In the modern age and time computers are everywhere but even still most people do not know exactly what to look for and how to choose the right one. A common thing that we all see and have witnessed is going to a retail store such as BestBuy or Fry’s and being sold a computer that is usually too powerful and 99% of the time more than the expected budget. The first thing that must be understood is there are two types of categories when it comes to computers, which are, Desktops, and Portable Devices which include Laptops, Tablets, Chromebook, and so on. Recently, most people have been migrating away from desktops primarily because of having their phones and tablets with them. So, it is important to understand which the best and ideal device for you is. For example, if you are looking for mobility in your computer it is important to look at the portable options and based on exactly what you need you could spend as less as $100 for the computer. Now in that same respect, if the primary objective is for gaming or power for tasks such as Graphic Design, Video Editing, High Processing Task it is better to get a Desktop, this is primarily because it will be cheaper and usually much more powerful compared to a portable device. Now we have a rough understanding of the basics let's get to what to look for.
The first question that should be answered is what the purpose of the computer is going to be. To explain, if the objective of this computer is to do basic browsing, not much power or features are needed primarily because the objective isn’t to have it have high-end performance but rather do basic tasks.
When it comes to the processors, generally the higher the CPU rate the better but understand it is not always ideal to go for the highest especially if you are not using the full potential of the computer. No point in getting a sports car if you are not going to use it to its full potential. Power consumption is another factor to look at especially if it is a laptop or portable device because the more power the device consumes the faster it will drain the battery. When it comes to most people 4GB of ram tends to be enough, but we do recommend at least 8GB primarily because operating systems tend to take a certain amount alone. For gamers and heavy users, it is ideal to have approximately 16GB and if the computer is a server it is advised to have 32GB at the minimum.
The other important factor to consider is the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) this component can get expensive based on what the computer is used for. To explain, if you are looking to use the computer for browsing any integrated graphics card will do. However, if you are looking to do video editing, 3D rendering, gaming or anything of that sort, it is important to invest in a computer with a good graphics card.
The other factor to consider is the HDD or SSD. We strongly recommend that if you are looking to purchase a new computer do not get a computer that comes with an HDD but invest a little and go with the one that has the SSD. There are several reasons we suggest this which can be read in the blog Why Choose SSD Over HDD? Storage wise we recommend having around 250GB and we also recommend getting some sort of cloud storage for additional storage as well as possible backs in case of data loss. One thing we recommend not worrying too much about is the optical drive. It is always easy to purchase a USB based optical drive (CD or DVD drive) and have an external one for approximately $20 if not even less.
Once you get all the parts, building a computer is a lot less scary than it sounds. Most people assume it is rocket science, but on the contrary, a child can build a computer with patience as tutorials. The concept of building a computer is like a puzzle. You have several different pieces and all you must do is put them together and test and make sure everything works once they are together. If you are interested in this, our advice would be to go watch a few YouTube videos and understand it before attempting it. Also, importantly make sure you are not building a computer on a platform that conducts electricity such as carpets. Always find some sort of metal casing or tool to discharge yourself of any static. If not, you could fry your entire motherboard and the components of the computer before even turning it on. Remember it is always better to be too careful than to be careless and break things.