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Buying a computer to some people can seem like a daunting task while to others it’s a piece of cake. Those people seem to know the ins and outs of the computer market, know what to look for in a computer from the CPU, memory and hard drive while you just sit at home and wonder what it all means.

What to look for when buying a computer doesn’t have to be difficult, just follow some simple and basic rules and in no time at all you will be sitting in front of a nice new shiny computer.

1. First you will need to decide what you will be using the computer for. You might want the best and fastest computer available, but do you really need it? Decide on what you are going to use the computer for. Surfing the net, office or spreadsheets are all things that require little processing power so buying the fastest computer out there will not be of any benefit to you. On the other hand if you are going to be playing state of the art games, watch video and TV then you will need one that is more powerful than one for spreadsheets.

2. It will be a good thing for a newbie to computers to buy a complete system. That means buying a computer with a monitor, keyboard and mouse included in the price. That way you won’t have to look at all the different monitors, mice and keyboards that are on the market. Trust me picking those items is a lot worse than choosing a computer!

3. Once you have decided what you will be doing with your new computer decide on how much you can afford to spend and stick to that price range. There are many different computers out there, all with different specifications so having a price range and an idea on what one will be using a computer for will go a long way in deciding what’s best for you.

4. Now you are ready to look around for computers. It pays to check in as many different places as one can which will mean magazines and newspapers, online and of course going to shops and malls looking at the different ones available. This is probably the best option for a novice as one can see the computers on the shelves. Remember, stick to the price range you know you can afford and don’t be afraid when in shops to ask questions, lots of questions. Warranties and service contracts are important too so get the best available. Sometimes it pays to buy a computer with a little more power than you may need. Also hard drive space, graphics and memory may seem like equations to the meaning of life to you at the moment but try to get the best you can afford, that way if in the future you do decide to play games, make movies or music or even build your own games then that extra computing power, graphics and memory will serve you well.

5. One good way of purchasing a computer is to buy a branded computer. Nowadays there is so much choice available to the consumer it can work to your advantage. One company will offer one thing while another will offer a bigger or better item. Plus buying a branded computer can give one the peace of mind that it’s from a reputable computer maker.

6. Do you know someone who is into computers? Well take them along or ask for advice. It seems that every household has at least one person who is into computers and knows all the ins and outs, so asking them will help you enormously.

Now that you know how to buy a computer you can go out there and buy a new computer that you really want, not what someone else wants you to have. Enjoy your new computer and always look at trying new things with it like multimedia, games and the other things one can enjoy with a computer. Buying a computer isn’t hard now is it?

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