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Buying Guide

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What do you want your computer to do for you?
To help ensure your new PC will meet your needs, here are a few things to consider before purchase.

Operating Systems

Chrome OS - Chromebooks are not your traditional laptop. Designed to run fast and stay fast, they come with the best of Google built-in: a world of apps, cloud storage, and virus protection. Chromebooks have automatic updates and extended hours of battery life, so you can leave the charger at home, worry free.
Windows - A touch screen interface and a collection of built-in apps are available. Windows is the favorite of business and gaming programs, with a variety of applications allowing more freedom and customization.

Processors

The Processor is the Brain of Your PC.

A better processor, also called a CPU (Central Processing Unit), makes for a faster and more powerful PC. From streaming movies to loading websites, the processor controls everything your PC does.

The Power of 10

10th Generation Intel® Core Processors Are Here

New 10th Gen Intel® Core processors deliver remarkable performance upgrades for improved productivity and stunning entertainment, including up to 5.3 GHz, Intel® Wi-fi 6 (Gig+), Thunderbolt 3 technology, 4K HDR, intelligent system optimization, and more.

Intel Core i3, Intel Core i7, Intel Core i5

Boosted Productivity Built-in intelligent performance features learn and adapt to what you do, dynamically directing power where you need it most.

Best-in-Class Connectivity¹ With integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), Intel® Ethernet Connection I225, and Thunderbolt 3 technology, 10th Gen Intel® Core processors provide fast, sure, and versatile wireless and wired connectivity.

Premium Entertainment A new graphics architecture supports ultra-vivid visual experiences — like 4K HDR video and 1080p gaming. 10th Gen Intel® Core processors with Intel® Iris® Plus graphics let you experience entertainment like never before.

Serious Gaming Enjoy incredible, high FPS gameplay even while streaming and recording with up to 5.3GHz. Turbo and Intel® Optane memory acceleration. At home and on-the-go, overclockable 10th Gen Intel® Core processors power the ultimate laptop and desktop gaming rigs.

Which processor is right for you?


Introducing AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Processors.

BREAKTHROUGH ENTERTAINMENT. AMD-powered PCs are built for how you live. Your digital entertainment gets an upgrade, demanding applications are no match for AMD Ryzen Processors, and AMD Radeon graphics handle content creation and gaming with ease.

Discrete Performance with Built-In AMD Radeon Graphics. The incredible visual power of AMD Radeon Vega graphics meets the advanced responsiveness of AMD Ryzen processors in select desktop models and all notebook processors to deliver stunning visuals, smooth video streaming, multi-monitor support, and high-definition game performance.

Which processor is right for you?

You deserve technology you can count on. AMD Ryzen Processors are ready to take on your most demanding applications. AMD Radeon Graphics give you exceptional performance and visual fidelity for a smooth, immersive gaming experience.

Laptop Processors
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AMD Ryzen 3 Processors AMD Ryzen 5 Processors AMD Ryzen 7 Processors
Game and Stream
Give your audience the experience they deserve
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Media Editing
Edit photos, videos and audio effortlessly
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Gaming
Play your favorite games smoothly
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Advanced Multitasking
Run multiple apps at once with incredible responsiveness
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Everyday Home Productivity
Email, create documents, browse the web and more with ease
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Support for Modern Features
Modernize your life with support for voice command, touchscreen and more
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Memory & Storage

Memory stores temporary data, which your computer needs to perform tasks in the short-term. The more memory your PC has, the more tasks it can handle simultaneously. 8GB of memory will handle most users’ daily demands, but you should consider buying a system with 16GB and up, for more intensive use like gaming and professional applications.

Storage is where your PC saves data for the long-term.

Solid State Drives (SSD) give the fastest speeds to access your files, but cost more for for similar amounts of storage space. They are also necessary for thinner lighter devices, due to the smaller footprint.

Hard Disk Drives (HDD) are generally less expensive and often offer larger storage capacity, but at slower speeds and in a larger footprint.

Graphics Card

What is a Graphics Card?

A graphics card is the most important component for intensive applications, such as gaming, video editing, 3D modeling, and artificial intelligence. A highly powerful graphics card runs these applications faster and with higher visual quality, which is essential for gamers, creators, students, and power users.

NVIDIA makes both the GeForce GTX 16 Series and RTX 20 Series graphics cards. Both provide huge leaps in performance over prior generations or a CPU alone.

The GeForce RTX 20 Series offers the highest performance and enables real-time movie-like lighting in games and creative applications called ray tracing. See the example below to see the difference that ray tracing makes.

RTX, ITS ON.

See the difference

Minecraft with RTX off
Minecraft with RTX on

PC Gaming / ESports

Gaming PCs are built to process data extremely fast, which means you should expect to find a high-end processor in any gaming desktop. Additionally, most gaming PCs will have a dedicated graphics card that helps to deliver a smoother picture.

What to look for in a gaming PC:
  • A graphics card
  • A quality processor
  • A solid state drive (SSD)
  • At least 8GB memory
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s/b Wi-Fi 6: Faster Connectivity

Experience faster s/b Wi-Fi connection with the next generation of connectivity with GIG+ s/b Wi-Fi 6.

Benefits of GIG+ s/b Wi-Fi 6

  • Nearly 3X faster than standard Wi-Fi (802.11ac)²
  • Less connection delay
  • Improved connectivity for multiple devices
  • Reverse compatibility with current s/b Wi-Fi routers
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