Networx Computer Solutions can tailor a desktop PC to suit your needs & budget. We don’t believe in upselling you something more than what you will use either. Come and talk to us about your needs and options.
We believe in offering you the best for your money. It helps if you have some idea of what you are looking for and what you will use the system for. What to look for when shopping around: You want to get as much processor speed and power as you can afford. Ask the shop assistant for a copy of the specifications so you can compare them. General tips:
||The CPU or Computer Processing Unit is the brains of the computer. It controls how efficient the computer runs. There are two main brands of CPU’s Intel and AMD. In theory, this is like comparing Ford and Holden – both make cars that can take you from A to B. Like cars, the CPU comes in different models each with different speeds and capabilities.
The Intel brand includes the i3, i5 & i7 models. Both AMD and Intel make smaller models such as the Atom process, this processor is smaller and lighter than the others and does not have as much processing power (kind of like an electric hybrid).
For the average home user, an i5 is going to be as much power as you would need. (think of it as the family 6 cylinder sedan)
||The computers hard disk drive or HDD is the storage space of the computer. Keeping with the car analogy as earlier, think of it as the computers boot. The bigger the boot, the more “stuff” you can store.
||An SSD or Sterling State Drive is usually included on really small computers such as tablets but these days are also being found on the more expensive systems in addition to the HDD. The advantage of an SSD is that there are no moving parts to wear out. Generally, computers use the SSD to store the operating system while all other files and folders are stored on the HDD this makes the startup process a lot faster.
||GFX is the computer’s graphics or how the information is displayed on the screen. There are two types of graphics. The first one uses the computers RAM or memory, this means that you cannot utilise all the processing power of your computer as some of it is being used as the graphics processor. This is the most common option on cheaper systems. The second option uses a separate graphics card to display the information. This is the better option as the card itself has its own RAM and whatever is not being used to display the graphics can be used to help the computer system perform other tasks.
Using the computers RAM – also called On Board RAM makes for a slower system while having a graphics card installed will help speed up your computer.
||Random Access Memory or RAM is like your computers workbench. The more amount of RAM in your computer the better. RAM is used to run the computer programs, and to access all the external devices such as the printer, keyboard and mouse. Even your operating system requires a certain amount of RAM to just be able to turn on. To be efficient you should have at least 8 gig of RAM in your computer, preferably 16.