People in the United States walk into any big box store or order a basic computer online to save some money but when you skimp on price you get what you paid for, However, there is one element that can be replaced to speed your computer...
Basic computers sold today have minimum requirements for only one reason, Microsoft Windows compatibility. If you look at a service tag near the product you are shopping for it can be confusing with numbers and graphs to allegedly impart the specifications of the computer, you are looking for.
Most big box stores have the same information on your computer but in different placements. On all information placards contains four essential pieces of information Memory, HDD – SDD size, Screen size, and CPU model and brand. This information is particularly important when deciding on a certain computer to purchase and since most customers are not fluent in tech jargon, we break down the information on the placards to help you be better versed and able to understand the differences by brand and model.
CPU Model and Brand
A Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the “brain”
of your computer and runs every application and is responsible for the speed of processing information. CPU technology is different by brand like American Micro Devices (AMD), Intel, and the newest Apples’ M series processors. For years Intel has been a major
processor brand for years because of Microsoft’s control over the personal computer (PC) adaptation but was recently out done by AMDs new Ryzen series processors which are faster and essentially “smarter” than Intel’s i9. The reason we wrote the information is to give our customers a back story on the three assorted brands when it comes to selecting which brand will suit your needs.
Memory aka Random Access Module (RAM)
Memory or RAM is where the applications you use on your computer reside. Different models of computers feature many sizes of RAM from
4 Gigabyte (GB) to 32GB with different speeds and slot requirements. This is where the problem of lag is very apparent when running multiple applications at the same time. So, if you think about what you are wanting to use your computer for. If you are into gaming, then a larger size of RAM is required but when you select a computer ask the associate or tech on staff what the speed of the memory is because when you are gaming lag time is a big issue that can cause headaches down the road. When you buy a cheap mainstream computer, you should ask a local IT professional or computer repair shop to get a better RAM module with a better speed to save yourself frustration from laggy programs and problems with your computers RAM down the road.
This feature gives you the diagonal size of your display which varies from 15.6” to 17.3” based on
model of your computer. Some of the placards do not give information on the screen resolution, HD verses QHD, which is important if you watch tv or movies and for graphic design.
HDD – SSD
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid-State Drive (SSD) are storage of files and media on your computer and each
type has different speeds of storage and safety of the data in your storage. HDDs are vulnerable when you drop your computer to damage the platters inside which can cause files to become unreadable, However the SSD is not susceptible to file damage by dropping your computer and can save files at a high-speed rate.
Our recommendation when purchasing a computer contact a technician at a local repair shop to get quotes on replacing your memory module. We recommend Crucial memory for your computer because each module is having a better benchmark than any other memory modules on the market.
If you are interested in learning more about our customer concierge service, please contact our office to get a free technician to help you with picking the right device for you.