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How to buy the right PC.              By John Goulas

Navigating the World of Computers: A Guide to Making Informed Choices

Imagine stepping onto a car dealership with the intention of purchasing a vehicle. Your gaze is instantly captured by the latest model, boasting an impressive 580 horsepower engine, a suite of luxurious extras, and a sound system of such magnitude that it necessitates ear protection. The car’s acceleration is so potent that it promises to traverse the length of your driveway in reverse at breakneck speeds. But the question arises: is such extravagance necessary?

The answer for most would be a resounding no. A reliable 1989 Toyota Corolla, for instance, would suffice, capable of fulfilling its purpose without the need for constant maintenance. This analogy extends to the realm of computers. Why do consumers demand so much from their devices when the primary uses—such as email and web browsing—require minimal specifications?

The key to purchasing a computer lies in finding one that aligns with your needs and performs the tasks you require efficiently. The technological landscape is rapidly evolving, with daily advancements boasting faster speeds, more cores, and increasingly compact chips. While these developments are enticing, they often exceed the requirements of the average user.

When selecting a computer, it is crucial to ensure it meets the minimum specifications to run contemporary software. A mere 4 megabytes of RAM is insufficient in today’s standards; a minimum of 2 gigabytes is necessary for basic operations, with most systems offering between 4 to 16 gigabytes as a standard feature. Additionally, a monitor and printer are essential peripherals. While high-color displays and advanced printers are available, they may not be necessary for everyday use, and standard models often suffice.

Regarding internet connectivity, options range from direct connections to modems. Although direct connections may be cost-prohibitive for some, modem technology has advanced significantly. The once-standard 56K modem has given way to ADSL and fiber options, offering speeds from 512Kbps to an astonishing 500,000Kbps, as well as wireless alternatives. However, these higher speeds represent an investment and come with a corresponding price tag.

In conclusion, investing in a computer is akin to investing in a vehicle. It is about finding a balance between performance and practicality, ensuring that the device serves your needs without unnecessary excess. Whether you seek the pinnacle of performance or simply a means to ‘get there,’ the market offers a spectrum of choices to suit every requirement.


 Things to consider when buying a PC

What is the primary purpose of the PC.

What operating systems are you intending to use. ( Windows 10 |  Windows 11 , 32bit or 64bit

       platform ?

Do you need to be connected on the World Wide Web. (Fibre / Wireless)

Is e-mail a requirement. (Anti-Virus is a must).

Do you need to send & receive large files. (Office 365)

Are you going to play games on your PC or use Graphic Design Software. (Dedicated Graphic Card Essential)

Do you need to produce hardcopies of your work ? ie: Printer / Black & white or colour. (Inkjet / Laser ?)

Do you need to backup your work ? (A must against data loss !)  Flash disks/ NAS Storage /Cloud Services  etc)

Do you want to listen to Music or watch movies on your pc, ie: Sound card & Good Speakers.

Do you need to scan in documents electronically, ie: Scanner / All in one printer.

What size screen do you need - If your eyesight is good a 19" will do, 24" recommended.

Need to be mobile, than maybe a laptop or tablet will be preferred. especially  with load shedding.

Look at your warranty period & your after sales service. (Extended Warranties Available)

How much is it costing you to run old Pcs?

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