Most of us keep a computer for 3-5 years before upgrading or replacing it. Therefore, its important to buy a computer that will meet your needs on a long term basis.
- Processor / CPU: This is one of the most important components of your computer. This component usually cannot be upgraded so it’s best to get one that’s more powerful than what you need now.
- RAM Memory: This will dictate how many programs you can run simultaneously. Most people will run 1-2 programs at the same time. This component can usually be upgraded in the future but to avoid paying additional labor cost for the upgrade, its best to get double of what you need today.
- Storage: Used for data storage and programs. Today, solid state drives (SSD) have replaced the traditional spinning hard drive (HDD). HDD drives are much slower but hold a lot of storage whereas SSD’s are way faster.
Basic: Most people fit in this category (for everyday website browsing, email, banking etc.)
Recommended Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Ryzen 3 | RAM Memory: 4-8GB RAM | Storage: 240-500GB SSD
Intermediate: Some picture/video editing, basic games, multiple apps running
Recommended Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5| RAM Memory: 8-16GB RAM| Storage: 500GB-1TB SSD
Advanced: Lots of picture/video editing, advanced games, multiple apps running
Recommended Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7| RAM Memory: 16-32GB RAM| Storage: 500GB-1TB SSD, 1-4TB standard hard drive, 2GB+ dedicated graphics card
No matter what computer you get, not matter how new it is, it’s still prone to component failures, viruses, scam wares and human errors. It’s best that it be protected by a security program and a backup drive that is properly configured. Need help, feel free to call us for our new year specials.