Helpful hints for buying a Computer: Leads on the steps to be taken, and why.

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1. Buy a computer that includes basic peripherals - Computers can be broken down into four major components -

CPU unit, monitor, keyboard, and mouse

For the beginner, it would be best to acquire a computer that has all of these components included so that after you bring it home, assembling the computer is a simple matter of plugging things in where they belong. The individual acquiring of these components should probably be done by those who have more experience. Extra accessories will be discussed further down in this article.

2. Determine your uses for the computer - If you want to use your computer to cruise the web, perform uncomplicated word-processing or spreadsheet tasks, or send email a computer with the basic components that we just described should suffice. If you want a computer to work with sounds, you will need a quality microphone and a good set of speakers. If mixed media is what you will be using your computer for, you should accessorize your system with a scanner, printer, digital camera, tablet, or digital camera, as examples. For all of these, a great website to checkout starting out is http://www.hardwaresoftwareandmore, also mentioned further down in this article.

3. Determine a budget and stick to it! - Ask yourself the question, "How much can I afford to spend on a new computer?" Although the expenses of computers are decreasing, they can still create a hefty expense especially if you need additional peripherals described above. Additionally, you'll need to figure in costs for maintenance, servicing, and insuring.

4. Start comparison shopping and look for the "fastest and biggest" - "Fastest and biggest" refers to the computer with the quickest processor, the quickest modem, the biggest memory, and the most hard drive capacity. Having such a large reserve will cut down on costs when the time comes to upgrade for more than what you may settle for in a computer that offers less. Even if you think that you'll never need the amount of speed or space available on the market today, it's important to have in the event that you truly do need that much in the future.

5. Stick with the brands that are known and have good reviews - Venturing off the beaten path with brands that are not well known is an adventure for those who have more experience with computers. Although those better-known brands may be a tad bit more expensive, the computer beginner will appreciate the comfort in purchasing a computer from a business that has a long record of building quality products, and that has the funds available for fulfilling returns, trades, servicing, and warranties.

6. Select where to go to buy - Having an idea of what you want in a computer and what kind of computer that you want, select the place in which you want to buy it. There are a number of places available including computer store outlets, online stores, auction sites, used computer stores, or your friendly neighborhood yard sale. For the computer novice, we recommend buying a computer from a physical store. In a physical store, you have the convenience of seeing the computer of interest in person and ask questions. New computer buyers also have access to store warranties, returns, trades, and services. For the more experienced user, a great site to purchase from is http://www.hardwareandsoftware.

7. Acquire accessories - It is often the case that you will want to accessorize your purchase. For instance, when laptops and notebooks are purchased, they do not normally come with a computer bag or sleeve. If you will be carrying your new purchase to different locations, you will want to do it in a safe matter. In addition, you may wish to acquire a laptop fan to keep your laptop from becoming over-heated in prolonged use. For that and other peripherals, such as speakers, monitors, etc., an excellent site to purchase from is http://www.hardwareandsoftware. Here you can find laptops, notebooks, accessories and various software products from many well-known suppliers, without having to go to each supplier one by one. These suggestions should give the computer newbie a great start in selecting a quality computer for the first time, be it Windows or Macintosh. Once these decisions are made and you have been able to selecting one that fits your needs, you can then venture into the fascinating world of software - a world that is just as grand as the world of hardware! Good luck in your computer purchase!

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