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Buying A Computer By: Evan Cloud. How to Buy Your Own Microcomputer System . Four Easy Steps in Buying a Computer. Step 1 -What needs do I want a computer to serve? Step 2 - How much $ do I have to spend? Step 3 - What kinds of software will best serve my needs? Step 4

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Buying A ComputerBy: Evan Cloud

How to Buy Your Own Microcomputer System


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Four Easy Steps in Buying a Computer

  • Step 1

    -What needs do I want a computer to serve?

  • Step 2

    -How much $ do I have to spend?

  • Step 3

    -What kinds of software will best serve my needs?

  • Step 4

    -What kind of hardware will best serve my needs?


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What Needs do I want a Computer to serve?

  • What do I want a computer system to do for me today?

  • What will I need it to do for me in another year or two?


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Needs

  • Writing Papers, letters, or memos

  • Business Applications

  • Record Keeping

  • Graphic presentation

  • Online information or the internet

  • Video Games


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How much $ do I have to spend on a computer system?

  • How much money am I prepared to spend on a computer today?

  • How much am I willing to spend in another year or two?


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Budget

  • How much can I spend???

  • Under $500

  • Up to $1000

  • Up to $1500

  • Up to $2000

  • Or above


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What kind of software will best serve my needs?

  • What kind of software will best serve my needs today?

  • What kind will best serve my needs in another year or two?


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Software

  • Word Processing

  • Spreadsheet-Excel

  • Database-Access

  • Presentation Graphics-Powerpoint

  • Browsers-Internet explorer

  • System software

    • Windows 98

    • Windows 2000

    • Windows XP

    • Mac OS

    • UNIX


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What kind of hardware will best serve my needs?

  • What kind of hardware will best serve my needs today?

  • What kind will best serve my needs in another year or two?


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Hardware

  • Figure what you need for

    • Microprocessor

    • Memory

    • Monitor

    • Floppy Disk Drives

    • Optical Disk drive (CD-Rom)

    • Hard disk drive

    • Portable Computer

    • Printer


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Places to Look

  • Some great places to look are

    • HP-Compaq

    • Dell

    • Apple


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Remember the 4 Q’s to ask

  • My Needs

  • My Budget

  • My Software

  • My Hardware


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