Step by Step Guide in Buying a Computer

LinVio By LinVio, 26th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This is based from Dan Gookin’s 2004 edition of “Buying a Computer for Dummies”

Step by Step Guide in Buying a Computer

Some people are really freaked out in terms of buying their own computer or laptop. Ahem. I used to be one of them. I am a computer engineer but still I find it hard to decide which ones I should buy. The market offers a wide variety of choices, that’s why. Until I found the book of Dan Gookin’s “Buying a Computer for Dummies”, I realized that it is not actually that scary. Here are the things that I’ve learned:

1. Ask yourself the reason of buying a computer. If you don’t have intact answers to this question, then you better postpone buying one. Since you really think you need to have your own unit, then you should have figured out why. Of course, wanting to do the internet is one of your reasons. With your computer you can exchange email, browse the web, view news and sports, entertain yourself, chat with friends, etc. What about doing writing for your reports and/or playing games? You need to decide on this.

2. Decide for appropriate softwares. Once you have listed the reasons of buying a computer, you can now easily decide as to what software you will need. Some stores actually offer free softwares depending on your demand. In my case, one of my main reasons is writing so I needed Microsoft Office program. Luckily, it was free of charge when I bought my laptop.

3. Find appropriate hardware. Now, you have your list of softwares and your next step is to match those requirements with the appropriate hardware. For instance you want a high resolution game, all you need is a powerful device that could satisfy your needs. In my case, I love to make graphics design. When I told the dealer about that, he suggested choosing the unit with at least 2GB memory and at least 2GHz processor. Of course, there are other more powerful specifications I can choose from but with these to serve my basic needs, why should I ask for more? If in case you think you might need a more powerful unit in the future, just choose the hardware that’s upgradable.

4. Make sure you can easily get service and support. One way to know this is to research if the maker of the unit is a stable company. The advantage of this is that if in case something goes wrong with your unit, you have some place to have it fixed.

5. How much is in your wallet? Of course you need to consider the price of the computer. In fact contrary to Gookin’s book, budget was the very first thing I considered. Then I just made sure all my demands would match with my budget. I bought my laptop in December, so get some freebies aside from discounts. You might try considering this also.


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author avatar Denise O
28th Sep 2010 (#)

All of this is very sound advice.
Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar simplyoj
1st Oct 2010 (#)

Thanks for these handy tips.

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