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What to Look for in a Good Desktop PC

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When you are shopping for a new desktop computer, if you are like most of us, you may think of the superficial things first. Like, the colour it will be and whether it looks nice… or at least, will it look like the amount of money you spent on it! Yes, those things are important to some people. The most important thing really is what the computer has on the inside.

When we talk about computer specifications, you might feel yourself wanting to retreat with your hands in the air. I understand that you might not be a geek or a techie still, it’s no reason to get duped when you go out to buy a computer.

This article should help make buying your next desktop a breeze. If nothing else, you will know what questions to ask. The first question you should ask yourself is what you plan to use your computer for? The answer to this question will determine what features and components your computer should have. This article will assume that you are looking for a new home computer that you will use for general computing tasks.

Let’s start with the simple things! Your computer screen is called a monitor. In the past, the size of a good monitor was monstrously huge. These days, most desktop computers come with discreet, flat screens. A flat screen monitor is definitely preferable. It takes up less space and it is more practical.

If you are going to use your computer for any graphics work, watching DVDs or anything that uses a lot of your computer’s resources, you need a good processor speed which at the moment is around 2 gigahertz. Generally, you want your processor speed to be as high as possible.

Working alongside your processor will be your Random Access Memory (RAM). The more RAM on your desktop, the better able it will be to handle you working with a few programs at the same time. Look for lots of memory, both RAM and storage memory. Family computers are often used to store photos or even family videos. If you see yourself doing this then choose a computer with lots of hard drive storage memory.

I always recommend that people buy a computer with lots of USB ports. So many computer peripheral tools (such as a wireless mouse) use USB technology to connect to the computer. It only makes sense to have as many USB ports as possible. Most computers come with 4 USB ports and often I find that all of mine are in full use so more than this would be better.

Geeks2U can help you with your computer purchase and when you order a PC through us you get a free 1hour on-site installation.


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