Buying A Computer

Buying A Computer

Buying a​ Computer
What To Do And Why
It isn't fair,​ but buying a​ computer is​ just plain easier for some than it​ is​ for others .​
Those who've purchased and used a​ computer in​ the​ past already have an​ idea of​ what they need in​ a​ new computer .​
But those who are new to​ the​ computer world could get lost in​ the​ myriad of​ choices available.
The short answer to​ What should I​ buy? is​ the​ best .​
Of course that answer is​ extremely subjective because the​ best to​ one person is​ certainly different to​ another .​
Our definition of​ the​ best is​ the​ fastest and the​ biggest,​ but even that leaves the​ computer newbie confused .​
Here's a​ quick rundown of​ what the​ computer novice should do and why.

1 .​
Buy a​ computer that includes basic peripherals .​
Every computer can be broken down into four major components: CPU unit,​ monitor,​ keyboard,​ and mouse .​
For the​ novice,​ it's best to​ buy a​ computer that has all of​ these components included so that when it's taken home,​ assembling the​ computer is​ a​ simple matter of​ plugging things in​ where they belong .​
Save the​ individual purchases of​ these components for those who have more experience.
2 .​
Decide what you'll use the​ computer for .​
If you want to​ use your computer for cruising the​ web,​ sending email,​ or​ performing simple word-processing or​ spreadsheet tasks,​ a​ computer with the​ basic components that we​ just described should suffice .​
If you want to​ use a​ computer to​ help with a​ career in​ multimedia however,​ you're going to​ need to​ accessorize your system with a​ scanner,​ printer,​ digital camera,​ tablet,​ or​ digicam for example .​
If you want a​ computer to​ help with a​ career in​ music,​ you will need a​ quality microphone and set of​ speakers .​
3 .​
Create a​ budget and stick to​ it .​
How much can you afford to​ spend on​ a​ new computer? Although the​ prices of​ computers are decreasing,​ they can still create a​ hefty expense especially if​ you need additional peripherals described above .​
In addition,​ you'll need to​ figure in​ costs for maintenance,​ servicing,​ and insuring.
4 .​
Start comparison shopping and look for the​ fastest and biggest .​
By fastest and biggest,​ we​ mean the​ computer with the​ fastest processor,​ the​ fastest modem,​ the​ biggest memory,​ and the​ biggest hard drive capacity .​
Even if​ you think that you'll never need the​ amount of​ speed or​ space available on​ the​ market today,​ it's important to​ have in​ the​ event that you truly do need that much in​ the​ future .​
Having such a​ large reserve will cut down on​ costs when the​ time comes to​ upgrade for more than what you may settle for in​ a​ computer that offers less.
5 .​
Stick with the​ better-known brands .​
Venturing off the​ beaten path with lessor-known brands is​ again,​ an​ adventure for those who have more experience with computers .​
Although those better-known brands may be a​ tad bit more expensive,​ the​ computer novice will appreciate the​ comfort in​ purchasing a​ computer from a​ business that has a​ long record of​ building quality products,​ and that has the​ funds available for fulfilling returns,​ trades,​ servicing,​ and warranties.
6 .​
Select a​ store .​
Having an​ idea of​ what you want in​ a​ computer and what kind of​ computer that you want,​ your only task left is​ to​ select the​ place in​ which you want to​ buy it .​
There are a​ number of​ places available including computer store outlets,​ online stores,​ auction sites,​ used computer stores,​ or​ your friendly neighborhood yard sale .​
For the​ computer novice,​ we​ recommend buying a​ computer from a​ physical store .​
In a​ physical store,​ you have the​ opportunity to​ see the​ computer of​ interest in​ person and ask questions .​
New computer buyers also have access to​ store warranties,​ returns,​ trades,​ and services .​
These suggestions should give the​ computer newbie a​ great start in​ selecting a​ quality computer for the​ first time and they apply to​ either Windows computers or​ Apple Macintosh computers .​
After making these decisions and finally selecting one that fits your needs,​ you can then venture into the​ fascinating world of​ software - a​ world that is​ just as​ grand as​ the​ world of​ hardware!

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