Incredible sale deals are flooding into our Inbox and populating the ad spaces online. You may be considering a new computer, with the prices available now. Here's what to look for, and what to avoid.
Any computer on a blow-out deal will come with Windows 10 now. It's not a terrible thing, and certainly not the nightmare that was Windows 8/8.1. However, the hardware and software devices are not all speaking well with each other just yet, so be prepared for some changes down the road.
Look for a decent processor, because in a year when you're thinking things have really slowed down, you'll be right - and a better processor and more RAM will help. Stick to an Intel Core i5 or i7 (i3 if you don't mind waiting for pages to load and programs to open and close). Avoid the low-end Celeron and AMD processors.
RAM - aim for 8GB or more. 6 will do, 4 will be rather pokey.
Do you need/want a dvd drive? Many modern computers eliminate them to save weight and size, and the days for CDs and DVDs are numbered. If you have a lot of material on disc, get a computer with a drive, or buy an external DVD drive (about $25).
What to do when you get home with a new computer? There are some important steps to take before you jump onto Facebook. You may want to tackle them yourself, or have someone do the setup for you. See next post.
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