For many people, learning about PC hardware is like rocket science. But even if you’re not a technical person, you should be aware of the truths and lies about your PC’s components.
The problem with doing research online is that often the info you get isn’t accurate. This is especially true for PC hardware. Computers have been with us for more than a quarter of a century, and its beginnings seem obscured by fallacies and myths. Today, lies are still being propagated about computer hardware. It’s time to shed light on them once and for all.
- Building your own PC will save you a lot of money.
Maybe this was true 10 years ago, but not anymore. Granted, if you’re building a gaming PC, you might still get some savings compared to buying the whole package. But if you’re just going to build a computer that can help you with work, you can’t really save money from it. So you’ll go through all that trouble of buying the parts, assembling them and installing the OS only to find out you can find a PC that costs a lot less than what you spent.
There are several good reasons to build your own PC. It’s a good way to get what you really want in a gaming PC. Or perhaps you get satisfaction in being able to build one on your own. But do not attempt to build a PC to save money.
- The bigger the RAM, the better the performance.
When you install Windows or any program, you’ll be prompted about the minimum requirement and recommended RAM. And if you keep running a bunch of programs all at the same time, more RAM can help. But there’s a point when adding more RAM becomes useless. It won’t hurt performance, but it won’t help it either. It will only hurt your bank account.
To find out if you need more RAM, just monitor your memory usage and see if you often run out. Maybe you’re running a PC game that demands more RAM than what you already have. But once you have all your programs running smoothly, adding still more RAM won’t speed them up some more. It’ll just stay there in your computer, unused.
- Faster CPU and graphics card are always better. Better for what? Again, this is like installing more RAM than what you really need. It’s true that for gaming and video editing you’ll need a speedy CPU with a high-end graphics card. But if you just watch movies, surf the Internet, check your email, and check Facebook on your computer, a more powerful CPU and graphics cards will simply consume more power and cause your computer to overheat. With laptops, that means a shorter battery life.
Check out some preassembled PCs to see if one matches your needs and your budget. And make sure you get the components that actually match your needs so that you don’t waste money on a features you won’t really use.