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How To Buy The Right Computer

What's Right For Me?

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Sometimes, when trying to figure out the differences between
RAM, processor speed and hard drive size , it seems like you
need a degree in computer science. But it can be simplified
into layman's terms.

On the same note, you can’t take it too lightly, because
there is a lot to think about. Believe me, the purchase of a
new computer can affect you sanity for the next 2-5 years.

I read an article that stated most Americans ask: “What do I
want?” Instead of: “What do I need?” when they go shopping.
Now, if money is no object, stop reading this and return to
your carefree life of Lamborghinis, Beluga, and chilled
three olive Martinis. Otherwise this may help you in
deciding on your next purchase.

Can I go no frills?

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Yes, there are some good no name brands that will work just
as well. However, (Personally) I prefer brand name PC’s to
the no frills isle. The $50-$75 that you save for going the
cheaper way may cause you headaches when a warranty issue
comes around.

Does size matter?

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I did a quick survey and contrary to what we would like to
think, size does matter. I mean it’s pretty simple when you
think about it, the larger it is, the more information you
can store on it. (What did you think I was talking about;
get your mind out of the gutter) Seriously, if you write
essays/proposals for school or work, play a lot of games, or
have tons of music that you would like to store, you’ll need
to make sure you get a hard drive with practical size.
(80-120GB should be fine for now, if you need more space in
a year or so you can look at an external USB or Firewire
HDD)

How fast is fast?

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In order to answer this you will have to ask yourself one
question. What am I going to do with my new PC? If you are
using it for checking emails, writing letters and surfing
the web, save yourself some money and go with the Celeron
processor and standard RAM package. If you are going to play
games, develop graphics and use your PC as a TV/stereo,
you’ll need to go with Pentium or equivalent processor and
boost your RAM to 1GB or what ever you can afford.
(Remember, more RAM (memory) is one of the best ways to
speed up your PC)

Bring On The Noise!

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This is simple, if you plan on using your PC as a TV or
stereo, I suggest the latest greatest sound card along with
some kicking speakers. (7.1 surround sound really responds
nicely)

What operating system do I need?

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Again, we need to ask the same question. What am I using
this PC for? (See a Pattern)Email checking, Web surfing,
Game playing junkies – Windows XP Home/Professional is your
choice (If you have a choice, always go with the Pro). Home
theater watching, MP3 ripping, picture taking extremists –
Windows Media Center is your puppy.

What You See Is What You Get!

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Video can make or break your PC. Standard users need a least
64MB of video RAM. I recommend 128MB or better for
everyone.

Is flat better?

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Yes, the technologies with the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
displays have made major improvements in the last few years.
Also, the space saved is worth its wait in gold. Go flat.

Breakdown

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If you plan on checking emails, surfing the web, writing
letters, here is your PC.

Brand name – Whatever you want (I recommend Dell);

Hard drive size – (80-120GB IDE drive);

Memory – (256-512MB);

Processor – Latest Celeron processor will do;

Sound – Integrated sound card and 2.1 speaker system
will be fine;

Operating system – Windows XP Pro or Home;

Video Card – Integrated is fine, but you should have
between 64 and 128MB of RAM;

Monitor – 15”-17” flat panel.

If you are going to play games, create a home theater or
stereo it up. This is what you will need.

Brand name – Whatever you want (I recommend
Alienware);

Hard drive size – (250-400GB SATA drive);

Memory – (1-4GB);

Processor – Latest greatest Pentium or equivalent;

Sound – Audigy 4 Pro will suffice, along with the
Creative Power Pak 7.1 speaker system;

Operating system – Widows XP Pro or Media Center;

Video Card – ATI all-in-wonder X800 XT;

Monitor – 19-21” Flat Panel or DLP projection screen
for home theaters.

About the Author

About The Author

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Jackson Morgan is a Sr. desktop support specialist and works
with small to large businesses. He is certified to work on
many platforms and has over eight years experience in the
field. If you would like to contact Jackson you can e-mail
him at jackson.morgan@paralogic.net. visit us at
http://www.defendingthenet.com.

Written by: Jackson Morgan

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