Buying an assembled PC? Keep these points in mindFollow @Gizmento
Even in an era of smartphones and tablets, almost everyone needs a computer. Now, this computer can be a laptop, a pre-built machine sold by Dell, HP and others or an assembled computer. Depending on what is your objective, you can go for any of them. But if you decide to go for an assembled computer, you will have more control on the components you can choose and features you can get. In most cases, you may even save money by opting for assembled computer.
The problem with the assembled computers is that it can get tricky while choosing the parts. And computer dealers usually don't help because either they don't know any better or have an agenda in pushing products of a particular company. But there is a way out. All you have to do is be a little careful while selecting the parts. How careful and what is it that you should keep in mind. We tell you.
Look beyond the processor
Nowadays, computer processors have become very powerful. Even the cheapest dual-core is capable of handling daily workload with ease. So don't focus too much on processor unless you have special needs like 3D gaming or graphics designing. Also, don't end up spending too much on processor. You are buying a computer and not a processor. Go for the balanced machine and this means not blowing up 40 per cent of your budget on an ultra-powerful processor.
Motherboard should be reliable, future ready
This is a component that will sit at the centre of your computer. Every component connects to it. This means you have to be extra careful while picking the motherboard. Brand is important here. Unless you know what you are doing, we suggest you pick something made by Asus, Gigabyte or MSI. Nowadays, almost all motherboards use solid state capacitors. But still check and make sure that the motherboard you are buying uses solid state capacitors everywhere and not only around the CPU socket.
In all likelihood, you will use your computer for at least 2 to 3 three years. This means in future, when there is a requirement, your motherboard should be able to support new components. So buy a motherboard that has lots of USB ports, preferably USB 3.0, ports for several hard drives and, if budget permits, support for technologies like Thunderbolt, DisplayPort etc.
More RAM is better than faster RAM
If you want bragging rights, by all means get faster RAM such as the sticks running at 2400MHz or something similar. But a wiser way to spend money is to get more RAM instead of opting for extremely pricey faster RAM. So for example, if you have to choose between 4GB extra fast RAM and 8GB normal RAM, buy the normal RAM.
Also, while buying RAM make sure that you buy the kit which has two sticks of RAM. This will allow you to put RAM in dual-channel mode, which results in slightly better performance.
Monitor is the most important component
If you ask most people what is the most important component in a computer and they will say processor. Actually, monitor is more important and people don't realise this until they don't see a computer paired with a fantastic monitor. A good large monitor, that can show accurate and deep colours, elevates whole computing experience. Unfortunately, good monitors are slightly difficult to find and are a little more expensive. They cost somewhere around Rs.10,000. But they are worth the money so if possible, go for a monitor that is at least 22 to 24 inch in size, has 1080P resolution and a panel made of IPS technology. Both Dell and LG sell several IPS monitors for a price of around Rs.10,000.
More memory doesn't mean better graphics cards
This is the second biggest mistake - the biggest one, we will talk about in a while - that people buying assembled computers make, mostly due to clueless computer dealers. If you are buying a graphics card, keep this in mind: more RAM in a graphics card doesn't mean better performance. The raw performance of a graphics depends on its graphics processor. Let's understand with an example. Graphics RAM is more like tyres in a car while the graphics processor is the engine. Now, if you put the Lamborghini tyres in a Maruti, will it make Maruti go faster? No, it won't. But what if you put Lamborghini engine in a Maruti? Well, the results won't be as good as what you get from a proper Lamborghini but the Maruti will definitely go faster. Ideally, both the graphics and graphics RAM need to complement each other well. But without going into technical details, we can tell you this much: A card with better graphics processor + 512MB memory will beat a card that has entry-level graphics processor + 2GB memory.
NEVER COMPROMISE on power supply unit
This is the biggest mistake people make while buying an assembled computer. A power supply unit is very important component in a computer whether you are buying a machine for home use or for gaming. A good power supply unit will provide clean and reliable power to computer components. This means less issues in future, components not conking off after a year of use. We recommend a power supply unit made by companies like Corsair, Seasonic, Cooler Master (high-end range) and Antec. Ideally spend around Rs.2,500 on power supply unit. Anything selling for less than Rs.2,000 is probably not worth it. Stay away from local brands like Mora, VIP, Zebronics etc.
Quality of power is more important than quantity
Computers actually don't require as much power as you think they do. Even high-performance gaming computers don't consume more than 250-300 watts when they are running at maximum speed. So when you are buying a power supply unit, go for a quality product that provides 400 to 450 watts of power over something that claims to give you 500 to 600 watts at the same price. Most of the time, what you need is quality and not quantity.
Don't buy a cheap chassis
We know it is all about the available budget but rejig your priorities. May be get a less powerful processors or little bit less RAM, but get a quality chassis. This is for three reasons. One, if you spend Rs.50,000 on computer components and put them in a cheap chassis what is the point. It will look bad and gaudy on your desk. The chassis will bend and rattle when you are putting a pen drive in it because it is made of thin metal sheets. Two, a cheap chassis will have poor cooling abilities. May be it will have poor quality fans. Or a design that doesn't allow for better air movement. In the long run, this will harm your computer components. Finally, a cheap chassis will have front ports - USB, headphone jack - that will either won't work or fail within a few months.
Solution? Get a decent chassis made by companies like Cooler Master, Antec and Corsair etc. At least spend around Rs.2,000 on it. Anything selling for lower is probably not better than a tin box.
Before you go to computer dealer, check with Gizmento Experts.
This is true for all technology products. Check the prices and Product deatils with us beore you buy. We will help you to understand your need and what is best for you . This way, you will know when you are making a bad choice. And in case of computer, dealers are notoriously bad. They see a customer not very familiar with the computer components, and they start quoting inflated prices.