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New computer purchase made easy

Handy tips to computer purchasing strategy

At some point in life every person starts thinking about computer hardware purchase or upgrade. Based on my experience, it is exceptionally difficult to make the correct choice — purchase a reliable and suitable for user needs product. The final purchase decision boils down to a few major components: intended usage purpose, current computing setup assessment, local market products variety and availability, budget, word of mouth and salesman pitch. Let’s break them down:

Intended usage purpose

Always keep in mind that computer is made to solve problems, not to create new ones. Try to write down a list of problems in your daily life or at work, what you wish can be solved by the means of computer.

For example, the computer at work is terribly slow, what holds you from being productive and what does not let you to work when you really want to. Now you want to find out what makes the computer work ‘faster’.

Current computing setup assesment

It is quite possible that some of the components from your current setup can still be reused in the new one. For example, when upgrading a desktop both display and internal cables can be easily reused. Or, you might have recently purchased brand new wireless keyboard and mouse kit and they are working perfectly fine.

If the old components are still working, but you are not going to use them, do not dump them into the rubbish, better make a giveaway or a donation. There are plenty of charity organisations what will help you out. The other option is to bring your outdated electronics to the electronics recycling station.

Local market product variety and availability

This point highly depends on the urgency of purchasing a new computer and your available budget. Check your local computer retailer stores on availability of products. There might be a chance to use online computer retailer to find the exact parts or full-build as well as save some money when choosing slower delivery.

Budget

It is relatively easy to purchase the most expensive computer out there without considering any of your needs. This false assumption that the more expensive the computer is the more problems it can address. Usually prices start to rise when computer purchase is made to solve very narrow (specific) task.

Identifying a main specific task/problem you want to solve with a help of computer will help you indicate the price range. This way you will be able to create more precise estimate of future purchase and potentially save money.

Word of mouth

Asking people about their experiences on purchasing electronics in-store or online is always useful. By having these conversations you can get insight into what possible ‘underwater stones’ you might face and how to deal with them.

Salesman pitch

This is my least favourite point, but nevertheless it should not be neglected. Most often salesman main job is to convert purchaser towards the options that store has problems with realisation. The plan is to stick to your previously done research and if one store does not have the computer configuration you are after — try next store.


Hopefully these points will help you choose a new piece of computer hardware less stressful manner. Good luck!