Getting a cheap computer doesn’t mean you have to get a cheap computer. What I mean is, you can spend less money than you think to get a quality computer.
Keeping that in mind, you have to make sure that you set some objectives whatever your budget is. What do you need your computer to actually do for you? What will the primary use of it be? Knowing those answers will ensure that you have an appropriate game plan when determining what you actually need to build. It is also critical to make sure you balance wants vs. needs. Meaning that I’m sure you really want an nVidia GTX 780Ti GPU … but do you actually need that for an office computer that will only ever see games like Angry Birds? Probably not. Do you actually need 32GB of RAM right away? Sounds cool to brag about, but is it necessary?
Game plan. Stick. With. The. Game. Plan. Determine where you can make concessions in your initial purchase that you can address at a later time. Cannot afford 16GB of RAM right now? No problem, 8GB should be just fine and you can always add more later.
So why am I going into all of this? Well, two reasons honestly … 1) I needed something to write about and 2) my younger sister enlisted me to help her get a new computer for her home office last week. Sounds like a win-win to me.
Let’s start with her objectives …