A lot of hardware products before 2019 are eligible for ten years of support following their releases, based on the product version and provided paid technical support. The ten-year period is divided into two five-year phases: The mainstream phase and the extended phase. The mainstream phase, may provide limited complimentary technical support or changes in the design of the product. In the extended phase, these services stop.
This pattern apply for hardware and software until 2019 when many applications and hardware changed that path and only received 5 years of mainstream and 2 years of extended support.
Over the time I have been able to learn, use and assemble my daily work tools based on these timelines to be able to make an investment and not a recurring expense. As we know, having a laptop, smartphone or desktop is not a luxury but a necessity. But will the equipment I have allow me to work normally for 3, 5 or even 10 years? How to know?
I have always seen and regretted when people go in a store and pick a computer to work online … (supposedly) since the typical comment goes out “… I need a computer with office just to make notes, presentations, maybe a little sheet of calculation and surfing the internet “.
I want to contribute and helping you to avoid making an expense and value your investment; I made the next charts so you can take advantage of your next purchase according to your needs and 2020 technology.
WHAT I THINK I NEED, WHAT THEY ARE SELLING ME AND WHAT I SHOULD PURCHASE
MID LEVEL USER.
PRO MULTITASK GAMER.
These are my personal suggestions based on what currently exists in the market this January 2020, and I can assure you that you will have a good investment in any of the three categories. From the third category if you are a developer who does not use very heavy environments with the basic configuration recommended in this article you can perform your developments very well.
This charts are based on desktop computers. In the field of laptops, it is a different world despite the fact that they are made of the same architectures; the problems come from the fact that overheating is very common if there is no intelligent cooling system within them.
For the minimum specifications that a laptop should have so it will be worth the investment, I recommend this:
LAPTOP 2020 PERSONAL BASIC MINIMUM CONFIGURATION
PROCESSOR: Intel core i7 8th generation 4 physical cores (8 virtual cores)
RAM: 8GB RAM DDR4
STORAGE: 250 SSD NVE for O.S. and 1 TB SSD for normal storage
GPU: 4GB GDDR5 256bit.
I suggest this since I have seen that many people purchase laptops mostly because they are flexible, thin or touch. That has nothing to do with the performance it will have. The reason I suggest this minimum configuration, it’s because in laptops it is not common to be able to change Motherboard or CPU. In the last laptops I had, and that I been able to open for upgrades of Ram and SSD, I realized that CPUs come with motherboard making them difficult to upgrade in the future. This does not happen on desktop computers, where you can change most components and give you a greater performance in the future based on your needs or requirements. No need to buy a whole new machine.
Finally, I leave you with some websites where you can make these configurations and see computer’s performance and benchmark:
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