9 Things to Check When Purchasing a New Computer, So You Don’t Have Buyer’s Remorse

9 Things to Check When Purchasing a New Computer, So You Don't Have Buyer's Remorse

If you are in the market for a new PC, you should consider what you will use the device for and the type of software to be used before making your choice.

Buyer’s remorse is that sinking feeling in your mind as you drive away from the store. It’s that tiny, unyielding voice that tells you, “You shouldn’t have bought that,” “Your spouse will be upset,” or “You let that salesman walk all over you.”

About 52% of users report that their PC is not running as fast as it once did. Therefore, for many people, having a new PC is a necessity. However, before you rush out to purchase your next PC, you may need to consider the factors below to select the best PC for your needs and avoid buyer remorse.

Things To Consider When Buying A New PC

1. Hard-drive performance

When purchasing a computer, consider the hard drive speed. A faster rate means the computer can process data more quickly, significantly improving overall performance. If you’re considering laptop PCs, an SSD may be the best option; if possible, ensure you have a hard drive with a spin speed of 7200 RPM or higher. An SSD allows your laptop to load apps and games much faster than a standard hard drive. Ensure the PC has an SSD for enhancing performance and battery life, especially for laptops. You can get one installed by yourself if you have a computer already.

2. Screen Dimensions:

Even if you have perfect vision, a screen size that allows you to sit comfortably and look at a decently sized monitor will be appreciated. Find one with a screen size of 15 to 17 inches. If you do not intend to transport it frequently, you can get a larger monitor, possibly even a 19″. If you want to carry it around and be mobile with it, a larger screen means more weight and shorter battery life because there is more to illuminate.

3. Suitability

Before switching to another computer, ensure it is compatible with your existing setup. Some require a lot more processing power when compared to others, so it’s necessary to ensure the one you’re considering can work effectively with everything else in your house. When transferring files from one PC to the new one, ensure you don’t lose any important files. If your graphics card or motherboard lacks USB 3 ports, use a USB 2 to transfer files; you’ll get a similar speed as USB 3, but try to keep your old files intact to avoid data loss.

4. RAM 

Having enough memory may not appear to be an issue for users who regularly use social media platforms such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. While these activities don’t require much processing power, having a PC with plenty of memory is still a good idea. This is simply because the more programs and files on the computer, the slower its functionality. Even without using social media websites, having an overcrowded hard drive may reduce your internet connectivity speed.

5. Processing capability

The computer’s speed is the next factor to consider. Computers nowadays come with varying configurations depending on what your expectations are in a machine. A computer with a great processor speed and RAM will be required if what you desire is a PC that is compatible with heavy software, such as those used for film editing. 

However, purchasing a PC with less powerful components can help save some money if your needs aren’t too high. For example, because streaming movies or playing games do not require high capabilities, buying a computer with a slow but low-cost processor may be more beneficial when comparing price and performance 

6. Storage 

In addition to determining the type of computer you require, determine how much storage space that machine provides. Whether or not this amount is appropriate depends on how many files you need to store and whether or not they can be stored in cloud services instead. If you purchase a new PC with less storage space than you believe is necessary, external hard drives are available in massive sizes and at meager prices.

7. Graphics card

It’s possible that the new computer has numerous pre-installed graphics cards (for example, ATI Crossfire or NVIDIA SLI). If that’s the case, ensure the two PCs are compatible and use similar versions of drivers to avoid problems in the future, as issues  of compatibility between drivers for different graphics cards are common.

8. Ports

Thin and inexpensive laptops are appealing but can have serious drawbacks, including a lack of ports. The ports are required to connect external devices such as a mouse, web camera (if your laptop does not already have one), LAN, external keyboards, and even a WiFi adapter. In other words, they enhance the functionality or utility of your laptop. Make sure it has at least 3-4 USB ports, WiFi capability, and the ability to connect to a monitor in case you want to use it as a desktop at home with a large wide screen. Also, if you intend to watch many movies with it, ensure that it has an HDMI output so that you can watch a film on your TV via your laptop.

9. Life of the battery:

If you’re constantly on the go, you’ll need a laptop with a battery life of 4 to 6 hours, so you don’t end up scouring for power outlets every chance you get. Remember that the larger the monitor, the faster it will drain your battery.

Conclusion 

Ultimately, it all comes down to how much you want to spend. The higher the performance, the more expensive the computer. Examine your budget and how you intend to use your machine. Getting a good computer isn’t just enough; you need to install the right software to make it work perfectly. 

At B-Comp Services, we only provide our customers with high-quality hardware and software. 

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