How to buy a computer

I am writing this article for all who are like my friend Valeria, who once wanted to buy a computer but didn't understand much about the details. What to choose and what not to? Look at these recommendations:

How to buy a computer

+ Everything starts with the processor you want to choose. There are two major brands these days: Intel and AMD. Both are good, so, in theory, any of them would do.

When asking sales clerks, however, most admit there is a little difference between both brands. Intel processors seem to be more reliable for heavy calculations, while AMD processors seem to be more reliable for graphic work... and cheaper.

+ Once you go for a name processor, you will need to choose a motherboard for it and all the other parts of your computer. As the motherboard is where all the devices of your computer will be installed, you need to buy a good one. What does a good motherboard have? It has slots to install independent video and sound cards, and capability for buying a better processor in the future. I recommend not purchasing motherboards with integrated sound and video cards, unless you will use your computer for simple tasks only, like surfing the Internet and typing documents.

+ Contrary to common thinking, the next most important thing you need to buy for your machine is not your hard disk but the memory. Invest as much as you can reasonably spend in it, because it is here where the computer will process your files. Here indeed the more is the better, yet, some people do not need an abusive amount of memory. If you are going to type letters and check your email, 2 or 3 GB is more than enough. For those who are going to play, it's better to buy 8 GB or more.

+ If I were you, I would spend some more bills and buy an independent video card. It is worth every cent you spend in it. If you purchase a motherboard with a built-in video card, the computer will take its video memory from your main memory slots, which is less convenient. Anyway, there is no need to buy a too powerful video card if you are not going to work in design. You can save a lot of money bills there.

Intel processors usually work with NVIDIA video cards; AMD processors usually work with ATI cards.

Complete your computer with additional devices ad lib. It is your computer after all.


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