I've often been asked what a person should purchase when looking for a new
computer system. The obvious response has always been "What do you
want to buy a computer for?"
Okay, that's not an answer but an opening to what the purchaser is looking
for, what they expect to do and how much they have budgeted. Unless there
are special requirements (e.g., high performance sound cards, networks,
mass-storage back-up devices, etc, there are many options but the following
rules of thumb have applied for many years:
Buy the best you can with the money you've budgeted.
(Don't exceed your budget -- prices WILL keep falling
and you can always upgrade later!)
Additional RAM is the BEST and most cost-effective improvement you can
make. (You can always add more later but it's cheaper when purchased with your
Get the largest monitor you can with your system.
(If you can upgrade to a 17in monitor inexpensively, DO IT!
Your eyes will thank you.)
When doing your comparison shopping, ask the vendor for the options you
want but expect to have price adjustments (sometimes in your favour!).
Printers are normally offered as a part of systems — cheap printers!
Know which printers meet your anticipated requirements before you order
Data Koncepts regularly receives system and component offers
from distributors. Data Koncepts pass these along to clients and can obtain these
systems for you on a cost plus basis.
E-mail for information on systems,
accessories and upgrades.