Configuration to Look for in a Desktop

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If you are replacing an old desktop or planning to buy a new one and have no idea what configurations are the best one, we have got this covered in our latest technical article.


We have listed some of the configurations for different elements to look out for in a desktop:


  • Internal Storage Capabilities/Hard Disk

The internal storage is handled by a hard drive. It is important to make sure the desktop you buy has at least twice or thrice as much storage space, the bigger the storage the better it is from usability perspective. Currently 1 TB (Terabyte) drives and 2 TB drives are affordable and internal storage can be expanded if required.


  • External Connections

For external connections, desktop must have USB 3.0 ports or USB 2.0 ports both in front and rear.


  • Processor and Operating System

The processor and operating system are among the expensive parts of a desktop and you can save some money, if you need to. Here are the configurations you can buy:


  • Core i5 or core i3 or Pentium branded chip processor


  • Intel core chips have built in graphics so no additional costs involved in buying graphics card.AMD processors are worthy from performance perspective.


  • 4GB of RAM which can be expanded further based on requirements and budget


  • Screen size of 20 or 22 inches


Configuration to Look for in a Desktop

  • Motherboard

Intel’s ATX is the most commonly used and comes in different sizes. If you are looking for mid-range motherboards then Asus Z97 Pro and ASRock H81 M are another popular choices.


  • Graphics Card

If you are interested in gaming then the integrated graphics built on the motherboard is more than enough. If you just can’t live without gaming then investing in graphics card is a must. NVidia and ATI are the top providers.AMD Radeon R9 380 can also be chosen if you have a tight budget.


  • Power Supply Unit(PSU)

The power Supply Unit is the most underrated part of the system and yet is impacts the performance and reliability of the system. Cooler Master, EVGA, Seasonic and Corsair are the variants you can choose from.


The configurations related to desktop varies depending on the budget i.e. low, mid and high. The configurations can also be impacted on the basis of operating systems which have been chosen. Ideally, you should not compromise on the quality of the components or elements that make up a desktop as it will help you in longer run.


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