They're common fare in daily newspapers: brightly coloured brochures for electronics shops advertising bargain-priced PCs. It's not uncommon to see deals like 599 dollars for a PC with a dual core processor, which certainly sounds good at first. Yet when buying a new PC, the processor and the price shouldn't always be the only factors taken into consideration.
"The sword of performance hangs over everything else," says Christian Wolff, a spokesman for computer maker Alienware in Hamburg. A buyer should consider why they need the computer. "Surfing the internet or office applications to any computer can do that," Wolff says.