Computer shopping guide

Computer Shopping Guide

In the market for a computer? Use the following computer criteria for comparing the various features on the sales floor.

This does not include laptop screen size or keyboard layout since this is more of a preference than performance criteria. The highest performance level for each criteria/feature is to the right, least to the left.

Processors

  • Intel: Pentium dual core…….. Atom….. I3…….I5…….I7
  • AMD: Athlon X2……………..E2…A4……A6…….A8………A10…. Opteron 6274…………… FX9590

Memory

  • DDR3: 2Gig….4Gig…… 6Gig…… on up to 16Gig

Hard Drive

  • 500Gig…….750Gig……1TB…….2TB………4TB………6TB or 6000Gig

Operating System

  • Windows 10 home premium……Win 10Pro…..Win 10 Ultimate

Bundled Microsoft Office 2013/2016/365 Suite

  • Home & Student (no Outlook email)…… Home & Office/Business (has Outlook)……Office Professional

Top Three Most Important Things When Shopping for a Computer

The three most important things are:

  • Processor (AMD is less expensive)
  • Memory
  • A “deal” for the Office Suite

For what’s on the market now, amount of memory and hard drive size is usually sufficient for any “normal” use.

Also Consider

For businesses, the “Pro” operating system is desired.

Microsoft Office plans: Office 365 is a yearly subscription fee (low up-front cost) where the other Office Suites are purchased one time and owned.

Brands to avoid: Acer, eMachine, Gateway, ChromeBook

Acceptable brands: Asus, Sony, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Lenova

Where to Buy

Fry’s is the cheapest place with the best selection and Best buy is second. The Sam’s and Costco may work but make sure to look at the other places first and take this sheet to compare.

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