http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHNJYbedqxw   <ul><li>Buying a computer </li></ul><ul><li>CEdu 581 </li></ul><ul><li>Comput...
Computer Buying Considerations <ul><li>Preliminary considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Type of computer </li></ul><ul><li>Fea...
Preliminary considerations <ul><li>Are you happy with your current OS? Should you upgrade?  </li></ul><ul><li>Are there an...
To get you started… <ul><ul><ul><li>What Computer Should I Buy?  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A Questionnaire to He...
Type of workstation <ul><li>Desktop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Least $ - most features </l...
Desired features <ul><li>OS </li></ul><ul><li>Processor/RAM </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Display </li></u...
Tech support <ul><li>Warranty </li></ul><ul><li>Length </li></ul><ul><li>Terms </li></ul><ul><li>Extended service – yes or...
Additional Resources <ul><li>Consumer Reports  Computer Buying Guide </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/...
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Buying A Computer

  1. 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHNJYbedqxw <ul><li>Buying a computer </li></ul><ul><li>CEdu 581 </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Computer Buying Considerations <ul><li>Preliminary considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Type of computer </li></ul><ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Tech support </li></ul>
  3. 3. Preliminary considerations <ul><li>Are you happy with your current OS? Should you upgrade? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any current “features” that you no longer need? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any “missing” features in your current system? </li></ul><ul><li>Where will you be using the computer? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s your budget? </li></ul><ul><li>Primary applications? Will you be using </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DVD’s? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video/music creation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3D apps? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Desired internet connectivity? </li></ul>
  4. 4. To get you started… <ul><ul><ul><li>What Computer Should I Buy? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A Questionnaire to Help Determine the Right Computer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://compreviews.about.com/cs/pchardwarebasics/a/aaWhatToBuy.htm </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Type of workstation <ul><li>Desktop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Least $ - most features </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Needs a lot of space </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Needs less real estate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More difficult to upgrade </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All-in-one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Space saving </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Premium price </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaming </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Laptop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional or ultralight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard features </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Netbook </li></ul><ul><li>Other… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iPad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One person’s wish list… </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Desired features <ul><li>OS </li></ul><ul><li>Processor/RAM </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Display </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics adapter/card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video adapter/memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inputs/outputs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sound </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Headset/microphone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Storage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard drive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optical drive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ports/Expansion slots </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Input devices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Touchpad </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Battery </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tech support <ul><li>Warranty </li></ul><ul><li>Length </li></ul><ul><li>Terms </li></ul><ul><li>Extended service – yes or no? </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Reports ratings 1/2009 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.consumerreports.org /cro/magazine-archive/june-2009/electronics-computers/computers/tech-support/computers-how-brands-compare-on-tech-support.htm </li></ul>
  8. 8. Additional Resources <ul><li>Consumer Reports Computer Buying Guide </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/electronics-computers/computers-internet/computers/computer-buying-advice/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Before You Select a Desktop Computer Systems </li></ul><ul><li>http://compreviews.about.com/od/buyers/bb/DesktopPCs.htm   </li></ul><ul><li>Buyers Guide – University of Oregon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://it.uoregon.edu/help/buyersguide/   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Things to Consider Before Buying a Personal Computer </li></ul><ul><li>http://computersight.com/hardware/things-to-consider-before-buying-a-personal-computer/ </li></ul>
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