Building the Ideal Back.to.School Computer: Which Key Components to Choose

With the resumption of education at all levels, computers have reclaimed their rightful place in the classroom. With speedier components, AMD was ahead of the fastest processors on the market until the previous generation, but with Intel’s 12th generation, the hand has shifted to the blue: the i3, i5, i7, and i9 now come out first in all performance tests (“benchmarks”).

Building a computer, on the other hand, might be challenging. Because they feature a lot of “specialized” components, they may be bought, sold, or exchanged independently to create a customized “configuration” based on your needs. When it comes to choosing a laptop, the same questions arise: which processor, how much RAM, and which hard drive to go with?

Expert advice is to always decide what to do with the computer first: whether it’s a laptop or a desktop, it’s critical to know what we’re going to ask the team.

Classroom duties are typically not as difficult in the primary grades, but they might begin to get more complex in the secondary grades. Even more difficult if you wish to bring them together while simultaneously considering the entertainment value of video games.

Kingston Fury: RAM sticks come in RGB illumination variants. Kingston, New York

Something similar happens at the university level with certain occupations such as architecture, which deal with representations of 3D models that require a lot of computing power.

Here’s a look at three “builds” based on the needs of each student (and gamer) and based on the quickest processors on the market, at least until the date of this note’s publication: how much do they cost, and what discs and memories are necessary to “connect them.”

Two clarifications are required. On the one hand, let’s look at RAM: “Although there are configurations with 8 GB of RAM, today’s ideal is 16 GB.” “It’s enough to open the Windows task manager to see how much it’s using and understand that Windows 8 is already short today,” he told Clarion José Luis Fernández, Kingston’s South American Technology Manager. In this case, you might consider starting with 8 and then upgrading to 16 if the budget allows (although it is not one of the most expensive components).

The second point is regarding prices, which vary greatly based on the page or business you are looking for. Because of this, as well as their instability, it is recommended that you search multiple pages at once and not buy the first location that provides Google results. The costs in this note are for reference only and are for the three main components: processor, RAM, and storage (cabinet, power supply and peripherals are not included).

59 thousand pesos (input computer)

Core i3-12100/F (Intel processors in the F series are designed for laptops) (19.000 pesos)

H610 Motherboard with Dual-Channel Support (12.000 pesos)

16 gigabytes of 3200 MHz RAM (15.000 pesos)

512GB SSD (13.000 pesos)

In comparison to what was possible years ago, today’s entry-level computers have a fairly high performance.

“In terms of gaming, there will be screen resolution limitations: you won’t be able to play at resolutions higher than Full HD, but this arrangement will be more than enough,” Clarn Germán Loureiro, Technical Engineer for Intel’s Latin American region, noted.

If you want to improve your gaming experience, consider a video card the size of a GeForce GTX 1650, which is Nvidia’s current entry-level card, or an AMD RX 5600.

“You’ll have a tenacious team for schoolwork there.” And if you want to play Fortnite, CS:GO, or Far Cry 6 after school, it will provide,” he continued.

80 thousand pesos (intermediate profile)

 

Memoria RAM, Kinsgon Fury. Kingston photo

F / Core i5-12400 (32.000 pesos)

B660 Motherboard (20.000 pesos)

RAM: 16 GB (15,000 pesos)

512GB SSD (13.000 pesos)

“One of the most important messages is to use 3200MHz as the standard frequency,” says the Kingston expert. The frequency of the memory affects the speed of the equipment’s final performance, and due to the little price difference between lower and higher frequencies, it’s worth it to go for the higher ones.

Is this something that people notice? “The difference between 2666 and 3200 has a 5/7 percent influence depending on the sort of apps executing.” “It shows,” he continues, “but it’s not like it’ll yield twice as much.”

If you wish to add a dedicated video card, consider a GeForce GTX-1660 or an RTX 2060, with the latter having tensor cores, which is a type of chip that processes the ray tracing technique.

106 thousand pesos is the highest level.

 

The i7 is a step up to one of the most powerful CPUs available. Intel Image

12th generation Core i7-12700 / F (70 thousand pesos)

B660 or Z690 Motherboard (20.000 pesos)

16 GB DDR5 memory (faster) (24 thousand pesos)

If you need to run demanding programs like Autocad, you’ll need this type of machine.

A critical question that is rarely discussed is when to upgrade from an i5 to an i7 processor. “The upgrade from an i5 12400 to an i7 12700 is justified when using apps that require many threads and for gaming.” Some games use 4 or 6 cores, and if you want to broadcast via Discord or Twitch, you’ll need a lot more. The video card renders the image, but if the processor is overloaded, the video card waits and displays if it has that many cores,” explains the Intel expert.

which disk should I use?

 

SATA and NVMe solid state drives are available. Kingston, New York

Solid state drives are almost ubiquitous in today’s computers, a technology that is light years ahead of the classic mechanical hard drives that were utilized until recently (and are still used but for storage, rather than to run operating systems).

In this regard, it is recommended that the system be installed on a disk with a capacity of at least 240 GB. The performance of an SSD that is nearly full, above 80% of its capacity, degrades. When there is free space and we erase data, the driver does not delete it right away, but instead queues it. Because it can’t perform anything else if the disk is nearly full, it must wipe data when you ask it to. Garbage collection is something that the controller must do. When you give him a second, he goes and erases what you requested him to erase,” the Kingston expert explains.

When it comes to solid state drives, today’s fastest technology is in “M2” formats, which are smaller than 2.5-inches. NVMe is the fastest protocol, but it is also available in SATA.

“Today’s entry-level SSDs are built for this level of use, with an i3 core and 16GB of RAM for home tasks. “It’s convenient to switch to NVMe, for example, the NV1, which costs the same as a SATA but is faster,” Fernández explains.

As a rule of thumb in the industry goes, your computer will only be as fast as its slowest component.

As a result, it is critical to make an informed decision based on the intended usage of the equipment.

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