Computers come in all shapes and sizes, and despite what most think, they can be customized to serve different purposes. What matters is what components you choose to put in them, this will determine the type of a computer. This area of how to choose the best computer for you was covered in the past, in the Which Desktop PC Should I Buy article, where we saw the different aspects involved in buying a desktop PC. Also, before we move on, take some time to see a few other posts regarding the choices you must make in building the ultimate PC.

These articles can give you crucial information you will need in order to understand what computer is the best for you and what components better suit your needs. Also, regarding the types of computers, if you are more interested in portability, then you might think of buying an All-in-One computer or a laptop, here are some posts that can help you decide:


What computer suits you the best?

What Type of Computer to Choose

No matter if you are an avid gamer, workaholic or you just browse the Internet (or the Deep Web) and send emails – there is always a computer for your needs. Of course, a top of the line computer can do all the things above, but for someone who only watches a few movies and sends emails, there would be no need for something as powerful as a gaming rig. I’ll try to explain, the best I can the differences between such computers, starting from the low end models and working our way to the very top.

Low end computers – best for browsing the Internet

These devices allow you to do basic tasks, like browse the Internet, send emails, look at Facebook profiles and from time to time, watch a movie. This type of computer uses a bit of RAM memory (4 GB would suffice), but does not need processing power as the rest (both video processing or number crunching).

They can have an integrated video chip on the motherboard, or as we saw with the new models of microprocessors (the Intel Ivy Bridge for example), they have integrated graphics in the CPU. The HDD (hard drive) does not have to be too large, as you can store content on your Cloud account if needed (be careful with the security of your Cloud account also) and because the overall power drainage of the computer is low, you won’t need a powerful PSU (power supply unit) or a big case that offers lots of cooling. What you will need is a good network card and a sturdy Internet connection.

Mid end computers – Media Centers and Home Servers

From here we start to move in the world of horsepower. These computers are much more powerful than the low end devices, mostly because you need more powerful components to cope with the higher stresses involved in reading media or home storage.
Although they do not do much video rendering, these computers need a good video card and a CPU that can handle playing a Full HD movie or an occasional game. Also, for media servers, the need for more storage space is greater, so a bigger and faster HDD is something to look for.

High end computers – gaming rigs and work stations

What Type of Computer to Choose

These are the best computers on the market for the home user. They give a massive amount of power and processing speeds go through the roof! Here, the number of cores goes up, the frequencies are much higher and of course, the prices are pretty high.

These devices are intended for hardcore gamers that need every last fps or for those who work specialized programs such as AutoCAD or modeling programs like AutoDesk 3D S Max and others like it, where processing speed is everything. Also, with this much computing power, they need bigger and more powerful PSUs and bigger and cooler cases.

Desktop alternatives

Although other types of devices are starting to take on the tasks done by some of these computers, such as more powerful tablets or smartphones that can do just about anything that a low end computer can do, or All-in-One computers that can double as media centers (and they have style on their side, and fewer wires running through the house), and some can even be considered workstations.

Also, some manufacturers produce laptops that can rival gaming rigs, an excellent example of such a device is the Razer Blade, considered to be the world’s first gaming laptop. Tablets are starting to develop laptop-like features, such as external docks with keyboards or operating systems that close the gap between tablets and computers (yes, I am talking about Windows 8 here).

The bottom line, at least in my opinion, is that the humble Desktop PC still has much to say and it will be around for years to come, they proved their worth time and time again and the amount of power under their hoods is astonishing.

 
Author

I often wonder, where is technology heading? What do all of these advances mean for us and for our future? I sometimes miss the days when I didn’t know how to use a floppy disk, or how a computer CPU works, but now, until I find an answer to my questions, I’ll keep tracking these advances and show everything I find to those who share my interests.