When it’s time to get a new computer, you don’t want to make an impulse buy, or you could end up having to pay more money too soon for upgrades, like storage space. You want something that’s going to fit your needs and last a while.
Our shop for computer repair in Grand Rapids, Michigan often gets requests for increasing the capacity of a newer computer that was purchased on price only, before understanding its limitations.
Desktop or laptop is just one of the things you’ll want to think about before purchasing and setting up new technology. It’s also important to know how much space you need and how processors differ when it comes to speed.
The Techie Becky Team provides computer repair and upgrades to help our clients get the most out of a computer’s lifespan. When a system eventually needs to retire, we advise on the best type of computer to meet our client’s individual needs.
The average lifespan of a computer is 5 to 6 years, so you want to make sure you’re not having to pour more money into it for upgrades too soon.
A big fear when upgrading to a new computer is how to get everything from the old system to the new one. A computer has a big part of a person’s life and work on it, as well as important software that may have been bought and installed years ago.
Techie Becky can take care of data migration seamlessly, transferring everything to a new computer for you in no time.
So, what are the key things you need to consider before you buy a new computer? We’ve got those for you next!
Consider These 5 Key Things Before Choosing a New Computer
While price may be a main driving force when purchasing a new computer, the old adage “you get what you pay for” is also true in the tech world.
If you’re going for the cheapest system you can find, you’ll most likely run into storage, memory, and performance limitations that you may not be aware of.
When Techie Becky’s expert technicians are doing computer repair and upgrades, they always make sure that a system’s capabilities and expandable options are fully understood. Rather than using a bunch of IT jargon, we’d rather explain tech in real terms, such as “This much storage is equal to about 5,000 photos and 1,000 videos” so our clients know what capacity means in practical terms.
Here’s an overview of our 5 key items to consider before purchasing and setting up new technology. We’ll give you the quick view list first, then go into each in a little more detail.
- Desktop or laptop
- Type of operating system
- Amount of memory
- Hard drive storage space
- Processor type
Desktop or Laptop
Do you like to use your computer ‘on the go’ or want the ability to use it while lounging on the couch? Then a laptop would be your choice.
Do you do like to have a large screen space and have different program windows up side-by-side? Then a desktop fits the bill.
Type of Operating System
Most people gravitate to what they’ve used their whole life, which is usually a Windows or Mac computer. But you may find that switching operating systems can offer you features you don’t currently have or seamless integration with your smartphone or tablet.
Amount of Memory
Memory or RAM (Random Access Memory) impacts how well and how fast a system can multi-task. If you’re doing anything more than basic document work on smaller sized files, you’ll want at least 8GB of RAM or more.
Hard Drive Storage Space
Videos, photos, and program files can fill up a hard drive fast. If you go for a cheaper system with just 250GB of space, you run out quickly. 500GB to 1TB is becoming pretty common these days as files continue to get larger.
Pentium 3 or 4? AMD or Intel? There are lots of processors out there and they’re really the heart of your computer performance, so you want to research them and read reviews to make sure you’re getting one that won’t drag down your system.
Need Help Choosing a New Computer?
Give Techie Becky a call before you buy a new computer. We’ll sit down with you, explain everything about processors, RAM, and other considerations to help you make the perfect choice.
We offer computer repair in Grand Rapids, MI, and so much more… like data migration from your old to your new computer! Just call 616-901-3210 or contact us online today.