many factors to consider when deciding on which computer equipment to buy.
The massive amount of choices can seem overwhelming. This guide can help you
compare computer equipment features, and help you to examine and sift
through the basic items before you buy a new computer.
If it is a desktop PC, laptop, discount/surplus computer, a refurbished
computer or a computer accessory, this quick guide will help you to get the
most for your money.
With computer equipment today almost any of them will adequately handle what
most people need to buy a new computer for; word processing, basic office,
internet surfing and email. Which you can buy for about $1000. or less! But
if you are into digital videos, photo editing, music, or manage a large
database you will need more than the basic Desktop PC or Laptop. This higher
end computer will cost you around $1500-$2000.
There is always a lot of change in the computer market, but no matter what
the upgrades there is always two basic choices to be made when purchasing
1) brand 2) speed. To buy a new computer that handles standard office and
Internet tasks any processor will work.
Need more 'power' in your computer equipment? Then the Intel Pentium4 or the
AMD Athlon XP (great for graphics and photos which use a lot of memory
space) are for you.
If you buy a new computer one or two levels from the top you will only lose
about five percent per tier performance but you can save a couple hundred
Memory is very important because optimum running of your computer
equipment is dependent on enough RAM. The minimum amount should be 256MB,
for better performance you should get 512MB. If you can afford to buy a new
computer with more, you should. It's worth it because you can keep more
applications open and it will easily handle memory hogs like Photoshop and
When buying computer equipment look for a monitor that is at least 17"
with a resolution of 1280 by 1024 pixels. A Desktop PC with a 19-inch
monitor gives you 20 % more screen area. If you can spend $300-$450 on a
monitor when you buy a new computer you might want to get a 15" LCD because
it has the same viewable area as the 17" CRT and takes up much less space.
Hard Drives (storage):
Most hard drives sold today will provide more than enough storage. The basic
computer equipment comes with 40GB or larger, which is plenty for most
tasks. But for working with graphics, video, music, or large databases 80GB
should be the minimum you settle for. 7200-rpm drives give better
performance. But for the best performance get a computer with 8MB of cache.
Warranty and Tech Support:
A one-year warranty on most computer equipment is enough, because most
problems seem to happen in the first year. If you want you can get an
extended two to three year warranty for around $150. to $200. If you buy a
Dell you can get priority call routing to tech support for a year for only