So, you have decided it’s time to buy the most current Computer. I am assuming here you have decided against buying the most current laptop or netbook and it’s definitely a Computer you intend going for. Your first query must be What am I using this PC for imo?
Now, when you’re a desk top publisher or even a high end gamer, you most likely know very well what you want. This short article is not for you. On the other hand, in case you’re Joe Average, then you may well find this short article handy. The vast majority of individuals use a Computer to surf the internet to receive and send e-mail, also to open the rare word document. Even the cheapest PC will perform these tasks admirably. In that case, you really don’t want to be spending more that £400 on your new PC system.
So, start with all of the budget systems and if you have extra requirements you’ll be able to add additional or upgraded components. Dell makes this easy. Too easy. You’ll never get through their shopping program without upgrading somewhere – even if it’s just the colour of the case. You will be presented with an unlimited array of upgrades from extra memory and bigger hard drives to blue-ray DVD drives and Graphics Processing Units.
But be closely controlled. Ask yourself – do I actually need this? For example – storage. I have never used much more 200GB of storage on a hard drive. Unless you are storing films on it you won’t need it either. So if your budget system arrives with 500GB, you are not likely to need to upgrade to the 1TB one. You’ll never need it. If by some remote chance you do, you’ll be able to upgrade at a later date. Most Desktop PCs have a second bay for an extra hard drive. You won’t even have to replace your old one. Similarly, if your computer monitor, keyboard and mouse are on the desk and the case is under it next to your feet, what would you need an orange case at an additional £30 for?
Get the best you can actually afford, I suppose. But I’ve got to inform you. Unless, they are sat in the shop next to one another – I can not tell the difference in picture quality. They are all fairly good these days.
If you’ve got a sizable collection of Blue-Ray DVD disks, by all means pay for a PC with a Blue-Ray player. Evidently, you’ve got a lot of money anyway! Otherwise, you won’t need one would you? All budget Computers will have a DVD player. Stick with that one.
Keyboard and mouse:
Don’t be fooled into buying those wireless ones. I have yet to meet anyone who sat on the sofa while typing using a wireless keyboard. Using a laptop, yes. But surfing the net six feet away from your monitor? Not a probable scenario.
NO. NO. NO. NO. My personal pet hate. Do not buy it. MacAfee, Norton, Panda. Whatever. All rubbish. I know this, as I have said many times before I worked for an Anti-Virus company. You will need AV software but download Avast or AVG from the internet for free. AVG is faster and better.
Ram or computer memory:
Yes, when you’re going to upgrade, buy RAM. The more the better as your budget and Computer will allow. Less expensive and more practical than purchasing a high end, fancy processor.
You aren’t likely to require more that Windows 7 home premium, so do not upgrade there. Maybe you will want to purchase Windows Office. But personally, I would download OpenOffice. It is free. It is very easy to use and you can configure it to open and save in Microsoft Office format anyway.
The ultimate reason not to get too carried away with a budget PC purchase is because in two years your PC will be obsolete. And like laptops, 2 years is about the time to replace a Computer generally, so there’s not much point wasting your money on one. At £400 that works out at £16 per month or around 50 pence per day. Start saving for your next one now!
This does not cover all that may be involved, but hopefully I have given you an insight toward what is involved. There are plenty of ebooks and such material that you can find around the world wide web. I always go to a company called computer repair london. They don’t just repair computer systems, additionally provide IT support too and they really are always helpfull should you get stuck on something technical.