What to look for when buying a desktop computer in 2022?

What to look for when buying a desktop computer in 2021 techlusive com

So, you have decided to buy a new PC, but you just realized something, you don’t know that What to look for when buying a desktop computer in 2022? You don’t know about computers and the essential parts for your first build.

Don’t worry; I have just the guide to help you out, and together we will make the best possible build that fits your budget.

In this article, I will explain all the technical jargon used in the market and explain to them to make an informed and educated decision about your computer and the parts that make the computer.

Components that you will need for your PC:


  1. Computer Chassis
  2. Processor
  3. Motherboard
  4. Ram
  5. Storage
  6. Graphics Processing Unit
  7. Power Supply Unit
  8. Mouse
  9. Keyboard
  10. Monitor


Completely Confused?

Don’t worry, and I will be explaining everything here.

1.       Computer Chassis

The first thing to look for when buying a desktop computer is a computer chassis.  Alright, think of this as your home for computer parts and will hold everything together.

Now, while buying Chassis, you need to have the right balance between airflow (temperature control) and aesthetics. Computer Chassis are available in multiple form factors, and selecting which form factor is for you depends on your personal choice. At a minimum, you want to pick a PC Chassis that’s the right size for your needs and has room for all your hardware and USB devices.

(A)   Size matters

Before anything else, select which size of Chassis you are going to buy. There are three chassis sizes available in the market: Full-tower, Mid-tower, and Mini-ITX.

(B) Full-tower or mid-tower

Full-tower and mid-tower chassis both fit standard ATX motherboards. Both can also fit smaller micro-ATX motherboards.

(C) Cooling

If you plan to have a custom water-cooled system and want to connect multiple SATA hard drives for storage and have multiple fans to cool your overclocked processor, then Full-tower might be the best option for you.

(D) Hardware Capacity

Mid-tower will do the same but don’t expect it to hold a lot of hardware.

(E) Mini-ITX

Mini-ITX is the smallest form factor and is quite compact. These cannot hold a lot of hardware but can make a decent personal computer that can be moved here and there whenever you want.


2.       Processor

Now the processor is the most important part of the computer, and choosing the right one for your desktop personal computer can be quite complicated as there are many options available in the market.

What is a processor? In the simplest of terms, it is the brain of the computer that makes numerous calculations and reads the bits into information that we can comprehend.

At this moment, two companies in the market make processors for consumers for desktops PCs. When buying a desktop computer you need to choose between Intel and AMD .

(a) Intel

Intel has been dominating the processor market forever until now, but they provide banks for the buck. Intel has four options available in different price ranges to help you get what you need.

The latest generation in line in Intel processors is the 11th generation, and there are four options available here: Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9.

The cheapest budget option available right now in the Intel lineup is Core i3 processors. I used “are” because there are different variants available for the consumers. Core i3 will be perfect for your computer for everyday and mundane tasks, and it will also not break your bank.

Next in line is Core i5 processors. Mid-performance processors can do multiple tasks at once and give a decent performance in gaming, too, if you are a gamer but don’t expect it to outperform Core i7 or Core i9. Core i5 is a medium budget option that will give you more performance than Core i3 and provide you with ample budget if you are on a tighter budget.


Next up, We have high-performance processors in line capable of doing almost any task you throw at them and much more; The Core i7. It is certainly not cheap, but you may want to opt for Core i7 if you know your tasks will need more processing power like video editing or another workload.

Lastly, crème de la crème, the performance King, the Core i9.

Core i9 will all be a walk in the park, but it does come with a heavy price tag. This thing will outperform any of the previously mentioned chips; you cannot go wrong here from simpler tasks to heavy workload.

(b) AMD

AMD has recently taken everyone by storm and for a valid reason. Their processors at this moment best bang for the buck and have taken performance to price crown from Intel. In the AMD lineup, we have Ryzen chipsets: AMD Ryzen 5, AMD Ryzen 7, and AMD Ryzen 9


Let us start with the cheapest option available: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and AMD Ryzen 5 5600G. These beasts are cheap and worth investing in as they will perform most tasks with ease without breaking sweat and bank. Keep in mind that the prices of these two models are different, and you will need a discrete Graphics card with AMD Ryzen 5600X.


Next in line are AMD Ryzen mid-performance processors, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, and AMD Ryzen 7 5700G. These processors will provide better performance while still leaving room for improvement in the budget department.

Next up, performance kings from AMD are AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. These will perform any tasks that you throw at them with ease, but they do come with a heavy price tag.

3.  Motherboard

Alright, now we arrive at the motherboard. By this point, you may already have selected your processor. A motherboard is a circuit board that connects all your hardware like Processor, Graphics Processing Unit, and Hard disk to function normally. You must select it before buying a motherboard because every motherboard comes with a different Processor socket. So selecting which processor you bought will limit your motherboard options, but worry not, there are many different variants of the same processor socket available for consumers at the moment.


If you have selected Intel 11th Generation Processor, you have to look for LGA 1200 socket motherboards in the market.

There are many cheap options available for the said socket like MSI H410M and expensive options like Asus Rog Strix Z590, which provides additional features like added wifi support and better thermal heat sinks and PCI 4.0 support for faster read and write speeds for SSD.

Suppose you have selected AMD Ryzen 5th Generation processor. In that case, you may have to look for an AM4 socket motherboard, and luckily there are many variants available of the said socket motherboards in the market. For 5th Generation processors, the cheap option available is Gigabyte A520M. In the expensive category, we have Gigabyte X570, which like intel sockets motherboards, provides additional features like multiple SSD sockets, better cooling solutions, and added wifi support.

When buying the desktop computer, Please note that motherboards come in different sizes, so depending on which Chassis you selected will limit your motherboard’s buying options.

4.       RAM


Now RAM(Random access memory) is storage hardware that keeps data in it but cannot hold it when powered off. It works faster than traditional storage options like SSD and HDD, but unlike SSD and HDD, RAM can only temporarily hold data until it’s shut down.

RAM works at different speeds and has different storage capacities. Intel LGA 1200 socket motherboards and AMD AM4 socket motherboards support DDR4 ram, so this limits your buying options only to DDR4 ram. Luckily, there are a lot of DDR4 ram variants available that differ in speed measured in MHz(megahertz).

For simpler and everyday tasks like browsing and editing files, 8 Gb DD4 2666 MHz will work fine, but to future proof your computer and to be able to perform multiple tasks, you should at least aim for 16 Gb 3200 MHz ram.

5.       Storage

Now it is time to select storage, and when buying a desktop computer we have two options to select from here; Solid State Drive(SSD) and Hard Drive Disk(HDD). Both of these have the same purpose but work differently to achieve that purpose. HDD at the moment provides more storage capacity than SSD but is much slower than SSD.

For an ideal computer, you should opt for both SSD and HDD.

SSD for the operating system helps reduce load times of operating system and applications, and HDD for storing files.

HDD connects through SATA cable with the motherboard, but there are two types of SSD in the market. SATA SSD and M.2 PCI SSD. M.2 SSD is much faster than traditional SATA SSD and requires a PCI slot in the motherboard. So when buying an SSD, make sure that your motherboard has a PCI slot of M.2 SSD.

6.       Graphics Processing Unit

Graphics Processing Unit(GPU) is a special circuit board that, in simpler terms, helps create images intended for display output. Some processors have a graphics processing unit to help in mundane tasks, but if you want to game on your computer, you need a powerful graphics processing unit. Not only that, GPU will help you with video editing and video processing if that is your field of work or passion.

Two main competitors in the market have dominated the GPU market, Nvidia and AMD. A third competitor is on the way, but it will take some time for them to get a hold in the market but do keep an eye on Intel as they are planning to release their GPUs.

(a) Nvidia

If you are a gamer, then the best option would be to go for Nvidia GPUs when buying a desktop computer for great experience of gaming. Their RTX 3000 series will help your game with a buttery smooth experience and help you dominate players in the multiplayer domain. Nvidia has a range of options, from budget-friendly to professional gamers and workspace GPUs.


The cheapest option that Nvidia is currently offering is RTX 3060, the perfect option for gaming at 1920×1080 resolution at 60 fps.

Next in line is RTX 3070, a mid-range option that Nvidia is currently offering, and it packs a serious punch if you are a gamer or want to buy it for a light workload.

Next up, we have RTX 3080 for serious gamers, and for a heavy workload, it will do anything that you throw at it and is definitely worth the price tag that comes with it.

And lastly, if you have an extra budget to burn, Nvidia offers an absolute monster, RTX 3090. This thing will handle everything you throw at it, and it is a GPU for professional gamers.

(b) AMD

If you are going team AMD, then their AMD Radeon RX 6000 series lineup in the graphics processing unit department will keep you satisfied. AMD packs a serious punch in terms of raw performance, whether gaming or using these GPUs for editing work.

The cheapest option that AMD has available for you is AMD Radeon RX 6600XT which is best for 1080p gaming and light workload.

Next up, we have AMD Radeon RX 6700XT, which is more suitable for average workload and gaming performance.

Next up, We have the AMD Radeon RX 6800XT, which will perform almost every task you throw at it with ease and provide you with a buttery-smooth gaming experience.

Lastly, we have AMD Radeon RX 6900XT, Performance King. This beast will help your game at 4K resolution and perform any task you throw at it. So You can also consider this before buying a desktop computer.

7.       Power Supply Unit

Power supply units(PSU) supply power to all the hardware you packed into your Chassis, and there are four different rated PSUs available. Bronze rated, Silver-rated, Gold rated, and Platinum rated PSU. If you have a low-performance PC for normal daily tasking and own a lower performance CPU and GPU, then 500 watts 80+ bronze PSU will work fine, but if you want to have serious firepower and buy a professional CPU and GPU and want a water-cooled computer, than you may need a higher power rated PSU.

8.       Mouse

Now there are a lot of mice available in the market, and for everyday work, a normal laser mouse will work fine. Still, if you are a gamer, you may need to look for gaming mice that offer additional buttons and have lighter weights than traditional aesthetic mice and have a higher tick rate.

One more thing to consider is a wired mouse or a wireless mouse.

One more thing, when buying mice, must consider the cable that comes with them. If you are fine with wired mice, then well and good, but wireless mice are also available in the market for a little higher price than wired mice.

9.       Keyboard

Now keyboard purchase can be personal as it depends on your work usage and also personal preference. It is better to buy a traditional membrane keystrokes keyboard for office usage because of the low sound profile and good life overall.

If a heavy sound profile does not bother you, you cannot go wrong with a mechanical keyboard. If you are buying a mechanical keyboard, then do look out for different key switches. Just like mice, there are wired and wireless options available for the keyboard too.

10.     Monitor

So you have bought your computer and have your mouse and keyboard ready but wait, aren’t you missing anything? You are missing display output or simply saying a monitor.

Buying a monitor is not difficult or complicated at all. There are three types of panels available in the market, TN(twisted nematic), VA(Vertical Alignment), and IPS panels(In-Plane Switching).

TN panel will provide you with low latency and fast response times. Still, it lacks color accuracy, which is needed in professional office environments or editing workloads, but low latency and fast response timings can help gamers out there. IPS provide accurate and best visual colors, but they tend to have slow response times and high latency. The difference is minute, but it certainly is there, so keep this in mind when buying a monitor for your desktop computer. The third is the VA panel, which compromises TN and IPS panels and is a great choice for gamers and professional editors.

Monitors do come with different resolutions and refresh rates.

Most monitors have 1080p display panels. 1440p monitors are on the rise right now and may replace 1080p panels soon, and then there are 4k monitors.

Refresh rate is the ability of the monitor to refresh frames per second is measured in hertz and. The higher the refresh rate means the smoothness in the animations. Refresh rate is mostly useful for gamers who want action on the go to make quick decisions to dominate other gamers. Most professional users won’t need this feature and will be fine with standard 60 Hz monitors.

Monitors do come with different resolutions and refresh rates.

Most monitors have 1080p display panels. 1440p monitors are on the rise right now and may replace 1080p panels soon, and then there are 4k monitors.

Wrapping it up:

So that’s all you need to know about computers, and we hope that after reading this segment, you’ll be able to choose the perfect desktop computer setup out there.


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