Decide what you want to do. Sounds kind of ironic, but computer systems can be designed differently to meet the demands of the job or task you want to perform, so it makes sense to design your system based on which task you will perform most often. Different systems might be designed to work best for
- Office Work
- Internet Browsing
- Digital Art Design
- Video Editing
Secondly, decide which parts will meet these needs. For the best gaming experience, you will need the fastest hard drive, fastest refresh rate on your monitor, no lag in your keyboard or mouse, surround sound, and possibly multiple monitors for a full surround video effect. If you want the best virtual experience, you might even opt for a VR headset like Oculus… This will give the most realistic virtual experience and effective game play.
I’ll add links below each of the categories so you can begin designing your own system right away. You can use the guide to determine which parts are compatible with others, and if you are unsure, please feel free to text me for some friendly, free advice. (I’ll respond asap.) Here are some parts to consider for each category of system you might want to build:
- Hard Drives
- Best Overall: For superior performance and reliability, Samsung’s 970 Evo Plus line is one of the best around. This drive is M2 form factor so the drive connects directly to the motherboard (without wires or cables) making it the fastest available option and the best for gaming. This is the drive you want for your operating system and your most often used games.
- Best Budget: Western Digital WD Blue 3D NAND Internal PC SSD with sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/seconds. This SSD is a good option for storing programs or apps that are not used very often.
- Most Reliable: HGST Hitachi (now HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital) has the lowest failure rates across the makes and models surveyed. Western Digital itself came in second, with numbers only slightly less impressive than HGST’s. Western Digital couldn’t beat Hitachi for reliability, so it bought the company. HGST are the most reliable drives (for backup and long term storage). Seagate drives are a close second.