Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Choosing the Right Desktop Computer

Before handing your credit card over to the sales person, you should ponder on carefully on the desktop computer you are setting your sights on. There are a good number of competent brands out there but the right one still depends on your needs.

To make it a lot easier for you to choose, here are a few pointers you need to consider:

Where You Intend To Use It

Your intended usage will help you choose a computer that will work for you well. If you are only going to use it for small office works such as encoding and sending e-mail, a non-expensive computer system is good enough for home office use. The brands intended for business use are more expensive as they have been integrated with operating systems good for businesses. Also, they have been integrated with high-end security functions.

The Budget You Allotted For It

No matter how much you love the features of that expensive Mac desktop computer if you cannot afford it, you will only end up salivating over it. Know your budget first and find out which competent brands can fit within your budget. The higher the specifications of the computer are, the more expensive it gets.

The Whole Package Of The Computer

After finding a good computer, check out its specifications. What processor was used and is it competent enough to last for long years? Today, you can choose from AMD and Intel processor but we can say both are competent enough.

You also have to check the optical drives, the memory, the hardware such as the keyboard, mouse and monitor. Is the monitor screen large enough for your needs? Make sure that you stick to the ones you really need and is just right for you. It is nice to invest in an upscale brand but if you are on a budget, you can have the same efficiency for less the price.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Refurbished Desktop Computer

Used desktop computers don’t always mean second-hand computers on the verge of falling apart. Many can be recertified and refurbished computers.

A recertified and refurbished desktop computer means that these computers have been fully re-checked and any technical faults or misgivings are corrected. The computers are then sold with a warranty to ensure that they are working perfectly. These refurbished computers are the safest way to get a used computer.

There are many online stores that sell refurbished, well-maintained and completely new desktop computers at very low prices. For as little as $200 to $400 one can get a decent desktop computer. There are many websites that provide recertified and refurbished desktop computers made by quality manufacturers such as Dell, Compaq, Sony and the like. All you have to do is seek and you will find.

You can also buy OEM versions of the Windows operating system and install it yourself. These OEM versions are cheap, but you need to know how to install it yourself.

Sometimes you may not find the used computer you are looking for. Fret not, you can always buy that extra CD drive you wanted and put it in yourself, or ask a technically inclined friend to put it in for you.

Now you know that if you just need a computer setup at home just to listen to a few MP3 tracks, watch a couple of movies, check your email and work on your presentations for work, you don’t need to spend a fortune on a computer – just get a “used” desktop computer.