What to think of when buying a new computer

When you go out to buy a new computer, you have to ask yourself a few questions; What brand? What OS? How much RAM? Laptop or Desktop? Size? Touch-screen? Webcam quality? That’s why I wrote an article on how to buy a new computer. (That’s this, by the way) Let’s get started!

 

 

What Brand?

There are quite a few computer companies out there. Toshiba, Dell, Acer and HP, to name a few. To me, brand really matters on they’re customer support. Beyond that, there is not much else to me. It’s all personal opinion. If you like Dell, get a Dell. If you like Acer, get an HP. Winking smile

What OS?

Ah, the big question. You want the best OS for your needs. You have quite a few choices, but only 2 are found in stores:

Bold ones are available in stores.

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • UNIX
  • Solaris
  • Macintosh

This all depends on your needs. If you need speed, Linux is best. If you need style, Mac is best. If you want Linux, but can’t find a Linux computer, get Windows. It all depends. I won’t go in to the which is better thing, because that would be a article of it’s own. Smile

How much RAM?

RAM plays a big factor in your computer’s performance. Here at GB7, our Acer laptops have 2 GB of RAM. That’s all we need here. I can help you out on this with a little table…

If you do 3D or multimedia a lot 3 – 4 GB
Photos or Images 2 GB
Just text 1 GB

If you want 64-bits, though, you would need to get at least 2 GB with Windows. RAM plays a big factor if you plan to upgrade later on.

Laptop or Desktop?

This is a pretty important question. I, personally, like laptops better than desktops. Because I need high-speed Internet, something I don’t have at home, so I use a hotspot for my Internet. I do get annoyed with having to pack and unpack my laptop every day. I would recommend laptops if you don’t have Internet or like to have your computer everywhere you go, and I would recommend desktops if you don’t like to lug around a laptop, you don’t go places often and/or have Internet at home. Smile

Size?

If you are getting a desktop, you can skip this section!

The size of your laptop is pretty important. You want one small enough to fit in your bag, but not be too small for power. My computer just barely fits in my bag, but is still small and kind of weak on the outside. Browse around a while.

Touch-screen and webcam quality?

Different people have different needs when it comes to these two things. For example, someone who does a lot of Paint drawing would want they’re computer a touch-screen. One thing to keep in mind here is that Windows isn’t quite there yet with tablets. Windows 8 is tablet-oriented, but you won’t see that hitting the shelves for a few more months. As for webcam quality, if you just like looking at yourself, a low-quality webcam would be nice. Same for doing stuff like Skype or Google+ hangouts. Now, if you are doing HD stuff like a movie from your webcam, you should try getting a better one.

Well, that’s all I have for today. I hope to see you guys at the next SocialBreak! Smile Thanks!

-Ben

We’re getting social again!

We are doing our regular SocialBreak! However, I have been having problems with my headphones and don’t like ear buds, so I will be muted for the Google+ hangout. Here’s the info:

IRC Q+A session:

Google+ Hangout:

Hope to see you there! Smile

-Ben

Now it’s your turn!

Hey guys! I decided to let you guys decide what I should do a post on next! Of course, you guys were able to request before now, but if you were unsure about it, now you know that you can request a post! Please keep in mind that the comments won’t show up for a while, and I’m unable to check the comments on a weekend, so only post once. Winking smile I’ve contacted WordPress about this problem and I’m waiting for a reply back, so I’ll have to deal with it in the meantime. Of course, there are some limitations on what you can request. Here they are:

  • Must have something to do with tech. After all, that’s what the blog is about, right?
  • Let’s keep it appropriate for the younger audience. You all have been so great on this so far!
  • I don’t do any iOS or OS X tutorials, as I don’t own an iOS device and don’t really like OS X.
  • The request must not break any copyrights or be a system hack of any type. These are illegal and I’m going to have to be ultra careful as-is if SOPA passes.
  • It’s best if you ask for a review on an open-source software or OS.

I’m going to try to fill all the requests that fit the guidelines above, but I might have some problems on non-free software or OSes. (Excluding Windows, of course.) I’m going to try to get my Tandy 1400 HD fixed and do a review on that. Me and my friend went out in my garage (which probably isn’t helping the fact that it doesn’t work) and tried to get the system to boot up. We flipped the switch… nothing happened. He tried plugging it in, but I think we were plugging it in the wrong power supply. Anyways, I’ll keep you posted on that situation.

Also, if you guys have a computer emergency that has something to do with the technical side of things, or you just have a question, email me at pack5guy@yahoo.com. I check it every time I’m online, and when my friend tells me he’s sent me something. I can give you free tech support, but I don’t know everything, so I might have an issue. You can also ask me questions about Linux or Windows, as well as coding in the Python language. Smile

-Ben