Your computer has stopped working in 2012! Is it worth fixing or buying a new computer instead? A new computer is a better option if the computer is older than 5 years. Computers manufactured between 5 and 9 years ago often have failing hardware that must be replaced. Continue reading to learn how to choose the right computer for you.
It is very important to start with the basics when buying a computer. These questions will help you decide your initial purchase strategy.
1. Ask yourself, “How much money can I afford?” Computer prices can range from $200-$400, $450-$800, and $900 to $1000.
2. Next, choose the type of computer (or style) that is most suitable for you. There are three types of computers: tablet, laptop and desktop. They differ in size, portability and functionality. The most portable computer is the desktop. These computers are ideal for heavy work and multiple displays. The size and portability of laptops can vary. Larger laptops have a 17-inch screen, making them easy to carry around for short trips. Although they have the same capabilities as a desktop, the computing power of big laptops is less than that of desktops to save battery power. The display is also smaller and has a lower resolution than desktop computers. Tablet computers are portable. Tablet computers are the most portable. However, they can do much more with a smaller screen. Tablets are portable, powerful information tools that go one step beyond a smartphone.
3. The timeless question remains: Should I buy an Apple computer or another? Other computer options include the Windows 7 operating system and Android operating system computers. Linux computers are also available. Linux is a free software operating system under the General Public License. Linux computers can be used by everyday users in the same way as Apple and Windows computers. Linux computers are equivalent to Windows, with the exception that you pay only for the hardware. This is a significant savings over Apple or Windows computers.
Apple computers are highly regulated. Apple computers are very reliable and have few issues. Malicious software rarely targets Apple computers. Every word an Apple owner is able to say about their Apple is true. They look beautiful. They are also very expensive. If an Apple computer malfunctions, it is a major problem. If your Apple computer is still under warranty, you can schedule an appointment at the Apple store to have it repaired. You will also have to pay a lot for repairs.
Windows 7 computers, however, are more like the Wild West. Anything can happen in the Wild West. Windows 7 computers can be purchased with a variety of hardware and software options. Windows 7 computers are most vulnerable to malware, spyware and viruses. Windows computers are the most popular target for attack, as they are sold more than any other computer. Apple computers can also be infected with viruses but less frequently than Windows computers. Windows computers aren’t necessarily cheaper than Linux computers, but they can be very affordable.
4. The last question is: Which computer manufacturer do your prefer? Each manufacturer approaches selling computers differently. I prefer manufacturers that don’t add extra features beyond what is required by Windows or the operating system. Many frills are designed to sell you something or provide functions that are redundant with the operating systems. They occupy screen space and get in the way of what your doing. HP computers, for example, are similar to Big MACs. They taste great, but have a lot more software fat. The Lenovo computer is like a bank vault. These computers are secure but difficult to repair because of their security. All computers have an annoying dock or launcher. This takes up much screen space and does not add any value beyond what Windows already provides. It’s always cheaper to buy a package rather than build a custom-built computer. Because computer components are purchased in large quantities by manufacturers, it is more expensive to purchase custom parts than to buy a package system from them.
Once you have established your strategy, it is time for you to search for a computer. This is where the Internet can be used to do the initial shopping, and then you can go to the store to make your final purchase. Visit the website of a local computer retailer such as Best Buy and Staples. You can search their site by the type or style of computer you are looking for. You should be able to select from a variety of computers on the site. You can sort them by “Best Selling” or check out the “Customer Reviews”. Consider how the price compares with your budget. Many retail stores allow you to compare the features of three computers side-by-side. Take care to choose three computers for comparison.
This method was used to compare three moderately priced desktop computers from one retailer. The prices ranged between $429.99 and $699.99. The $429.99 computer had a 3.3 GHz Intel i3 processor chip, 6 GB RAM and a 1 TB hard drive. The AMD 2.4GHz CPU chip was used in the 549.99 computer. It had 8GB RAM and a slower 5,400 RPM 1.5 TB drive. The computer cost $699.99 and had an Intel 3.0GHz CPU chip. It also had 6GB RAM and a 1 TB drive with 7,200 rpm. These systems do not perform any better than the less expensive ones. Performance seems to be identical for all computers as long as they have the same hardware features.
All systems were running the most recent DDR3 RAM. A computer with 8GB RAM might perform better than one with 6GB RAM. All these computers will perform significantly faster than a Windows XP computer with only 2 GB RAM. Special performance testing programs can determine the performance difference between a AMD CPU chip computer with 2.4 GHz and an Intel i5 CPU chip machine with 3.3 GHz, but most people don’t notice it. People do notice that AMD chips computers are usually $100 cheaper than Intel CPU chip computer computers.