can find up to a 3TB HDD.
Optical drive: Most new desktops come with a DVD+/-RW drive, which reads and writes blank DVDs and CDs in certain formats. More expensive models came with Blu-ray read or even write option.
Operation System: Foundation of your computer’s software. Today Windows 7 Professional or Home Premium is standard on all PC desktops. Apple Mac desktops have their own operating system.
Monitor: A big monitor is one of the reasons why you get a desktop. Best available monitors: LCD and LED have sizes between 19 to 24 inches. And a common resolution for a 24-inch display is 1920×1200 (width by length).
When deciding which desktop is right for you, conceder your needs and budget. You can buy desktop for less than $300. However, one of the most popular desktops on the market, the HP Pavilion HPE h8xt Customizable i7 Desktop PC with 16GB Ram, 2TB HDD and 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3770 quad-core processor will be cost more than $800.
The advantage of a desktop is that it can also be a long term project- you can buy a simpler machine now and then add memory and upgrade other parts as you can afford them or as you find you need them. However, if you plan to use your computer immediately to play specific games or run certain media, you need to make sure you choose a computer that can do that well-hence why you need to consider both your specific needs and your current budget.
Many companies also have customization on their sites, meaning you can pick better options for the aspects you need most, and lower options for the ones you don’t need, which can save you money while still getting you a machine that can do what you want.
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