Buying a Computer

by LJ Dovichi | May 14th, 2008 | Home Shopping

When you’re in the market for a new computer, shopping for one can be quite daunting. What do you need? What will you use? How much to spend? Should you wait for a better deal? Don’t get me started on all the technical jargon. Here are a few basics on buying a new computer.

  • Do your research. Find a store that you trust that offers good warrantees on the equipment that you’re buying. Or use an online computer building website but again do your homework and find a reputable one.
  • Don’t wait for a better deal. Computer technology gets better rapidly, it will always get cheaper. If you wait, you’ll never buy.
  • Answer the question: What are you going to do with the computer? If you’re going to do art, graphics, video, music, you’re going to want to get plenty of RAM. If you’re going to do a lot of web browsing and video watching, you’ll need a good processor.
  • Which would better suit your needs? Laptop or desktop
  • Pick a brand that you trust and that offers great technical support. There’s nothing worse than being stuck with a lemon and not having any help getting it functional.
  • The more RAM you get and the higher processor speed you get, the more money it costs. Figure out what you’re going to need. There’s no point in spending a lot of money on something you’re never going to use to its full capacity.
  • Definitely make sure that the computer comes with a DVD drive with recording capabilities.
  • Always get a warranty.

Use these tips and you’ll make smart computer purchases. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask the experts but make sure you’ve done your homework as well.

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