Tips on Getting a New PC

Shopping for a computer doesn’t need to be hard. The very first step is to think about what your needs are. Ask questions such as

–          Are you looking for a computer to perform basic tasks?

–          What is the primary purpose of getting a pc?

–          How much are my willing to spend on the pc?

Guess you must have answered the above questions. Well let’s dive into what are the keys things to consider.

1. Desktop/Laptop/Ultrabook/Netbook/Tablet

In choosing a machine, you need to consider size, mobility, battery life, performance and functionality. Below is a brief description to guide you:

A desktop computer is a personal computer (PC) in a form intended for regular use at a single location, as opposed to a mobile laptop or portable computer.

A laptop is a personal computer for mobile use. A laptop integrates most of the typical components of a desktop computer, including a display, a keyboard, a pointing device (a touchpad, also known as a trackpad or pointing stick) and speakers into a single unit. A laptop is powered by mains electricity via an AC adapter, and can be used away from an outlet using a rechargeable battery.

An Ultrabook is a higher-end type of subnotebook defined, and name trademarked, by Intel  Ultrabooks are designed to feature reduced size, reduced weight, and extended battery life without compromising performance. They use low-power Intel processors with integrated graphics, solid-state drives for fast loading times, and unibody chassis to fit larger batteries into smaller cases. Because of their minimal size, the number of external ports (eg. USB) is limited.

 Netbooks are a category of small, lightweight, legacy-free, and inexpensive laptop computers.

A tablet computer, or a tablet, is a mobile computer, larger than a mobile phone or personal digital assistant, integrated into a flat touch screen and primarily operated by touching the screen rather than using a physical keyboard. It often uses an onscreen virtual keyboard, a passive stylus pen, or a digital pen. Example of a tablet is the iPad

 2. Operating System (OS)

Windows vs. Apple

You will have to choose between the Windows platform or the Macintosh. You can generally get a faster computer for your money by choosing a Windows machine, but Macs come with more easy-to-use built-in software. Top brands like Dell, Hewlett- Packard (HP), IBM and Toshiba have the Windows OS running on them while Macintosh runs on the Apple machine (popularly referred to as MAC).

 3.RAM

Most laptops come with a minimum of 1Gigabit of random-access memory (RAM) these days. Unless you are buying a premium laptop or desktop which would have a higher RAM. The purpose of getting the laptop (please note that the use of laptop is just for reference purposes) would determine the amount of RAM you need. For instance, for photo editing, a minimum of 4Gigabit is need. Memory is more critical than a faster processor.

 4.Processor

Presently there are two main contenders here and they are INTEL and AMD.

If you’re after performance above else (and you’ve plenty of money) then Intel processors are the way to go. At least, in general – there are several different families available and you need to be careful which you choose. AMD processors on the other hand, aren’t currently able to compete with Intel for raw speed, but that might be changing soon, and in the meantime they’re able to deliver capable performance at an excellent price.

The processor number is one of several factors, along with processor brand, specific system configurations and system-level benchmarks, to be considered when choosing the right processor for your computing needs.

A higher number within a processor class or family generally indicates more features, but it may be more of one and less of another. Once you decide on a specific processor brand and type, compare processor numbers to verify the processor includes the features you are looking for.

5. Graphic /Sound Cards

Get high-quality graphics and sound if you plan to play games. Look for a system that has a graphics card with a coprocessor, and 5.1 Surround sound (some have the new Beats by Dre installed on them). You’ll want a broadband Internet connection to play online games, and to improve your Internet experience overall.

 6.HDD

Buy the biggest hard drive you can afford–120 to 180 gigabytes (GB) is now commonplace. Get more than 200 GB if you’re storing music and/or editing video. For video editing, you’ll also need a video input/output card and a FireWire connection.

7.Battery Life

When you buy a laptop it should come with a battery included, but many people don’t know what kind to get. Actually, this is a very simple decision when you find out the differences.

Lithium Ion is the most popular type and you may see this written as LiON. It provides between 2.5 and 3 hours of battery life on average for a 6 cell (batteries are divided into cells to standardize size and life expectancy) and 4 – 6 hours for a 9 cell. Top brands like Acer, HP, Dell, Lenovo are still struggling to match the 7 hours(+) the Apple MacBook Pro.

Conclusion

The most important thing to put into consideration is what you need the machine for. This would determine

  1. The type of OS you would need. For instance, anyone involved in video/photo editing needs to get the MacBook because of the  in-built packages;
  2. The portability of the laptop is also very important depending on the preference of the user;
  3. The RAM is also very important. For instance, the Apple MacBook Pro comes with the DDR3 SDRAM (an abbreviation      for double data rate type three synchronous dynamic random access memory) which is a modern kind of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) with a high bandwidth interface. The primary benefit of DDR3 SDRAM over its immediate predecessor, DDR2 SDRAM (which is found on most Windows OS) is its ability to transfer data at twice the rate (eight times the speed of its internal memory arrays), enabling higher bandwidth or peak data rates.
  4. The laptop battery is one of the things you won’t think about unless you realize it’s not working or out of power. Depending on how often you might be using your laptop away from an outlet, you may want to look at a laptop with a long lasting battery.
  5. With regards to the processor, INTEL still offers a better service than its counterpart, the AMD. The AMD is cheaper but has a problem with distribution of heat while INTEL’s laminar wall jet technology which is similar to the cooling technology of today’s jet engines uses louvered inlets to quietly jet cool air across the notebook’s bottom, right where it’s needed. You can see the new Acer Timeline Series.

Wish you the very best!

Sources: wikipedia, eHow, techradar, INTEL, AMD

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