7 Tips for buying a new PC

If you are thinking about buying a new computer this year, there are a few things to consider.

Things must be looking up in the economy because clients are asking a lot of questions about buying new Windows computers.

1. Desktop or Laptop

The price difference between a comparable desktop and laptop has really narrowed, so there is usuall only a price difference of $100 to $150 between them.

2. Processor

I recommend getting an Intel i3, i5 or i7 processor.  i3 is the lower end and i7 is at the top end.  My clients have all been getting i5 processors and they are very pleased with the performance.

3. RAM

Allows your computer to do multiple things at once.  I recommend that you get at least 4 GB of RAM.  This will let you transition smoothly between tasks like email, surfing the Internet and spreadsheets.

4. Hard drive size

This depends on your computing needs.  If you have a lot of pictures, videos, and music, then you will want to get a larger capacity drive.

5. Operating System

Windows 7 is a great choice for your new computer.

6. Software Compatibility

Make sure that your current versions of software will be compatible with your new system.  It is quite frustrating when businesses get a new computer and then realize that their accounting or other specialized software doesn’t work with the new system.

7. Warranty

You should buy the 3 year extended onsite warranty instead of the cheaper mail-in coverage.  What does it cost your business being without your computer for 2 weeks when you have to mail it in?

Final thoughts

These are just guidelines for getting a new computer this holiday season. Everyone’s situation is a little bit different so there is no one size fits all recommendation.  You should consult with your current IT provider on what they recommend for your environment.

 

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7 Tips for buying a new PC

If you are thinking about buying a new computer this year, there are a few things to consider.