March 2, 2011

Tech Matters – Buying a New PC

Information from Computer Revolutions
Moline, Illinois

Looking to buy a new computer system, for some people, can be about as fun as getting a root canal. With all of the “Dual-Core” this and the “Gigabyte” that, the technical babble can simply tie your brain in knots if you don’t know what it all means. Then, even if you do know what it all means, making sure that all of the components are going to work together and compliment your needs still remains a daunting task. Here are a few tips that could help you in making the right decision.

1. Before going to look for your new computer ask yourself this question: “What am I going to do with it?” Your needs should drive your purchase. Map your needs out on a piece of paper. I recommend starting out by listing your most demanding and important needs first. These needs will help to shape your final decision.

2. You don’t have to become a super-techie and understand all of the terminology to end up making the perfect purchase. Having someone who knows what they are talking about and are willing to look over your needs list can be priceless. This can be a friend, co-worker, relative, etc. Take the time to get a few opinions and take note of the similarities in their suggestions. Another good source of valuable information can be a trusted local computer shop. Any good computer shop will be willing to listen to your needs and help guide you into finding the computer you need, even if you don’t buy it there.

3. The most important piece of advice that I have for you is to make sure that the computer you decide to purchase either comes with a good warranty or has a warranty available for a decent price. Make sure that you take the time to learn what the warranty covers and what it does not. Most computer systems on the market come standard with a one year warranty, while some can come standard with two and even three year warranties at no extra cost! The length of the warranty can sometimes be indicative of the quality of the system. Don’t be fooled by the computer’s low price if it doesn’t come with a warranty to protect your investment.

When it comes down to it, you have the final say in making sure that your decision is the best one for you, and also that you get a good deal, with support readily accessible if/whenever you need it.

Good luck!

Tech Matters is written each month by Travis Larson and Dave Montag of Computer Revolutions in Moline. They can be reached at (309) 797-9114 or by emailing