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Manual Tips and advices when buying a computer

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Buying a computer _____________

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INTRO FOR WHAT WILL COMPUTER BE USED o For what will it be used? o Do i need desktop or laptop? o How much money will i spend on new buy? o Mac or PC? COMPUTER AND ITS CHARACTERISTICS o Motherboad, procesor, memory, hard drive, CD-ROM drive, video card, case, sound card LAPTOP o Motherboad, procesor, memory, hard drive, CD-ROM drive, video card, case, sound card OTHER COMPONENTS AND HARDWARE o Printer, speakers, mouse, keyboard, monitor CHOOSING THE RIGHT SOFTWARE BUYING: WHERE, HOW?

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INTRO
Nowdays we can find computer in almost every home. Computer technology is developing very rapidly and it makes quite a difficult decision when buying one. Almost all readers of this manual have probably met with problems as: How to deciede on the new buy? Which characteristics are important? And also very important: how much money will it take to satisfy my needs. Alot of questions which are difficult to answer and for a normal person not quite important. So we let our friends to deciede on our buy, which is not always the best choise. In this manual we will provide you with some of the best informations, which will hopefully help you to your best buy.

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For what will computer be used?


A lot of users do not know alot about hardware characteristics. But when buying one, that is the most important thing to know. To know how good and fast computer we really need we first have to ask ourself a few questions: 1. For what it will be used? Will we use it for office work, listening to music, watching movies, playing games or just for surfing on the web. Computer characteristics, its quality and the price are proportionally. If it will be used for playing games, graphical forming, making of videos, or other things that need alot of memory and a good video card, than we have to look after better and more expensive computer. In other cases mentioned above, for example quality of the video card (which is one of expensier components) is not so important. Also other components do not need to be so good. At your wish you must deciede only for the hard drive, which is important if you want a lot of space. 2. Do i need a laptop or a desktop? Desktops are less expensive, while laptops are more expensive due to size. Desktops are computers which we use on our desktops and are not mobile. Laptops are quite the opposite, we can use them where ever we want, because they are light weight and can be carried around. Before we deciede what we need we have to look also from financial perspective. Laptops are twice as expensive as desktops, which is very important. Try to figure it out what you really need. 3. How much money will we need for computer? Nowdays computers are getting cheaper and cheaper, but they are still worth a lot of sweat in the office to afford one, so we need to think it through very carefully. Often it is better to buy a bit better and a bit expensier computer, so it is still good after a year or two. Why good? So programs and other tasks are performed withouth crashing or that your work is not slowed down by slow working system. Technology is developing very fast, so what you buy today is tomorrow old. So you have to really think about what you really need.

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But when buying a better computer you may get enthusiasm for new things like graphic designing etc.

Mac or PC?
There will always be two sides of people who will claim that Mac or PC is better. Apple Macintosh or Personal Computer are two different companies, which both developed a very good system. They are both very succesful, so there is no way that someone can say one is better than the other. It is you choise wether to use Mac or PC.

COMPUTER AND ITS CHARACTERISTICS


While reading catalogs or choosing computer in a store, and when talking with someone who knows a lot about computers, we can notice a lot of different words which are common in computer language.

Lets take an example which we can find in magazines, television and internet:

Desktop computer: Motherboard Asus P5KC Procesor Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2,50 GHz, 6MB Memory 2GB DDR3 1333 MHz Hard drive 750GB, 7200rpm, SATA2, 32Mb DVD-recordable drive 20x/DVDRW+/-, DUAL, SATA Video card GeForce EN9600GT 512MB DDR3 Case Chieftec BH-01B-B-SL, 550W Low noise Sound card

- Motherboard
Motherboard manages that all the components are connected together and working properly.

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When buying one, chosing the right one is not very important because they all work in the similar way. But if we are assembeling computer ourself, than this component becomes very important because on it grows the whole system. All motherboards are similar and if we dont plan any upgrades the price of the motherboard is not very important. __________________________________________ In case that you will be building your own system you must take a look which features does the motherboad have. It must support your type of memory, video card, processor and other components.

- Processor (CPU)
One of the most important components in our system provides us with speed for managing all the processes. We need to choose between AMD and Intel processor. These two companies are seeling the best processors on the market. ____________________________________ Typically it will say the brand, model and speed of the processor in the spec sheet, but the marketing information may only list its speed rating. This can make it very difficult to determine how good a machine is. They even work different on the different computers. If you look for processor which is cheap and old, but it will run the internet or your Microsoft Office Word program then choose from these: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ and higher (Socket AM2) AMD Phenom X3 8450 and higher Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 to E4700 Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 and lower Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 and higher Intel Pentium E5200 Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2200 to E2220

If you look for middle processors with which your work will be fast and sufficient choose between these:

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Manual Tips and advices when buying a computer AMD Phenom X4 9650 and higher Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 and higher Intel Core 2 Duo E8100 to E8600 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 to Q6700 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 to Q9550

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But if you have some serius work to do on computer or play games which take a lot of processors speed then look for these: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and Higher Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650

- Memory (RAM)
Also a very important component, it sends the message to the processor how to manage the orders which we gave to computer. _____________________________________ There is never enough RAM. How much you need is relevant. If you play games which take a lot of ram or other memory consuming processes then you need a lot of it. Minimum amount is 1GB, middle 2GB and the best is from 4GB above. The type is also important. DDR2 and now DDR3 are the most common nowdays. Here are some RAM-s from slowest to fastest: DDR2 400 MHz or PC2-3200 DDR2 533 MHz or PC2-4200 DDR2 667 MHz or PC2-5300/PC2-5400 DDR3 800 MHz or PC3-6400 DDR2 800 MHz or PC2-6400 DDR3 1066 MHz or PC3-8500 DDR3 1333 MHz or PC3-10600/PC3-10666 DDR3 1600 MHz or PC3-12800 The speed also very important. Why would we need a big capacity if it wouldnt fill up enough fast. Memory can be upgraded very easily so do not bother buying too much or too expensive.

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- Hard drive
When choosing one there is only to look after speed and capacity. For normal work you need at least 250GB of space and in terms of speed there are hard drives running with 7200rpm and some with higher performance at 10000rpm. Most use ATA or IDE connection with computer. ____________________________________ So what you want to get? Word Processing: 160+ GB, 7200rpm Web Surfing: 160+ GB, 7200rpm Light Gaming: 250+ GB. 7200 rpm Heavy Gaming: 360+ GB, 7200 rpm Digital Music: 500+ GB, 7200 rpm Graphics Editing: 500+ GB, 7200 rpm Digital Video: 750+ GB, 7200 rpm If you look from this perspective: common mp3 song uses 5mb os space, common video from 700mb to 1,5GB. ATA and IDE are quite similar, their only difference is that the ATA drive is more easy to install, and has less cables.

- Optical drives (CD/DVD)


Todays best buy is a multiformat DVD burner which supports +R/RW and R/RW. Its speed should be at least 16 and it should support dual or double layer media writing. In case you dont need DVD recorder than choose CD-RW/DVD combo drive with at least 24 speed. ____________________________________ The major difference between the drives is how much space they can handle. CD has 700MB of space, DVD 4,7GB and BlueRay the newest format will have a lot more space but is currently very expensive. Here are also two ways of connection to the computer with SATA and IDE connection. The only limit with writing DVD-s or CD-s is in speed, but if your dont use the burner all the time than dont mind taking a bit slower writer.

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- Video card
The video card market is changing very rapidly. Things to consider include performance, the amount of memory on the card, output connectors and the version of Direct X supported. Those looking to do any gaming should really consider a Direct X 10 card with at least 256MB of memory onboard. _________________________________________ If you are a graphic designer, or sirious game player than you need a good video card with at least of 512 MB of memory. Also if you are watching movies on a very bit monitor bigger than 30 than you should look after a higher budget video cards. For the gamers there is a lot to invest when buying a computer but video card is probably the most important. If you dont have enough RAM you cant see all the features that game provides or even you cant see all the frames and the game becomes hard to play and sloppy. eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB MSI GeForce 8800 GT 512M OC eVGA e-GeForce 9800 GX2 Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 eVGA GeForce GTX 260 FTW

- Cases
You may choose from many shapes and colours of cases nowdays. You should buy one which can help you get some modern look to your room. _______________________________________ In case that you will use overclocking for getting better resoults and more sufficient frequencies from CPU than you should look after a case which provides some cooling and a good ventilation.

- Sound card
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There is a sound card mounted on your motherboards but if you are looking for a better quality of sound or even record sounds you should buy a better sound card. _________________________________________ If you want a nice sound from Dolby surround system with 5.1 system of speakers than you should look for a better sound card. Choose one with 6 entrances.

Special things at laptops

Laptops have the same components as desktop computers, we only need to look after some components:

- Battery
If you go on the road where is no electricity you need a good battery so that your laptop will work withouth it.

- Modem, PC-CARD, web card


You need at least one of this components so your computer can be connected to the internet.

- Weight
If you are planning to carry your laptop around in a backpack you should look after the weight of the laptop.

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OTHER COMPONENTS AND HARDWARE

Printer
We divide printers in two ways of working: Ink Jet is often used at home because it represents a cheaper way to print. Laser printer is used at companies because it is faster and it manages to get better quality, but it is also a lot expensier. Resolution is mesaured in dots per inch. So the quality of the colour pictures will depend on the printers resolution, so it is very important that if you are buying one that it produces 48001200DPI for size A4. Speed is dependened from the picture, colourful pictures are printed slower than black and white text. Also Laser printers are a lot faster. You need to think about the frequency of use. Because the less expensive printers use a less expensive ink. So think carefuly. If you print 100+ pages per month you should consider a expensier and better printer.

Monitor
Best buy nowdays is a LCD monitor. Prices are lowering, magnetic radiation is lower, its size is smaller than the older CRT monitors, it uses less energy and it is better for your eyes etc. A lot of reasons why to buy LCD. When choosing the right monitor you must consider some specifications: Contrast ratio: it means that the monitor will have depper black and brither white colour.

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Viewing angles: LCD monitors poduces a small shade, which can be seen if we look it from a differend angles, so if you are not looking straight into a monitor this is a thing to consider. Response time: for serious gamers this is esential, a few miliseconds can make a difference Also consider the connectors: look what kind of connector you have on your graphic card. HMDI and Display port are quite common nowdays. Choosing the size is your choise. Bigger it is, more expensive it is. For film enthusiasts we recommend at least 30. Here are some standart sizes with resolution: 14-15": 1024x768 (XGA) 17-19": 1280x1024 (SXGA) 20"+: 1600x1200 (UXGA) 17" (Widescreen): 1280x800 (WXGA) 19" (Widescreen): 1440x900 (WXGA+) 20" (Widescreen): 1680x1050 (WSXGA+) 24" (Widescreen): 1920x1200 (WUXGA) 30" (Widescreen): 2560x1600

Keyboard
Find out what you want on you keyboard? Mybe some extra buttons or shortcuts or even a mini LCD monitor. Today we can find also a different kind of keyboards: ergonomical, they are suppose to be better for our hands, try one in your nearest computer store. Price often shows the quality of the component. But do not buy what you dont really need. Also watch out that your keyboard is compatitable with your system trough USB or other connectors.

Mouse

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Buy an optical or laser mice. For those who are in fore some serious gaming i would suggest a laser mice, for others optical because it is less expensive but enough good that you wont see the difference Compare prices, and the number of buttons is your choise.

Speakers
Speakers will provide you with quality sound so it is smart to test some before you buy them. Choose what you need. High quality movie sounds can be much more fun with 5.1 sound system, others should look for 2.1 systems which are less expensier. You should deciede how much power and quality you really need.

Software
When buying computer you definitly need some software to run it. You need an operation system. Vista from Microsoft is a good choise but it is also expensive. Mybe you should try Linux which is free to use, but you should know alot about computers because it is a bit different. Beside the operating system we need also programs for music, video, text writers etc. Today there are a lot of free programs on the internet so this expense can be avoided. They are named: open source programs. You can find them on your favourite web search page www.google.com For instance: an expensive program Microsoft Office has an open source program which is very similar to it: Open Office.

Buying: where? How?


Now we know what we want to have and how much money will we spend for the new system. Now it is time to choose between web providers which are selling the system which we want. Here is a very good advice: LOOK THE COMPETITION.

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Internet is a very good tool to compare prices in different stores with just a few clicks. Choose the one which has the best price and the best terms of buying (post price and guarantie). Take your time and dont rush. Buy in web stores which have reputation and read forums for and troubles that other users may have. But you can also go to your nearest computer store but there you wont have such good control over the competition. Should i buy guarantie? Sure, in case if you dont know alot about computers.

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