Stuff's guide to buying a new PC

Buying a new computer is probably the most confusing shopping experience for techno-newbies.

As soon as you're in the door you see rows of seemingly identical computers, plastered with stickers full of technobabble.

But it's not as confusing as it first looks. You don't have to understand the ins and outs of microprocessors to make a smart buy.

The first choice you'll have is between desktop and laptop. Dollar for dollar you'll get better value from a desktop, but most people prefer the smaller size and convenience of a laptop computer.

If you can afford it you can buy a laptop with enough grunt to play the latest video games, but generally desktops are a better option for this because you can add new graphics cards or upgrade the RAM much more easily and cheaply to keep the specs current.

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funkeystu3699d ago

"Stick with major brands like HP, Asus, Dell and Acer."
If the author had any credibility left by this stage he lost it.

"Another option is to go to Dell's website and custom-build an XPS 720 desktop, which start at $3,099 for dual-core 2.4GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 500GB hard drive."
I'm planning to build something like this for a bit under AUD$1300 including an 8800GT, which brings me to my other point - there was no mention of undeniably the most important piece in any gaming rig - the graphics card.

[Edit]found this: "You may want to buy a separate graphics card to provide a bit of extra grunt to run the latest games smoothly." of course that's entirely optional :rolls eyes:

jaja14343699d ago

Best way to get a new computer or anything for that matter is to first do some research. There are tons of guides online to help you figure out what your needs are spec wise. And then more guides to tell you exactly what you need to buy, PS,RAM,Motherboard and so on. Then order your parts online. If your to worried about assembling it yourself, wait till you get all the parts in the mail and take it to some local computer store. This does not mean Best Buy and the like, a real computer store. They usually only charge about 60 dollars to put the actual unit together providing you have the right parts. There done, and you only spent around 1/2 of what you would have otherwise...

But most people are to lazy to do the leg work and rather pay an extra 7 to 8 hundred dollars.

Impact3699d ago

who ever posted this [email protected] doesn't know a fu#$king thing about computers

JDW3699d ago

"You may want to buy a separate graphics card to provide a bit of extra grunt to run the latest games smoothly."


Rice3699d ago

he uses the word, grunt so many times. lol

Rice3699d ago

Funny, i had an exam on basically what this guy just said.... ne ways i prefer building my own computer if i had the money, AMD ftw, kinda...

Close_Second3699d ago

...when buying a gaming pc buy the best you can afford and be prepared to jump on the continual upgrade path to keep it current.

However, the person who wrote this guide should be writing guides for something that comes in any colour as long as its black.

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