Want a PC ? Great, now where do you start?

When entering into the world of computers it can get very easy to get confused and lose sight of your goals and sometimes your budget. Here's the top 10 things to consider;

 

  1. Your budget

 

There might be some very fancy features that you want in your new PC. However, if you don’t have the cash to pay for let’s say a graphic card with 1GB memory, then you might be better off choosing suitable alternatives

 

  1. Desktop or Laptop computer?

 

If you don’t know too much about tech, it would be natural to assume that laptops are better than PC’s, owing to the fact that they are generally more expensive. However, this isn’t strictly true.

The reason why desktop computers often work out cheaper than Laptops is because they are easier to build and can make use of cheaper components.

If you need to take your work station around with you wherever you go, you will have to get a laptop. A laptop is also preferable if you have limited space and need to pack your computer away while you’re not using it.

If you have enough space at home for a computer desk and you don’t need to take your computer with you when you leave the house (and your Smart phone is enough to tide you over till you get home) then you can probably save yourself some money by buying a desktop. Alternatively, you can spend the same money and buy a more powerful machine.

 

 

  1. Operating System

If you've never used a computer made by Apple—now's your time to explore.

 

In short, Apple is more expensive, but it offers easier usability, a simpler operating system and isn't as prone to viruses as a PC.

 

There are PC users who would NEVER buy a Apple and Mac users who would never buy a PC.

Again, it doesn't hurt to explore both sides.

 

 

  1. Know the processor and what it means

If you’re buying a new PC you want to make sure you are getting the latest microprocessor. You will look at how many cores it has and what speed they are.


The processor is essentially the “brains” of your machine. The more “CORE”s your machine boasts, the more brains it has at its disposal. More cores means your PC can manage more different tasks at a time, and they will be processed faster.

You will see PC’s boasting CORE i3, CORE i5, CORE i7, etc. If you are using your PC for run-of-the-mill browsing, emails and photo viewing you can get away with an i3 machine. Anything more complicated and you should get at least an i5 machine.

The speed of the processor tells you how much data it can process in a given time.

It’s measured in GHz. So a 1.5GHz processor is half the speed of a 3GHz processor.

So, long story short, a single core 3GHz processor is a lot slower than four core 3GHz processor. If you start pairing speed and number of cores against each other things can get pretty complicated pretty fast!

If you’re not sure, stick to checking the Core status as a benchmark.

 

 

  1. RAM (Computer Memory)

 

How Much Memory should your computer have?
Memory is measured in gigabytes, commonly referred to as gigs or (Gb). Needless to say, the more you have, the better.


2 GB:   Fine for sending and receiving emails and browsing online.

4 GB:   Fine for browsing, emails and offline functions like creating documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

8 GB:   If you’re using more complex programs, such as Adobe Suite, you shouldn’t go smaller than this.

16 GB: Your Adobe packages will really start to fly at 16GB, and you can use all kinds of programs, apps and heavy-duty online connections (such as webinars and VoIP) without hardware based speed issues.

32 GB+: For those who really need nothing short of the fastest, most powerful machine. If you need a machine this fast you probably already know more about hardware than we can cover in this article!

Try to install RAM as follows

 

i3 Processor with 500 GB Hard disk = 2GB RAM is minimum and recommended too

i3 Processor with 750 GB Hard disk = 2GB + 2GB RAM is recommended

i3 Processor with 1TB (1000 GB) Hard disk = 4GB + 4GB RAM is recommended

i5 or 17 Processor with 500 GB Hard disk = 4GB RAM is minimum and recommended too

i5 or 17 Processor with 750 GB Hard disk = 4GB + 4GB RAM is recommended

i5 or 17 Processor with 1TB (1000 GB) Hard disk = 8GB + 8GB RAM is recommended


Just remember that most desktop computers allow you to add more memory as you go along.

 

So in theory, if your budget is super tight, you can start with a smaller memory on your PC and add more gigs as you go along, provided you have a decent enough processor to handle it.

 

If you have to choose between the two rather skimp on memory initially and get a higher level processor. That said, the better your processor is the more memory the machine usually comes with (and the more it will cost).

 

 

  1. Graphics

Lately, computer makers have been tagging stickers on their computers to boast about the AMD or NVIDIA graphics cards they have included in their machines. Unfortunately, those mean thousands of different things, and it’s pretty hard to tell just what.

Basic: If you just want to know whether the card in the computer on the left is better than the one in the computer on the right, you can do a quick search on this website http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php   for the graphics components in each.

 

Some buzz words to be aware of are “integrated” and “dedicated.” The former is built into the computer’s processor and relies on the computer’s memory — typically this is a lower performance graphics component.

 

A dedicated graphics card will include its own processor and memory, and will tend to be higher-performing — though a very old card might not best modern integrated graphics.

 

 

  1. Hard drive storage

 

How big should your machine’s Hard drive be?
Every time you open a program on your computer, it has to be stored on the hard drive while you use it. Your hard drive is also the place where your files get saved and a lot of other stuff.

If you have ever stayed in a flat without enough shelves and storage space you will understand why your computer doesn’t operate well with a small hard drive.

Most computers these days come with a decent sized hard drive built in.

500GB:            For the most basic user. You don’t need to do a lot with your machine.

1000 GB:         Stock standard, this is a good size for most people.

2000 GB+:      This is pretty huge, anything this size is more for your super users rather than most of us every day folk.

 

Another option is to use cloud storage.

Here are a couple of options

https://www.google.co.nz/drive/

https://www.dropbox.com

https://www.lifewire.com/free-cloud-storage-1356638

 

  1. Consider peripherals and ports

A computer peripheral is any external device that provides input and output for the computer. For example, a keyboard and mouse are input peripherals, while a monitor and printer are output peripherals. Computer peripherals, are sometimes called "I/O devices" because they provide input and output for the computer.

 

What do you want to connect to your PC?

 

  1. Anti-Virus Software

 Antivirus software is a computer program used to prevent, detect, and remove malware. Antivirus software was originally developed to detect and remove computer viruses.

This is possibly the most important part...  Protecting your computer.

It will get attacked at some point be prepared when it does.

 

https://www.eset.co.nz/

https://nz.norton.com/

https://www.mcafee.com/consumer/en-nz/store/m0/index.html

https://www.avast.com/en-nz/free-antivirus-download

 

 

  1. Your Computer Lifeline, Internet

Make sure you have a good internet provider for broadband. No computer is complete without a good internet.

 

Check out the best deal you can get at these sites

https://www.glimp.co.nz/broadband 

https://www.broadbandcompare.co.nz/

 

 

I hope this list is helpful in helping you make vital decisions when buying your computer.


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  • It would be worth mentioning that Win-10 comes with OneDrive storage, and that Office 365 (I use Family) comes with 1 terrabyte of cloud storage for each of the 5 (maybe 6 now) users. But it does have an annual subscription cost for Office and storage, but still a cheap way of keeping Office program right up to date.

    Most laptops now come with SSD storage now, typically with a smaller drive than the ones that come with HDD. You didn’t mention SSD storage, faster than HDD.

    Win 10 comes with a good antivirus and firewall; MalwareBytes is an excellent addition to that.

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