Save Some Money When Buying a New Computer

Hello readers. Today I will discuss how to save money while purchasing a brand new computer; whether it be for gaming or general use. Personally ,these are all tips that I have used in the past.

So check out my advice:

Because of today’s economy, people carry on and search for approaches to save a reasonable amount of extra bucks every now and then. The same should be no different in relation to purchasing desktop computer systems. Those who are wanting just a basic machine that may also be able to perform the most common computing jobs (for example, handling work files, browsing the Internet, playing music, etc.) can certainly get a fully functional PC for around $500, though it may be more or less depending on need/sales/current prices. Anything more than this, like playing video games on Medium or High settings, or video editing, will require something like the best gaming PC under $1000. At any rate, below are some money-saving techniques for all the bargain shoppers on the market.

Storage:

In regards to storage, around a 400-600 GB hard drive should be enough for almost all your  general computing purposes. Hard drive storage is the space you will need for storing hundreds of files, whether it is a large library of movies or even the dozens of downloaded TV episodes , or for most of you, video games. Those who prefer HD-quality videos really should be ready with bigger hard drives as these varieties of files will surely take up a bigger amount of space for storage. Same thing goes with video game players; as video game sizes increase (open world, higher textures resulting in larger graphic files, etc), players should expect to increase their hard drive storage space, simply because they will be able to hold much less videogames.

Some might believe that optical drives certainly are a thing of the past. Although it holds true that their functionality are slowly becoming obsolete (due to Steam taking over as a digital online video game retailer that requires no physical discs to be inserted), having no less than one optical drive at home is still important. DVDs are still a thing, and some optical drives allow you to play or burn Blu-Ray as well so definitely consider that if you are going to be watching on a good, 27″ high-resolution monitor.

Some basic hardware:

When choosing between a couple of reasonably-priced desktops, just about the most important factors to think of is the processing unit. Most budget PC’s have dual-core processors, with either the Intel Pentium or even AMD’s Athlon series (mainly Athlon II) usually receiving the nod. Although these processors will not be as powerful for their Core 2 Duo counterparts, they virtually share a similar technology makeup. The only glaring difference is usually that the lower-powered processors below the knob on clock speed, L2 cache, or FSB speed.

When you are considering memory (or RAM), most budget desktops should have at least 2GB of RAM. Random Access Memory is what allows your computer to function efficiently while running various tasks, or during intensive multimedia processes like video or animation editing.

Having a lack of RAM will certainly slow down some type of computers when programs like Google Chrome, Photoshop, Steam, and Microsoft Word are opened at the same time since all of them require some sort of local database (your RAM) to dump data into.

Go with Integrated Graphics Cards

Because of which higher components could be more expensive and require more power from the laptops’ power supply, most budget computers should have integrated graphics cards in them. These things are more capable compared to previous days where integrated video cards were not able to play even old video games.

To save money on buying an expensive graphic card, try an integrated graphic card. It is “integrated” with your CPU, so essentially you are buying both a processor and a video card at the same time, saving you from buying a video card that could cost upwards of $200 or $300.

You should be able to play older games which are less graphic-intensive and never require excessive frame rates.. After all, the end goal here is to lower money spent; those who find themselves looking to play more complex games need to have a bigger gaming budget ready for a higher system.

For now, I hope this article has helped save you money. Do not be afraid to cheap out on some things, but keep in mind the hardware parts you absolutely need and which ones you don’t!

Save Some Money When Buying a New Computer

Gaming Video Card Gallery

Hey all, here is a sweet little gallery I have made up of graphic cards. I thought it would be pretty cool to just take a look at some of them, especially since a lot of us gamers have a clear tower set up where we can see the hardware inside.

GTX 950

The MSI manufacturing company is a great one that provides quality cards and other hardware. I buy from them a lot, but do not exclusively do so.

Gaming Video Card Gallery

Here is a close-up shot of one of the cards my colleague uses. I love seeing the little nodes on the card and knowing that they are processing so many pixels. Technology is fantastic.

MSI Graphic Card

This card, made by MSI, is the Twin Frozr. Notice how it has two fans. Not only does it look cool (especially when it is running in a clear computer case), but some models include two cards in one, so even stronger.

Graphic Card with Fan

This card is just a simple one but still, even the simple ones can do some power.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Graphic Card

I included this image because I admired the box design. While I do not have this exact model by GeForce, it would be pretty sick just to purchase it because that art is awesome. Not to mention the good power it holds, along with 4GB of video memory.

Gaming Video Card Gallery

My Guide to Building a Nice Computer

Note: This is my first (real) post ever for the website! I am excited to share some of the things I’ve learned over the years, so definitely read on. Also, if you are new to the site and want to learn a little about me and why this website was created, check out my Intro page here.

Building a nice gaming PC will take a little effort. You should expect this.

As on-line games get more ground-breaking in terms of graphical fidelity, hardware requirements increase exponentially. A computer purchased a couple of years ago will eventually have some trouble running the newest in PC games in the highest settings. To get the best computer gaming experience, players desire a computer designed with the idea that it will last a long time in your mind. As hardware prices start coming down, constructing a computer gaming console is most definitely within your means nowadays.

Here we go:

1. Choose a gaming case to accommodate the system. This is essentially the “tower” that holds all the hardware in. You can go for style or for basic functionality, depending on your budget. The only thing to target with computer towers will be its “form factor”, as I like to call it.
The form factor would be the size and shape of what you have going on; basically how everything is supposed to fit inside, and corresponds with the size the motherboard used. You have to do a little research here based on which motherboard you will buy, but you will be OK (it’s not hard).

The most popular form factor is ATX mid-tower. This could fit the size of most motherboards out there available in the market today.

2. Find a motherboard of matching form with the way your tower was selected before. Get a motherboard that gives a multitude of expansion slots for add-on components, and has now the correct socket type for your intended CPU build.

Mount the motherboard using the included screws and mounting posts. Attach the AC cables from the power supply to your motherboard.

3. Select a processor that will fit the motherboard socket type. Notice now that we are pretty much building a Lego set here. Everything simply needs to fit in place. People start making computer-building a complex process when things like power consumption, efficiency, etc. come to play. But it can be simplified by just putting pieces together.

Generally, users find the motherboard and processor in tandem, so that the socket style matches. The CPU is probably the key hardware component that determines the capabilities of the gaming system. Buy as high-end of any processor as possible (I try to go for i5 processors, but others like i7 for longevity. AMD CPUs are alright too) that I can manage to spend on. Insert the processor in the CPU socket in the motherboard. Obviously you will have to do this later on when you actually put the hardware together.

4. Add memory to the computer. The amount of RAM — random access memory — is a factor that has a direct impact to gaming performance because of how many things videogames have to store at any given time. In its most simple explanation, RAM is used to hold data while a videogame processes. The more you have (16GB and up), the more your system can hold and the less your CPU has to do “re-processing” some things.

In the situation where your memory count is reasonable, add the maximum amount of RAM as your budget allows. Put the RAM in to the memory slots with the motherboard.

5. Choose a graphics card with the PC. The graphics card will be the single most essential part of the system if you are trying to get the best video quality for your games. Today’s games are intensive with their graphics.

Find a graphics card that has incredible graphic rendering capabilities and a solid video RAM (memory). The two industry leaders are NVIDIA and AMD (the Radeon series comes to mind).

Place inside the graphics card in a PCI Express slot for the motherboard.

6. Get a hard disk drive for the machine that offers hasty data access and ample storage area. The harddrive plays a decent role for things, not necessarily for gaming but for the system as a whole. Since it is the one holding all the data, the faster your hard drive (think Solid State Drives), the quicker it can access your files. The faster a pc can access data on the hard drive, the quicker the performance.

Select a model that has speeds of about 7,200 rpm using a SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface. Or, if you have a nice budget, get a good 500GB Solid State Drive in there and watch how fast you can open files, whether it be videos, programs, or games on Steam. Escalate the hard drive on the drive bay with the computer case and connect the SATA cable and strength cable to your drive.Gaming PC building

7. Add a sound card towards the PC. This might not be required as a lot of motherboards already come with it. Still, you might want to double check; otherwise, you will not hear any sounds while playing games!

A lot of users decide to stick using the built-in audio capabilities with the motherboard. Serious gamers should have an add-on sound card. Not only does an add-on audio card supply a superior audio experience, what’s more, it frees up the CPU to aid minimize the stress on the device. If you have a decent sound system with speakers and a subwoofer, definitely get a sound card. I have one set up with my favorite gaming headset, and everything sounds amazing in games like Battlefield 4.

Pop from the sound card in a available PCI slot for the motherboard.

8. Buy a sizable LCD monitor. Gaming is essentially a visual experience. Having a large and quality monitor with a quick response time, high contrast ratio and full 1080p (or 4k if you are into that) resolution video enhances that experience. Connect the monitor for the graphics card with the back on the computer case.

9. Build up an optical DVD drive within the drive bay (optional) and fix the drive cables. As a final point, connect the mouse, keyboard and speakers. These components are less critical to the computer, so choosing inexpensive options can conserve some money.

I hope this guide has helped some people build the perfect computer for video gaming needs. Definitely hit me up (via the comments below) if you have any questions or comments. I would be honored to help!

Next post coming shortly.

My Guide to Building a Nice Computer