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Simple Computer Buyer's Guide

Updated: Jan 23, 2019

When buying a new computer, think about:

1.) Pricing

Just like most things, there's a large difference in the quality of parts you're buying depending on the money you spend. Today, if you want higher quality parts for your computer, anything $500 or more is going to be worth the money. If you're spending less than that, then be prepared for a 1-2 year lifespan, at which point you will have to replace or repair that computer.

2.) Type of hardware

The most important piece of hardware to pay attention to when buying a new computer is the hard drive. Right now there are two main types of hard drives that a computer runs on: a solid state hard drive or hard disk drive. We always recommend using a solid state drive versus a hard disk drive. If you can get a computer that already has a solid state drive in it, it will be faster and more reliable. If you can't do that, you can always ask us to order you a solid state and replace it for you.

3.) Manufacturer

Regarding Window's systems, different brands have different quality standards. Currently, the brands we recommend are Lenovo and Asus. These are by far the better options for Windows users as they are great quality and long lasting. Interestingly enough, what we see in the shop most frequently are HP brand devices.

One question we get asked frequently is: Mac or PC?

In the long run, Mac's are going to be cheaper for you versus a Windows user because their parts are specifically crafted to be compatible to their software. For you this is an economically safe choice because it is much more reliable than an open-sourced system (PC's). Although a Mac is more expensive on the front end, it's quality will pay off in contrast to PC users through long-term use.

How much space does someone generally need on their computer?

On average 8 gigabytes of RAM space is going to be more than enough. As for hard drives or solid state drives, it depends on what you need, but generally the more space, the better. For processors, if you can stick with an I5 or an I7, you shouldn't have to worry about it.

As well as the three things up top, you need to know what type of computer will best fit your needs. If your use for the computer is mobile, then go for a laptop which is more convenient- however has a shorter life-span. If you do not need to travel with your device, then get a desktop. They are more durable with better performance for the price you're paying and are also easier to repair. 

It can confusing with so many options, brands, people telling you what to spend your money on, etc. We hope this is a useful guide for you to go out and buy whatever will best suite your needs. If you have any detailed questions about a certain type of computer build, feel free to call us and chat with one of our technicians!

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