As you know, test tables and statistics on the frequency of repairs for different models give much more truthful information than a funny sticker on your computer with the inscription “Best Model of the Year”. Nevertheless, many people believe it, therefore, in this article we decided to correct this annoying misunderstanding.
It would seem that it’s simpler – voice your requirements to the computer builder and get your dream out. Often, in fact, everything happens the other way around – this collector extols the “best and most powerful” model, and you agree. And why, for example, is a second-grader an electronic giant with a powerful video card and a 16 gigabyte hard drive? A simple universal computer with an inexpensive AMD processor would be enough for a schoolgirl.
It is very important that the collector can clearly and convincingly explain to you his position. Why such a processor (hard drive, video card). Even if the master is distinguished by laconicism, he should find clear and more or less understandable arguments for the layman.
Assembling a computer, even if you already have all the components, is far from easy. A lot depends on the build quality, and that is why meticulous buyers always ask who and in which country this computer was assembled. Even if you manage to set everything correctly, incorrectly selected parts or just a hand trembling with excitement can always fail. At the same time, it is not always possible to return damaged or unsuitable parts.
Pros and cons
The advantages of self-assembly: the price is nowhere lower, a lot of room for imagination, the ability to create a unique computer of its kind. Cons: the inability to control the quality of the assembly, as it depends not only on sleight of hand, but also on the correct choice of components. One of the typical malfunctions of self-assembled models is the strong heating of the system unit, despite the intensive operation of the cooler.
More often than not, a finished computer is all the more expensive the higher its computing power. It seems that everything is simple – you need to buy the most expensive computer so that the performance is enough with a margin. To top it off, on many models stickers like “Best Gaming Computer 2015” are glued. Of course, one cannot blindly believe such inscriptions. At the same time, the factory assembly has tangible advantages: such a computer works silently, reliably and practically does not “hang”. Cons: modifying (upgrading) the finished model is quite difficult, but you won’t be able to change the configuration itself. Factory assembly is much more expensive than DIY. Therefore, based on financial considerations, many users still prefer to assemble the car on their own.
1. Below 300 dollars (budget). These models are designed to perform simple work, such as Internet surfing, Word, launch video and audio players, as well as support for simple games. They can cope with the game more complicated, but the quality of the graphics will be below average and may “slow down” while the picture is moving. Most often, such computers can be seen in offices. Now they are being actively replaced by cheaper (and more productive) laptops.
2. From 300 to 600 dollars (gaming and universal). These models are the most popular among computer users. After all, the power of such a machine is sufficient not only for processing the simplest tasks, but also for servicing sufficiently resource-intensive applications that require the simultaneous operation of many parallel processes. For most games, the highest level of sound and picture quality can be achieved.
3. More expensive than $ 600 (gaming). Computers of the highest category are able to cope with any, even the most complex applications, and video games in their execution acquire incredible realism. However, the high power of the processor causes it to become very hot; accordingly, a serious and very noisy cooling system is required. The same overheating and working to the limit make the most expensive computers not very reliable assistants.
4. Specialized models. Usually created to solve highly specialized problems (video editing, technical calculations, inventive activity). But often the whole “exclusivity” of such products is to select the most productive components and to the limit expanded