The advantage with desktop computers is that we have a much wider range of options, as well as the ability to customize our builds. Whether you are looking to build a single work PC for your home, or you have plans to update the entire lineup of computers at your firm, the following tips will help in matching budget with performance.
Go with an Older, But Relevant CPU
Intel and AMD release new hardware every year, claiming that their latest hardware is considerably better than the previous versions in every possible way. However, that is not how it always goes and sometimes, you can save a ton of money by going with an older CPU and still come out on top in terms of performance.
For example, the 10th generation of Intel Comet Lake processors were released way back in early 2020 and now it’s naturally cheaper than Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors. However, the difference in performance is almost negligible between the two generations of Intel CPUs. Both 10th and 11thGen Intel CPUs fall short in terms of performance, when compared with the latest 12th Gen Alder Lake Intel processors, but the faster processors cost way too much to be included in a cost-effective build for now.
Therefore, you can’t really go wrong with 10th or 11th Gen Intel CPU because both are almost equal in terms of work performance. In fact, you should go with the 10th Gen Core i7 or Core i9 processors if they are priced considerably lower than their 11th Gen counterparts. Due to the higher core count in high-end Comet Lake processors, they often outperform their Rocket Lake successors in multitasking. Get a better estimate of the price difference between various generations of CPUs and build your own work PC from the ground up with the Lenovo ThinkCentre M Series.
Go with DDR4 for Now
DDR4 RAM is cheaper than DDR5 RAM, which will let you get more RAM for less money. As far as performance is concerned, DDR5 has not shown any significant performance gain over DDR4 to justify the high price tags. 8GB is the bare minimum, but 16GB RAM is recommended for all work PCs running on Windows 11.
Do You Really Need a GPU?
Every PC needs a graphics processing unit to display images onto the monitor, but the basic integrated graphics processors or iGPUs will come built-in with your CPU itself. Recently, though, the Intel UHD and Radeon Vega integrated graphics processors have become too powerful to be called basic.
Built-in graphics processors like the Intel UHD 770 or an AMD RX Vega 8 5000 are powerful enough to support the CPUs in handling 3D modelling, designing, and even high resolution media rendering better than ever before. Therefore, unless you really need an additional graphics processor for your work, just focus your budget on a CPU with Intel Arc or Radeon RX Vega graphics.
Finally, save money and preserve performance by opting for a 512GB M.2or NVMe SSD. If storage is important for the work that you do, choose a 2TB – 4TB SATA HDD for secondary storage. Make sure that you only use the SATA for backup storage and install all your applications on the SSD.