If you’re thinking of purchasing a new computer, there are a myriad of options at your disposal these days, and that can be a little confusing for anyone. Whether you’re tech-savvy or not it’s always important to know just what you’re buying when you invest in a new PC. Don’t be afraid of all the technical jargon, here’s a quick breakdown of what all those specifications mean:
Size- The first thing to consider in any computer purchase is definitely size. Do you intend to use your computer whilst out and about, or will it be kept on the same desk at home? If you want a laptop, should it be small enough to fit in a backpack, or do you require something a little bigger?
Processor- A processor controls most operations on your computer, so it needs to be reliable. Windows 8 requires at least 1 gigahertz (GHz) to run smoothly. A larger processor of 3GHz, is really only necessary if you intend to use your PC for high-performance tasks such as PC gaming, video and photo editing, or graphic creation.
RAM- Random Access Memory or RAM, is what allows your computer to perform more than one task simultaneously. If you’re the sort of computer user who only uses their PC to check emails and update their Facebook status and use a word processor, you don’t need anything more than 3GB of RAM. Gamers, designers and computer-based professionals may opt for anywhere between 6GB to 16GB of RAM, but this is not necessary for new computer users.
Hard Drive- If you want to save a lot of videos, photos, and music on your new PC, then you may wish to buy a model with more hard drive space. At the very least, look for a 160GB hard drive, but be prepared that you may have to buy an external hard drive for storage later.