The Computer Shopping Checklist

Purchasing a PC can be a major investment, one that requires serious research and consideration on the part of the buyer. In this blog, we’ll break down some of the most important factors to keep in mind while purchasing a new computer.
For some, the computer manufacturer brand is what matters the most. Some are reliable and trusted providers of hardware, while others offer better warranties, or have unique proprietary software that you might be interested in. Acer computers, for example, are relatively cheap, but still have high hard drive and memory capacities.
Size can be a serious concern when purchasing a PC, especially if it is a laptop. Some consumers prefer larger monitors, while others want portability and low weight above all else. For desktop users, they may want a larger case to allow for better ventilation, while others may want to save space with a smaller tower. The home destination is always a major consideration; if it’s going into a large room, you should feel free to go as large as you’d like.
Price and usability are obvious factors as well, and depend largely on what the PC’s end-use will be. Dedicated users like hardcore gamers, video editors, and 3D software users will all have higher requirements for their PCs, and will need to spend more accordingly to get that performance. Most users, however, use computers for browsing the Internet, and light office and school tasks. Unless you are a dedicated user, you should probably avoid more expensive rigs.
Tying into this is hardware. Components like the hard drive, processor, and RAM are all serious concerns, with the more demanding applications requiring more powerful components. Make sure you have a clear idea of what you will be using your PC for when purchasing.
Another concern is the operating system. Most Windows OS systems are sold in different types, with the more expensive editions offering more features. Windows 10, for instance, comes in Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education, each with varying programs and abilities. Windows 10 Home, for instance, doesn’t have a disk encryption feature like Bitlocker, so if hard drive security is something you are concerned about, you may want to consider other options.
Peripherals like DVD readers and optical drives are also something to consider. These add functionality to a device, but will also make it bulkier and more expensive, and are becoming somewhat redundant in an age of streaming and digital downloads. Still, for applications like video and audio editing, they can be critical to have.
Lastly, the warranty of the PC is something to think about. Most new purchases come with a yearlong manufacturer warranty, but some retailers will extend it by several years if you are willing to pay. Warranty extensions can depend on both the product and the seller, so be sure to compare retailers. Some warranties are also vaguely worded, so be sure you fully understand the terms and conditions before paying for it.
At ASAP IT Technology, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the hard drives, RAM cards, and processors for the PC hardware industry. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at +1-714-705-4780.


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