Buying a computer soon? Read below..
While trying to buy a computer especially for the first time it can hard to know what to look out for depending on your budget, what you are going to use it for and the functionalities you want it for.
Here are some of the things that you should consider when buying a PC.
CPU is the brain of your computer which gives instructions and processing power to your computer to perform tasks. When choosing a processor the faster the better although the faster the processor the more expensive it gets.
The processors range from Intel Celeron, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Core i9, AMD Ryzen 5, 7 &9.
Depending on what you want the computer for, you can decide on the processor to get.
RAM which is short for random access memory is the temporary data storage space a computer needs while you are using it.
Like with the processer, the more the better. For your average computing task, 4GB is advisable. If you are a gamer, video or photo editor 16 GB of Ram can work for you. Ram ranges from 4GB/8GB/16GB to 128GB.
The drive is the place where data is stored and retrieved upon request.
(HDD) is a traditional storage device that uses mechanical platters and a moving read/write head to access data.
(SSD) is a newer, faster type of device that stores data on instantly accessible memory chips.
When selecting a drive, speed and size are the two important factors to consider.
A graphic card is a type of video card or display adapter that are installed in most computers to display data with high definition, colour, clarity and overall appearance. There are two types of graphics integrated and dedicated. Integrated are inbuilt while dedicated graphics are installed separately.
Size and form factor
Laptops sizes start at 11.6-inches and go all the way up to 17.3 inches. If portability is your priority, you’ll want to go for a smaller-sized laptop.
Your computer’s intended function will determine the type of keyboard you will need e.g. for long typing sessions, you’ll need to get a laptop that has a comfortable keyboard while for accounting a full keyboard with a numeric keypad will do. Keyboards with backlit keys make it much easier to see what you’re typing in a dimly lit environment.
Your data safety should be a priority as well.
To keep the contents of your laptop secure, a portable PC with a fingerprint reader or Face ID recognition tech is better.
Ports and connectivity
If you are looking for a computer that you can conduct a presentation with go for a PC with HDMI, Display ports, USB-C for easier connection with AV equipment e.g. projectors
We hope this information on what to look for when buying a computer can help you choose a computer that can serve the purpose that you intend it for. In case you need more guidance to decide the best fit for you, we are always ready to help.