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Black Friday Computer Deals Buying Guide
BLACK FRIDAY COMPUTER DEALS BUYING GUIDE 2018
This guide is to help decode the most confusing, important technical aspects you need to understand when browsing Black Friday computer deals. We will look at how much storage capacity is needed, how many gigabytes of RAM daily tasks require, how many gigahertz you should be shopping for in a processor, and the tiny pitfalls and things to look out for in each
Your computers processor is its brain, and it is the main reason a computer gets slow or bogs down later in its life. If you have ever experienced that, it is likely because you did not pay for a strong enough processor when initially buying your computer. The processor is also one of the components most likely to raise or lower the price of a computer. So how do you know how powerful a computers processor is? Processor speed is measured in gigahertz, abbreviated with an uppercase GH and a lowercase z. The more gigahertz you see, the more powerful that computers processor is. Also, if you see dual-core or quad-core, you should multiply the gigahertz rating respectively by two or four. If youre comparing a computer with a 3.2 gigahertz processor to a computer with a 1.6 gigahertz *quad-core* processor, the 1.6 gigahertz quad-core is roughly twice as capable as the other option.
If youre a light-duty user, meaning you only use your computer for simple tasks like browsing the Internet, editing documents, checking email, etc You dont need to spend extra money for a powerful processor the lighter duty models towards the bottom of the market should suit your needs just fine.
However, if you run several programs on your Black Friday computer at once or you only purchase a computer once every 7-10 years, youll want to purchase a mid-range processor thats *slightly* more powerful. Otherwise you could be faced with a very slow, frustrating computer several years before youre due to upgrade.
If youre a heavy-duty user that does a lot of intense design work, video editing, 3D modelling, computer gaming, etc youll want to buy a computer with a powerful processor. Youll pay a lot more but, at the end of the day, thats the only type of computer thats going to suit your needs.
That probably leads you to the question what makes for a heavy duty or a light duty processor? How do I know the difference? Simply compare the options currently on the market if you see a 2.1 GHz processor, a 1.9 GHz dual-core processor, and a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, one is a light, one is a medium, and one is a heavy-duty model.
The next most important Black Friday Computer feature to pay attention to is RAM. RAM, which stands for Random Access Memory, is your computers bandwidth. As the background processes and programs run on your computer, they utilize this bandwidth, which you only have a finite amount of. If your computer has a super-fast brain but not enough bandwidth for the programs youre running, that can also bog down your machine. If youre a light-duty user, buy at least 4GB, medium duty buy 8GB and heavy duty users should buy 16GB. In todays current technical climate, any more than 16GB doesnt do much the return on investment is almost nothing.
The third most important spec storage space. This will either be indicated by the abbreviation HD or HDD for hard disk drives, or SSD for solid-state drives. Solid-state drives are rising in popularity because theyre significantly faster and more efficient than hard disks, but theyre also SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive. If you can afford a solid-state drive, its money well spent. If you cant or do not want to, there is nothing wrong with the traditional hard disk drives. How much storage do you need? Light duty and medium duty users shouldnt need more than 500 gigabytes to one terabyte of storage space. Most baseline models in todays technical climate, come with at least that much, and that is all you should ever need. If you run out of space you can always purchase an easy-to-use external hard drive to handle the overflow. Even the heaviest duty users can make due with 500GB of storage if they use an external hard drive. If you dont want to use an external hard drive and you work with HD video or other gigantic files, try to get at least 1-2 terabytes of internal storage.
BLACK FRIDAY COMPUTER TYPES
- If portability isnt important to you, then youre probably shopping for a desktop or all-in-one computer. A traditional desktop has a tower thats separate from the monitor and typically rests on the ground below, but an all-in-one sits on top of the desk in one piece, with all the hardware and components cleverly hidden behind the monitor on your desk. All-in-ones are typically regarded as more sleek and attractive, but beware of the drawbacks if youre planning to buy one. Theyre typically 20%-30% more expensive than a traditional desktop computer with the exact same amount of power and specs, and theyre difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade should you need more storage space or speed down the road. If you choose an all-in-one, choose carefully and know that youre paying a substantial amount of money for that sleek design.
- The exact same drawbacks for an all-in-one vs. a desktop apply to a traditional laptop vs. an ultrabook, tablet PC, or 2-in-1 model. You get a sleek design along with a little added portability, but youll pay substantially less for a traditional laptop with the exact same capabilities, and ultrabooks, tablet PCs, and 2-in-1s are all difficult or impossible to upgrade should you need to. Is the price increase worth it? It just depends on your personal preferences when weighing style and portability vs. practicality and value.