Every so often you’re going to get the itch to upgrade your main desktop computer system. Even if you have all of the bells and whistles that come with the latest mobile phones and tablets, there’s still a lot of things that you need top processing power and a larger viewing monitor for, so it’s going to be a good decision to keep updated.
To help you make the decision regarding your next desktop, consider the following five tips, including looking for websites to compare specs and prices, deciding early on what OS requirements you have, making sure you keep primary function in mind, realizing that computer life cycles keep getting shorter, and thinking about mobility of your rig.
- Look For Places To Compare Specs
There are a million websites that talk about computers, sell computers, and compare computers. Your job as an intelligent consumer is to find a computer website that does this in the most logical, accurate, and informative manner possible. There are always the places that are popular, but some more digging will let you find ones that are functional rather than just the most widely used.
- Decide Operating System Requirements Early On
The big question that will lurk at the beginning of your decision is whether you want the Windows or Mac operating systems. Much of that decision will come down to familiarity. But after that, there’s the question of does it match with your cell phone service. And then there’s the cost factor, and then you also have to think about what you’re primarily using your system for, and if the OS caters to that.
- Think About Primary Function
When deciding about your next primary desktop system, its main function is going to play a big part in your choice. Will you use it for professional reasons? Or entertainment – like gaming, for instance? Specs are different in terms of graphics cards, processor speeds, and even monitor size depending on what you need them for.
- Realize That Life Cycles Keep Getting Shorter
And when you see the price tag, make sure that you think of how long that desktop is going to be useful. The life cycles of computers keeps getting shorter because of rapid advances in technology, so it’s best not to spend so much on a system that you can’t afford a new one in a year or two.
- Consider Mobility
Be sure to ask yourself if you’re going to have to lug the system around very often as well. Laptops, you can just throw in a bag and take wherever you want, but desktops have heavier, more sensitive parts, are far bulkier, and require extra cables and thing. Prepare for this possibility.