A guide on what to look for in a desk top PC brought to you by Moneysupermarket, the price comparison website.
Some important factors to consider when purchasing a new desktop PC:
Most desktop computers now use a type of memory called DDR2. DDR3 which is now finally making its way to PC systems but it is more expensive. In terms of amount, it is best to have at least 2GB of memory in the system and preferably u p to 4GB. Memory speeds can impact performance as well. The faster the memory, the better the performance will be and the better your PC will cope under pressure.
With Hard Drives the two main points to consider are size and speed. The larger the drive and the faster, the better the performance and capacity. In a desktop, it is best to have at least 500GB or more of storage space. In terms of speed the desktop PC’s on the market are all roughly the same. A few high performance drives are available.
Optical Drives (CD/DVD/Blu-ray)
Most systems sold now feature DVD burners, even the budget systems. Blu-ray is an option for those wanting to use their PC for the high definition video format.
Processor choices are a bit more difficult now than they were previously It is still really a choice between an AMD and an Intel processor. The difference really comes in how many cores there are in the processor and its speed. Each company now has a performance rating system that isn’t really easy to compare. This is often where a lot of buyers are tripped up.
Obviously a monitor is essential! Previously users would need to choose between a CRT or LCD monitor, but LCDs are pretty much the standard now, the real issue is more about size and cost of the LCDs.
If you shop around it is easy to find a cheap desktop pc keeping the above guide in mind should ensure you have a good knowledge on pc’s before you buy one.
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