There are three things you absolutely need when buying a new computer. Do not sacrifice on these:
- RAM – This is what is also referred to as a computer’s memory (Random-Access Memory). This is what helps you efficiently multi-task. Even if you’re only using the computer for checking email, browsing chrome and watching YouTube, you should have at least 8GB of DDR RAM. 16GB is optimal but 8GB is good enough
- SSD – You want to make sure you have a Solid State Drive (SSD) instead of just a Hard Disk Drive (HDD). This is where all your files get saved. An SSD accesses these files much more efficiently which leads to faster performance. Unless you’re saving a lot of music, photos and video, you should be ok with a 128GB or 256GB SSD. If you plan on storing a lot more, go for the 512GB version
- Quad Core Processor – This is the brain of the computer. The more cores it has, the more powerful and faster the brain in doing things like creating a spreadsheet, opening an image, browsing the internet or listening to a song. The speed of a processor is measured in GHz…the more the better. Make sure you have at least a quad core processor. If you don’t know how many cores the processor has go to www.cpubenchmark.net and do a search for the make and model. Intel and AMD are the two most common brands
Basically every manufacturer offers ways to max out those three options, so all that matters in the end is the brand and look of the one you choose. This is where the Lenovo M Tiny series really shines, in our opinion. I was sick of having these massive towers which took up a quarter of my leg room underneath the desk. I wanted something that looked really cool and which I could tuck away in the corner.
I bought an M600 Tiny years ago and I use it daily with 4 monitors hooked up to it. It easily handles daily, simultaneous use of 20+ Chrome windows, several YouTube streaming videos, a market charting/trading application and 2-3 Microsoft Excel windows. I tend to run it from morning to night as well with absolutely no slow down or issues at all over the entire life of this thing. If you’re a really hardcore gamer, there might be some better options out there including custom building your own unit. But otherwise. at under $800 for a fully stocked build, this PC will last you for the next 5-10 years and will make you really happy in the process.