Where to Start When Looking for a New Computer

Buying a New Computer

Where to Start When Looking for a New Computer

Are you looking to upgrade your computer? Is that old laptop or desktop just not cutting it for you?

Here are some things to consider when you’re shopping to make sure that you’re getting the right computer to fit your needs.


What’s it for?

One of the first things that you want to consider is what you plan on using the computer for. The computer's intended use is going to be one of the main factors that will help guide you to the right machine.

If you are planning on gaming on your computer then you’re going to want something with a good graphics card and a lot of storage for your games. 

If you’re an artist or designer, you may want something with a touch screen and stylus to really fine-tune your design.

Consider any and all potential uses for the computer when you’re doing your research to make sure that you're not getting too much and spending more money than you need to or getting too little and you will be left unable to do when you need to do.

Desktop or Laptop?

As you’re thinking about what you’re going to use the computer for, think about whether you want to get a desktop or a laptop. 

Desktops are usually good for more elaborate home setups, whereas a laptop is great for someone who’s always on the more or who likes to work in more than one place.

Who will be using it?

Something else that will inform your decision is who will be using the computer. Most of the time computers will only be used by one person but if it will have multiple users then it’s important to consider all of the user needs.

If you have young children, maybe consider getting something that’s a little more durable so that it will withstand anything they throw at it. 

If the machine is going to have a lot of users then it might be a good idea to get something with a lot of memory or something where you can easily upgrade the memory as the computer starts to fill up.

Are there requirements?

If this machine is going to be used for work or school purposes then you may need to think about the requirements that the school or company has.

Some schools only want students to use a certain type of computer because it’s compatible with the software they use or their IT department can only manage certain computers. Many companies that require their employees to use their own machines will have similar requirements. 

Other things to consider

  • Memory space - Do you plan on storing a lot on this computer? Are there going to be a lot of programs on the computer?
  • Portability - Are you going to need to travel with this computer? Consider how big it is, how much it weighs and all of the accessories that will go with it and how easy that will be to bring if you need to transport the computer a lot.
  • Operating System - Consider what operating systems you’ve used in the past, which ones do you prefer more? Which one is more comfortable for you. If you have the option, try and pick something that you’re more familiar with.
  • Ability to customize - Is being able to customize your computer important to you? Consider that when looking at your options because some machines are more customizable than others.

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