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Hard to compute: How to pick the perfect PC

Picking the perfect computer should be easy, right?
Aside from those who make dissecting and fixing computers their chosen profession or impassioned hobby, the general consumer probably isn't interested in hearing much about anything other than the price of a computer, desktop, PC, Mac or tablet when it comes to their forage into finding a new computer or updating their old one.
That's not to suggest that plenty of smart and savvy shoppers don't head to the retailer with a relatively competent and potent plan in place. But for the most part, money is the object they tend to fixate on most.
If that's the game plan when you're about to buy your new computer, you should take a minute to really think about what else you need before you make this important purchase. Buying a computer shouldn't be all consuming or take an entire day to accomplish, but it is an exercise in patience and paying attention what exactly you plan on doing with this new piece of machinery.
If your idea of a computer includes the bare bones of working with the Microsoft family of programs (i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.) and occasionally browsing the internet or checking mail, then you probably don't need an Apple computer to accomplish these tasks. Nor, would you need to spend $1,000 on a computer when about half of that would suffice.

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Of course, that doesn't mean you are forbidden from buying an Apple in place of a PC, but it's important at that moment to consider your budget restraints moving forward. Apple's sales figures would suggest that plenty of people buy their computers who aren't plunging head first into graphic design, making movies or anything else Apple caters to when it comes to its customers.
But you also have probably met plenty of consumers after three or four months who can't seem to understand why they overpaid on a computer because they "wanted the best" and realize that they bought more computer than they, and their budget, can handle.
And if money isn't the root of your concern, it's probably being overly confused or completely consumed by technical jargon or not understanding exactly what you need or should be looking for when buying a computer.
The retail clerk at your neighborhood electronic store might not be much help, either. These sales associated seem way to verbose when you ask a simple question or want to tell you the history of Dell Computers when all you're trying to do is buy a wireless mouse.
It's paramount to latch on to a retailer and subsequent salespersons who want to honestly help you find the computer that fits your needs, not try to talk you into overspending or buying something well out of your price and technical range.
No matter if you're asking about battery life, hard drive space or pinpointing an operating system that saves you time and isn't overly frustration to use, buying a computer isn't totally without its headaches and financial strains.
But those can be lessened considerably if you can find the right person and place to push you in toward exactly what you need as opposed to what they're trying to sell at that given moment.

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