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Buying a new computer

Updated: Apr 10, 2021

There is plenty of choice out there when it comes to deciding on buying your next computer. In this blog we will try and break it down to a couple of manageable questions.

Laptop or Desktop?

So lets keep it simple. Do you think you will be traveling around a lot? This doesn't have to be from country to country. It might just be that you don't have a dedicated area to have a full setup (monitor, keyboard and mouse) then a laptop may be the best option for you. Also an advantage of a laptop is can be easily passed around the family. But with all that moving around there is more chance of things getting damaged, so be careful. Laptops are great but there are a few things to be mindful of. Battery life (the amount of time that the battery holds change) can decrease over time, screens are more likely to get damaged and if you are spending large amounts of time with one on your lap then you might find you get sore back / neck.

Gaming or Word Processing

Modern day computer games can be quite demanding on your Laptop or Desktop. So if the main purpose of your new purchase is to play computer games then there are a few things you should consider. Processor or CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the main brain of the computer so the speed in which it can process tasks can have a big impact on game play. Its no surprise that the more powerful the process the more expensive it tends to be. Next component you may want to consider is the graphics card. This is what renders and displays the game so again the more powerful the more expensive.

Word processing can put a slightly different strain on your computer. Today a lot of word processing applications are Cloud base. Examples of these would be Microsoft's Office 365 or Google's Google Docs. This means that a lot of the processing and storing is done over the internet. But if you want to still produce your work locally then you should look at a mid range processor (Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5), a reasonable amount of RAM (say over 8GB) and enough local storage to save your files.

That's it for now, please get in contact and we are more then happy to help you with your next purchase.

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