A Multi-Core processor (i.e. Quad Core or 8 Core processor). There are 2 brands of processors: AMD and Intel. For a Laptop or All-in-One
In computing, memory refers to the computer hardware devices involved to store information for immediate use. At least 6 GB of Memory is required for a Windows 10 machine. Having more memory will increase the speed of the computer. 8-12 GB of memory and should be considered for photo and video editing.
The size of a standard Hard Drive these days is 1 TB. Solid state drives (SSDs) are starting to replace standard hard drives. These types of hard drives use a set of flash memory chips rather than a magnetic platter to store the data. They provide faster data access, lower power consumption, and higher reliability. So Solid State Drives will make your computer run faster.
Desktop, Laptop or All-in-One
A desktop includes a traditional tower, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The advantage of a desktop is more power, larger monitor and easier replacement of components. The disadvantage is cords for the tower, monitor and keyboard, and Mouse and the amount of space required.
A laptop provides a portable device for traveling. There are ultra-portable laptops that have smaller displays and lighter weight. There are also laptops that are less portable with larger displays (17 inches) and are replacements for normal desktop users.
An All-in-One (AIO) provides CPU, Memory, Hard Drive and Display in one Unit. The advantage is fewer cords and uses less workspace. Since an AIO has confined space, I recommend an Intel i5 or i7 processor.
Choosing a desktop, laptop or AIO depends on the importance of portability, space, and power.
Touchscreen vs. Non-touch
More and more applications and devices are using touch. If you want a PC with the latest technology then consider touch. Touchscreens will add more to the cost of a PC.
Generally, I recommend Hewlett Packard (HP) or Dell because of the quality of the components and the support. Although at this point support is outsource overseas (i.e. India, Philippines, etc).
Like anything, you get what you pay for. Be prepared to spend at least $600 to $800 or more for a decent computer. Since computer technology changes dramatically every 18 months don’t expect the computer to last more than 5 years.
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