What to Look for When Purchasing a New Desktop Computer

by Patti | February 16th, 2010 | Home Shopping

If you are looking for a new desktop computer, then there are some things worth knowing before you start your shopping.

To begin, the type of processor (known as CPU) that you choose is very important. The two choices you have are between an AMD processor and an Intel processor. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. The difference between the two is connected to speed and the number of cores they are composed of.

Processors are not easy to understand for the person who is not familiar with the workings of a computer. However, a processor is an integral component. Every company that sells new desktops has its own performance rating system when it comes to processors. Whatever you do, make sure you do your homework on this one before you buy!

RAM is another important element to think about when buying a new desktop. RAM stands for random access memory. Most desktops use a type of memory called DDR2. A new type of memory that is gaining in popularity is DDR3. However, this memory is still too expensive for those looking to cut costs.

As far as memory is concerned, purchase a desktop system that contains at the very least 2GB. A system that has 4GB is even better if it is affordable for you. How much memory a computer contains will affect how well the computer performs.  To put it another way, the faster your memory is the better performance will you get out of your PC.

The hard drive is yet another necessary requirement worth paying attention to. Hard drives have to do with the speed and the size of a computer. The larger a hard drive is and the faster it works the more superior its capacity and its performance output will be. When you are in the market for a new desktop buy one that has a 500GB hard drive (or more).

As far as speed is concerned, most desktops run at 7200 rpms. However, some of the newest models on the market contain a high performance drive that run as high as 10,000 rpms. Most desktops on the market use a Serial ATA interface because the installation is very simple.

When in doubt about any aspect of computer shopping ask someone who is better acquainted with them  or a salesperson at a computer store.

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