Choosing a New Computer

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Ever wondered how to choose a new computer?

When you are looking to buy a new computer, there are many different options to choose from.


Below is a general guide to navigate through all the computer jargon when choosing a new computer.


The first question is:  What is the primary purpose of the computer?


Reasons to choose a desktop:

– Easier to upgrade

– They have a designated space

– Ability to have multiple monitors attached

– Cheaper than a laptop for comparable level

– Less likely to get damaged due to negligence


Reasons to choose a laptop:

– Portability – built in battery

– Flexibility – able to take it on the go

– Takes up less space then a desktop

– Built in battery backup


The next big question is:

Are you going to be transferring programs or documents from another computer?

The operating system:

Most computers sold today come with Windows 7. Therefore, if your old computer has Windows XP, be sure to confirm your programs are compatible with Windows 7.


Programs on the computer:

It’s a good idea to make sure you have the cd’s and license keys to any programs which you have installed on your old computer.
It is also important to make sure you are able to install the program onto multiple computers, using the same license.


Generally speaking, newer versions of programs allow for the older versions to be read.


Other devices:

Confirm that all external devices, such as printers, scanners and smartphones are compatible with the new operating system.
Be sure to install the correct drivers onto the new computer.

Just a side note:

We have every version of Microsoft’s operating systems and Office package – so as long as you have the license key, we can easily install it on your new computer.

Can’t find your license key on your computer?
We can find the Microsoft keys!

What type of processor to get?

There are two main companies, Intel and AMD, and within each company there are many types.


Most users find the low to medium end processors to be adequate for their needs, however, power users might require the higher end models.

What’s the difference between memory and the hard drive?

Memory, aka “RAM”, holds the information for what the computer is currently doing.


The hard drive is where the stuff is actually stored, like a file cabinet!


The amount of memory and the size of your hard drive all depends on what the computer is being used for and what is on the computer. 


We recommend a minimum of 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive for Windows 7 computers

If getting a laptop – what else do you need to consider?

– Actual size and weight of the laptop

– The size of the screen

– Battery life

– Webcam

– Type of mouse

– A protective case



If getting a desktop – what else do you need to consider?


– Type of monitor (glossy or matte)

– Size of monitor

– If would be interested in 2 screens, to make sure graphic card has 2 inputs

– Do you need a wireless card?




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