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How to buy the right computer.
What's Right For Me?
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?
Does size matter?
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?
What operating system do I need?
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? 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 - 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 -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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to know more about computer security please visit us at http://www.defendingthenet.com.
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