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How to buy a computer or how to get past the marketing hype
Where do I begin..... n Software Usually done lastUsually done last Really should be done first!Really should be done first! n Hardware What do I need?What do I need? What do I want?What do I want? What can I affordWhat can I afford
The place to begin Before you start shopping, ask yourself how you plan to use the computer now, and two years from now. Your answers will help you decide what kind of PC to buy and how much you should spend. (c)1995 PC World Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.
Choosing the programs n Software Reviews Most major computer magazinesMost major computer magazines Most major trade journalsMost major trade journals Many newspapersMany newspapers Be careful of sponsorship of magazinesBe careful of sponsorship of magazines n People who use it May be the only good resourceMay be the only good resource Sit down and try the programsSit down and try the programs Review manuals, tutorialsReview manuals, tutorials Ask about availability of technical supportAsk about availability of technical support
Most important question to ask n What type of computer do I need to run the programs I want to run? Requirements v. RecommendationsRequirements v. Recommendations
How much is enough? n Always buy more computer than is required by the software n If you dont, youll be fighting with your computer from the beginning
Time to shop for hardware Internal Stuff Storage Devices Input Devices Output Devices