In this article I will talk about the things you need to consider when buying a brand new desktop PC. Some of these components are key factors in it’s performance, this is why you should choose them wisely. I’m in the process of buying a new computer so I though I share my thoughts with you. Please feel free to add any comment or if you have suggestions I’m here to listen. I suggest you buy your computer by parts because by applying this method you can optimize your computer’s performance and of course achieve a better price. There are many discounts when buying a computer by whole but in most cases the configuration is way lower than buying it by parts. The most important components of a computer are the CPU, motherboard, memory and Video Card. Probably, the most expensive of them are the processor and the Video Card. I think you should invest the biggest amount of cash in these two components. Of course, this depends on how you gonna use the computer. I’m looking for a configuration that will allow me to virtualize machines but also be able to play computer games with high performance and quality.
Before considering buying a computer, establish a budget and then think of the components that would fit inside it. From the beginning I exclude buying a MAC computer. I think these platforms are for beginners since the configurations are so weak (when considering also the money spent on them). What I think you are paying when buying a MAC are the brand and design. If you are a casual user and you don’t need high performance machine, buy a MAC. I personally think is a waste of money. If you are buying your components from US, the price will be lower since this country has cheap prices on electronics. My budget is around 1000 dollars which I think is a good price for a brand new computer (at lest in my country). Just to give you an idea, in Romania the average salary is around 400$ so a computer that is 1000$ is a high end PC in terms of cost. I’ve been browsing for components for a while now and I’ve found a proper configuration that will suit my needs. I will describe a little about the components I’ve chosen, note that the prices are from my country and may not apply in your location.
Motherboard – I’ve chosen a MSI Z77A-GD55, socket 1155. This motherboard is around 200$ and will satisfy all my needs. It is equipped with the Z77 chipset which is the best one in terms of performance/price for the 1155 socket. This motherboard uses Military Class III components (Hi-c Cap, SFC, Solid CAP, DrMOS II) that maximizes the life of the motherboard. MSI also incorporated Nvidia SLI and Radeon Crossfire features offering this motherboard the capability of supporting multiple Video cards. GD55 is also equipped with USB 3.0 and HDMI pro ports. The motherboard incorporates THX TruStudio PRO technology which provides high quality audio performance. I am an Intel fan this is why I’ve chosen this motherboard because it supports Intel I3, I5 and I7 processors. GD55 supports memory with the following frequency: 2667(OC), 2400(OC), 2133(OC), 1866(OC), 1600, 1333 and 1066. Memory supported by this motherboard can include features like dualchannel or ECC (Error-correcting code). With all these things in mind I think that this motherboard suits perfectly to my needs.
Memory – I’ve chosen a Dual Channel KIT (Kingston 16GB (2 x 8192MB), DDR3, 1600MHz) with a price of 150$. They include a radiator for thermal protection and also CL10 latency.
Processor – Intel® CoreTM i5-3470 3200MHz, IvyBridge, 6MB, socket 1155. This 3200 Mhz processor with 4 cores will perform well in any situations. The price is over 200$ here, placing it in the mid-section class in terms of price/performance.
Video card – I think MSI nVidia GeForce GTX660 will perform good in any GPU intensive-use applications. The maximum rezolution of this Video Card is 2560 x 1600. It is equipped with a 2048 Mb GDDR5 memory, 192 bits bus and 6008 MHz frequency. GTX660 also supports DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, NVIDIA CUDA, nVIDIA PhysX, nVIDIA 3D Vision Surround, nVIDIA PureVideo HD and HDCP. It has installed 2 DVI connectors, one HDMI port and one DisplayPort. It includes a Twin Frozr OC Edition cooling system which will keep this video card cool. The price of this video card is around 250$.
Hard-Disk – I’ve chosen a 120 Gb V300 Kingston SSD Sata 3 drive. The SATA transfer rate of this SSD is 600 MB/s, the reading rate is around 450 MB/s and the writing rate is 450 MB/s. The price is around 130$.
Power supply – Inter-Tech Energon 650W that is around 60$.
If we sum all prices, the overall cost is around 1000$. The only thing left is a computer case which I prefer to be as cheap as possible since I care about the computer’s performance not the aspect. I think that this configuration is one of the best in the 1000$ budget. Please share your thoughts about this article and comment. I wish you all the best and have a wonderful day