What are some good PC buying guides?

Drsunil V September 16, 2014
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What good buying guides for desktop PCs are available online?

    • Dr.sunil V
      September 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks. Is there a good desktops specs calcuator for finding models based on specs?

    • Bhakta S
      September 17, 2014 at 5:48 am

      Thanks. This is Dr.Sunil. please tell , a) is ssd hard drive better than other types of hard drives? b) is graphic card mandatory for user who does not play games on computer? But views multimedia and photos and videos on the computer!

    • Hovsep A
      September 17, 2014 at 7:54 am

      yap SSD hard drive is better, Windows will be launched faster, photoshop will be launched faster...for photos, music graphic card is not that important but for video editing you can get benefit of the graphic card if you work at 1080p

    • Dr.sunil V
      September 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Thanks about SSD drive answer. Please tell , a) Regarding graphic card , if user pc for youtube video , online video meetings , streaming video and skype , then is graphic card is mandatory?
      b) Is Asus desktop has reputed build? If yes , how good is Asus desktop compared to Dell and HP desktops in build and service?

    • Hovsep A
      September 17, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      for skype regarding graphic card requirement
      https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA597/what-do-i-need-to-make-a-video-call?q=graphic+card
      What do I need to make a group video call?
      https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA10613/what-do-i-need-to-make-a-group-video-call?q=contact+list?q=graphic+card

      Skype and HTML5 sites are more likely to be bottlenecked by your network connection than your GPU, if you can use Intel HD3000 and HD4000 for gaming then you can use it for skype, youtube...

      Well Asus does make motherboards and graphic cards and they are excellent so if you go with desktop then get Asus Made desktop

    • Dr.sunil V
      September 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      thanks. the answer is very useful. Please tell , which of the two processors is better for desktop : "i3" or "Core Two Duo" , and why?

    • Dr.sunil V
      September 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Please also tell whether there is a good web-filter for finding desktop models based on specs?

    • Hovsep A
      September 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      well core i3 (22nm,hyperthreading, HD grahics, Smart Cache, integrrated GPU, DDR3, 2.26 GHz to 3.06 GHz, third generation Ivy Bridge line) will be better since the better generation compared to Core2duo (45nm, No hyperthreading, HD grahics, No Smart Cache, No integrrated GPU, DDR2), i think core 2 duo processors are being phased but you can still find them in the market.

      Best Core 2 Duo Desktop Processors: Core 2 Duo E8600 (6M Cache, 3.33 GHz), Core 2 Duo E8500 (6M Cache, 3.16 GHz), Core 2 Duo E8400 (6M Cache, 3.00 GHz), Core 2 Duo E8300 (6M Cache, 2.83 GHz).

      Best 1st Generation Core i3 Processors: For desktop Core i3-560 (4M Cache, 3.33 GHz), Core i3-550 (4M Cache, 3.20 GHz),.
      For Mobile: Core i3-390M (3M Cache, 2.66 GHz), Core i3-380UM (3M Cache, 1.33 GHz)

      Best 2nd Generation i3 Processors: For desktop Core i3-2130 (3M Cache, 3.40 GHz).
      For mobile: Core i3-2125 (3M Cache, 3.30 GHz), Core i3-2350M (3M Cache, 2.30 GHz), Core i3-2340UE (3M Cache, 1.30 GHz

      Besy 3rd Generation i3 Processors:: For Desktop Core i3-3240(3M Cache, 3.40 GHz), Core i3-3225 (3M Cache, 3.30 GHz).
      For mobile: Core i3-3130M (3M Cache, up to 2.60 GHz), Core i3-3227U (3M Cache, up to 1.90 GHz).

      Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 vs Core i3-540
      http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/452/Intel_Core_2_Duo_E8400_vs_Intel_Core_i3_i3-540.html

    • Dr.sunil V
      September 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks. Please tell , a) how is Core 2 Duo processor different from Dual Core and which is better

      b) I have heard three nomenclatures about processors which I am confused of. Which of the three processors is better : i) AMD , ii) Intel Pentium, iii) Intel Celeron

      c) Other than processor make and cores , which other specification of processor is to considered by desktop buyer?

    • Hovsep A
      September 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Multi-core processor
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-core_processor
      Multicore processors may have two cores (dual-core CPUs, for example AMD Phenom II X2 and Intel Core Duo),.
      The Pentium Dual-Core models E2140 and E2160 as well as the newer additions E2180 and E2200 all possess a full-fledged Core 2 Duo core, it only comes with 1 MB instead of 4 MB, for another, it is limited to a maximum clock speed of 2 GHz on an 800 MHz FSB.
      http://expertester.wordpress.com/2008/05/30/core-2-duo-vs-pentium-dual-core/
      Dual core makes use of two cores on a single die. It solves the problem of overheating of Intel Pentium D.

      The Core 2 branded processors feature Virtualization Technology (with some exceptions), Execute Disable Bit, and SSE3. Maximum thermal design power (TDP) of 65W.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Core_2
      Core 2 Duo processor has 2, 3, 4 or even 6 MB Cache, depend on the product code. Core 2 Duo processor currently run on 800, 1066 and 1333 FSB. Compare to Pentium Dual Core, it is limited to FSB 800 only. Core 2 Duo is faster than the predecessor Dual Core.

      Pentum Dual Core is is based on the Core technology so is not Pentium D or Pentium 4 D. Pentium Dual Core has a maximum of 1MB of L2 Cache while the Pentium D processors can have up to 4MB of L2 Cache. The difference is that the Pentium Dual Core processors consume 65W peak compared to 130W of Pentium D. Despite having a smaller L2 cache, the Pentium dual-core is faster than the Pentium D . For CPU intensive application such as converting video and virtualization, I notice Core 2 Duo beat Pentium Dual Core.

      Well you buy processor that fits the motherboard socket. Check the clock Speed with the number of cores, the cpu with faster clock may be slower because the number of cores matter. Check the Integrated Graphics. if you are buying an AMD Fusion APU or an Intel second, third...generation Core CPU, you can get good video quality and media-processing power. Check Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge or Haswell. Check Also TDP important if you buy for laptop.
      http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405317,00.asp
      http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Processors/Haswell-Review-Intel-Core-i7-4770K-Performance-and-Architecture/Clock-Clock-Sandy
      Intel: Haswell will draw 50% less power than Ivy Bridge
      http://www.extremetech.com/computing/156739-intel-haswell-will-draw-50-less-power-than-ivy-bridge

      the first Celeron branded CPU was based on the Pentium II branded core. Subsequent Celeron branded CPUs were based on the Pentium III, Pentium 4, Pentium M, and Intel Core branded processors. The latest Celeron design (as of January 2014) is based on the fourth generation Core i3/i5/i7 series (Haswell). This design features independent processing cores (CPUs), but with only 66% as much cache memory as the comparable Core i3 offering. While a few of the Celeron designs have achieved surprising performance, most of the Celeron line has exhibited noticeably degraded performance.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celeron

      Celeron processor is a good and cheaper alternative to Pentium II, Pentium III and Pentium 4 microprocessors when the top performance is not required.
      http://www.cpu-world.com/info/Intel/Celeron-vs-Pentium.html

      What Is the Difference Between Intel Pentium and AMD Athlon?
      http://yourbusiness.azcentral.com/difference-between-intel-pentium-amd-athlon-20416.html
      Athlon has branded several AMD processors, including the Athlon XP, Athlon X2 and Athlon 64. through a few technological differences these processors the same, if not better performance compared to Pentium 2, Pentium 3, Pentium 4 and Pentium Dual-Core CPUs.

      AMD Athlon processors have roughly half the L2 cache space of a Pentium processor; however its L2 cache space is integrated directly into the processor itself. This allows AMD Athlon processors to access their cache data much quicker than Intel Pentium processors, providing a faster processing speed despite its size.
      http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-amd-and-pentium

      AMD A4-5300 vs Intel Pentium G2030
      http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/152/AMD_A4-Series_A4-5300_vs_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_G2030.html

      AMD A4-5300 vs Intel Pentium G2020
      http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/151/AMD_A4-Series_A4-5300_vs_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_G2020.html

    • Sunil
      October 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks. Please suggest Toshiba Satellite Series model with good clock speed processor and Random memory at most affordable price

    • ha14
      October 14, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Toshiba Satellite L655-1K0, Intel Core i5 480M, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
      Toshiba Satellite L655-19R, Intel Core i3 370M, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650

      Toshiba Satellite L655-S5161, closest perhaps to Dell's Insprions
      http://www.cnet.com/products/toshiba-satellite-l655-s5161/

      Toshiba Satellite L655-S5161x, Core i3 processor
      http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/toshiba-satellite-l655-s5161x

  1. Alram
    September 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    You can try to visit this website http://www.logicalincrements.com/. Though it is mostly a guide for gaming PC's.

    • Bhakta S
      September 17, 2014 at 5:49 am

      Thanks for weblink

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