Buying a computer is not a simple task. This guide will help pick the computer that is right for you.
Buying a new computer or even one that is used is very important decision in which everyone should take their time and thought to it. When buying a new computer there are several steps to take.
First, a consumer needs to decide if they want to buy a laptop or a desktop. With a laptop a user has the ability to take it everywhere and that is the chief ability of laptops. Unless a person really needs mobility a laptop is not right for them. With a laptop a user gets an underpowered CPU, an average battery, and also integrated graphics, which are doing very well and can play most games at mid-low settings. A desktop is cheaper for overall ability. A consumer may get a quad core with 8 GB RAM, and a GPU for around $700-800. Overall, if mobility means nothing then a user should get a desktop for more power for cash. So, the decision is desktop or laptop first.
Second, deciding what the user wants to do with the computer. A person wanting to play games will want a computer most likely over 1,000 dollars with a new GPU and that is upgradeable. Someone who wants to check email, write word documents, and surf the web. They would need a laptop or desktop that is mid range or lower range. Once a person decides that they can shop around. Someone who wants a desktop, but not for gaming may want a all in one touchscreen PC or maybe a small pizza box styled tower. The key is that a user knows what they need in a computer or may want to use it for so they can pay the right price for the right computer.
With laptops there are all types of screen sizes and thickness of the laptop. For laptops there are several choices. Screen size is key and can affect everything else. 14 inch and below are fairly small, but ok screen sizes for those who need to travel with it. These computers typically don’t have a number pad and below 14 inch hardware starts to go down in speed. If someone wants a more non-mobile desktop replacement computer a 15 or 17 inch screen laptop would be great for that person. 15-17 inch laptops pack a lot of power, sometimes a video card and have a fairly good battery life. Now, these are the typical laptops; there are a new breed of laptops called ultrabooks. These laptops are super thin,around an inch or so and have fast access times, great battery, and are super portable. This comes at a price though, these laptops cost around one thousand dollars.
Desktops are fairly cut and dry. There are touchscreen ones and such for casual users, low end desktops, high end for gaming and graphical work. A consumer either wants to game, edit video and such or they just want to work on office stuff and surf the internet. With desktops a person plays a lot or a little. Desktops last a long time and can be upgraded very easily compared to laptops. Desktops are just desktops.
Now, that a consumer has made all these steps and preparations. Where to buy is the next big thing in the journey to buy a new PC. The best time to buy most laptops and average PCs is usually around Black Friday and sometimes just random sales around the year. Buying a high end system or a gaming computer is probably best done online. Online shipping is usually free and there are many customizations available. For gaming computers and laptops there are sites that sell dedicated gaming PCs and have great customization. Also, with a desktop there is an option for to build it.
Buying a computer is a huge decision and can impact a person for awhile.