An Inspiron 531 PC upgraded for gaming purposes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You may be wondering where to start when buying your new computer. There are thousands of computers to choose from online. Ask yourself questions like: What type of OS do you need? What sort of platform are you looking for? Do you need a PC or MAC? Knowing what you need beforehand is very important. It will make your shopping and final decision easier. These are just five ways to use the internet while shopping for a new computer.
1. Consider your PC accessories
Most people that purchase a PC will likely be using a printer, video camera, external hard drives and other peripheral devices. So, you don't want to buy a new PC that won't be able to handle all the peripherals you have for it.
To check and see if the potential computer you want has all the ports, you need, pull up the technical specs on that PC. You can also view pictures of the motherboard, or the back of the PC, in order to view the available ports.
2. Get enough memory to suffice your needs
Depending on your needs, make sure you choose a PC or laptop with sufficient memory. Sometimes you can find a great laptop sale, but the device doesn't have the amount of memory you need. You can view the technical specs online for that particular PC to see if it has the RAM you need. Most often, having lots of RAM is perfect for gaming or if you are using intensive graphics. Lower RAM is perfect for everyday computing tasks.
3. Make sure you have enough space
Don't forget to look into the hard drive space. This can also be found on the technical specs of any computer being sold online. Some computers are sold at a cheap price because the hard drive space is less than 500GB. If you don't want to pay much up front for lots of hard drive space, make sure the unit you purchase is upgradable.
4. Don't forget the software
Most computers won't have all the software you need when you purchase them. For example, other programs such as word processing, video editing and graphic editing software will need to be purchased separately. There are ways around this. If you must use all your funds on your PC, don't fret too much about software. There are plenty of word programs, video and graphic editing software free, or on a trial basis, online.
5. Base the purchase on your current software needs
Say you are getting a new computer to meet the requirements of high-end software or a video game you have purchased. If you purchase any computer without doing research on it, you won't be satisfied. Look into PC forums or reviews on the specific computer of your interest.
These are just a few things to consider while shopping for a new computer. Always try to remember what you require first before purchasing anything. Use the internet to compare prices and read user reviews for more detailed information.