Buying a computer without having idea of the essential function and use of the computer’s parts will lead you into a great regret, makes you feel like you might have bought a lemon. From time to time, I’m asked to make a specification of the best computer, and my answer would always be “the best computer would cost more than you can imagine”. The way to go is set a budget range and look for the best computer that fits within the amount the computer buyer is willing to spend.
Here are my Computer Buying Tips that helped most of those who asked me decide what computer to buy.
1. Determine your purpose in buying the computer. Ex: for office and/or educational use, for heavy gaming, video editing etc.
2. When on a tight budget, do not opt for the latest processor, instead go for the low to mid entry and maximize the RAM or the memory module. Having the latest processor with just a minimal amount of RAM is a bad choice, having both is obviously better if you have that much to spend.
3. Do not settle for less than 2 GB of RAM, 2 GB should always be the minimum. Why? Lots of computer package today offer good specifications except they only have 1GB of RAM and that will give you headache when using resource intensive programs.
4. Full motherboard or not? Full motherboards have built in audio, video and LAN adapters, which could save you money especially when you are on a tight budget. While the opposite option needs an external video card, means more expenses.
5. What about the Hard Disk Drive? Well, if you collect mp3s and movies then you better be off with a 500GB HDD to 1TB HDD if your budget allows you. Having one 1TB HDD is cheaper than having two 500GB HDD. But if you’re just working with documents such as MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint then a 250GB HDD is spacious enough for your storage.
6. Get a real power supply unit, I’m not saying that computer stores sell fakes, it’s just that power supplies with low rating and low wattage may give you hassle such as; computer restarting or shutting off randomly. A higher wattage with a rating would be nice.
7. Protect your files with a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), buy one when you can. In a busy world, you can’t afford to lose your file or re-do what you have finished because of power interruption.
8. Let a techie friend accompany you, his/her opinion or suggestion is valuable, plus his/her ability to compare between options is a great time saver when you are having trouble deciding.
That’s it, the list above should help you decide when buying a computer, remember not to always buy what the salesman pitch you.