Specific Computer Buying Tips

Okay, so we’ve gone over some general computer buying tips on this page. Now let’s talk specifics.

Here are my specific buying tips for various computing scenarios:


Desktop Computers: Casual Use

You are just going to use your computer for emailing and surfing the Internet, and you have a broadband connection to the internet.

I’d recommend this: A desktop with 1 Gigabyte of RAM, a 80 or more Gigabyte hard drive, and a mid range processor, such as in the Intel Core i3-530 processor. I avoid the Intel Celeron chips because they are just dog slow, in my opinion, and the extra savings just isn’t worth the aggravation.

Desktop Computers: Business User

You plan to run some Office applications, and some graphics programs, or maybe run some business applications like Quicken or Quickbooks, and you have a broadband connection to the internet.

I’d recommend this: A desktop with 2-4 gigabytes of RAM, a 240 gigabyte or more hard drive, and a mid range processor. This kind of system will be fast and efficient, and not too hard on the wallet.

Desktop Computers: Power User

You plan to run complex 3d animation modeling programs, or other resource intensive engineering programs, and you have a broadband connection to the internet.

I’d recommend this: A 64 bit desktop with up to 64 gigabytes of RAM, a 5 terabyte or more hard drive, and a top of the line processor. This kind of system will really hurt the wallet, so be sure you really need all that power.



Laptop Computers: Casual User

In this scenario, you are just going to use your computer for emailing and surfing the net, and you have a broadband connection to the internet.

I’d recommend this: A laptop with 2 gigabyte of RAM, a 80 or more gigabyte hard drive, and a mid range processor. A mid-range laptop would fit the bill here.

Laptop Computers: Business User

You own a small business, and you plan to run Office, Quickbooks or other business software. You have a broadband connection to the internet.

I’d recommend this: A laptop with 3 gigabyte of RAM, a 320 or more gigabyte hard drive, and a fast processor. An mid to upper range laptop would work well in this situation.

Laptop Computers: Power User

You plan to run graphics animation software or other power intensive applications such as CAD, and you have a broadband connection to the internet.

I’d recommend this: A 64 bit laptop with 16 gigabyte of RAM, a 2 terabyte hard drive, and a very fast processor. Look for high end range laptops for this purpose.


So there are some specific computer buying tips for you. You should be able to extrapolate the specific computer buying tips that you will need for your situation.

Extra tip: If you are looking to buy a computer really cheap, check out auctions and garage sales. If you aren't sure about how to bid at an auction, check out this auctions page. It tells you all about it.



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