New Computer Buying Guide Part 1: Desktops

Welcome to Part 1 of our New Computer Buying Guide!

New computers aren’t cheap. This is a purchase that will (should) last you a very long time. It’s something you may use every day.

When it’s time to make that purchase, we want everyone to have the information they need to make an informed decision, and to avoid a machine they will have constant frustration with (a “lemon”).

It’s much easier to return or replace the pair of shoes you just purchased if you end up disliking them. When it comes to computers; however, this process is far more complex.

In this first installment, we will be looking specifically at Desktops. What makes a Desktop a good or a bad purchase compared to a Laptop? In the upcoming installments of this guide, we will cover Laptops, All In Ones and “The Guts” of a PC. What all those Terabytes, Gigahertz, and Gigabytes actually mean; for you as the user, and how they affect the cost and performance of the machine.

We promise to do a better job than Zuckerberg at explaining technology in layman’s terms. Probably.

So let’s get started!

The Good

Desktops are incredibly versatile. Even if you buy one off the shelf, you still have a lot of room to change what your experience will be. Do you want a small monitor, or maybe a gigantic curved one? How about multiple monitors? If you don’t like your keyboard, replacing it with a different one is cheap and easy. If it doesn’t run fast enough for you, all of the “The Guts” (remember we will go into detail about them soon) are usually accessible with ease by removing a part of the case from the side and can all be swapped out with better “Guts”. We have customers that just upgrade “The Guts” piece by piece over time instead of buying a new computer.

This also makes repairs much easier. If something goes wrong, we can undo two screws, open a side panel and we have access to every component in the machine. This makes troubleshooting, repairs, and replacements much faster (and most of the time, cheaper). “The Guts” are also (mostly) interchangeable. I don’t need to buy a special brand of memory to fit your special brand of desktop. Same can be said for Hard Drives, Power Supplies, etc. This means we usually have parts on hand that will work in your Desktop.

Desktops are also, in general, the more reliable of the three form factors. As plenty of our customers are aware, problems still occur with desktops; however, they are far less common than with Laptops or All in Ones. One major factor here is Airflow; the air that is taken in and pushed out via the fans located inside of the case. Computers get hot. Really hot. More specifically, a crucial “Gut” of the computer; the processor (CPU), can become extremely hot. Processors can exceed up to 135°F. Heat is a problem for computers.The fans, heat sinks(metal that helps absorb heat), and the case’s vents all work to take in air at room temperature and expel the hot air that had been generated from the “Guts”.

A Desktop computer contains more fans than other form factors, it is more spacious which helps with airflow, and it contains larger heatsinks. The bigger the heatsink, the better.

Desktops “overheating” is a rare issue. This is a problem we see constantly with Laptops and All in Ones. And if this issue does happen with a desktop, we can add more fans, replace them with better ones, install a better heatsink, etc. We don’t often have those options in other form factors.

Another factor here is movement. Desktops generally sit in one spot and don’t move. Hard Drives don’t like movement. We see a lot more failed drives in laptops for this reason.

The Bad

Desktops and all of the peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc.) can take up a lot of room. If you are limited on space, it might not be the best choice.

The bigger reason most people move towards laptops is portability. Taking your desktop on the go isn’t realistic for most people. If you need your computer to go with you, a laptop is the better (only) choice.

Did You Know

We build custom Desktops! We have built desktops for gamers, insurance agents, restaurants, video editors, home users, and everything in between. You tell us exactly what you want to do with it, and we will build you a personalized machine that will do exactly what you need without overpaying for hardware you may not utilize. If you are interested in a custom Desktop, give us a call today! 806 722 0770

Stay tuned for the next installments! Let us know if you have questions, and if we get enough we may add a “Frequently Asked Questions” as the last installment.

Give us a call if you need any sort of assistance with your computers!

(806) 722-0770