I recently got inspired to write this article from a buddy of mine who owns an it support company in boston. If you’re not planning to purchase a new computer today or tomorrow, the best thing you can do is to learn more about different components that separate computers. Learn how powerful your computer needs to be- an office computer doesn’t need much processing power- and which features are most useful to you.
- Consider the programs you’re running now or that you need to be able to use in the future, and when buying, check if the computer meets the minimum requirement of those programs. For instance, if you want to run and install Windows 64-bit version, the minimum requirements will include 1 GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 20 GB HDD, DirectX 9, etc.
- Learn more about IT technology, and in particular the processor, the numbers, and what they stand for. This is important because every task or command is executed by the processor, and the more powerful the processor, the faster the overall performance. Processing power is also a major factor in determining what kind of graphics you need for your work, and how much memory should be included.
- You will need sufficient storage on your new computer, and if you carry a large collection of videos and games, or any large files, you will need more space on your hard drive. If you’re thinking of buying a laptop but are prone to dropping it, try a model that uses SSD as opposed to HDD. A solid state driver is meant to withstand a fall, and although it comes with less storage, it’s still enough for regular use.
- The more memory you have the better; so go for lots of RAM. The more RAM your computer has, the more it can multitask. Do you play a lot of video games? High-performance computers come with large amounts of RAM but they tend to be expensive; although you can always install it separately.
Look at the Evidence
Anecdotal evidence for the reliability of computers isn’t too reliable, but you may look at reviews and if every single user says the computer will fall apart in a week, you should try a different model. Branded computers are the best, so go for established names in the industry.
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