You’ve found a few PCs you like the look of but how do you decide which is the right one? Let’s break down the different parts of a PC to help make your choice.
Processors are the heart of your PC, deciding how fast everything gets done. New processors also do many tasks that help provide a better overall experience.
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3
Start with this for simple email and web browsing, entertainment and games
Processors are the 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i5
Get productive and enjoy mainstream entertainment and games
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7
Get Hard-core tasks like 3D gaming, designing and video editing done smoothly
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition
Customize your performance for the most demanding games and apps
More RAM makes it easier to multitask and switch between different files quickly.
This is the minimum you need to run an operating system and basic programs
Enough RAM to multitask between apps easily and run common popular games
This will let you run video editing apps or extreme 3D games smoothly
Hard disk space
Generally, it’s a smart idea to buy a larger hard disk than your current needs as files and apps are constantly growing in size.
Good for storing work files, photos with space enough for a few games
You’ll want this much if you’re a movie collector, play lots of games or want to edit videos
There are two types of graphics cards to consider – integrated and dedicated graphics cards.
Packaged with your processor or motherboard, they use your system’s RAM for graphics processing. Less powerful but cheaper and less demanding on your battery, it’s a good choice for an Ultrabook™ or notebook.
Dedicated graphics cards
If you’re a serious gamer or professional graphic designer, opt for this. A good entry-level graphics card should have at least 1GB of RAM but more is better. If you’re intending to watch movies in HD, be sure to get one with a HDMI output port.
The main factor to consider here is the Operating System (OS). This will decide what software you’re able to use.
Windows OS is the most commonly used operating system for PCs. That means most software is designed to be compatible with it. If you want to play most of the latest games or need your PC for common office applications, this is the right choice.
Macs are great for graphic designing, video editing and music producing. These functions are not unique to Macs but they are more commonly done on this OS. This helps avoid compatibility issues.
There are a few hardware options you may want to go with your new PC.
If you’re intending to use your PC for work, a printer may be in order. When you’re choosing, check the cost of ink replacement for the model as that can quickly add up. Consider a dedicated photo printer if you’re an avid photographer.
If you’re getting an Ultrabook™ or notebook, a larger screen at home can make watching movies more immersive. A 22-inch screen or larger should offer HD quality viewing. Ensure the resolution is at least 1080p.
Get a Blu-ray player if you’re intending to collect an extensive collection of Blu-ray discs. If not, a DVD drive will meet most needs.
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Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 are only available on select Intel® processors. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit http://www.intel.com/go/turbo.
Available on select Intel® Core™ processors. Requires an Intel® HT Technology-enabled system. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. For more information including details on which processors support HT Technology, visit http://www.intel.com/info/hyperthreading.
Built-in visual features are not enabled on all PCs and optimized software may be required. Check with your system manufacturer. Learn more at http://www.intel.com/go/biv.
Viewing stereo 3D content requires 3D glasses and a 3D-capable display. Physical risk factors may be present when viewing 3D material.
Requires an Intel® Wireless Display-enabled system, compatible adapter, and TV. 1080p and Blu- ray* or other protected content playback only available on 2nd or 3rd gen Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs with built-in visuals enabled, a compatible adapter and media player, and supporting Intel WiDi software and graphics driver installed. Consult your PC manufacturer. For more information, see http://www.intel.com/go/widi.
Warning: Altering clock frequency and/or voltage may: (i) reduce system stability and useful life of the system, processor, and other system components; (ii) cause the processor and other system components to fail; (iii) cause reductions in system performance; (iv) cause additional heat or other damage; and (v) affect system data integrity. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of the processor beyond its specifications. Intel has not tested, and does not warranty, the operation of other system components beyond their industry standard specifications. Intel assumes no responsibility that the processor and other system components, including if used with altered clock frequencies and/or voltages, will be fit for any particular purpose.