Red Ant Computer Services get this a lot – people looking for a quality PC that will last a long time and be supported by the best technical support team in the business. For customers like these, they may want to use a PC for basic email, photos and social networks like Facebook. However, they may want to get involved with other applications that require a bit more horsepower like video editing.
If you’re not flat out looking for the fastest custom built PC, regardless of your needs and without a budget limit, you can definitely save some dollars by investing in a balanced configuration, which means not overspending on the CPU.If you’re not going to be doing intensive video editing, multi-tasking, or gaming, consider an entry-level CPU from AMD or Intel. But don’t overload on the CPU just yet if you’re working on a budget – there are considerations that may make more of an impact on your computing experience, like more memory or newer solid state hard drives.
The Rise of Importance Of the Graphics Card
Even if you’re not a gamer, you should look to your graphics card as an important part of the ecosystem when you build your own computer. The GPU is becoming more and more important for everyday tasks, and its power is being seamlessly integrated into modern day operating systems and applications. Everything from Blu-ray playback to transcoding video for your mobile device, the GPU is quickly becoming as important when configuring a custom PC as any other choice.
Memory / RAM
Memory is an important and often overlooked component in a custom build computer. In today’s computing environment, a custom computer with less than 4GB is unheard of, and less than 8GB is less than desirable. For everyone except those on an extremely tight budget, we highly recommend 8GB+ of memory when you build a computer. It’s better to upgrade to 8GB of RAM before you upgrade to a faster CPU.
Your computer’s hard drive is more than just a place to store digital stuff. It also has a tremendous impact on the responsiveness of your PC, as more often than not it’s the slowest component in your computer. The good news is that a new type of hard drive technology is beginning to mature and reduce in price. Solid state hard drives have no moving hardware, are completely silent and run much cooler than mechanical hard drives with rotating platters. The only downside is they’re more expensive. For the price of a high quality 128GB SSD, you could buy a premium 2TB hard drive. That’s why our customers who build a computer online for the home are buying more and more SSD caching solid state drives to speed up a large, slower mechanical drive of one to two terabytes.
SSD caching works by seamlessly storing copies of your most often used files on a speedy SSD hard drive that’s invisible to you and managed automatically. That way, when you boot up your computer and launch your favorite applications, it feels much faster than a stand-alone mechanical drive.