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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Computer Buying Guide

       Recently I wrote a post on the Top 5 Computers but I only picked out 5 of the hundreds of possible computers. So I will write this post about picking the perfect computer for you.
       The first tip that I will tell you is that usually a lot of computer sales people will tell you that you should buy a computer that has an Intel Celeron processor and you will be happy with it. If you only want to be able to check your email or go on Skype then by all means get it but if you actually want to use your computer for office, games, editing or even managing pictures then definitely get a processor that is Intel's Core 2 Duo or higher. I realise that those processors are quite expensive and most Pentium processors should be adequate as long as the clock speed(GHz) is higher than 2.0GHz. AMD processors can be difficult to choose but are cheaper. They use a different measurement of clock speed and use thousands instead of GHz so that if an AMD processor has a clock speed of 2.0GHz it usually means it has about 1.8GHz. The best AMD Processors to go for are the Opteron and the quad core Athlon(Athlon II x4). The amount of cores basically tell you how many processors are packed into one chip. A single core is very bad and I would avoid getting them over than in a netbook and dual cores are much better and will comfortably carry out most programs. A good processor will have 4 cores or will be called a quad core processor. These range from Core 2 Quads, which are cheap but very powerful, to the Core i 5 and Core i 7 Processors which are quite expensive but have the power of God. Recently Intel announced their first Six Core Processor and called in the Westemere Processor. This eats photoshop and Chrysis(Both being very power hungry pieces of software) for breakfast.      
       The next tip is for RAM. RAM is the computers memory that allows it to save programs in the background. Therefore the more RAM you have the more open programs you can have and the more complex applications such as film editing and graphics work. I would recommend getting at least 2 GB of ram for some who does light office work, email, music, Skype and online games. If you want to do more then get 3GB and for someone who regularly uses their computer and has large programs then 4GB or higher is for you.
       Hard-Drive space comes in ranges from 80GB to 2TB have different speeds from 5200, 7200, 10 000 and also SSDs which are very fast Solid State Drives that have no moving parts so they are extremely fast and also are very durable. For any light user 250 GB is ample space for Word Documents, Itunes libraries and videos. You do have to remember that software and the operating system tends to take up a lot of space on a Hard-Drive and also most computers that you buy off the shelve have bloatware installed(Programs that are not needed but that are preloaded) which takes up space. I would recommend that now because Hard-Drives are increasingly cheap look out for a 7200 rpm dive that holds 500GB or more.
       CD/DVD ROM drives aren't too different from each over except for their speed but the cheapest ones are easily adequate. The the speed is to do with how fast the CD drives will take data off the disk and also put it onto a disk. It is obvious which ones are faster for instance 22X is faster than 16X. The faster the drive the faster you can burn and rip CDs.
       The last point is the Operating System or the OS. The usual OS's are Windows and OSX. Windows is the most common as you can only get OSX on a mac. The two forms of windows which are worth looking at are 7 and XP Windows 7 is the most recent version however it is slightly bloated and has a very graphical interface which a small cheap computer might find it hard to cope with. The simplicity, however, of Windows XP means that almost all computers in the world can run it. It is very reliable and you will find that a lot of schools and business's run XP. Still Windows 7 is a nice OS that has many features such as snap which allows you to drag windows to the side of the screen and they will snap to halve the size of the screen. Most PCs should come with Windows 7 pre installed however it might be better if you have a clean installation(wipe the hard-drive completely over than the OS) to save space and speed up your computer. A few computers come with windows vista. Either don't buy them or usually they are going cheap and they usually have decent specs but the OS means they are being sold cheaper so you may as well buy the computer and a copy of Windows 7. You get get Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate. Basic is for Netbooks. I would get Professional but there is practically no difference between the versions. Don't get Ultimate because it is twice the price for the same software as Professional. There are several other free OS's called Linux Distros. I will get into those Later.
       Finally I would like to say that a netbookthis website which has a very simple interface and allows you to build the perfect computer of you dreams. You could also build your own computer at home where you have to buy all the parts listed in this blog and put them together yourself. Fun for a Geek.


Wires Wires everywhere
I should clean them but I don't care
They power all my tech and stuff
Of which I definitely have enough
One day there will be no mess
That is when tech is wireless

I have lots of tech, which is why I chose to do my blog about tech and entertainment. The PS3 I aquired recently from a certain source. No, I did not steal it! All of my tech has to be plugged in and connected by wires. The PS3's wireless controllers are a God send. Sometimes I am very annoyed that all my cables are messed up. Everything works but it is hell when you try to find something. Unfourtunately I also have a PS2 which I don't have plugged in. One way that I think I can help tidy the cables is to wrap elastic bands around the cables to shortern the cable and help to not have loose cables everywhere. You can buy cable ties and cable management at office stores and computer stores. One last thing if you absolutely have no hope at all is to hide the cables. I know this isn't really cable management but it will help when you look at the tv and you don't always see the horrible mess of cables. I hope this will help you with your problems if not there is a poem above.

Sunday, 15 August 2010