Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Buying a New Computer Now -- What Should I Buy? -- Talk at The Kinnelon Library Wed. May 23, 2018 @ 7 PM

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. Such as upgrades and repair.

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 moderately powerful computer, it is likely to be unuseable 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 or Core i5 Intel CPUs, instead of Core i3 or lesser 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 Vostro Desktop seen below:

Dell Vostro with Core i5 6 Core 8 GB 1 TB New $540

Specs: Core i5-8400 4.0 GHz Hex-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB SATA III HDD, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, Intel UHD graphics, 1-year warranty, and Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS

This computer is discounted now by Dell and is shown by ExtremeTech,for $539.00, or as I like to call it, $540. No discount code is needed.

Do get on a the PC Magazine, TechBargains, and ExtremeTech mailing Lists for up to date notice of good deals. Do check Dell and HP for re-furbished Grade A machines with full warranty. Do check on Amazon for computers and monitors sold by Amazon with damaged boxing.

I got my beautiful new 32" 4k Samsung 1 millisecond response time, HDR10 monitor for over a $100 off just by checking to see "Other Sellers" and choosing one with a "Damaged Box". Same warranty, same equipment.

Don't buy a monitor by checking a box on the Dell or HP webpage -- those prices are too high. Check out the Tech Bargains websites.

I will be giving a talk at the Kinnelon Library on this and other computers that I like this Thursday, May 23 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 Question and Answer: 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.


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