Drew explains what you need to know to get the best product at the right price.
Five tips for buying a computer
Buying a new or used computer can be a daunting task with CPU, RAM and gigabytes flying all over the place, but what do you really need to know to get the best product at the right price?
1. Shop around
When purchasing a new computer, there are four different sellers from which to purchase.
- Small local shopfront: Generally owner operated with one or two staff, you can get a personalised service which includes installation in your home. Warranties may be less than those offered by larger retailers.
- Specialist computer store with many locations: Operating Australia-wide, there are several large computer store brands with 3-4 stores in every state. Due to purchasing power, they provide the cheapest price of any retailer.
- Electrical retailer: Every large retailer stocks and sells computer. You can expect to pay slightly more for an item purchased from an electrical retailer, but you can be confident that your warranty will be upheld.
- Online: From eBay to Gumtree, you can find some of the best deals on new and used computers on retail and auction websites.
Always enquire about the after sales service, support and warranties, as it may be worth paying 5 per cent more for a product if the company offers better after sales service, support and longer warranties.
2. RAM is important
Unless you are into the online gaming scene, the average computer CPU and hard drive space provided in the latest and even used computers less than two years old is more than enough. Your focus when buying a new or used computer needs to turn to the amount of RAM provided. Aim for a minimum of 2GB, but the recommended amount is 4GB. This will provide you with the best possible experience when using multiple programs at one time.
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