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Save time and money and be sure to buy the right PC for your current and future needs

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 PC Buying, all you must know  UPDATE

It's easy to make a mistake when buying a new computer. Many people end up spending a ton of money on something expensive that they'll never use to its full potential, while others buy something so small that they have to do expensive upgrading in a matter of months.

 

There's few things more disappointing than finding out your 6 month old computer can't do what you want it to do, or that you don't really need that $400 graphics card to run Microsoft Word.

 

Don't just buy blindly. Hopefully this article will help you ask the right questions and get the right hardware for your needs in return.

 

Power Supply:

Often overlooked as a component, your power supply is an important part of your computer as it powers all the internal components. The power supply you need will largely be determined by the components in your PC - in particular CPU type, graphics card and number of internal devices.

Never overlook the significance of a power supply - an underpowered system will be prone not only to unreliable operation, but also to component damage.

 

CPU:

Keep in mind that the faster the CPU is and the more Cores it includes the more open programs your Computer will be able to handle. This is the most important part of the Computer and it is best to go for the highest specification you can afford

 

Motherboard:

The most important thing to keep in mind when picking a motherboard is to get one that's fairly future proof.

 

 Make sure your motherboard has enough expansion slots (most commonly PCI slots) to support all additional cards you may want to use in future - including sound cards, TV cards, wireless network cards, etc.

 

3D Graphics Card:

While most motherboards these days feature an onboard graphics card that is suitable for the casual user, these aren't adequate for gamers.  They will want a separate graphics card included


RAM:

RAM is fast memory used by your computer to execute tasks. When your computer runs out of RAM, it starts swapping data to the much slower hard drive, which slows down your entire system.

 

With RAM being so cheap these days I'd recommend you get as much as you can and at least 4GB. Bear in mind that although much higher figures are available anything more than 4GB will only work on a 64 bit computer not the standard 32 bit type

 

Hard drive:

Go for the largest you can afford. With the size of digital pictures and videos these days it is all too easy to fill up a Hard Drive. Aim to future proof and I would suggest 500GB or more

 

Optical Drives:

Fortunately CD-ROM drives have quietly vanished off the market, so you can now get more versatile DVD-ROM and CD-ReWriter drives very cheaply

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If you want to be able to write DVDs, naturally go for a DVD-RW drive, and make sure the drive you get supports double-layer writing so you can use the new 8.5GB double layer DVD discs in it, which is a whole lot of backup storage.  If you want to play High Definition movies a Blue-ray drive.

 

So, that's just a quick rundown of the things to keep in mind when buying a new computer. Fortunately it's almost impossible to buy a slow computer these days - only gamers and other users of high-demand software need to pay special attention to what they get.  

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