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You Will Need
- To know what you want your computer to do
- Time to shop
- Internet Access
Jot down wanted features
Jot down all the things you want to be able to do with your computer.
Decide on budget
Figure out how much you can spend.
Decide on Mac or Windows OS
Decide if you want to use a Mac or a Windows operating system (known as an OS). While the newest computers from Apple can run both, most people use one or the other.
Decide on laptop or desktop
Decide if you want to a laptop or a desktop.
Price added features
Visit a computer retailer or log onto one online to see what added features you might like and how they will affect the price.
Determine needed CPU power
Determine how powerful a CPU—central processing unit—you need. The more powerful the CPU, the faster the computer.
Decide on needed RAM
Decide how much RAM, or memory, you need. Always err on the side of more.
Select video chipset
Select a video chipset. People who use lots of graphics-intensive applications should spring for the best they can afford. Everyone else can skimp.
Choose hard drive size
Choose the size of the hard drive. If you mainly just email and browse the internet, you won’t need as many gigabytes as someone who does a lot of graphic design.
Choose your external hardware
Choose the rest of your peripherals, such as your keyboard and mouse. And consider getting an extra display monitor—studies show it can increase your producti