If you are not sure whether you want to buy a PC or a Mac, this is the first thing you will want to investigate.Traditionally, the Mac is known for its graphics capability,speed and superior software for desktop publishing and Web page design. Its major disadvantage has been its incompatibility with the PC.
In order to increase the lifespan of your computer, buy above the minimum specs listed below. If longevity is apriority (and if you can afford it), get something closer to,but below, the current top of the line.
There are several classes of processors available with the latest and greatest being the Intel 7i processor. The most common processor is the dual core chip. This processor essentially gives you the processing capability of two separate processors within one chip.
Sometimes called SRAM(Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory) or DRAM, 1Gb of memory is minimum for modern operating systems and 2Gb is normal.
The hard drive is where files are stored as well as where the computer’s operating system is installed (you might know it as your C:\ drive). Bigger drives will store more data.
For the home and small business user, Windows Vista Home Edition will suffice. If you are planning to connect this computer to a network, seek out a computer loaded with the Professional Edition which supports the networking functionality.
This software is a requirement if you are going to have email or internet access. While nearly all new computers come with a 90-day trial, do yourself the favor of purchasing the annual subscription and spend time learning how to update the software weekly.
Quality surge protectors (or power strips as they are sometimes called) are another essential item. If lightning strikes your house and damages your computer the warrantee is usually void.
A CD-RW drive is commonly know as a CD Burner and gives you the ability to copy files, music, pictures, etc.,to a blank CD. Read-and-write speed follows the same concept as hard drives: the faster it spins, the faster it works.A DVD-ROM allows you to enjoy a DVD video on your PC.It will also prepare you for future software and largedata files that will be released on DVD-ROM.
Other items such as monitors, external speakers and other software are a matter of preference.