How to Select a Desktop Computer

You're looking for a new desktop computer. Here are some things you need to consider.

Steps

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    Decide what type of operating system you want. What operating system are you looking for? The two most common commercially available operating systems are Windows and Macintosh (Mac).
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    Determine your computer usage. What are you going to be using the computer for? If you don't intend to use your computer very often, you don't need a powerful system. If you intend to play games, 3D model, or create / edit pictures regularly, you may want a more powerful machine.
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    Think about memory usage. How much memory will you need? For lighter use, 2GB of RAM is probably enough memory. For gaming and other memory-intensive tasks, look for something with more memory.
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    What kind of graphics card will you need? For lighter use, a high-end graphics card probably isn't really essential.
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    What is your price range? If you're on a tight budget, try not to aim for a high-end computer. They are usually expensive.
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    Seek help, if needed. If all else fails, seek out a tech support employee at a local electronics store and ask for advice. Not only are they usually knowledgeable about desktop computers, you will be physically near the computers and able to inspect them.

Tips

  • There is a third very common operating system, Linux. This is an open-source operating system, and usually isn't included with a computer when you first purchase it. It is free to order a Linux installation disc, however.
  • If you are not absolutely sure that you would like a certain computer, do not buy it. Research it more, shop around a little more. This may save you a fair bit of money.

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