Choos­ing a... PC sys­tem

Computer Shopper - - RANTS & RAVES -


A ba­sic PC cost­ing around £350 will be able to run every­day of­fice, mul­ti­me­dia and ed­u­ca­tion soft­ware and will eas­ily cope with surf­ing the in­ter­net. It might even be able to run some mod­ern games.

Many PCs can be sold ei­ther with or with­out a mon­i­tor. If you don’t like the dis­play that the man­u­fac­turer is of­fer­ing, you can al­ways use your cur­rent one, or buy an­other one sep­a­rately.


If you want to play games, you’ll have to up­grade the graph­ics card. Bud­get cards such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 will cope well with many 3D games, but to play the lat­est 3D games smoothly (and en­joy the best-qual­ity graph­ics) it’s worth up­grad­ing to a more pow­er­ful card such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070.


All mod­ern PCs come with at least a dual-core processor and are ca­pa­ble of most tasks. Any­one who reg­u­larly un­der­takes de­mand­ing tasks such as video edit­ing and en­cod­ing should con­sider a quad-core or even a hex-core processor.


There are plenty of good rea­sons to up­grade the PC’s mem­ory or hard disk. If you’ll use your PC for gam­ing, video edit­ing or other de­mand­ing tasks, you’ll need at least 8GB of RAM and a large hard disk; 1TB should suf­fice. Many new PCs have an SSD, which speeds up the time it takes for your PC to boot and pro­grams to load.


Hav­ing plenty of USB ports is al­ways use­ful, as most com­puter pe­riph­er­als at­tach to th­ese ports. Most new PCs come with the lat­est USB3 ports, which pro­vide faster data trans­fers when used with sup­ported de­vices than the older USB2 stan­dard.


Most new PCs now come with Win­dows 10 pre-in­stalled. Don’t be too eas­ily swayed by the in­clu­sion of other soft­ware, though, as it may be that you’ll never use it.


While most PCs come in cases of a sim­i­lar size, some have more com­pact mini tower or mini PC cases. Th­ese smaller PCs will fit un­der your TV or on your desk more eas­ily, but bear in mind that they’re sig­nif­i­cantly harder to up­grade than full-size ma­chines.

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