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Finding The Right PC for You

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

English: Acer Aspire

When it comes to buying a  Computer, you want to get the absolute best. Of course, if you are like   most  of us, you don’t really have the cash for the computer of your dreams.  In fact, you are going to be lucky if you can afford one at all.  If you can find the money for a computer, there are a couple of things that you will want to consider before you make your purchase.

Laptop or Desktop

Now that laptops are becoming increasingly more capable, fewer and fewer people are opting for the desktop computer.  That doesn’t mean that a laptop is the perfect thing for you.  A laptop can provide great portability, but it comes at the cost of memory, processing power and screen-size.  Depending on what you will use your computer for, you may find that a desktop computer is better(though mobility is everyone’s dream!).  If price is  really important, you might look into a portable piece like a tablet to bring to class paired with a cheaper desktop in order to avoid sacrificing the function that you need for price.

Screen Size

Bigger is better, but it is also a lot more expensive.  Bigger screens are also not necessary for reading online papers for class.  Those big screens can also effect your body’s biological clock.   With smaller screens you are going to run into other problems – you might have a difficult time seeing what you are working on.  It is important to remember why you are buying the computer.  If you only need one for classes, it might be a lot easier to tote it around if it has a smaller screen. It is worth noting that screen resolutions are measure in DPI(dot per inch),DP(Dot pitch). The higher the value the higher the display’s resolution.


The fastest, smartest computers are always the most expensive.  Of course, cutting costs on things like screen size and accessories can cut down the cost a little, but in the end, the bigger your computer’s brain, the more costly it is going to be.  To get enough memory, you may eventually find yourself needing a desktop.  If you use a lot of file space on your computer for programs, videos, and photos, you might need all of that space to keep your computer running.  If you are worried, look into the price for an external memory bank. it is worth noting that the term memory in the computing world is used interchangeably between the Hard drive and the RAM. Since this article’s intenstion is not to bore you with technical terms, it is worthy to note that when talking speed of processing more attention should be given to RAM size but when talking about permanent storage, more should be given to Hard Drive space.

Additional Gear

What computer would be complete without all of its accessories?  Web-cams, special mouses, Wifi cards and fancy sound cards can all pimp out an otherwise boring computer.  Some of those things are going to be pretty cheap, like laptop covers; and others are going to cost you a lot more, such as fancy graphics cards.  Weigh the benefits against the things that you are going to be using your computer for.  If you are only going to be writing papers, a fancy graphics card might not be a good idea.  If you are going to be designing webpages, it might be worth it. Other gears like the docking station, microphone e.t.c are also available. The rule of thumb here is “Buy What You Need” balancing the cost.


Though functionality is the word, you still don’t want to by a slimy looking computer without good external appeal. I personally hate ugly computers, no matter how good its functionality. You can also look into the possibility of building your own PC.



Intel Launches First 22-nm Ivy Bridge Processors

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

By Kristin Bent, CRN

April 23, 2012 2:16 PM ET

After 11 years in the R&D lab, Intel (NSDQ:INTC) launched Monday the first of its highly-anticipated third-generation Ivy Bridge Core processors based on its debut 22nm tri-gate transistor technology. The chip maker unveiled 13 quad-core chips based on the new architecture, which are optimized for desktop, notebook and all-in-one PCs.

Dual-core versions optimized for Ultrabooks will launch in the “coming months,” Intel said.

The 13 Ivy Bridge processors introduced Monday are said to deliver a 20 percent jump in processor performance compared to the prior generation Sandy Bridge-based chips. They also tout a 20 percent lower power envelope than their predecessors, and they more than double the graphics and media performance.

Intel said these benchmarks, and particularly the boost in graphics performance, exceeded its expectations for Ivy Bridge. Normally, Intel employs a “Tick Tock” development model for its chips, whereby a new manufacturing process is introduced in one year (the “tick”), and a new architecture the next (the “tock”). But Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group, said the new 22-nm chips represent a development milestone for the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker, which it fittingly dubbed “Tick Plus.”

via Intel Launches First 22-nm Ivy Bridge Processors.

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