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Your PC Buying Guide – Part 1
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Your PC Buying Guide
Okay, so you’re interested in buying a new computer. You’ve been thinking about it for awhile and you are pretty close to being 100 percent sure you’re ready to take the plunge. So, what do you need to look for? What’s going to work best for your needs? What about prices? What about offline and online applications?
All of those questions are definitely some that you should be asking yourself and researching before you head out to the store to buy a new computer for your home or business. Well, today’s tip will help you with such questions as how will you use your computer, what type of configuration do you need and some shopping tips. Make sure you also keep an eye out for tomorrow’s tip as it will go into software questions, where you may want to buy your computer, how much you want to spend and some desktop vs. laptop explanations. So, let’s get started.
1.) How will you use the computer?
E-mail / Web surfing / Shopping:
Processor speed and MB  (megabyte) of on board memory.
Serious gamers look for a computer with the fastest processor available, the most RAM that they can load into their machines and the most expensive graphics card that they can afford. A high end PC is what you will need if you plan on using your computer for games.
Documents produced with desktop publishing software tend to be quite large and include many graphics. If you are planning to produce such documents, you’ll want a computer system that allows you to scroll through the pages at an acceptable rate. Consider a computer with a fast processor (at least 1 GHz) and a graphics card with at least 256 MB of memory.
2.) Below are two charts giving you some extra details about RAM, CPUs, warranties, monitors, etc.
3.) To end, here are some recommendations for an average user’s minimum requirements:
Once again, don’t forget to read tomorrow’s tip for even more information about buying a PC before you actually go out and do it.
~ Shantala Ramamoorthy
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