Computer and laptops have changed a lot since the 2000s. One thing that many computer buyers are concerned with are the specifications. Specifications include, but are not limited to, hard disk space, RAM, Graphics Card, etc: But which ones really matter?
The first thing that comes to mind when purchasing a computer is hard disk space. The optimal specification for hard disk space really depends on what you intend to do with your machine. If you save a lot of videos, pictures and music, a 1TB hard drive can do you well. If you just want to use the PC for work or casual browsing, then 128GB is enough. Optimally, we recommend you get a 500GB hard disk because this will ensure that your data will not overflow the drive while retaining enough space to store large files such as movies and games.
*The newer disks come in the form of Solid State Devices which transfer files much faster than normal disks do, however they are expensive, so only buy them if necessary.
CPU speed is vital to a computer. The optimal specification once again depends on your use of the machine. If you play a lot of games, do a lot of data crunching or CPU intensive tasks, then:
If you intend to buy an older system:
If you intend to use your laptop to just browse the net, watch some videos or do some simply work such as note taking, document editing, playing some minesweeper, then:
If you intend to buy an older system:
Next up is the graphics card. The graphics card is a powerful component that helps you render, you guessed it, graphics. Games such as the latest Call of Duty, Counterstrike, League of Legends all require a decent graphics card in order to play smoothly. Now there are a lot of graphics cards, however to keep things simple, we will give you an intelligent strategy on which ones to choose.
If you intend to play a graphics intensive games:
We move on to the screen-size of the computer/laptop. For laptops, the screen size depends on your intentions for it. A 11 inch laptop should be only bought if you need a small, compact computer for non-serious use to take with you. A 11 inch screen is extremely small and not recommended for any reason other than portability.
An optimal screen size for the modern laptop user that gives both portability and decent size is a 13 inch screen. This screen size allows you to achieve a decent user experience while maintaining portability.
The best screen size for a laptop, in our opinion, is 15 inches. A 15 inch screen not only maximizes your user experience, it also allows you to use it as if it was a standalone computer. Taking your 15 inch laptop with you may evoke some portability issues, but selecting a machine under 2.5 kg should solve this problem easily.
For stand alone PCs, also known as Desktops, the optimal screen size is 20 inches. 20 inches gives you a wide field of vision, allowing you to use your computer without any visual discomfort or limitation.
Finally, the random access memory or RAM of the machine plays a crucial role in its operation. RAM is what stores your programs when they are running. 6GB of RAM is the optimal quantity for almost any computer user: 6GB of RAM is enough to support web browsing, gaming and video playing at the same time! However once again: it depends on you. If you want to use the computer to simply browse the web, take notes, do casual activities, etc then 2GB of RAM is more than enough. If you want to use your computer as a powerhouse: running several games at once, crunching huge amounts of data or editing and rendering videos then a computer with 8 to 12GB of RAM is recommended.
So there you go: an advanced guide to choosing the computer with the right specs! If you have any questions feel free to drop a comment below. If not, don't hesitate to share this lengthy article if you like it!