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Choosing a computer will help you select a suitable machine for your needs. Either new or quality used.

When buying computers for home, laptops are very fashionable, but you will get a less capable machine for more money which is more fragile. Parts will be more expensive, and it will have limited upgrade options. As a result, laptops usually need replacing more often than desktops. Unless you need the portability or are short of space, ask yourself, do I need a laptop computer?

Don’t buy unbranded or semi-branded computers. These are cheaper but are typically built up from the most inexpensive components. The result of this is there is no ongoing support for drivers and firmware, so when there is a problem solving it is harder and takes more time and skill. The haphazard nature of these machines means they can be prone to issues like overheating and component failure.

Buy from a big brand

Big manufacturers provide updates and online information, which is invaluable when problems arise. Branded computers are usually quicker and easier to reinstall if you have a significant problem. Our recommendation is to pay the extra for a computer supplied by a well-known manufacturer. It is less likely to give you problems and will probably save you money in the long term.

In the past, there were companies selling machines they built in-house. The sales tactic was that these machines were “designed to the exact requirements” of the customer, which is nonsense. Avoid these “shed built” computers as they are not good value for money.

Self build computers

The exception to the “buy branded” rule is if you want to build a computer for yourself. Building a PC might be a fun project and a good learning exercise. Modern machines have relatively few components, and these generally conform to industry standards so will usually work together. Don’t expect this to be a cheaper way to get a computer as you won’t have the buying power of a prominent manufacturer and the premium parts you will want will have a premium retail price. Do your research very carefully and don’t forget to read up on anti-static procedures.

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