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Buying a desktop PC

Buying a desktop PC

If you've got your sights set on a new desktop PC, here's what you need to know before heading to the store. Thinking you might want a laptop PC, Mac laptop, Mac desktop or Chromebook instead? Find out which kind of computer is really for you.

Budget desktop

To find a good budget PC, we jumped on a major computer manufacturer's website. Its least expensive PC is going for around $300. That's an incredibly low price. However, that's not the computer we'd recommend.

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The CPU is a little too weak, for starters. At the low-end, you'll see the Intel Celeron or Pentium, and AMD Sempron processors. You might also see generations listed next to these, like Intel Celeron 4th generation. You'll want to look for newer generation processors, such as Intel Core i3 or i5, which are up to 6th generation.

Plus, if you're a gamer or need high-end photo and video editing, keep an eye out for outdated graphics processors. For example, AMD's Radeon graphics series is up to R9; you'll see some low-priced desktops with much lower numbers.

With AMD, you will get the best performance with their FX and A-Series processors. But less powerful processors Athlon and Sempron are OK for everyday tasks.

Next page: More desktop PC specs to check
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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