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How To Choose A Computer

It is a great deal easier to buy your next computer than it is to buy your first one, because those who've purchased and operated a computer in the past already have an idea of what they require in a new computer, but those who are new to the computer world can easily become confused in the multitude of choices to be had.

The brief answer to "What should I buy?" is "the best". Of course that response is very personal because "the best" to one person is not going to be the best to another. Our description of "the best" is the fastest and with the biggest memory, but even that can leave the computer newbie perplexed. Here's a quick rundown of what the computer novice should do and why.

1. Buy a computer that includes all the basic components. Every computer system can be broken down into four major pieces of equipment: CPU unit, screen, keyboard, and mouse. For the beginner, 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 affair of plugging the components in where they belong. Save the individual purchase of these components to those who have more experience.

2. Decide what you'll use the computer for. If you want to use your computer for surfing the web, sending email, or doing simple word-processing or spreadsheet tasks, a computer with the basic components that we just described plus a printer should be adequate. If you want to use a computer to help with a career in multimedia however, you're going to need to increase your system with possibly a scanner, digital camera, tablet, or digicam as well for example. If you want a computer to help with a career in music, you might want a good microphone and array of speakers.

3. Create a budget and adhere to it. How much can you afford to splurge on a new computer? Even though the cost of computers is declining, they can still be quite a large expense particularly if you want supplementary components as described previously. In addition, you'll have to figure in expenses for Internet access, maintenance, servicing, and insurance.

4. Begin comparison shopping and look for the fastest and largest. By quickest and largest, we mean the computer with the quickest processor, the fastest modem, the largest memory, and the biggest hard drive capacity. Even if you consider that you'll never require the amount of speed or space obtainable on the market today, it's important to have in case that you really do need that much in the future. Having such a large reserve will cut down on costs when the time comes to upgrade.

5. Stick with the better-known makes. Going off the trodden path with lesser-known makes is again an exploit for those who have more familiarity with computers. Although those better-known makes might be a tad more expensive, the computer greenhorn will appreciate the comfort of buying a computer from a business that has a lengthy history of building quality products, and that has the finances on hand for satisfying returns, trades, servicing, and guaranties.

6. Pick a good store. Once you have an idea of what you want in a computer and what kind of computer that you want, the only task left to do is to decide on the place where you want to buy it. There are many places, which embrace computer shops, online stores, auction sites and operated computer shops. For the computer greenhorn, we recommend buying a computer from a physical store. In a physical store, you have the opportunity to see the computer of interest itself and ask questions. New computer buyers will also have a store guarantee, returns, trades, and services.

These recommendations ought to give the computer newbie a handy start in choosing a quality computer for the first time and these suggestions apply to either Windows computers or Apple Macintosh computers. After taking these decisions and eventually choosing one that fits your needs, you can then venture into the spellbinding world of software - a world that is just as impressive as the world of hardware!

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