Desktop Computer Component & Performance Considerations

Desktop PC Processor and Graphics Performance Considerations


Back to the 1980’s, my introduction to the computer was the commodore 16, then later the upgrade to the Commodore 64… what a machine that was. I recall having to use a small screwdriver to align the head of the cassette deck to play certain games. ¼ turn one way for Spy Versus Spy and another way for California games. Later on I was given a commodore Amiga 500, which used Floppy discs. My game of choice was Gunship 2000. My first personal computer was a Pentium 120. And many a late night I had playing Championship Manager. My point is that computers, for me, and many others were a thing of leisure. Yes I’m sure they were used in many businesses but for most of us, our introduction to pcs began as a hobby

Today, personal computers are critical for business communications, they are a necessity. This is why we do need to take computer performance into account when we purchase a new personal computer. There are two main elements in relation to computer performance we should consider first. Computer performance includes things like short response time for a given piece of work, low utilization of the available resources, a great rate of processing, fast data compression and decompression as well as a short data transmission time. All of these can affect our experience with a computer tremendously, that’s why we need to be careful when we buy a new computer. However, even months after the purchase we do need to make sure that the computer remains in tip-top shape and the only way to make sure of that is by analyzing its performance often. We do need to make sure that the computer we buy is the one that suits our needs, and the computer components you will be buying online.

So what desktop computer parts should you prioritise?

Well, when you go to purchase your computer, allocate as much as you can to the following devices in order?

  1. CPU:

The CPU is the main component that actually states how fast your computer will run. If the processor is not fast enough, at least compared to the other components, it will just slow your productivity down, and that is surely something that you can’t afford. The architecture of a processor is really important as well. There are two main types of architecture, the 32-bit and 64-bit, each one having its own advantages. Of course, the recommended one is the 64-bit, as it allows you to add a larger amount of RAM and doesn’t really add any limits to the computer creation process. There are also multi-core processors which are basically multiple processors included into a single one, and these are great for multitasking.

  1. GPU:

If you are a gamer, graphics designer, 3d design artist, Architect using Auto card, you really do need a good graphics card. The chip on this card is the graphic processing unit, which is responsible for everything you see on your display. Be it the operating system, complex games or the latest videos on YouTube, all of these are rendered by the GPU. While the mundane tasks can be performed by an integrated graphics card, in order to run the latest video games you will need to get a high end GPU that can easily cost more than €1000. It’s also important that you have a high end CPU as well, as they are co-dependent. Most business computers and home computers can get by on a standard integrated chip.


Before you invest in these computer components, you need to do a bit of homework. For a GPU or CPU, you need to find information about how they perform in a benchmark, as that shows their performance and reliability. A benchmark is basically the act of running a computer program in order to assess its performance. I personally use the PassMark website to see how my processor will stack up, and I can see what value I am getting for my money. This stuff is vital if you plan to utilize the computer to its maximum performance potential.

There are lots of applications that can help you measure CPU performance but also display CPU information, such as PassMark and CPUZ. While using such benchmarks you need to know that higher values are always better, so you do want your CPU to get a great score. There are lots of benchmarks posted on the internet by normal users or magazine editors, and their purpose is to help people like us make a decision.

When it comes to the GPU, the best benchmarks are those that involve gaming capabilities, such as 3DMark for example. Here you also need to check the FPS values as well, as these will show you how many frames per second you gain with that card. The FPS value influences gameplay directly, as values below 15 for example can make the game totally unplayable.

In conclusion, choosing the CPU and GPU is really important, especially for those people that want to create a state of the art computer specifically for gaming and video editing. While computer performance is crucial, you do need to take into account where and how you use the device, as better performance will always cost a lot more.

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