You will have many things to consider when deciding on which computer hardware to buy. First thing to consider is how will you use your computer. Is it for gaming, for work related tasks like graphics design or coding, or for just e-mail, surfing the internet and shopping online.
The ladder doesn’t require much, in fact basically all the cheapest PCs can do all that surfing and reading e-mail. But when it comes to working with your PC or gaming, it’s totally another ballgame. You will need to consider many parts of the PC, most importantly the video card! It is the most crucial part of you personal computer when it comes to gaming. Now, obviously memory and CPU (Processor(s)) are also important, but the video card is the driving force of any moving picture or animation on your screen. You can easily spend big bucks for video card, in fact, the best video cards today cost the same as the rest of your PC combined!
From the beginning of IT-era to now, computers have always been a part of our life. People use them for different purposes in their day to day life. In today’s busy life, it is almost impossible for us to go a day without a PC as they are involved with everything and with every single task. Computers are more than just needs, nowadays. We have become so much tech-savvy and dependable, that we need to take the help of the computers in our every single action.
OK, so if you only need to read e-mail and browse internet, go for any not so expensive PC or Laptop. No sense in spending thousands for e-mail client or surfing PC. If you plan on working and/or gaming with the PC, lets see what it takes to build one.
CPU / Processor(s):
While back I would’ve said go for AMD here for sure, but I have now been using Intel CPU for gaming quite some time. Lets not discuss megahertz or overclocking here, but just basic specs. Both CPU manufacturers have been around long time, so either one would work. It is an industry given that Intel makes the fastest processors on Earth. But while that factor is huge, AMD has made a positive impression on the gaming community with lower process prices and near Intel performance. Price differences between Intel and AMD are fluctuating all the time so this can only be a reliable factor to consider if you are actively following computer trends and developments. Every time a new CPU technology is discovered and introduced by either Intel or AMD, the prices of the older generation of their processors go down. Price battles between Intel and AMD are as much technology wars on who gets to develop a better and improved CPU first. So don’t go buying the latest and the most expensive CPU unless you really have the money to spend. Personally I would start building my new gaming PC with Intel CPU which is something like 1 year old. You can get a great CPU for 200-400 USD.
There are many different memory types, and I wont get into any specs here. Basically all you need to bare in mind, is that the more you have it, the better. I wouldn’t even consider building a gaming PC for less than 8GB memory. To be honest, 16GB or more is recommended here. It is very important because memory, also known as Random Access Memory (RAM), stores information your processor on your computer uses. More you have it, the less your CPU needs to work same tasks over and over (in a nutshell).
Hard Drive (HDD/SSD):
Three letters: SSD! Go for it. Conventional hard drives are built using mechanical, moving parts that limit the computer’s speed, consume excessive power and have delicate parts that break down or are easily damaged. Solid State Disks (SSD) offer better performance, consume less power and offer extreme reliability and durability. If you have never tried a PC with SSD, you’d be amazed! What I do when I build gaming PCs, I do include HDDs also. The reason is that SSDs are way smaller than the biggest HDDs, and a lot more expensive. So include both. SSD for OS (Operating System, eg. Windows) and for games. Then for general storage like movies, music etc., install HDD. Nowadays you can get terabytes of storage quite cheap.
Video Card (GPU):
Here is the part(s) that eventually gets you flying high or slows you down and there is no fun! Price ranges for GPU vary like from few bucks up to hundreds of dollars, even thousands. Ok, it’s not all bad. You can get a decent GPU for 200 dollars, but the fact that matter is, newest games like MMOs (Massive Multiplayer Online) and FPS (First Person Shooters) require A LOT from your Video Card. And this is also true when working with your PC, software like PhotoShop or any 3D app. Lets say that if you want to play the newest games online or offline, you need to spend 350+ USD here, up to more than 1K. There is no way around this to be honest. If someone asks me, how much a good GPU costs today, I’d be lying if I told that less than $600 is OK. My last GPU was 750 USD and it was not the most expensive or latest of them all. But, I’ve been very happy with it and have no regrets buying it. To sum it up, GPU is the heart of gaming and depending on your budget, here is where it all comes together.
I think those are the key parts of any PC. Of course there are more, like sound cards, DVD / Blu-ray, power units and supplies, cooling, monitor (which is quite important too), gaming pads / mouse / keyboards, but lets not get into those right now.
Bottom line is, today you can get a PC or Laptop for few hundred if all you need to do is simple daily tasks like reading e-mail, surfing WWW and such. If gaming or actually working with your PC is the thing, then the price ranges from about $500-600 up to few thousand dollars.
Thanks for reading, see you again soon!