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What’s the Best Computer to Buy?

We are often asked, “What’s the best computer to buy?”

Truthfully, the answer is “it depends”.

Everyone has different and unique needs and wants for a computer in their life. When making a decision on which computer to buy, it’s best to narrow it down to a few factors.

What should you consider?

Here are four questions to ask yourself when trying to decide what’s the best computer for you:

1.  First, what is your budget?
You can expect a computer to last at least 4-5 years before needing to be upgraded, repaired or replaced.  Keep in mind – technology is always going to continue to improve and update. Your needs may evolve and change over time, as well.

When it comes to cost – consider this — just because a computer is expensive, doesn’t mean that it’s the “best for you”. 

What about a computer you find on sale?

And, a word of caution to be beware of the “deal of the day” or a computer desktop or laptop that’s offered at a very low price from big box stores or TV shopping networks – often for sale around $199 price point. Those may seem like great “deals and offers”, but when you look more closely, you find they come with a very cheap processor or an extremely small hard drive space (i.e. 32 / 64 GB). If you fall for one of those “deals” you might be finding yourself looking for a new computer again very soon after your purchase.

Depending on the other factors, you may also need a Solid State Drive, which will improve your overall performance of your computer.

2.  Secondly, how will you use the computer?

Think about how you will be using the computer, as that is another key factor in choosing what’s best for you.

Are you a casual, normal everyday user – online web searches, email, and solitaire or Candy Crush? Or, do you run Quickbooks or other software applications for your business? Into more serious gaming? Do you create music or graphic design? Maybe you would love to start up a business? Maybe you are not sure what your needs will be in the near future. Your usage determines the processor and other hardware need.

If you use a specific software application, check their hardware specifications before you make your purchase to make sure you get the computer to meet your minimum requirements.

3.  Then, how much storage will you need?
Your storage determines the size of hard drive you will need.

4.  Finally, how many applications (programs) will you need to run at the same time?
The more you plan on multi-tasking, the more RAM you will need.

OUR GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS:

Once you have your answers to the questions above, take a look at the chart below. In this chart, you will find our general recommendations. To simplify your decision process, consider the RAM, Hard Drive Space/Type, Processor and Processor Speed. You will see in each area a scale from poor to best to help you sort through what specifications you need in your hardware for your computer purchase.

If you are in the market for a new computer for your home or business, give us a call. If interested, we have business-class computers and laptops available for purchase. A simple upgrade to your hard drive or RAM may be all you need to improve your existing laptop or desktop performance.

Regardless if you purchase a computer from us or not, if you need to transfer data from an old computer to a new computer, we can do that, too.

Call us today (423) 321-2781.

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