Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Taking Care of Your Computer For Free -- Buying a New Computer Now -- What Should I Buy? -- Talk at The Kinnelon Library Thurs. Mar. 28 @ 7PM

In The Market for a New Computer???

High End Computer -- Possibly Too Expensive

I get asked about what new computers are good choices to buy a lot, and I do have choices to recommend. And I have reasons for my choices. Most people, when looking for a new machine give too much weight to the initial purchase price, forgetting that over the life of the machine, there are other costs that can drive the total price a lot higher.

The first thing to remember is that the Most Expensive Thing about a New Computer will be Replacing it. The longer your machine lasts, the cheaper it gets! 

It used to be that a computer might die before it became too slow or old to use, and a desktop or laptop at 7 years old or older running Windows XP was common. That's an old computer from a hardware standpoint and likely to fail. These days the burden placed on a new machine is getting heavier so rapidly, that, unless you buy a very powerful computer, it is likely to be un-useable for websurfing, online purchasing or many common programs and services long before it is even 5 years old

Buy the most powerful computer you can afford -- the difference in price may only be a few hundred dollars, but that will translate into a much longer and more useful lifespan, as well as a machine that waits for you, instead of you waiting for it.

Buy Computers with Core i7 Intel CPUs, instead of Core i5, or Core i3 processors -- they are more powerful  and that makes a difference. Buy a computer with at least 8 GB of RAM or more, expandable to 32 GB or more (RAM is and will be cheap), and with at least a 1 TB Hard Drive

One Desktop Computer I like and recommend is the Dell XPS 8500 seen below:

Dell XPS 8500

Specs: Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB SATA III HDD, DVD Burner optical drive, Wireless-N, Bluetooth 4.0, 1GB Radeon HD 7570 graphics, 19-in-1 card reader, 1-year warranty, 12-month McAfee Security and Windows 8 64-bit OS

This computer as discounted now by Dell with an  additional discount thru LogicBuy for $699.99, or as I like to call it, $700. Check out LogicBuy's page for it with their Discount Code HERE.

Don't buy a monitor by checking a box on the ordering menu -- those prices are too high. Check out the Tech Bargains and Logic Buy websites.

I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Library on this and other computers that I like this Thursday, March 28 at 7 PM. I will cover the following topics:

What Computers Should You Buy Now?
 Tablets, Laptops, and Desktops
How Much Should You Pay and Where Should You Buy Them
What Computers Will Last the Longest Time
What Do You Need if You Just Want to Surf the Web and Do Email?

And, as usual we will have Open Mike: Ask Your Questions, Bring in Your Laptop or Device for advice.
All of you Kinnelon and North Jersey people, and everybody else, are welcome to come.

Call the Kinnelon Library at 973 838 1321 and reserve a spot.


PS: This talk pertains to PCs running Windows 7, Vista and XP

PPS: Note this is a change of date from March 21 to March 28

Photo Credits: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com/history, and Dell

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