I'm building a new PC every 18 months or so and post the progress of selecting the right PC components here on this blog. I actually spend more most of my time on the evaluation of computer hardware, as I have to live with the selection for the next 12 to 18 months. Bad choices in the beginning can have a huge impact on my productivity, that's why I'm extra careful here.
I always start with an assessment of my needs. What do I need the new PC for? What would I like it to be? Which features should it have? Do I have hardware that I need to connect to the computer? Are there additional important characteristics that I should pay attention to?
I first and foremost need the PC for work which leads to the first batch of requirements:
But work is not the only activity on that computer. I'd furthermore like to use it for entertainment and gaming as well:
And then there are things that I do not need at all:
Now that I have written down what I want, need and what I do not want or need, it is time to find the right PC hardware for that. The next part will be about that, stay tuned.
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