Well, more than if it is the “Best” computer, you need to ask yourself what are your exact technology needs, and what is the amount of money you are able to expend on a computer. From that point on, you can decide which is the best option for you, among all the varieties you will find when you go looking for a computer.
Lets say that you have a good idea of what exactly your needs are (requirements) and you have a good chunk of budget to expend. Now, here are a few hints that could be nice to take into consideration, especially if you want good performance and a fastest processing:
- Buy computers with Solid State Drives (SSD) or a fusion/mix of SSD and traditional SATA or IDE with 7200/14K revolution per minutes (rpm). SSD could be expensive at first, but you will notice a big performance difference between this type of technology and traditional hard drives.
- Processor (CPU – Central Processing Unit) with L1+L2+L3 cache (i5, i7, AMD Fx), quad or octa-core and 64 bits. Normally, this kind of CPU will cost you a bit more than low end CPUs (Atom, i3, Celeron, etc.). For gamming, video editing and image processing, these are critical factors to consider.
- Memory (RAM – Random Access Memory) is vital to improve processing and performance. Most of the operating systems (OS) today let you install as much memory as you can buy, and the extra slots capacity lets you as long as you configure/install your OS to a 64 bit architecture. It’s recommended to install your RAM dimms in pairs. For example, two dimms of 4GB for a total of 8GB. Today, a 16Gb is great, but a 32 or 64GB would be awesome.
- Video cards (GPU – Graphic Processing Unit)- if you are a gamer or a moviemaker, this is one of the most critical parts of your computer components. Dedicated video cards with dedicated memory are the best. Today, there are cards with their proper RAM, even with its cooling system. Shared or virtual cards inside the CPU are good, but not for intensive graphical processing.
- The motherboard- consider one that let you expand/upgrade your inside components like RAM, Video Cards, CPU, and Hard Drives. Don’t buy all-in-one motherboards, unless you are looking for a cheap PC to just surf the Internet and access your social platforms. Instead, buy a smart device like a tablet or cellphone.
- Ahh, one important thing to be aware of, try to buy computers or USB adapters with 3.0 version of this technology. USB 3.0 are 10 times faster than USB 2. Not to talk about Thunderbolt technology, which is 4 times faster than USB 3.
Hope this blog provides you with vital information when determining which computer will better fulfill your requirements and needs.
Gilberto Crespo, MSCE, CDIA+, CIP
Computer Engineer & Life Coach