3 Essential Tips For Choosing A College Computer

It’s hard to believe there was a time before computers were the norm on campus, but now it’s nearly impossible to function without one for two minutes. So, how do you go about choosing one?

Now that’s a good question. A lot of what you’ll see can be confusing and you may not your gpu from your cpu. No worries, if you follow these essential tips you’ll be sure to find the computer that fits your needs. Just watch out, this won’t be a Mac guide.

Avoid the Mac

I’m sorry, this will probably bother a few people, but if you want a computer that’s cheap and effective, you’ll probably want to avoid Apple products. They are fine computers, but comparably they are much more expense then their Windows counterparts.

If you need the software the comes with Mac like Logic or Garageband, and you can’t do without them, then you have a legitimate reason for picking a mac. But if you mostly use your computer for cruising the internet and doing your homework, then you should consider avoiding these computers as they are expensive and they don’t offer anything a pc wouldn’t. Now many people might argue that Mac’s are easier to use, and they might be right, but if you are use to Windows, then you will be completely lost. Keep this in mind especially if you are a first time Mac buyer.

Design It Yourself

This may seem extreme, but you can design your pc or laptop to your specific needs. If you are looking for a powerful machine that’s worth what you put it in for, try www.ibuypower.com. You can choose exactly which parts you want, including processor speed and memory. You can get exactly what you need, which most sites will not allow. If you need to process digital media, then upgrading your RAM and your processing speed might be worth it, but if you are just interested in using Word for you homework then you can choose something simpler to suit your needs.

Wait For the Sales

One of the easiest and best ways to find a new computer is to simply wait for a good sale. You may not not get control over what is being sold, but you will save a lot of money.

Sites like www.walmart.com, www.tigeredirect.com, and www.newegg.com all have a great deals on computers if you wait for them to come up. For those less picky about their specifications, this might be the bets option.

In case you are looking for something particular, this may not be the best way to go, but in terms of raw dollars you could save this is definitely the best option. It may not be the hippest computer, but it will take care of the necessities and you wont have to go into debt just to surf the internet.

Ultimately, choosing a computer is not easy, but if you can, try to ask someone who knows how they work. You’ll learn a lot and figure out what works best for you. If not, use these options and do what you can to save money. At the end of the day, technology advances fast and what one day was cutting edge, will soon be old news.

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Ryan Schapals

Ryan Schapals

Ryan Schapals is a senior at DePaul University studying Creative Writing and Psychology. Outside of class, Ryan can be found working in the Pysch Lab or at a local health clinic. When he's not distracted by cat videos, he tries to balance his time between playing guitar, writing prose, and running around the soccer field.