6 Things to Know when Buying New Computer

Computer Brands to Consider

Whether you are purchasing a laptop or a desktop, Computer PC Medic. Fort Collins computer repair, recommends Dell, HP and Lenovo. If you stick to this list of manufacturers, you can’t go wrong. Models within each manufacturers brand will differ, so make sure you read the reviews.

CPU (computer processor) Specifications

Assuming you are looking for a computer with performance, choose a computer with an Intel i3, i5, or i7 CPU. The higher the number, the faster the computer. The number following the i3, i5, and i7 is the generation of the release. For example, an i3 (6100) vs. i3 (7200) means the i3 CPU is 6th generation vs. 7th generation. The 7th generation is newer and might be faster. If the generation number is followed by a “U” it is a dual (2) core rather than a quad (4) core processor. Quad(4) core is faster.

Memory or RAM

Don’t skimp here either. Memory is necessary to run all software. The more memory the more programs can be run a one time, and the faster your computer will perform. Do not buy a computer with less than 8GB of memory. Many manufacturers cut cost here (yes, even the ones mentioned above) to make the computer seem more affordable. You will pay in the end, with slower performance. Buy a computer with 8GB, 16GB or more. You will never regret it.

Hard Drive

Hard drives now come in two varieties. The mechanical hard drive (HDD) and he solid-state hard drive (SSD). The HDD’s are mechanical, cheaper and much slower than SSD’s. The SSD’s are much more expensive but perform much faster. I recommend 500GB to 1TB for HDD’s and 256GB to 500GB for SSD’s. Never buy an SSD with less than 256GB of space. SSD’s less than 256GB do not provide enough expansion space for future personal documents, Windows updates, and new software package installations.

Laptop-Specific Considerations

Lighter and smaller screen sized laptops are normally more expensive. Check for USB, HDMI, network, and SD ports to make sure you have what you need.

Desktop-Specific Considerations

Two things not to buy when considering a desktop.
  1. Stay away from the narrow (small) cases, as these tend to overheat. These also don’t have enough room to customize with video cards or any other add-ons.
  2. Stay away from the all-in-ones. All of the computer components are integrated into one small space, which computes to very heavy, clumsy and overheating. Customizing is impossible and if you want a new monitor screen, you’re out of luck.