OK, so I feel like an old fogey now.
Back in MY day, things were pretty straightforward.
If you were doing advanced work on your PC, you pretty much ALWAYS craved more power.
CPU was fairly easy to compare - mainly it was about megahertz, though type/generation of CPU mattered, too.
More RAM was better - fancy types of memory seemed interesting, but had little impact on speed.
And the same was more or less true for hard drives - bigger was better, type didn’t matter much for speed.
Right now, my primary home PC is a somewhat old build (about 3-4 years old - but was originally fairly top of the line). My wife’s is also old (~4 years old - but was originally fairly basic).
I’m trying to decipher PC specs.
IIRC, there used to be a site where people posted the results of some kind of CPU benchmark, and so you could see scores for many generations of CPUs. I thought it was on Tom’s Hardware, but I don’t see anything quite like I remembered. I’m not interested in the nuances of this benchmark versus that - just want something that’s broadly accurate (within 10-20% or so), and preferably has not only the latest CPUs, but older stuff too.
Re: memory - there used to be a ~2-3 GB limit on what the OS could address. Did that go away? With which OS? Other than “more is better”, is there much to know about memory?
Re: hard drive - any weird quirks to know about here, or simply “more is better”?
FWIW, if I get a new system for my wife, it’d likely be something off the shelf - HP or something. For my own needs, if any, I might go off the shelf or build it. Both of those would likely be desktops. Also, I might consider a cheap new notebook for my kids, who are currently using something ~8 years old.
Aside from normal web, e-mail, and the like:
- I use my PC for all kinds of CPU-intensive stuff.
- My wife does photos and video
High end 3D graphics don’t matter.
So, of the various specs on new machines, aside from obvious stuff that I can determine on my own (size of RAM and hard drive, connectors supported and the like), which of the more subtle specs matter, and how can I find out more, especially about CPU speeds?