How fast your PC needs to be depends on what you intend to use it for. Most computers are overpowered for what the average user needs, so unless you play a lot of CPU-intensive online games, you can probably get by with an affordable desktop PC or budget laptop.
Information in this article applies broadly to hardware for all desktop and laptop computers regardless of the operating system.
How Fast Does Your PC Need to Be?
The processor and RAM are the two most important components to look at when accessing a computer’s speed. RAM is typically measured in gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB) while processing speed is measured in gigahertz (GHz).
The everyday tasks that most users perform are so minimally hardware-intensive that the lowest-end processors in newer computers are plenty fast enough. For example, 2-4 GB of RAM and a 1.3 GHz Intel Core