Choosing Hardware Step-by-Step

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Buying a new personal computer can be challenging. Numerous people find it difficult to compare features, processor types and prices among other things. Therefore, making a choice is an uphill task for such people. The following factors should be considered when choosing hardware.

  1. Usability:Start your search with the task the computer will be performing in mind. If you will be carrying out heavy software, it is advisable for you to buy a system that has enhanced multimedia options.
  2. Price:This is the next consideration. You might be in need of a fancy hardware but if you do not have the money to buy it, you may have to reconsider your options.
  3. Type of Operating System:If you have basic requirements, then go for a Windows Starter or Home Premium version such as Windows 7. Users who want to enjoy some advanced features will seek to get hardware with advanced and more effective tools. This group of users will be better off buying a Professional or Ultimate Edition. The cost of such advanced Operating System (OS) can cost as much as $219.
  4. Size: Some people prefer buying computers with a wider screen and large sizes while others go for smaller and more portable types. This may be dictated by the nature of your work. If your aim is to set up a server, then size will not matter because it will be placed in a server room. People who have a problem with eyesight, a computer with a larger screen will be good.
  5. Peripherals:The peripheral hardware has an effect on the price of acquiring a personal computer. These are devices such as printers and scanners among others. If you will be writing data to DVDs, you will have to buy a computer with a DVD combo drive.
  6. Brand:Brands differ from each other in terms of warranties, while others come with their own software package. For instance, a Dell laptop might end up being cheaper than an Apple for the same reasons.
  7. Hard Disk: It is important to look at the Hard Disk capacity because depending on your job this might mean a lot for you. In some cases, you may be required to have enough disk space for professionals to manage their tasks efficiently.
  8. RAM: It is obvious that for an individual to run a Xeon Server, more RAM will be required as compared to just browsing functions.
  9. Processor:It is very important to check the processor as a factor before buying hardware. Otherwise, you will end up having a system that frequently hangs. This will cause unnecessary delays.In case you need to use a system for more than basic functions, do not accept the single core or dual core processors. If you are a more demanding professional buy the corei5 or corei7 processors. The corei5 uses Turbo Boost technology as well as Hyper Threading.
  10. Warranty: When buying hardware, warranty is a great factor to consider. Warranty should not be an option when buying hardware.
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Computer processor

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Geoffrey Kerosi is a prolific Kenyan writer based in Nairobi City. Email: Skype: gkerosi Whatsapp: +254713 639 776 YouTube: Kerosi TV

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