What to do and why
It’s not fair, but buying a computer is easier for some than for others. Anyone who bought and used a computer in the past already has an idea of what they need on a new computer. But those who are new to the world of computers can get lost in the numerous options available.
The short answer to “What should I buy?” is “The best.” Of course this answer is very subjective, because “the best” for one person is definitely different from the other. Our definition of “the best” is the fastest and the largest, but even that leaves the computer novice confused. Here’s a quick overview of what the computer beginner should do and why.
1. Buy a computer with basic peripherals. Each computer can be divided into four main components: CPU unit, monitor, keyboard and mouse. For the beginner, it is better to buy a computer that incorporated all these components so that when it is taken home, mounting the computer is a simple matter of connecting things where they belong. Save individual purchases of these components for those with the most experience.
2. Determine what you will use the computer for. If you want to use your computer to browse the web, send email, or perform simple word processing or spreadsheet tasks, a computer with the basic components we just described should suffice. However, if you want to use a computer to help with a career in multimedia, you need your system accessories with, for example, a scanner, printer, digital camera, tablet or digicam. If you want a computer to help with a career in music, you need a quality microphone and a set of speakers.
3. Make a budget and keep to it. How much can you spend on a new computer? Although computer prices are falling, they can still incur a high cost, especially if you need additional peripherals described above. In addition, it is necessary to reduce the costs of maintenance, maintenance and fastening in the feathers.
4. Start comparing purchases and look for the “fastest and greatest”. By “faster and bigger” we mean the computer with the fastest processor, the fastest modem, the largest memory and the largest capacity of the hard drive. Even if you think you’ll never need the amount of speed or space that’s available on the market today, it’s important to be in case you really need it in the future. Having such a large reservation will reduce costs when the time comes to upgrade to more than what you can settle for on a computer that offers less.
5. Get on with the best-known brands. Venturing off the beaten path with rental brands is again, an adventure for those who have more experience with computers. While these better-known brands may be a little more expensive, the computer bener will appreciate the comfort in buying a computer from a company that has a long record of quality construction products, and which has the funds available to fulfill return, trade, maintenance and warranties.
6. Select a store. Having an idea of what you want on a computer and what type of computer you want, your only task left is to select the place you want to buy. There are a number of places available, including computer stores, online stores, auction sites, used computer stores or friendly neighborhood yard sale. For the computer beginner, we recommend buying a computer from a physical store. In a physical store, you have the ability to view the computer of interest personally and ask questions. New computer buyers also have access to store guarantees, returns, transactions, and services.
These suggestions should give the computer novice a great start in selecting a quality computer for the first time, and they apply to Windows or Apple Macintosh computers. After making these decisions and finally selecting one that meets your needs, you then venture into the fascinating world of software – a world as grand as the hardware world!