This is an article based on some fact, and much personal opinion. While you may differ from me in the things you value in a personal computer, I hope this advice can serve to inspire a more objective comparison of two computers, help your figure out whether the price of a computer you're looking at is justified, and help you realize when someone is pulling the wool over your eyes.
What to look for in a new computer
If you're buying a new computer, you probably want something that's fast, uncluttered, and maybe something that's nice to look at too. When comparing computers, manufacturers throw a lot of statistics and features at you that may look like a great package, but if you want to pull off a good deal, you need to make sure you can focus on the important things and ignore all the promotional garbage and filler they use to try and distract from other possible shortcomings.
Focus on the Features that Count
Processor Clock Speed, and Processor Cache
Better memory improves multi-tasking and performance. Clock Speed is expressed as a frequency, such as 2.40 GHz. Processor Cache
is in the neighbourhood of 4MB of 6MB for a powerful beast. Good desktops can hit 2.93 GHz, probably better before long. You can compare a vast number of CPU
. Keep in mind that some of these are made for servers, and aren't something you would get in a desktop.
, not to be confused with hard disk