Choose a desktop PC
It was believed for some time that desktop PC would be completely supplanted by laptops and their performance is constantly rising. Yet the low prices and excellent scalability of desktop computers still ensures them a place of choice on the market. The criteria for choosing your desktop PC depend largely on how you use it.
Office and surf
If you want to do video editing or photo editing , it will be necessary to choose a slightly more powerful configuration in order to have a satisfactory fluidity of execution. “Deusing” the video or running editing or photo editing software requires good quality processors and sufficient RAM and storage space.
This is the most greedy use of advanced technology. Each new game brings its share of evolutions and if one wants to remain efficient a minimum of time, one should not hesitate to choose from the beginning an upscale configuration. Processorand graphics cards are particularly sought. That said, we can play quite well by not having the last very high performance configuration. Just choose your games and skip the latest news.
As the name suggests it is the central element of the machine. It is on the motherboard that all the elements come to connect. In order to upgrade your PC, it is advisable to choose a card with free slots in order to add RAM or other components. For an office configuration , there are motherboards with network card or integrated video chip. The standard ATX format is the most adaptable, however you can save money by choosing a micro-ATX, which will limit the number of slots, but will usually be enough for a desktop computers .
The heart of the beast! The processor is the element that makes all the calculations. The market is shared between Intel and AMD . Currently there are processors with up to 8 hearts ie 8 in 1. However, for the most common uses a double heart will suffice amply. Of course players and fans of video editing or 3D will appreciate the latest ultra powerful processors. The processor is a little complicated to replace, if you are an expert in the assembly choose a good one so you do not have to change it.
More commonly called RAM. It allows your processor to work efficiently. No need to have the last processor and insufficient RAM. 2 GB is essential to run Windows 7 . The more sophisticated software you intend to run, the more RAM you will need. The advantage is that we can easily add later if needed. In view of price differences, it is strongly recommended to buy the famous brand memory (Crucial, Corsair, Gskill, OCZ, Kingston, Transcend, Patriot, etc …)
This is the storage space of your computer. It’s up to you to estimate how much data you will have to store. Nevertheless, given the low prices, 500 GB seems a minimum. The speed of rotation of the disk is also important, the faster the disk rotates faster the computer has access to the data stored quickly. Currently, the standard is at 5400 rpm but a disk at 7200 rpm can be interesting. Note that you can easily increase its storage capacity by adding a new disk or by connecting an external hard disk .
The graphics card is particularly useful for video games that always require more performance. For video and amateur photography, a mid-range card will suffice while a simple graphics chip is suitable for office use. Check the connectivity if you want to watch TV on your computer or use your computer to play videos on a TV.
Most of the original sound cards are sufficient for everyday use. An external sound card will only be necessary for use in home studio (music composition) or a more powerful internal card if you want to have a 5.1 sound output ( home theater format ).
We never have too many USB ports . Make sure they are spaced far enough apart to accommodate multiple devices. Ethernet ports are increasingly used especially for the acquisition and export of media through their high speed. Watch out for video outputs also if you plan to connect your computer to an HD display. You will need HDMI .
Most computers are now sold with Windows 10. However, you can buy a computer without OS if you already have a license Windows 7, 8, 8.1 (XP and Vista are no longer supported by Microsoft) or another operating system . Some vendors still market Windows 7 on their machines. The most seasoned users may choose a Linux distribution that has the advantage of being free. Be careful however, it is better to know a little about it.
Assemble your PC?
Assembling a PC with retail components allows for quality hardware that is scalable and up-to-date, which is often not the case with branded PCs from industry-class assemblers in big box stores. To choose its components, more and more specialized online shops offer automatic configurators avoiding incompatibility between the various components. Do not hesitate to ask advice on the CCM Hardware Forum and to consult the reference configurationsso that your PC is adapted to the use you make of it and to your budget. Know that if the assembly of components scares you, many shops today offer this service against forty euros.