Advice For New Computer

Dear Computer Lady,

I love your information, I would like your advice on purchasing a new computer.

Is this the time of year, what model and version of windows would you recomend, what store the best?

I would appreciate all the help, even if you say wait till the first of year.

Thanks alot, Nancy

Dear Nancy,

While I can’t give you an exact model of computer to purchase, I can tell you what to look for.

The speed of your computer is determined by two things, the processor and the RAM. I would suggest that you look for a computer with a quad core processor. Quad core means that there are actually 4 processors on the chip, all running at the same time. Think about it this way, you can fill a pool with one water hose, and it will take a long time. If you use 4 hoses, you can fill it in 1/4 the time.

The amount of RAM determines how many things the computer can work on at once. I would suggest at least 6GB (gigabytes) of RAM. Stay away from computers that only come with 2GB of RAM. My work computer has 16GB of RAM.

For the operating system, I would go with Windows 10. It doesn’t make sense to go with an older operating system, since you would need to upgrade at some point.

Storage space on your computer, (your hard drive) should be at least 500GB, most computers will have a 1TB (terabyte) hard drive.

If you are going to do graphics work, gaming, or watch a lot of videos, then you probably want a graphics card with extra memory on the card.

As for where to purchase the computer, I would suggest a store with a good return policy (just in case you get a lemon) and a store that you know you can get good support at.



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    • grandmajo37
    • July 12, 2016

    Thank you for all the important information on purchasing a new computer.

    You missed the most important question for me, When is the best time to purchase a new computer?

    Thank you for all the wonderful information. I look forward to your informative emails and the little notes about what is going on in your life.



  1. Dear Jo,

    I don’t really know that there is a best time to purchase a new computer.

    Most people buy a new computer because their old one isn’t meeting their needs any more. If you have the luxury of planning a time for your purchase, I would decide what company or store you like, and then watch their sales for a while.

    If you are purchasing online from a company like HP or Dell, sign up for their emails with special sales.

    In the summer, there are usually back to school sales, and in the fall there are Christmas sales, but you must be sure the computer has enough processing power, RAM and drive space to meet your needs.

    Perhaps someone will have some other suggestions, but for now, that is the best advice I can give you.


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