How to Buy a New Computer
Whether you need it for home, school or your business, a new computer can be a major purchase. There are a lot of factors to consider like price, reliability, warranty, memory, CD drives and pre-installed software packages. This article will help you to figure out what you want, and how to get it.
Decide what you need your new computer for.
If you need one for work, a simple, but high-quality system with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice will work out (OpenOffice can also be downloaded for free, if it doesn’t come with the Computer). If you need a home computer, or a family computer, a simple, but decent quality system is what will work. If you’re a huge media fanatic, and you work with media, a decent to high-end quality computer is right for you. And as for gamers, you’ll want a gaming PC.
Check The Specifications. You should look at the specs of a computer to see if it’s for you. These are Recommended Specifications for your class of PC.
- Average “Home User” – 3.1 GHZ Processor (Intel or AMD), 4GB of (DDR3) RAM, 500-650 GB Hard Drive, Decent Graphics Card, DVD Drive (All in One – read/write DVDs and CD’s), 3+ USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Average “Corporate User” (Businesses) – 3.0 GHZ Processor (Intel i3), 8+ GB or DDR3 RAM, 1000+ GB Hard Drive, Integrated Graphics Card, DVD-ROM Drive (All in One – read/write DVDs and CD’s), 4+ USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Average “Media User” (Home/Work Use – Video Editor/Photo Editor/Music/Video/HD Content) – -3 GHZ Processor (Intel i5), 16 GB+ of DDR3 RAM, 2000+ GB Hard Drive, Decent Graphics Card 2GB ( Nvidia ), DVD ROM Drive (All in One – read/write dvd’s and cd’s), 6+ USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Average “Gamer” – 3+ GHZ Processor (Intel i7 ), 16+ GB (ideally 32GB) of DDR3 RAM, 1000+ GB Hard Drive, High End Graphics Card DVD-ROM Drive (All in One – read/write DVDs and CD’s), 3+ USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
Operating Systems these days, can take a large toll on system resources, so choose the right OS for you.
Windows are much less demanding on your processor and RAM. Windows 8 and 7 can be quite demanding from your system resources, so choose a OS that fits your budget. So if you want to save money, it might be better to get a an 7 computer to get the same level of speed of a more expensive Windows 8 computer. (XP is not available anymore, but you can install it by yourself. As well.)
Get any kind of monitor you want.
Get one that’s at least 22″ . LED Widescreen monitors are now getting cheaper and larger. LED Monitors range from 19-26″. LED monitors, usually cost around 110-180€, but are worth it, due to the screen technology and the less space.
Get the right accessories.
When you buy a computer, accessories can be a very important concept. Will you need a specific mouse for gaming? Does your keyboard need pre-made buttons for stopping and playing music? Do you need a printer? Speakers? External Hard Drives? Secondary Monitor? Webcam? You must always plan this out as well, when you’re buying your computer, so you can be twice as happy, when you’re actually using it.