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PCs for Grown-Ups: Getting the Most Out of Your Windows 8 Computer by Paul McFedries

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Chapter 19. Buying PC Components

Over the next few chapters, I’m going to provide you with various “buying guides” for components such as the hard drive, optical drive, and memory. My aim in each of those guides will be to give you a few pointers to help you get the right part for your PC repair project. However, savvy fixers know that it’s not enough to think just about what components you need: you also need to think about how you buy those components. Can you research components online? Which online retailers have what you need? Are all online stores the same? What about things such as refurbished parts, open boxes, and extended warranties? My goal in this chapter is to answer all these questions (and quite a few more) so that by the end you’ll ...

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