HOW TO CHOOSE THE COMPUTER THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU
When you choose a computer, it is suggested to think about what you want to do with it. If all you plan to do is surf the web, send a few e-mails and write someone a letter, any well-built computer you find for sale should work well (We highly recommend and stock Factory Certified Refurbished). However there is a difference between cheap and solid. There are cheap basic machines that are truly slow and don’t last that long. For just a few more dollars you get solid long lasting basic machine that you will use for many years.
What you need to get is determined by what you plan to do with your computer. Sending a few e mails, composing letters or surfing the web are the basics. At the other end of the spectrum, will you be playing video games on-line or require other higher end specialties? The differences in cost can be significant. And remember that you can expect some substantial savings if you consider buying a factory certified refurbished computer or laptop with a rock solid warranty.
So, let’s begin the process;
Desktop or laptop?
Is mobility your priority? If your answer is yes, then a laptop should be in your future. Laptops have come a long way in the past few years and can be as fast as you need with as much storage that you might need, but, usually at a higher cost for a comparable desktop PC. Again, consider a refurbished unit. Normally they will include a warranty that may be up to 1 year.
If you plan on using the computer at a fixed location, such as your home or office, and mobility is not a factor then a desktop PC is for you. A desktop PC will consist of 4 main components;
The tower or case (which houses everything such as the hard drive, video card, motherboard, etc), the monitor, a keyboard and a mouse (the mouse is the device that allows you to easily get around on your screen).
These days the majority of computers (laptops or desktops) come with CD/DVDburners built in which enable you to listen to music or watch videos and create CD’s and DVD’s. (also known as “burning”)
Think of your hard drive as a big filing cabinet. Bigger is almost always better. You can never have too much capacity. Photos and videos will take up a large of amount of storage so upgrading from a 500GB hard drive to a 1TB (TB=Terabyte) is a good investment and you might even consider going larger than 1TB. If you do begin to run out of space, you can always add a second hard drive later. Be realistic. If you’re only using the computer for the basics then a 1TB hard drive is not necessary. The newer SSD’s (Solid State Drives) for now are smaller capacities and a higher priced but are up to 20 times faster than standard mechanical hard drives. We highly recommend them now for those of use that don’t like to wait for that little spinning circle.
An abbreviation for Central Processing Unit, the “brain” of a computer, the CPU is where data manipulation actually takes place. The results of the manipulations are then stored in the computer memory. There are 2 main CPU manufacturers, Intel and AMD. There’s lots of information available on the internet explaining the differences of the various CPU’s along with more technical data that we’ll skip here. Just do a “Google” search for CPU.
RAM (Random Access Memory)
RAM (Random Access Memory), is memory that is not on your hard drive that your computer uses to store things you have not saved, such as a web page, a document that you are typing, or as data from a application.RAM is much faster than a hard drive. There are several different types of RAM. When considering RAM, more is better. 4-6 Gigabytes should be sufficient unless you’re running graphics or heavy applications such as Adobe Photoshop. As like our recommendation for doing a Google search for CPU, you will also get a substantial education doing the same for RAM.
An operating system, in layman's terms, can be defined as software designed to enable interaction between the hardware and the user. With the help of the operating system, you can install various need-specific applications and control the peripherals, such as printers, modem, speakers and removable drives. In short, a new computer is a bare hardware device, incapable of any operation; it needs an operating system that interacts between the user and the hardware to bring desired results to perform various tasks. The 2 most common operating systems are Windows and MAC OS (MAC for Apple).
In closing, for many people a computer purchase becomes a major financial decision.
There are many factors that go into a decision for choosing the right computer for your needs. That’s where we come in. We’ll spend as much time with you as necessary in order to help you make an informed decision. Naturally, we would love to be the ones that sell you that computer, deliver it and set it up for you if necessary. Be it a laptop or desktop,new or refurbished. Regardless, we’re always here to help in any way we can. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello.