How to Choose a Home Computer

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Choosing a home computer requires deciding how the computer will be used, what type of graphics and sound cards will be needed, and how much money is worth spending. Look at low-end, mid-range and high-end computer systems to decide on a home computer with help from a network engineer and IT specialist in this free video on computers.

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Home computers are generally based on or how you would choose one is based on what you do with it. There's a lot of technology questions you have to ask what do you do with it first before I can give you an adequate answer. So I'm just going to go over a couple of them. There's the low end ones that Dell, HP sell out of the box. They're generally good for Grandma, Grandpa, that likes to play solitaire and things like that, look at pictures, not really do too terribly much 3D graphics wise or audio wise. They just kind of want to be able to hear sound then also they just want to be able to surf on the Internet and that's pretty much it. And then you have kind of the mid-range one which is they generally have graphics cards and mid-range graphics card and mid-range sound cards so those kind of targeted towards teenagers, college kids and you'll see those on the websites as mid-range ones or entertainment targeted focused ones. And then there are the high-end ones that gaming and gamers and video editors and things like that that they would want. And those generally range, at that level you would break the 1,000 dollar mark. So where would, how much do you want to spend, what do you want to do with it, those are very needed question of when you buy one. So let's take the mid-range one so you kind of have an idea. Mid-range computers generally have a quad core which is a one particular central processing unit or brain that is split to 4 different sections that can each section can do different things at one time. So obviously that's a little bit better than having one central brain doing one thing at one time. So there's that and and then also they generally have 3 to 4 gigabytes of memory so that is very adequate for doing a lot of things at one time and browsing the Internet and keeping high-end programs open all the time like iTunes or the Zoom software for music. And then also they'll have generally around 160 to 300 gigabytes of storage space so that will allow them to store a lot of things at one time. So how do you choose which one's right for you? Well very simply if you are a low-end user, you don't think you'll be using the computer that much with the exception of the Internet and pictures and things like that, maybe doing taxes, something that's not so engaging on a computer or taxing on a computer so you'll probably want to go around the low-end models and get a monitor that suits you so 17 inch, 19 inch, something like that. And those generally range from 500 to say maybe 700 and then the 700 to 1,000 would be the mid-range people that would be the college kids, that would be the kind of mediocre kind of gamer that's somebody that's not a hardcore gamer. And those guys they would have the specs that I talked about in the high-end ones which generally come packaged with the 20 inch monitor, very, very high-end graphics card, a lot of storage space, a really great processor, very fast quad core processor. Those things usually range from say anywhere from 1,200 to 5,000 dollars. So it really depends on what you're using it for. But generally how they're packaged on the Internet at each individual site will dictate what they're used for. So the low-end ones you'll see are priced at very low-end prices, mid-ranges well, mid-range prices and so on and so fourth.


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