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Choosing a new PC/Laptop
Are you looking for a new PC or laptop? Are you confused by the immense choice out there? Did you walk into a high street store and come out more confused than when you went in?
If so, then why not let me help you. Setup an appointment and I will come round to your home and assess your existing computer setup, discuss with you what you need from a new computer and then provide you with a list of one or two recommended PCs which that best suit your needs.
I can help you decide on:
- Whether you should have a laptop or desktop PC.
- The right specification including CPU, memory, storage and graphics card.
- Choosing the right monitor and the options for having a multi monitor setup.
- Helping you decide how much you should spend.
Fixed price £40
Setting up a New PC
Once you've purchased your new computer you will want to get it setup with the following:
- Security software to protect you from viruses
- Email accounts
- Software programs such as Microsoft Office and any other programs you use
- Get all your personal files and photos transferred across from your old computer
- Setup backups either using the cloud or external hard drives
Prices from £60
How to choose a new computer in 3 easy steps
If all you need a PC for is browsing the internet, online shopping, sending emails, some office work such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint then the following guide will definitely ensure you choose an excellent computer that will last you many years.
There’s 3 essential things to look at:
- CPU / Processor
- Type and amount of hard disk space
Step 1 - CPU / Processor
This is the brains of your computer and there’s 2 manufacturers – Intel and AMD. Whilst both have a wide range of CPUs there’s only a few I will
- Intel - i3, i5 or i7
- AMD – Ryzen 3, 5 or 7
If you go for one of these you are guaranteed to have a well performing computer.
Step 2 - RAM
As a bare minimum you want 4GB of RAM and ideally I would go for 8GB.
Step 3 - Hard disk space
I prefer computers which come with a SSD drive. They are becoming more and more popular and cheaper as well. Whilst the storage capacity is less than traditional hard drive (HDD) the speed difference is massive and worth every penny!
However, don’t go for a 128GB SSD. This is just too small. As a minimum choose one with at least 240GB.
If you do have thousands and thousands of photos then you might need to consider getting a computer with a SSD and a normal 1TB hard drive
Finding the Best Computer Deals
I would go to PC World or John Lewis and head to the relevant laptop or Desktop PC section. Order the search results by price. On PC World you will need to jump straight to page 4 before you start seeing results which match the specifications I have outlined above. From the listings page you can quickly see the 3 main specs I outline above. Remember if it hasn’t one of the Intel or AMD cpu’s I mention or if it only has a 128GB SSD then disregard it and move onto the next item.
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