5 Things to Know Before You Buy a New Computer

by / Thursday, 10 March 2016 / Published in View All

1. Desktop or Laptop?

When it comes to buying a new computer you have to ask your self 1 question:

*Am I going to be Mobile or Stationary?

Mobile: Laptops can be very heavy as well, make sure you pick something light, thin, decent design and with a good keyboard. Most people buy a laptop for school, work or freelancing and typing on a crappy keyboard takes a toll on your finger and can be frustrating at times.

Desktop: Most of them don’t necessarily need to be gigantic, you will be surprised most really good computers are no bigger than the yellow pages they leave at your front door. On this option you want to go as small as possible if all you need it is for work, study or reading.





2. Know the processor and what it means

Here at ComputerNetwork we’ve narrowed this down to 3 kinds of Processors:

i3 , i5 & i7

Stick with any of those to get the best bang for your buck, simply because Intel Processors have the best performance on the market and we’ve been using them for years.  Think of them as levels, the higher the number the better the performance just like an engine V4, V6 & V7.

Avoid the following:

  • AMD Processors
  • Anything lower than i3 Processor
  • Acer and Gateway
  • Low Ram and Hard disk space ( which i will explain on my next topic)





3. Hard disk and Ram

Deciding on hard drive and Ram is pretty simple, think of it as the bigger the better. Many people need lots of space to store data, pictures, videos and overall data storage so in this section we are going to give you a straight idea in what you need and how it works.

Hard Disk: The bigger the better, more space is always good.  Recommended 500GB and up.

Ram: The more ram the more tasks your computer will be able to perform. Recommended 4GB and up.


*Also there are Solid States Drives which we will talk about in our next article



4. Windows 7, 8, 10??

This questions comes up almost every day at our shop, everyone has different needs and wants the best operating system for their business or home use. A good way to find out what you actually need is to select from these three and i will explain why down below.

Windows 7 – Its considered the Windows XP of the Microsoft Products, everyone has it, everyone loves it, it is fully compatible with  most products out there (printers, adapters, keyboards, cameras, mouses, you name it). The Interface is very easy to work with, setting buttons are easy to find and most issues can be easily fixed.

Windows 8.1 – Don’t get me wrong, despite the fact that I speak so highly about Win7 i love Win8.1. In my opinion it’s the gateway for the new Microsoft Platforms out there. If you are one of those that has never tried Win7 I want you to go straight to Win8.1.

Windows 10 – Just like 8.1 this is a very good operating system but its only problem is compatibility , you would be surprised how many of our customers want to downgrade to an older version of windows due to the fact that they can’t use their old printer or old equipment. If you are starting from scratch this Operating System is a must.



5.Great, now how do we buy it?

One of the most important things before buying a computer is to do be patient and have in mind an idea of what you are looking for. I will give you a few recommendations for computer specs that will give you a base of where to start, for example:


CPU i3 Processor
250GB Hard Disk
4GB Memory
DVD +/-
Windows 7, 8.1, 10


This setup should be your base when buying a computer, compare it to the systems you find online, at the store or any places and go from there. Be ready to spend around $399 and up which is worth it for a computer that will last you 5 -7 years.





If you have any questions, feel free to contact us with any inquiries, we are happy to help 🙂




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