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What to think about before you buy a new computer.

Buying a new computer can be as difficult as buying a new car. No matter how much research you do, how many showrooms you visit, and how much bargaining you do. You still may not be completely sure that you did indeed get the computer that you need.

What processor should i buy? or what size monitor do i need? are questions much more a matter of your personal financial ability. More is of course better, more is also not entirely necessary. Much in the same way that you can buy a car with manual windows or electric windows. Both work just fine to move the glass up and down. However there are a few things that need you need to be aware of. So read on, as we review a few simple principles.

What do you want to do with your new computer?
A computer has only one purpose and that is to run programs. Some programs require a better endowed PC than others. So the first order of business would be to discover what kind of programs you want to run.

For many buyers, this is a Catch-22 situation. They can't buy a computer until they know what they want to do with it. But they can't really know all of the uses there are for a computer until they own one.

This problem isn't as tough as it seems, however. Go to your local computer store, and look at the software that's available. Find the software that looks like something you will need or will enjoy in the case of a game. Now look for a bit of information on the outside that will say something to the effect of "Minimum requirements" After looking at a few packages, it should be pretty clear to you that any mid-range system will run 99% of the available software. You only need a top-of-the-line system for professional applications such as graphic design and video production or for cutting edge games.

Software tends to lag behind hardware, because it's written to reach the widest possible audience. A program that only worked on the fastest system would have very limited sales potential.

Computers, old before their time.
Buying the latest computer system is like buying a fancy new car. You pay a high premium just to get the newest model. As soon as you drive the car out of the lot, it becomes a used car, and its value goes down several thousand dollars. This is especially true with new computers since new models comes out regularly and your "latest and greatest" becomes a has-been very quickly , and its value plummets. The technology industry is one of the very few where everybody knows that the speed will get better and better and the prices will continue to go down. By computer standards, a two-year-old model is really old, and a three-year-old model is practically worthless. Sinking a lot of money into today's top-of-the-line computer makes you less willing (and less financially able) to upgrade a couple of years from now, when you may really need it.

Some people think that if they only buy the most powerful computer available, they won't have to upgrade for a long, long time. These people forget, however, that the speed of processors double about every 18 months. (Moore's Law) as dose the software. However nobody ever really needs to upgrade their computer, ever. The only reason ever to upgrade is to continue to use newer and newer programs. Your computer will continue to be able to use it's same generation software for an indefinite time period.



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