In this article, we will discuss how to determine which computer is right for you. This will be a comprehensive step by step process that will help you choose the right desktop computer for your lifestyle and budget.
Step 1: identifying The Computer’s Purpose
Knowing how you intend to use your future computer is the most important part of this process. This will help you determine how much you need to budget and what hardware you need.
To identify this, start by answering three questions:
What do I want to use my new computer for?
How much time do I want to spend per day/week/month using my new computer?
How much space do I have for my new computer?
Step 2: Figure Out Your Budget
Knowing your budget will help you know what you can and cannot afford. The answers to the questions from step 1 will help you determine this.
The purpose of your gaming computer can be broken down into simple categories:
Home or Office Use – Word processing, office use, watching videos, social media, etc.
Gaming – There are:
- Light gaming: web-based games and gamed like Team Fortress 2 on a single 1080p monitor
- Mid-tier gaming: common games like Grand Theft Auto Online and Fortnite on a single 1080p or 1440p monitor. This class of computer is also well built for competitive gaming, or E-Sports like Counterstrike: Global Offensive or League of Legends and DOTA.
- High End Gaming: Intense games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Star Citizen, and modern AAA titles on a single 4k monitor or multiple lower resolution monitors
- Hardcore Gaming: High end games in extremely high-fidelity VR or multiple 4k monitors
Professional – There are multiple tiers of professional computers ranging from basic photography to deep learning and heavy computational machines. The biggest difference between a home or office computer, like many computers in office buildings, schools and the like, and professional computers or workstations is the hardware they have and the workloads they do. Most workstations are built for heavy computational tasks. This means the processors can crunch more numbers, faster and they frequently have GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). GPUs are also more commonly called video cards or graphics cards but are capable of doing much more than rendering video for a game. These types of computers are usually pushing the limits of current desktop and sometimes even server grade parts for the most processing power, the most RAM, and the fastest storage they can get.