Purchasing a desktop is a very important decision for your future computing needs. Even if the decision about the specifications of your system is made, still there are many aspects left to consider before actually buying one. Listed below are the factors you will definitely need to consider to have the best available PC at the best cost:
Prices for Individual Components:
The prices of individual plug and play items like hard disk are available much cheaper than your own vendor has on offer. A search for these items from other sources may prove very fruitful. With a little help from the manuals of those items such items you could install these items without any technical person’s help.
However installing items all by yourself could not always be easy, for instance a fax modem card could be easily inserted in the given slot. All you need to do is to run the driver after the modem is inserted. On the other hand making one hard drive master and other slave then it may involve a lot of technical level settings and you may also need to reinstall the OS. Whatever is the case along with the technical manuals internet is always there and the entire process is usually a Google search away.
Installation of RAM is a tricky business not because it is difficult to install as all it is required is to insert the RAMs in the given slots on your motherboard. You need to however what kind of RAMs your motherboard support like DDR2. If your computing needs demand more RAM you might need to have multiple RAMs of varying size, say 2 RAMs of 2GB, or 4 RAMs of 512 MB.
In the competitive world that we are living in these days, a little search could be very beneficial, as you can get many vendors offering deals. So don’t just go to your own vendor and except that you are getting the best price in market, a little effort could save you, your many precious well earned dollars. It can’t be emphasized more that whether it is installing or upgrading the system all by yourself or with the technician’s help internet is always there to guide you from purchase to installation. Amazon or Neweggs are worth looking to help your decision making.
Have extra technical support and warranty:
Read the warranty details of the system carefully before making purchase. Usually the system or the individual components come with a 10 or 12 months warranty. It may cost an extra 100 to 200 bucks depending on the outlet. It can be the case when your PC doesn’t need the normal or extended warranty at all, but it never hurt to be more cautious. Up to 75% computer buyers expressed that they are pleased with the extra warranty they got with their desktop, in a survey conducted by a reputable organization lately. So if you are not that expert of Computer hardware or you expect the potential damage of any kind to your system, it is worth paying that extra money on extended support and warranty.
Marketers have the ability to sale Ice to Eskimos, so don’t just follow what they are saying. You need to understand that particular guarantee, warranty or service they are offering is worth spending money on or not? In the current era of information technology, you can double check the services and their prices by going through few websites.
Do you have all the connecting slots?
Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard, Camera, Mobile phone, Printer, External hard drive, general flash drive, you can understand what and how many devices you may need to install on your system. So you need to check how many USB ports you are getting by default on your desktop. Even the tiny ones have six USB ports, so take a look how many ports your desktop is offering. Are they all operational? If not, ask the vendor to make them all active. If you are planning to use an external hard disk, see if the e-SATA or FireWire ports are available. Please note you will require strictly one of these two, based on your external drive.
You might be planning to change the monitor too, if you are not satisfied with the current one. Or you may be keeping the old one as it is serving your purpose well. Either way, make sure that you have all the appropriate connectivity options available on your desktop, like VGA, HDMI, DVI etc. confirm if your motherboard support the graphic cards you intend to use. Streaming media to HDTV also requires the similar compatibility and availability assessment. If the new desktop does not support your display options, for instance HDTV supports HDMI ports, whereas the graphic card supports DVI, you will required to acquire extra cables and adaptors.
Ports location is very important. You obviously don’t want all ports in the back side of your PC. Many desktops these days offer USB ports on front side as well, along with the place to insert your headphones, mikes, microphone and cards. So make sure that you have not all the ports in rear to avoid going behind your computer trolley or desk every time you need a device connection.
Wait for the right moment:
If you glance at PC’s life so far, it can easily be observed that state of art technology of today is obsolete item of tomorrow. For instance Pentium 1 was considered latest in line few years back, now it will be joke to have a Pentium 1 system at your desk. Even in newer desktops the prices are bound to go down pretty soon, without even compromising on performance. Rather near future may offer you better performing machine at lesser cost. However making it too late will make the system outdated and getting any substantial value if you decide to dispose it off will not be possible. So use your judgment or expert help to decide the appropriate time to have your desktop.