Solved What is the most important part of a computer?

September 5, 2017 at 17:20:25
Specs: Windows 7
Is the CPU important? RAM? Hard drive RPM? The number of cores in a CPU? Processor Speed?

Can you rate the importance of these?

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September 6, 2017 at 16:40:05
A dual core processor will do but a quad core would be significantly better. An Intel i5 (quad core) is a good series but the i3 series (2 core) will be cheaper though slower.
A decent graphics card since you will eventually need AutoCad and possibly Photoshop. For a desktop a GTX1050 or GTX1050Ti would be fine. For a laptop a distinct NVidia graphics with dedicated graphics memory.
You will need 16GB or more of RAM and as fast as practical based on price. Make sure that it is in two memory cards (2x8GB or 2x16GB) to take advantage of dual channel mode for best performance.
For a desktop a good power supply like a Corsair 430 to 500 Watt model is essential.
The motherboard will depend on the CPU you choose but should be decent.

If you plan on building it then pick out your parts and post a list for review and comments.
If you plan on purchasing a complete system or laptop then post your top three possibilities for review and comments.
Lists are good but include details, links are good for complete systems and parts picker sites are fine also.

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#1
September 5, 2017 at 17:47:29
The power supply. Without a decent quality PSU, nothing else will work properly.

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September 5, 2017 at 21:47:09
The question is relative. If you have nothing then none separately will do you any good. If you have a system and want to know what will have the greatest impact upgrading then it depends on what you have and what your uses will be. If you are buying or building a new system then it depends on what you can afford and what you plan to use the computer for. If you are talking about using the cheapest of everything and getting the best of one thing then you are wasting your money. In order to get a really good machine for the money you are spending, you need to balance everything that goes into the system. If one component is inferior, undersized, or slow then it will limit the entire system.
You need a quality power supply with enough power for your chosen components, a good solid motherboard, enough RAM of the proper speed, Graphics depending upon your needs, fast and reliable system and storage drive(s), a CPU with good speed and enough cores, and a decent case to keep it cool. You need to balance speed/power vs price on everything and slanted towards your personal needs.
If you are buying or building a new system then post the full details of your first couple of choices and your needs and we will comment on it and advise where you might do better.
If this is for a homework assignment then do not quote this directly because someone will Google it and find you out.

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September 5, 2017 at 23:05:02
I would love to know the reason this question was asked.
Whether it was an assignment, practical, or just curiosity.
If it was an assignment, what was the purpose?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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Depends upon what you are going to use the computer for.

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September 6, 2017 at 16:40:05
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A dual core processor will do but a quad core would be significantly better. An Intel i5 (quad core) is a good series but the i3 series (2 core) will be cheaper though slower.
A decent graphics card since you will eventually need AutoCad and possibly Photoshop. For a desktop a GTX1050 or GTX1050Ti would be fine. For a laptop a distinct NVidia graphics with dedicated graphics memory.
You will need 16GB or more of RAM and as fast as practical based on price. Make sure that it is in two memory cards (2x8GB or 2x16GB) to take advantage of dual channel mode for best performance.
For a desktop a good power supply like a Corsair 430 to 500 Watt model is essential.
The motherboard will depend on the CPU you choose but should be decent.

If you plan on building it then pick out your parts and post a list for review and comments.
If you plan on purchasing a complete system or laptop then post your top three possibilities for review and comments.
Lists are good but include details, links are good for complete systems and parts picker sites are fine also.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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