When purchasing a new PC or Laptop, there are a number of things you should consider, but a number of things that you should not consider. Part of the problem that exists with the way PCs are marketed is that they list the CPU first in the technical specifications. This is rarely the most important purchasing consideration to make. Here is an outlined process to help you decide on your next PC purchase.
Make a list of what you want.
Write down a list of the features you absolutely need and rank them in order or importance. The important thing to remember is the features you need are not ‘an i7 processor’, but a processor that is capable of running the specific applications you need.
The other question you may want to ask if you are purchasing a laptop is ‘do I need a docking station’. The answer to this is determined by whether you wish to hook up multiple screens to your laptop. There are a few other considerations here such as the availability of ports on a laptop, vs one with a docking station.
Consider the colour of your PC or Laptop. Is beige acceptable, or is black OK? Perhaps you want red to be the colour of your new PC or Laptop. Whatever the colour or design choice, ensure that the vendor is able to supply what you need with respect to this.
If purchasing a computer, consider whether it can be a Laptop or PC, portability is the main consideration. If you are being portable for gaming events for example, then a PC in a portable case is obviously the requirement, and not a laptop as they tend to not be powered adequately.
Determine your budget
With a clear amount of how much we can afford to spend, the process of buying a computer is greatly sped up. Be sure the budget is reasonable as you will often get what you pay for in the PC or Laptop markets.
Consider the fundamental engineering question
There is a simple question to ask yourself when purchasing technology. It goes as follows:
Cheap. Fast. Reliable. Pick any two.
So when considering what you want from the specifications of the machine, be sure you have a clear focus in your mind of which are the two qualities from these three that you most want.
When purchasing a computer, be sure to have a very clear idea of what you want, rather than letting salespeople and channelled websites attempt to tell you what you want. With a clear vision in mind it is far easier to make the correct purchasing decisions. So before you pick up any catalogues or websites, spend a minute to think about what it is you want for your computer to do for you.