Computers have become widely used that it is now impossible to imagine what home and office life would be without them. But while many brands and types of computer hardware and accessories abound the market today, many are still having a hard time pinpointing that dream computer. Given that manufacturers always update their products, then it would just be wasteful to buy something so expensive that will be obsolete the coming year. When deciding on a computer's specifications, one's basis should always be what the computer will be used for.
- Processors and Mother Boards. Processors are the computer's brain while mother boards are the nervous system. Together, they dictate and ultimately determine how the other parts will function. Always ask yourself how the computer will be used. If you are buying one to support your multimedia line of work, then it would be best to get processors and mother boards with the highest speed and memory. If you are a computer games nut, then it would be good to buy a motherboard that can accommodate several gaming hardware peripherals.
- Random Access Memory (RAM). The release of the Microsoft Vista Operating System marks the end of the 512 MB RAM minimum requirement of the olden days. To be on the safe side, it would be best to acquire at least 2 GB of RAM especially if you would be installing memory-heavy applications on your computer.
- Hard Disk. Newly-released software applications now require a hard disk capacity of at least 120 MB.
- Operating System. In layman's terms, these are the Windows-based and Macintosh-based platforms. Many consumers prefer the Windows XP OS as there are still currently numerous software applications compatible with it. However, it may be good to anticipate the emergence of Windows Vista. Macintosh on the other hand developed a fairly stable Operating System called the OS X that is highly suitable for multimedia needs.
- Monitors. Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors emit radiation that can cause impairment of vision. Additionally, it consumes more electricity. To save your eyes from getting damaged and save on your utility bill, better opt for LCD monitors.
It's always tempting to buy something with a cheaper price. But this should never be your attitude when acquiring your computer and its accessories. Almost always, cheaper means outdated when you are talking about computers. The problem kicks in when newly released software applications no longer support older versions of hardware. A good rule of thumb is to acquire a set up that would still be usable in the next 2 to 3 years without any major upgrade or replacement.