Avoid Buyer's Remorse: 7 Things to Consider When Getting a New Computer

How do you choose wisely when buying a new computer? Read our PC buying guide to learn the things to double-check before you hand over your cash.

Have you ever bought a new computer and then had  buyer’s remorse a few months later? Maybe you didn’t pay attention to the  storage capacity and ran out of space. Or you may have glossed over memory  and experienced constant freeze-ups.

An investment in a new PC isn’t something you  want to do lightly. Doing your research ahead of time and consulting with a  trusted friend or IT shop can help. It will keep you from making major  mistakes that could come back to haunt you later.

Here are several things to consider before you  put down your hard-earned money on a new computer.

 The Amount  of Memory (RAM)

One of the big mistakes that people make when  looking for a new computer is to ignore the RAM. Random access memory may be  called RAM on the specification or “memory.” If your system has low memory,  you run into all sorts of problems.

These issues can include:

  • Browser freezing up when  you have too many tabs open
  • Issues watching videos
  • Some software not  working properly
  • Sluggish behavior
  • Inability to open  multiple applications
  • Constant freezes

Memory is the “thought process” of the PC. If  there isn’t enough, it can’t take on another task until it completes the  current processing tasks. This can cause frustration and ruin your  productivity.

People often go for those low-priced computer  deals when looking for a new device. But these can include only 4GB of RAM.  That’s not a lot if you do much more than staying in a single application or  just a few browser tabs.

The higher the RAM, the more responsive the  system performance. So, look for PCs with at least 8GB of RAM. Or higher if  you do any graphics/video or other processing-intensive activities.

User  Reviews for Longevity

Buying a new computer is an investment. So, it’s  natural to want that investment to last as long as possible. You don’t want  to spend $700 on a new computer, only to begin experiencing problems when  it’s just two years old.

Take your time to research user reviews on the  specific models you’re considering. You’ll begin to see patterns emerging.  Steer clear of models that have consistent complaints about breakdowns sooner  than expected.

You may have to pay a little more for a system  that has a better track record of performance. But it will save you in the  long run when you have more years of usable life before that device needs  replacement.  

Whether the  PC is for Personal or Business Use

If you have a small business or are a freelancer,  you may try to save money by buying a consumer PC. But this could end up  costing you more in the long run.

Consumer PCs aren’t designed for continuous  “9-to-5” use. They also often lack certain types of firmware security present  in business-use models. The price gap has also shortened between good  consumer computers and business versions. If you’re not looking at the cheap  systems, you’ll find that it’s not that much more to get a business-grade  device.

The  Processor Used

It can be confusing to read through the processor  specifications on a computer. How do you know if Intel Core i7 or i3 is best for your needs? What’s the performance difference between AMD and Intel  processors?

If you don’t want to do the research yourself,  you could call up your local IT shop. We will be happy to steer you in the  right direction. We’ll explain in layman’s terms the differences. As well as  which processor makes the most sense for your intended use.

For  Laptops: The Case Type

If you’re looking for a laptop computer, it’s  important that it is durable. Laptops have some unique characteristics that  differ from desktops. For example, the screen is often folded down one or  more times per day. Additionally, the keyboard is part of the case and is not  easily replaced by the user.

If you get a laptop with a cheap plastic case,  it’s bound to break during normal use. Keys could also easily pop off the  keyboard, requiring a trip to a computer repair shop.

You want to consider the materials used for the  case. Paying an extra $20-$30 upcharge for a better casing is definitely  worth it. It can help you avoid unneeded headaches.

Storage  Capacity

Storage capacity can be a pain point that you  experience after the fact. If you buy a computer without paying attention to  hard drive space, you could regret it. You may not be able to transfer over  all your “stuff” from the old system.

But storage capacity can also be an area where  you can save some money. If you store most of your files in the cloud, then  you may not need a lot of hard drive space. The less space you need, the  lower the price.

Hard Drive Type

If you can get a computer with a solid-state  drive (SSD) rather than a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) you should. SSDs  are faster and less likely to have read/write issues. They have no moving  parts; thus they are quieter as well.

Solid-state drives have come down in price quite  a bit recently. There are many affordable options, and you’ll also find some  PCs with both a hard drive and SSD.

Come to Us  Before You Spend Money on a New Computer

Don’t blindly invest in a new computer without  some expert guidance. Contact us today for a free consultation to save you  from a bad new PC experience.

Article used with permission from The Technology Press.

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