Buying A New Computer
Buying a new computer?
If you are buying a new computer, make sure you get Windows XP (why pay
for an old operations system?) XP has the stability of Windows 2000 and the
"user friendly" interface like Apple computers. If you wish to do high-end
graphic design and/or video editing you should stick with Windows2000 for
stability. The only problem with Windows 2000 is that there are often
"compatibility problems" so you will need to make sure that all your external
hardware and software (i.e scanner, CDRW) will work. You can have the same
type of compatibility problems upgrading to XP or Windows 2000 as well so
Buy a computer with a large case and less "integrated" features like video and
sound for better "upgradeability". E-Machines in particular, use small cases
that make it difficult to add additional drives etc.
Buy a high quality 17" monitor. Wait on the LCD flat screen models until the
price drops more unless you "just have to have one". Recommended Brands: KDS,
Hansol, View Sonic.
Printer prices have dropped tremendously in the last few years but I would
not recommend buying a low-end printer (less then $70), because the
construction of low-end models is more prone to jamming and problems. I also
would not spend more then $250 on an inkjet printer, because the
quality after that point is higher than most people require, unless you have
specific photo quality printing needs. I prefer HP printers because of the
availability of printing cartridges, durability and customer service. Lexus
printers are a bit too cheaply made for my requirements and personally I don't
prefer Epson printers either. Canon makes some great printers but I would not
buy the lower-priced models. Also avoid buying an "All in one" system I.e.
fax, scanner, copier etc, because of the high rate of problems and
Memory prices have
never been lower so everyone should have at least 128 MB of RAM because it
improves performance so much. I use 256 MB of RAM and that is the amount I
would recommend for all new computers unless you are a power user and need 512
RAM. The new DR RAM is slightly faster and necessary for some Pentium
machines, however, most users will not notice a performance improvement.
Use better speakers than the ones provided with most new PCs. Spend
$29 to $49 on some new speaker for much better sound. Most new computers come
with built-in sound. However, if you want to hear music in stereo quality, you
should get a separate sound card installed.