Desktop Hunting tips

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In search for the perfect desktop that fits your budget? With the market flooded with so many package options and offers,making sense of it all can be a headache, but knowing what you want can save you a lot of grief and regret in the end. Let me give you some useful advice before you buy that seemingly great offer the sales person is pitching you.

  1. The processor is the primary component of the PC that jacks up the price, but the common misconception is that it is the only determining factor of performance. The truth behind it is while it is true that it helps determine the speed of the PC, other components as well has a lot to do with over-all performance. You can expect a significant performance in all dual core processors as compared to single core. If you’re on a budget, you can get the early Pentium 4 LGA 775 Dual Core processors since they’re being sold cheaper now compared to the Core Duo or Core 2 Duo.
  2. Don’t settle for the packaged RAM. RAM is very key to help speed up the performance of applications and switching from one program to another. Buy large amounts of RAM and get those with lifetime warranty. They cost more but in the end, you will have piece of mind if ever you detect RAM problems. Most application errors in the computer result from faulty RAM. 
  3. Buy a slave drive. Use at least two hard drives to separate your programs and files. This way, when your hard disk crashes or gets corrupted by a virus, you can replace only one: either the one with the programs or the one with files. I know its tempting to buy just one hard disk with a large capacity, but if it don’t break down, all your programs and files will be lost.
  4. Invest in a UPS. A UPS is different from an AVR. AVRs help regulate electricity flowing to your PC while a UPS helps regulate and supplies power to your PC even in power outages. It generates enough power for you to turn off your computer so that you can save whatever you’re doing before it shuts down.
  5. Get a video card. Most desktops have integrated video which is why it’s sold at a lower cost. The downside here is that it shares the RAM with other applications, thus reducing over-all performance. Buy any decent video card if you’re not that particular with graphics just to free up the load from your RAM.
  6. Buy an LCD monitor. LCD monitors are now more affordable and it consumes less power as compared to CRT monitors. It also looks better and saves you a lot of desktop space. However, CRT monitors still offer greater response time and color quality which is why it is still prefered by those who need accurate color matching on their monitors.
  7. If you’re buying a motherboard, consider getting the one that supports the latest or even the upcoming technologies such as DDR3 and quad core processors. They cost more, but in the end, if ever you decide to upgrade certain components, you won’t have to replace your motherboard anymore.

Keep these handy tips in mind so that you won’t get caught with all the sales talk and get a PC that will last you for quite a while before you need or decide to upgrade.

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