Tips For Purchasing A Computer
By: Dusty Arlia
When purchasing a computer you should come up with a game plan. The first thing you should do is figure out what is important to you. The answer to this might be that you want to spend as little money as possible, but still have a good enough computer to do the basics like email, making documents, and browsing the Internet. If this is what you're looking for, start with the cheapest computer and work your way up. While the price might seem like the computer your looking to purchase is bottom-of-the-line, in reality this might be good enough for your needs. Give the computer a "test drive" in the store. If you're in Best Buy or some other retail store, you will be more then likely able to try out the computer.
Important things to consider during your purchasing decision are the processor and the amount of memory or RAM. Having a good processor with a lot of RAM allows your computer to perform faster. Imagine the processor along with RAM being the engine to your car. This determines the speed. While you're looking to save as much money as you can, look to see how much more the next model is and what you get with it. If you go from a single core processor to a dual core processor, then this maybe worth the extra money. The same goes for RAM. If you can get an extra gig of RAM for less than $30, you might want to opt for this.
For people that are looking for high performing computers, the most important thing to look at again is the processor and the RAM.
People put a lot of thought into the hard drive size. This is probably the least important feature of a computer because you can always get an external hard drive.
Always keep in mind your deal breakers. Deal breakers could be screen size, built in cameras, operating systems - Mac or Windows, number keypad, or antiglare screens. If you do have a deal breaker, the best advice is to start with the lowest priced computers of that type and work up.
In regards to the warranties, compare the price of the computer brand new and the cost of the extended warranty. You can also factor in your clumsiness. Pretty much all computers come with a 1 year manufacturer's warranty that will not cover accidental damage. Extended warranties will not cover accidental damage either. If you're purchasing a Mac, you will probably have the option to purchase the extended warranty during your first year after purchasing the computer. If Apple's policy on this stays the same, always purchase the extended warranty at a later time. If you make it through your first year accident free go ahead and make the purchase. Unfortunately , there's probably no other manufacturer of computers or retail store that will allow you to purchase your extended warranty at a later date other then Apple.
So for our take away tips:
- The processor is the most important part of the computer directly related to its speed
- The second most important part is the RAM also directly related to its speed
- Always keep in mind your deal breakers (example: must have an antiglare screen)
- Work your way up starting from the cheapest computer
- “Test drive”