Chapter 3. Purchasing a Computer

Purchasing a Computer

Before you purchase a computer, you need to know what type of computer is right for you and what extras you really need. This chapter helps you do that by explaining the sales jargon and demystifying the process of buying a computer.

Choose a Computer Type 34

Select a CPU 35

Determine How Much RAM You Need 36

Select Data Storage Options 37

Choose a Monitor and Video Card 38

Choose a Printer 39

Add Other Peripherals 40

Purchase Additional Software 41

Tips on Purchase Considerations 42

Choose a Computer Type

The most important consideration when purchasing a computer is the type of system that you need.


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