Tips for Buying a New PC
- Make sure it comes with a recovery CD. Many manufacturers lately haven't been giving you one.
- Avoid Celerons.
- Try to get one with an Athlon 64 X2 or Intel Core 2 CPU, if you can afford it.
- Make sure it has at least 512MB of RAM if it comes with Windows XP, or 1GB if it comes with Vista.
- Buy an extended warranty (preferably from the manufacturer) for a laptop. You don't usually need one for desktops.
- Get one with Windows XP if you can. Windows Vista is not polished enough yet for general usage.
- Make sure you get a surge protector, printer, printer cable, speakers, and a monitor, if necessary.
- If you need a floppy drive, make sure it comes with one, or get a USB floppy drive.
- Make sure it comes with Microsoft Office (which is usually $300 extra), or try OpenOffice.org (which is free). Most computers do not come with Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
- Make sure when you decide where to put the new PC that it is near a power outlet, as well as an Ethernet cable, or a phone line (if you have DSL), or a cable TV wire (if you have a cable modem.