Purchasing a home computer can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences if you don't do your homework first. Since most of us are non-technical, wading through all of the specifications and deciding what is right can be overwhelming. While price is important, there are many other factors that should be considered when purchasing a computer. Doing research before entering your local office supply or computer store will help you from spending more than you wanted to and also get you the best deal on the quality that you need. Spend some time thinking about how your computer will be used. Make a list of what needs that this computer will need to fill. What software is an absolute necessity? Will you need non-standard hardware like a scanner or fax in addition to your computer? Are you more interested in word processing or gaming or both? Thinking about what function your computer serves for all the members of your family will help you narrow down your choices. After you've determined what function your computer serves in your life and the life of your family you will want to consider the speed of your new computer. The Central Processing Unit or CPU is the brain of your computer. The CPU is the largest contributor to the overall speed of your computer. It controls all of the functions and capabilities that your computer will have. The newest computers come with CPUs that range from
What are you looking for?