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How to Choose a New Computer

How to Choose a New Computer

Introduction

Computer

In the today’s modern , Computers are used for almost every task imaginable. Recent surveys report that almost 40% of homes have personal computers, and this number is growing. In this growing use of computers, a knowledge and understanding of computers and it’s uses has become an essential success in today’s .

The electric, electronic, and mechanical equipment that makes up a personal computer is called hardware. Devices that surround the system unit (i.e., the keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, and so on) sometimes are known as peripheral devices.

Computers process data to produce information and hold that information for future use. These tasks are completed very quickly. Today’s supercomputer can perform 1.8 trillion tasks per second. If it takes a person, a second for one mathematics operation without stopping, it would take more than 31,000 years for what a supercomputer can do.

If you haven’t bought a computer in a while, you will be surprised by the costs. You can get a quite capable laptop for around 20,000 INR and desktops for even less. You might decide to spend more for particular reasons, but the starting point is lower than many people realize.

Almost all the new computers for sale today have a fast enough processor(CPU) and enough memory (RAM) and storage space (hard disk) for an average user. Inspite of all the technical stuff, you really cannot go too far wrong while buying a Computer;but you might spend a little more money than strictly necessary.

Most people use personal Computers to do pretty basic tasks like reading and sending an email, browse the Internet, create documents, and manage pictures and music. These tasks are not very demanding for a modern computer. As long as you don’t have a specialized need(gaming, videography), most of the Computers on the market will work for you.

Our primary aim is to prevent you from overspending and to help you prevent any Computers that will be outdated very quickly. Our second goal is to help you think through the features and options available so that you are able to choose the machine that best fits your needs and preferences.
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The specifications

Tech Specs

* a minimum of 4Gb of RAM
* a hard disk of 250Gb or more
* a reasonably modern processor(CPU). Any of the Intel i-series chips(i3, i5 or i7) and AMD(Intel’s main competitor) Athlon II or Phenom II X3 or X4 chip should be fine, and the FX-series chips are perfectly respectable.

You do not need to worry about Operating Systems; Apple makes fairly regular OSX updates available at low cost and with minimal disruptions, so whatever version you purchase will usually be fine, and if not, will be easy to upgrade. Windows 7 is still a very solid choice; but Windows 8/10 is everything that Windows 7 is, with added speed and stability. Windows 8/10 does have a new user interface; the “tiles” and “metro look” which you might have heard about. But most of those changes are easy to remove if you find them too annoying or difficult to work with.

Windows users have an option to choose the 64-bit version of Windows over the 32-bit (all Macs are 64-bit). A 32-bit machine isn’t the end of the world, but the world has pretty much moved on to 64-bit, so you might as well too.

If you choose a machine with these basic specs, you will not have any deep regrets. Here are the main points that an individual buyer should consider.

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Mac v/s Windows

Mac vs Windows

If you are a home Computer user, and mainly you want to browse the Web, get your personal email, keep a , do some word processing, and try on some music, photos and video and if you’re not committed to Windows and buy a Mac. They are great machines, and if they’re right for you, you should get one.

The reasons to choose a Windows over a Mac are:
1) You need or prefer Windows
2) You need or prefer to pay the minimum price.

If you are already familiar with Windows and prefer to avoid having to learn something new, or that you depend on specific software that is only available for Windows. Now a days, there are same/similar software which are available for the Mac. If you use Outlook heavily, then a Mac might not be a great fit although a Mac version of Outlook became available in 2011. The Outlook Mac version is different enough from the Windows version to make it a tough transition for many Windows Outlook users. Another fact is that there is simply more software available for Windows in almost every category and price range (including free) than there is for Macs.

The cost-wise, Windows machines are generally cheaper. Mac fans sometimes point to the package of excellent software that comes bundled with Macs to explain the price difference, but some of the difference is also due to Apple’s superior and beautiful hardware. Apple cares a lot about battery life, so their laptops have good battery life and are priced accordingly. When you buy an Apple laptop, you pay for good battery life whether it is your priority or not. With Windows laptop, you can choose from a much broader selection and therefore can usually pay only for the extra features that you want.

Neither Macs nor the Windows comes with standard office software like Word, Excel and Powerpoint. If you need a copy of Microsoft Office, it will be an extra expense for either type of machine. Spending money on office software isn’t always necessary, you may be happy with free software such as Libre Office or online services like Google Docs or Zoho.

Hardware problems represent a relatively small percentage of the problems faced by most Computer users. Mac hardware and Windows hardware are generally equally liable to suffer from failure, but Macs are on the whole a bit harder and more expensive to fix when they do fail. Apple gets consistently good marks for customer service, and their extended warranty is a genuinely wise and cost-effective purchase for many people. Apple builds both its hardware and its software, creating a tightly integrated package that the company can support fully. In contrast, the Windows operating system can run on thousands of different pieces of hardware, none of which Microsoft controls. Another hardware difference between the two is upgradeability: Windows desktop computers generally offer lots of flexibility; Macs don’t.

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Desktop vs. Laptop

Desktop vs Laptop
If you need to take your computer with you from time to time, you have to buy a laptop. The days are long gone where you had to have two computers, a powerful desktop and a less capable laptop for traveling; most people can get all the capability they need in a laptop and will save themselves a lot of aggravation by keeping their computing life on one computer. Just because you have a laptop doesn’t mean you have to use a tiny screen and keyboard all of the time: it is easy and reasonably inexpensive to plug in a larger keyboard, a nice mouse, and/or a big screen and make your laptop just as comfortable as a desktop.

If you want to play modern, graphics-intensive computer games, or to edit a lot of video, you probably need a desktop; a laptop that can handle those demands as well but likely to be expensive. If you absolutely can’t imagine to move your computer around, you might save some money and buy a desktop.

There used to be a huge price difference between desktops and laptops, but the gap between an average laptop and a desktop is much smaller now. The weight difference of 0.5-1 Kgs can be surprisingly meaningful for someone who carries a computer all around every day. The occasional traveler may not care enough to spend up for a lighter machine. A frequent air traveler may really value long battery life, while the kitchen-to-bedroom traveler may find the wall socket nearby. The money you will have to pay for a laptop depends on the features you decide to buy.

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Laptop Considerations

Laptop
Comfort: A desktop will usually be more pleasurable to use since the screen will be bigger, and the keyboard and the mouse will be more responsive. If you can spend some more money, you can have all of the comforts you want at your desk and still have a computer to take on-the-go.

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Storage(Hard disk)

Hard Disk
Modern laptops come with decent-sized hard disks like 160Gb or more. If you plan to store lots of music, photos or videos, you will want a larger hard disk, which will add more cost in a laptop than it would in a desktop. You can increase your laptop’s hard disk with an external hard disk, but it will be bit slower than an internal disk. Also, you should watch for a new type of hard disk called an SSD (solid state drive) – SSDs are becoming increasingly popular, especially for laptops, since they are a lot faster than regular hard disks and have no moving parts, making them much less damaged. SSDs are still distinctly more expensive per unit of storage, but price is absolutely the only reason not to buy an SSD.

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Optical Drives (CD//Blu-ray)

Optical Drives
Any optical drive you can buy for a desktop can be used for your laptop as well. Some laptops come without a built-in optical drive, to save on weight, but you can buy inexpensive external drives that can be pluged in.

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Memory (RAM)

RAM
Laptop memory is more expensive than desktop memory, so laptops tend to come with less. The amount of memory affects the performance of the laptop; which is noticeable to an average user. While the jump from 2Gb to 4Gb will often make a noticeable difference, you are unlikely to notice the jump from 4Gb to 6Gb or 8Gb unless you are the kind of person who keeps lots of programs open at the same time.

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Processor

Processor
Laptop processors can be of 2 categories:
a) low-power processors that can save batteries like the Intel Atom.
b) higher power processors which are little different from the processors in desktop machines.

The first type is fine for email, word processing, light spreadsheets, playing music, watching videos/movies and browsing the Internet. But if you plan to do any photo or video editing, likely to have a lot of programs open at the same time, and/or a gamer, higher-power processors would be best.

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Graphics

Graphics
Any laptop will have good enough graphics for anything except modern video games, advanced video/photo editing. If you plan to use an external monitor, please make sure the laptop has the type of video output your monitor will require. The two main options, laptops have are VGA and HDMI. Today’s laptops come with HDMI, which is newer and higher quality.

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Upgrade

Upgrade
You will be able to add more memory to a laptop but desktops are much easier to upgrade.

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Repair

Repair
Laptops are harder and more expensive to repair. Unlike desktops, their parts are not standardized, so you are likely to be stuck buying more expensive replacements from the laptop maker. Also, where you will be essentially forced to replace the whole machine rather than just the damaged part. If a laptop screen goes broken, it may not be cost-effective to replace the screen even if the other parts like CPU are still working fine.

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Buy

Buy

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