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It’s a good idea to consider how you will be using your desktop computer. A variation of tasks may warrant specific devices and functions of your desktop computer. Some people use their computers for basic needs such as emailing and composing documents, while others address many needs on their computer such as downloading videos, modifying pictures, etc. More intensive tasks will require more memory and higher processor speeds.
The monitor is your computer screen. A huge factor in choosing a monitor is the associated native resolution of the images appearing on screen. Like a television, most consumers want to view the best possible picture. The images on screen will improve in reference to a higher number of resolution. In addition, think about a desired size. Monitors are measured diagonally (like TVs), so choose a size that is aligned with your desires.
A desktop’s case refers to the structure which holds internal working and hard drives. Cases come in different shapes and sizes, so it is important to think about where you would like the case to rest. Some people prefer to place the case on top of a desk next to their monitor, while others place their case on the floor. The decision is up to you, but it is important for the case to receive proper ventilation and rest safely away from any hazards (such as liquids).
In addition, think about choosing a case that will allow for upgrades since computer technology is constantly advancing. Opting for a lower-grade model may limit your upgrade options.
Better running speeds and smooth usage is contingent on a desktop computer’s memory. It is very easy to upgrade a desktop’s memory after an initial purchase, yet it is easier (and more economical) to purchase a desktop computer with enough memory to address immediate needs, while keeping future needs and interests in mind.
Think about all the functions/components you want your desktop computer to address/use before choosing a motherboard. You will want your desktop’s motherboard to have at least two USB ports, which enables connection to printers and external hard drives. Higher-end models and multimedia-focused models should have audio/visual inputs and FireWire ports within easy reach.
Hard drives refer to information stored in your desktop computer. If you’re going to store a lot of files, pictures, and music on your computer, then you will want to purchase a computer with a large hard drive. While memory helps the speed and fluidity of applications, hard drives store all necessary, used information. Hard drives with 200GB (giga-byte) - 500GB space is optimal for most desktop computer users.
Processors facilitate a desktop computer’s interaction with leveraged applications (such as WordPerfect, video games, DVDs, etc.). Dual-processors allow for faster multitasking and speedier performance in reference to particular kinds of graphics and video games. For most, basic functions, just about any processor will be sufficient.