Choosing a computer, 2021 + TOP-6 price-quality
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The article describes the principles of choosing a modern computer, and at its end contains the best configurations (assemblies) of budget, universal and gaming computers of 2021, the priorities are high reliability, low price and minimal operating noise.
Choosing a computer manufacturer
Assembling a computer to order (example on Zalmann Z11-NEO)Build-to-order or PC configurator. It is advisable to order the assembly from that store or from that person who has a good reputation. Since often not all the necessary components are in stock, it is better to wait for their availability for a couple of days, and not get something “from what was.” When ordering, it is important to explain to the manager or assembler what you expect from your new computer, and not how much you expect, since an inexpensive universal solution based on AMD is usually quite enough for a 2nd grade girl, but this option is unlikely for fans of modern games will fit.
- Pros: the ability to choose the characteristics and design of the computer to suit your needs and taste.
- Minuses: the correct selection of components, the build quality and the reliability of the computer strongly depend on the qualifications of the assembler.
Assembling the computer yourself elf-assembly . It is strongly recommended to do this only if you are confident in your basic knowledge and skills of work, since a person who does not have even minimal experience has a very large room for mistakes: starting from the wrong or not quite accurate selection of a combination of components and ending with accidents like “the screwdriver fell on the motherboard and knocked off a couple of small parts.” Mistakes can easily negate the saved 5-10% of the cost of the computer, moreover, it can be problematic to return an erroneously ordered or defective product to the seller after opening the package.
- Pros: the same as when assembling to order, but at the same time the lowest possible price, as well as the confidence that “everything is assembled perfectly, as it was done for oneself.”
- Cons: in the absence of the necessary knowledge and skills, there is a high probability of getting an unbalanced system or making critical mistakes.
Factory computer Factory assembled (famous world or domestic brand). It would seem that in this case it all comes down to only the question of cost, since the performance in this variant almost linearly depends on the price – the higher it is, the more powerful the computer. To further simplify the task, stores often give some models labels like “Best gaming computer”, “Computer for work and study”, “Optimal computer for home”, “Best multimedia computer”, etc., and so that a potential buyer does not I had to think, they can add the label “Hit of sales of winter 2020/2021” – ie. take and buy! Naturally, you should not pay attention to such marketing chips, and it is also advisable to understand a little about the computer device yourself before buying.
- relative ease of choice, build quality, very often high reliability and quiet operation.
- Cons: inability to change the initial configuration, high price, as well as modest performance of compact computers; some models even from decent manufacturers have a very weak cooling system.
- Most buyers choose the first or second option.
Determining goals and financial capabilities
As everyone knows, happiness is not in money, but in their quantity, therefore computers are conventionally divided into 4 groups:
Up to $ 300 – entry level (budget computers). Computers of this group are designed for simple tasks – working with text, the Internet, watching videos, simple games like “Zuma”, as well as some modern games at the lowest quality settings. They are usually used in office work, but recently more and more convenient and inexpensive budget laptops are preferred .
300-1000 USD – the middle level (universal, as well as inexpensive and medium-sized gaming computers). The most massive segment, since the processing power of processors and the capabilities of video cards of computers of this group is sufficient not only for simple tasks, but also for most powerful resource-intensive programs, they usually allow you to run modern games at medium and maximum quality settings. The best choice for most home users.
Above $ 1000 – the highest level (powerful gaming computers). Personal computers of this group have the best performance, they can handle any modern tasks and new hardest games at maximum and ultra quality settings, but the payback for this is high cost, as well as very often increased noise of the cooling system. It makes sense to buy only if games with maximum quality settings take a very important place in life.
Specialized computers. This group includes personal computers for engineers, video editors and enthusiasts, which are individually selected for specific tasks, although very often the whole “brilliant idea” of the customer comes down to installing the best commercially available processor and video card in the computer , and RAM occupy all free slots – “just in case, so that there is not enough.”
A power supply very often comes with a case, so when choosing one, we choose the other at the same time, although no one forbids purchasing a power supply and a computer case separately.