I get this question a lot: “my computer is slow; how can I make it go faster?” or “should I upgrade my computer?” and the answer I always give is “it depends.”
There’s a wide variety of advice on what computer you should buy, how much to spend, what brand to buy, etc. And for those with some knowledge about computer hardware, it becomes too tricky of a question to just spout out a standard response like “Dell, 4GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, Core i5 Intel CPU, etc.” What people choose to eventually buy is constrained by the obvious limits imposed by their budget, but the art of picking out the right computer has a lot more to do with two different aspects:
- What will the computer be used for?
- Given the budget, what is the best balance of parts to provide the best user experience?