computer buying guide

What to Look for When Buying a New Computer

We are in the computer world, and almost everyone owns a computer. If you are yet to buy one, you may be wondering what to look for when buying a new computer. Well, here I have the details.


In computer language, hardware refers to the tangible computer parts. It refers to the visible outer parts of the computer. Whether you are buying a desktop or a laptop, you must ensure that all the hardware components such as the keyboard, the mouse, and the screen are intact. At this point, you may also want to consider the aesthetics of the computer if beauty is anything to you. You can consider the color, the shape, and size of the computer.

Hard disk drive storage

buying a new computerThe hard disk storage of a computer differs from the RAM in that while RAM is said to be the memory of a computer, the hard disk storage is the storage space for the computer. The hard disk drive provides permanent storage for computer files and folders. Typically, the hard disk space is always larger than the memory space. Capacity and performance are the most important aspects of the hard disk drive storage of a computer. Depending on how you intend to use the computer, you should choose a computer with sufficient hard drive storage space. However, just like RAM, hard disk space can be upgraded by using external hard disks.


A computer’s Central Processing Unit (CPU) receives instructions, decodes them, executes them and gives the required output. You, therefore, cannot ignore it when looking for a new computer. You need to choose a processor that is based on the latest computing technology. For instance, today, most CPUs are multi-core. Multi-core processors consume less power than single-core processors, are more efficient in parallel processing and are better in performance. You cannot afford to buy a computer with a single-core processor in this day and age.


The amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) that a computer has matters a great deal. RAM is a form of volatile computer memory that stores the data and information that is currently being used by the computer when it is turned on. This information gets lost when the computer is turned off. RAM offers temporary or virtual storage that creates a working space for applications and the operating system. Consequently, it determines the number of applications that can be run on the computer at the same time. It also determines the speed at which the computer interprets and responds to instructions. With most computers today, RAM is upgradeable. Therefore, you can buy a computer with a small RAM but upgrade it in the future. Alternatively, you may want to buy a computer with a superior memory so that you don’t need to upgrade it in the future.

System manufacturer

You may also find it necessary to consider the system manufacturer if you prefer certain computer manufacturers to others. Some computer manufacturers have already built a name for themselves in the computer world, and you may want to buy only from them.…