This guide is written, keeping in mind a buyer of their first computer, who is running on a tight budget and needs a machine for general use. Read below to find out the basics of looking for a good deal when it comes to buying a computer.

 

Basic home and office computer system

The list below will show you the specifications for a standard computer for use in the home or office for basic tasks such as word processing, powerpoint slideshows and e-mail.

Hard Drive 80GB – 120GB
RAM 1GB – 2GB
WiFi (Wireless Networking) 802.11g/b/n
Ethernet (Cable Networking) 10/100Mbps
Graphics 256MB – 512MB
Processor Clock Speed 2.3GHz – 2.5GHz
USB 1.0/2.0 Ports 2 – 4
Keyboard 1 Required
Mouse 1 Required
Monitor 15inch – 18inch

 

The list above includes what you should be looking for as a minimum for a general, office or home use computer system. The above system should cost you between $700 and $1200, brand new. A similar machine could be purchased in used condition for $300 to $500, depending on how generous the seller is willing to be.

 

Medium performance home and office computer system

The list below will show you the specifications for what would be considered by most as a computer system aimed at home and office use as well as mild gaming and entry-level graphics design. This type of computer I recommend to all first computer buyers, assuming you have a slightly higher budget as it is a much better power-for-money deal depending on whether or not your computer store is offering you a good discount.

Hard Drive 250GB – 360GB
RAM 1GB – 2GB
WiFi (Wireless Networking) 802.11g/b/n
Ethernet (Cable Networking) 10/100Mbps
Graphics 512MB – 1024MB (1GB)
Processor Clock Speed 2.8GHz – 3.2GHz
USB 1.0/2.0 Ports 2 – 6
Keyboard 1 Required
Mouse 1 Required
Monitor 17inch – 21inch

 

The above list depicts the specifications of a very decent machine that will cater for 99% of the general home or office user’s needs. This may seem over the top in the way of power, although the prices of a system like this in brand new condition are actually rather low. The price of a system such as this will usually range between $1200 and $1800. A system similar to this in a used condition will cost you between $500 and $1200. This type of computer system is, without a doubt worth looking for in used condition.

 

Heavy office and gaming computer system

The list of specifications below apply to a heavy office use and a moderate gaming computer. This type of computer system are very well suited to an online gamer or an office user working in the graphic design business or financial business that requires a lot of processing done quickly and reliably.

Hard Drive 500GB – 1TB (1000GB)
RAM 2GB – 4GB
WiFi (Wireless Networking) 802.11g/b/n
Ethernet (Cable Networking) 10/100Mbps
Graphics 1GB – 1.5GB
Processor Clock Speed 3.2GHz – 3.4GHz
USB 1.0/2.0 Ports 2 – 6
Keyboard 1 Required
Mouse 1 Required
Monitor 20inch – 24inch

 

The list of specifications above are that of a heavy office use or basic gaming computer. This particular specification range is aimed at the competent graphic designer or a high demand gamer. This type of system will cost you anywhere from $1900 to $2600 and will provide you with a very fast and responsive computer system for virtually any use.

 

Hardcore gaming and high power corporation computer system

The list below contains the specifications of an extremely powerful gaming computer mainly used by corporations or hardcore gamers. This system is usually very expensive but efficient way to enjoy responsive power.

Hard Drive 1TB – 2TB
RAM 4GB – 8GB
WiFi (Wireless Networking) 802.11g/b/n
Ethernet (Cable Networking) 10/100Mbps
Graphics 1GB – 3GB
Processor Clock Speed 3.5GHz – 3.8GHz
USB 1.0/2.0 Ports 4 – 10
Keyboard 1 Required
Mouse 1 Required
Monitor 20inch – 24inch and up

 

The above listing of specifications is far in excess of requirements of the average household user, although a dream machine for the hardcore gamer or corporation in dire need of heavy computing power. For a corporation, this type of system will be a great deal for power, however for a regular civilian who just loves their gaming, this system may be a little out of reach in the financial sector. This type of system in brand new, off the showroom condition will cost you between $3400 and $10000 depending of course on your selected brand and computer dealer. In used condition this computer will still be rather expensive at between $2000 and $5000.

 

Be sure to read this list before you decide to buy your first computer or even another computer to add to your collection. The key priority is to shop around and if you can’t find a good deal on a computer then a second option is to get a custom built PC, which is commonly thought to be more expensive; however, it is not as in some cases it can cost you 20% of the price as the same commercial machine. As an added plus to getting a computer system custom built to your needs is the fact that you get what you what, how you want and it will suit you perfectly.

 

Once you have purchased your new computer system I would recommend getting your computer secured. To help you do so follow the link below to my Windows security section. If you happen to intend on installing a Linux distribution, it may please you to know that I will soon be releasing a new Linux security guide section to keep you and your family safe from internet predators.

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/category/windows/security/

Enjoy shopping for your new machine and make the most of your computing skill. Enjoy your newfound computer pricing knowledge.

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