|Robert James, Concerto Networks|
- Know the primary purpose of the computer. While any computer can be used for many purposes, it’s important that the primary purpose is considered when deciding what type of computer is purchased. In general, the primary purpose can be: “traditional” business, entertainment/communications, or “creative” business. This can drive the decision to purchase a PC, MAC, or even a tablet.
- Knowing where and how you will use the new computer is an important consideration. The “road warrior” who always carries the computer with him/her will have different needs than the “desk jockey” who works primarily at his/her desk.
|Invest in legacy sotware and hardware|
- Legacy software and hardware can mean the difference between purchasing a new computer that is relatively easy on the wallet and purchasing a new system that breaks the bank. It can also remove many options. You should always consider whether it makes sense to keep some of the peripherals and/or software used on the old computer for use with the new one – or to start fresh and buy everything new. Also, be sure to determine whether you have specialized software or hardware which may require specific types of computers or operating systems.
- Central to any computer is the operating system. The operating system translates what the user does – using the mouse, keyboard, or any peripheral device – into instructions that tell the computer how to accomplish the wishes of the user. Since you will be using and interacting with the operating system every day of the computers “life”, selecting the correct one for you is vital to your happiness with that computer.
items which always seem to be a source of confusion is memory (RAM) and
storage (hard drive size). The
confusion is understandable, since both memory and storage is measured in
“bytes” – either megabytes, gigabytes, or now terabytes. Unfortunately, this confusions will many
times lead a typical computer user to take the wrong actions when the
computer starts to slow down.
Choose your ram and memory carefully (photo WDNet Studio)
- While the operating system is the central piece of software in the computer, the processor (or central processing unit – CPU) is the central piece of hardware. Literally nothing can happen without the processor – it runs everything. There are a number of things to consider to make sure the processor in your new computer is in the proper “family”.
- Okay. You’ve done the research, made your selections, considered the trade-offs, and you have the money in your hand. Now what? Do you run down to “Jim’s Feed Store and Computer Emporium” to buy the new computer? Maybe – or that may not be the best place to go. Chances are that wherever you buy the computer, you will not find the one that exactly matches your specifications at the price you want to pay. Once again, there are factors you may want to consider in where you look for the computer.
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