Buying a computer becomes a herculean task if you know something about PC hardware, as there are plenty of choices you have to select from. You can buy ready-made PC’s, you can also buy all in one PC’s or you can assemble a PC as your own. This article dives deep into the PC building task.
How To Pick The Right PC For You
First, you have to decide what you are going to do with your PC. If you have a laptop and you want a more powerful machine, then definitely you need a powerful machine to satisfy your needs. If you need a basic machine for viewing films or basic office work, you don’t want to invest heavily on hardware. You need a basic machine to do your tasks. If you are born gamer and you want to test all the games available in the world, then definitely you need a machine with heavy graphics processing capability. For that, you must invest more in the additional graphics card to churn the juice out. The same case is true for video editors and advanced photo editors.
For some people, they don’t want a big machine and unwanted cable clutters on their table, there is a solution for you- All in One PC (AIO). The processor, motherboard and everything embedded behind the display screen. A keyboard and mouse are only the addition, if you are ready to spend more, models with wireless keyboards and mouse are available.
All in One (AIO) PC
We have to start our discussion with all in one PC’s, as the name implies it is a space-savvy avatar of our traditional PC. The processor and related items are enclosed inside the display cabinet. First, you have to choose the display size you want. A 23-inch display is sufficient for playing, viewing and for working. The display size may vary from 18 inches to 34 inches or above. A 21-inch display is ideal. There are 4K display is also available. Latest Windows offers a tiled display, so a touchscreen will be a nice option if you are having more office related or editing related works. So, decide the screen size, resolution, touch screen or not. Dell, HP, Acer all have a list of all in one PC on different configuration and different display size.
If you need a Mac computer, an iMac with 27 inch 5K retina display is available. An iMac with 21.5 inches with 4K Retina display will be a workhorse. See the list of MAC desktops and MAC accessories.
Secondly, check the hardware. For the processor, you can get a huge number of choices from Celeron to Intel Core i7 on Intel processors and AMD A6 to AMD Ryzen range on AMD processors. Check the RAM available, you can upgrade RAM in selected models, you can upgrade hard disk by connecting an external hard disk or by replacing the existing hard disk (check the warrant conditions). Then check the ports and connections available and convenience of the port placement. Check whether it has an optical drive or not. If you want to perform some intense graphics application look for a separate graphics card is there as it is difficult to attach it later like a conventional PC. Dell have OptiPlex range of All-in-One PC, HP have Envy series All-in-One PC, Apple has iMac, Acer has Veriton range and Lenovo has ThinkCentre range of All-in-One PC’s. You can save money by buying PCs with just old model processors (choose only the last 2 generations) that cost less than the latest model. See the list of All in one PCs.
Gamer’s and video editors require more power, they require the best machine available on the market. Most gamers prefer to build their own system based on handpicked components. Not all gamers have enough money to buy an ultimate gaming PC, so handpicking the right hardware is the best alternative. The mid-range gaming PC requires a 1080p Full HD display and a high-end machine requires a 4K display but the choice is yours. You have to select an overclocking CPU (ended with names with a K in Intel series-example, Intel Core i3-9350K, Core i5-9600K, Core i7-9700K). For extreme gamers, Intel Core i9 9900K processor is also available.
A dedicated gaming motherboard, a dedicated graphics processing unit (GPU) from Nvidia GeForce GTX or AMD Radeon, at least a 16 GB DDR4 Ram or latest, a high speed SSD in combination with a high capacity Hard disk (if you have price limit, then a high capacity SSD disk is enough), a game-specific computer cabinet and a dedicated PSU are essential. See the gaming desktop’s features and specifications.
Look for a dedicated gaming motherboard which offers great performance and great features at an affordable price. If you are using an overclockable CPU then buy a supporting motherboard to extract its juice maximum. The SSD gives tremendous performance over a spinning HDD disk drive. Investing a good SSD is crucial if you are a serious gamer. From my personal experience, I can say there is a huge difference in their performance. A dedicated CPU cooler is a right investment, if you are planning to overclock then liquid coolers are a worthy investment. If you are planning to install liquid cooling, you have to ensure enough room is available for water cooling with a radiator up to 240mm size. A good gaming case with enough room for all your components is essential, you have to fix one or two full-size hard drives and one or two SSDs in it. See the list of gaming PCs.
In this range, you need a good processor, a decent motherboard, adequate memory for multitasking and sufficient hard disk space for storage is essential. You need a good monitor to view your works easily. Adding an SSD will speed up the booting and processing time.
This is the essential rig for the day to day use. The components required are just needed for your intended work. You have a lot of choices and can pick the right components at an affordable price. If your budget is limited you can buy old generation processors that require less price than the latest one. Here is the list of highly rated, well prices desktop PCs classified based on usage. You can find All-in-one PCs, Home tower, work tower, essential gaming, and ultra gaming systems.
If you are planning to build your own PC, here are some good configurations you can consider,
|AMD Ryzen 5 2600X|
Asus TUF B450 Plus MB
8 GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
1TD internal HDD
AMD RX570 Graphics card
|Intel i5 9600K|
Asus Prime Z370-PII
8GB DDR4 3200 MHz
RTX2060 6GB graphics
|Intel i7 9700K|
Asus TUF Z370-Plus
16GB DDR4 3200MHz
RTX2070 8GB Graphics card