Many people have never had a need to go out and buy their own computer before. Those who find themselves suddenly in a position where owning a home PC is necessary can often find the entire ordeal quite confusing. In order to avoid the majority of that confusion, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with some key terms, and develop an idea of just what you need from a personal computer.
The Inner Workings
Modern computers all rely on three basic components to perform any function. These are the processor, or CPU, the hard drive and the system's memory. Understanding what these are, how they're represented and what they do for you will help you better identify a computer that suits your needs.
Simplest of all to understand, the hard drive is simply the storage center for a computer and its size is commonly measured in either gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB). The larger the number is, the more information can be stored. How fast that information can be accessed is a function of the computer's memory, often listed as RAM or random access memory. As with hard drives, this is measured in terms of gigabytes, and the more it can access, the faster any individual task can be performed.
Unique among computer components, the processor is the actual brain of a PC. Modern processors can be classified through a combination of their speed and the number of individual processor cores they use. More processor cores allow for more simultaneous operations to take place, while speed, measured as gigahertz (GHz), demonstrates how quickly an individual operation will be completed.
Finding Good Value
While it's tempting to look for high values in all of the aforementioned areas, that's not always essential. For example, if all you intend to do is browse the internet and interact with family via e-mail or social media, you'll have very little need for a large hard drive. Alternately, if your needs include storing or creating image or video files, you'll need all the storage you can get, but you'll have less need for high levels of memory.
Focus on bundles, which include the tower, mouse, keyboard and monitor when possible. These can often be found for the best prices during the late summer and early fall, just before students start returning to classes.
Most computer stores have knowledgeable staff on hand to help you find what you need. However, buying a new computer can be a great deal less intimidating if you already have some idea what they're talking about.
For more information, contact McMurray Computer Experts or a similar company.