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Desktop buying guide

My recent experience buying a new desktop proved how hard it can be to decide on one, given the wide choices in the market.

Here are a few steps that might help you in deciding which computer suits your needs.

CPU:

Any CPU with benchmark score of 5000 and above for Gaming desktops and any score between 2000 and 5000 will do for a Home PC.

For desktop benchmark scores you can visit https://www.cpubenchmark.net/desktop.html

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You will find out that some cheap processors perform really well compared to the costly ones, but there are many other factors like power consumption and processor heat.

If you are not bothered about power consumption and you have a great CPU cooler then you can strictly go with the benchmark scores.

For gaming desktops a powerful processor is a must and its much better if its unlocked, for a Work PC you can be productive with an average processor and lots of RAM.

RAM:

A minimum of 8GB RAM is a must for any desktops these days. Chrome alone can eat up your memory.

Below are a few suggestions for choosing RAM for your system to run smoothly without hanging up.

2GB – If you are only using for editing your documents and browsing.

4GB – If you are programming with a single code editor and browsing.

8GB – Can run multiple code editors, local servers and browsing at the same time Or you can play a resource intensive game.

16GB/32GB – Should be good for almost any use.

Motherboard:

Once you decide on the processor, picking up a compatible motherboard should be easy. Your motherboard should be compatible with the processor to fit in.

Go to the website https://pcpartpicker.com/ for compatibility checks.

Things to consider while purchasing a motherboard are form factor, HDMI support, USB 3.0 slots, RAM slots and PCI slots for your WIFI/LAN card and Graphic Card.

If you are going for a branded motherboard most of the above features are common.

Storage:

Hands down SSD, there is no reason not to get an SSD. It has a very fast boot, R/W compared to regular HDD.

SSD is expensive but get atleast a 64GB or 128GB and then you can have a secondary HDD of whatever size you need, and you can buy these for pretty cheap as your need grows.

Graphic Card:

A graphic card is usually not needed for most modern processors since they have built in HD graphics. Built in graphics are mostly good for movies and work.

For gamers irrespective of processors built in graphics go get a 4GB or 6GB graphic card and is a must to enjoy your games with seamless experience.

Once you decide on the above, its almost done, you can purchase most of the parts on line and build it by yourself or you can seek a professional help.

Did i miss the desktop case, power supply, monitor, keyboard and mouse. I hope most of you already know that they are needed :). By the way now you have your new desktop, don’t forget to ask for a main power cord because usually most power supplies/ cases don’t come with one. You will be disappointed to return home unable to start your PC having it right in-front of you. A personal experience of mine.

Ok now you got your desktop running, if you are planning to buy a laptop next, there is not much you might be able to customize but still you can check the laptops processor benchmarks which is a great thing to do.