Have you ever purchased a computer with the intention of regretting it after some time had passed? Perhaps you didn't check its storage capacity and ran short on space. Or, perhaps memory was overlooked and caused frequent freeze-ups.
Don't take the decision to invest in a new computer lightly. Do your research and consult with an IT professional or friend before making your choice; this will help avoid costly errors that could later come back to haunt your business.
Before you invest in a new computer, here are some things to consider.
Memory Amount (RAM)
Many computer shoppers make a common miscalculation: they neglect RAM. Random access memory (RAM) is commonly referred to as "memory" on specifications pages, and having low RAM can cause numerous issues for your machine. If your RAM levels are inadequate, your system could potentially crash unexpectedly.
Potential concerns could include:
Browser freezes when there are too many tabs open
- Issues Viewing Videos
- Software Not Working Correctly
- Issues Running Documents
- Signs of fatigue
- Sluggish performance
- Unable to open multiple applications simultaneously.
- Constant Freezing
Memory is the "thought process" of your computer. Without enough, it cannot handle another task and this can cause frustration and reduce productivity levels.
When shopping for a new computer, many people tend to opt for the lowest-priced deals. Unfortunately, these models typically only come with 4GB of RAM - not enough if you use multiple applications or open several browser tabs simultaneously.
The more RAM your system has, the smoother it will perform. Look for computers with at least 8GB RAM if you plan to engage in graphics/video processing or any other high-processing activities; opt for at least 8GB.
Review by Users for Longevity
A new computer purchase is an investment, so it's only natural that you want your investment to last as long as possible. Spending $700 on a machine that starts having issues after two years isn't worth the risk.
Take the time to read user reviews about models you are interested in. Soon enough, you will begin to notice patterns. Steer clear of models with a history of frequent breakdowns.
Though more expensive, investing in a system with an excellent track record will pay off over time as your device will have more years of usable life before needing replacement.
No matter if the PC is used for personal or business purposes
A consumer PC can be an excellent way to save money if you own a small business or work freelance. However, this could result in higher long-term expenses.
Consumer computers are usually not suitable for "9-to-5" work, as they lack security features found on business-grade models. Fortunately, prices have come down between consumer and business grade computers - you won't have to shell out more money for a business grade computer if you look past the cheaper models first.
Understanding Your Processor
It can be overwhelming to comprehend all the specifications of a processor on a computer. How do you know if Intel Core i7 is the best choice for you, and what are the performance differences between Intel and AMD processors?
If you don't feel like doing the research yourself, call your local IT shop. We'll be more than happy to point you in the right direction and explain everything clearly. Plus, we can tell which processor is best suited for your needs.
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When shopping for a laptop computer, durability is key. Laptops offer certain advantages over desktops: their screens can be folded down several times daily and their keyboards are integrated into the case that cannot be taken out by the user. Laptops offer added portability too!
Your laptop, which is made of cheap plastic, will eventually break. You may notice keys popping out of the keyboard - this requires a trip to a computer shop for repair.
Consider the materials used to craft the case. A better case may be worth investing an extra $20-30, and doing so can spare you from any potential headaches down the line.
Capacity for Storage
You may discover that storage capacity is an issue after the fact. You could end up regretting purchasing a computer that does not have enough hard drive space, as you won't be able to transfer all your items from the old device.
Storage capacity is another area that can help you save money. If you store most of your files online, having more space may not be necessary; the price will decrease the more space used.
Types of Hard Drive
Solid-state drives (SSDs) are more efficient and less likely to have read/write issues than traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). Plus, since SSDs don't contain moving parts, they tend to be quieter as well.
Recently, the cost of solid-state drives has significantly declined. You now have plenty of affordable options and some computers that feature both a hard disk and an SSD.
We are here to assist you before you spend money on a new computer
Don't make an impulse buy without consulting with an expert first. We can help ensure that your new machine provides you with a positive experience, helping prevent any unpleasant surprises down the line.