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Parents Computer Buying Checklist
What You Should Know Before Buying Computer Equipment
by: Bonnie Archer
There are many factors to consider when deciding on which personal computer (PC) equipment to buy. The massive amount of choices can seem overwhelming. This guide can help you compare personal computer (PC) equipment features, and help you to examine and sift through the basic items before you buy a new personal computer (PC).
If it is a desktop computer (PC), laptop, discount/surplus personal computer (PC), a refurbished personal computer (PC) or a personal computer (PC) accessory, this quick guide will help you to get the most for your money.
With personal computer (PC) equipment today almost any of them will adequately handle what most people need to buy a new personal computer (PC) for; word processing, basic office, internet surfing and email. Which you can buy for about $1000. or less! But if you are into digital videos, photo editing, music, or manage a large database you will need more than the basic Desktop (PC) or Laptop. This higher end personal computer (PC) will cost you around $1500-$2000.
There is always a lot of change in the personal computer (PC) market, but no matter what the upgrades there is always two basic choices to be made when purchasing personal computer (PC) equipment:
1) brand 2) speed. To buy a new personal computer (PC) that handles standard office and Internet tasks any processor will work.
Need more 'power' in your personal computer (PC) equipment? Then the Intel Pentium4 or the AMD Athlon XP (great for graphics and photos which use a lot of memory space) are for you.
If you buy a new personal computer (PC) one or two levels from the top you will only lose about five percent per tier performance but you can save a couple hundred dollars!
Memory is very important because optimum running of your personal computer (PC) equipment is dependent on enough RAM. The minimum amount should be 256MB, for better performance you should get 512MB. If you can afford to buy a new personal computer (PC) with more, you should. It's worth it because you can keep more applications open and it will easily handle memory hogs like Photoshop and music applications!
When buying personal computer (PC) equipment look for a monitor that is at least 17" with a resolution of 1280 by 1024 pixels. A Desktop (PC) with a 19-inch monitor gives you 20 % more screen area. If you can spend $300-$450 on a monitor when you buy a new personal computer (PC) you might want to get a 15" LCD because it has the same viewable area as the 17" CRT and takes up much less space.
Hard Drives (storage):
Most hard drives sold today will provide more than enough storage. The basic personal computer (PC) equipment comes with 40GB or larger, which is plenty for most tasks. But for working with graphics, video, music, or large databases 80GB should be the minimum you settle for. 7200-rpm drives give better performance. But for the best performance get a personal computer (PC) with 8MB of cache.
Warranty and Tech Support:
A one-year warranty on most personal computer (PC) equipment is enough, because most problems seem to happen in the first year. If you want you can get an extended two to three year warranty for around $150. to $200. If you buy a Dell you can get priority call routing to tech support for a year for only $39.
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About The Author
B. Archer is a successful author and publisher of http://www.A1-personal computer (PC)s.net
A great source of information about personal computer (PC)s and personal computer (PC) accessories.