Compute IT with Wayne Parkinson

Replacing your Computer
Eventually it will happen, your faithful old computer now needs to take a one way trip to the recycle centre. Now the fun starts, what do you replace it with?

First, you must clearly determine how you intend to use the new computer. If your needs are modest, then you don’t need a lot of computing power. However, if you intend to get deep into video editing, then you cannot overdo the power you purchase.

The computer is the last thing to decide on. Once you have figured out how you are going to use the new computer, this will indicate the programs required. Surfing on the internet, getting your email and perhaps getting photos off your camera are not going to stretch even the lowest powered computer.

Central Processing Unit (CPU)
These come in two main flavours; Intel and AMD. Each use their own way of identifying the capability of the CPU. Intel has i3, i5, and i7. AMD has A4, A6 and A8. Think of the lowest of each of these as a nice modern little Toyota car. It will get you to Auckland in comfort. The middle CPU is more like a Holden and will have a few more features and power. If pure grunt is what you need, get the Ferrari, the top CPU. Intel CPU’s tend to run cooler than the current AMD offerings, with the AMD costing a little less.

There are three main “categories” of computers to consider.

Desktops in the main require the smallest budget. You probably still have a good screen, keyboard and mouse that will happily connect to the new desktop. It’s the one requiring the most desk space, but has the longest life expectancy. A desktop has a lot of air space in it and can dissipate the normal heat generated in a computer fairly well. Desktops can often be configured at purchase time to suit your needs and then later have addition items added inside them, like more memory or a second hard disk.

Laptops are great if you need to move the computer, like into the lounge in the colder winter months or with you on a trip. You should take care in determining the configuration of a laptop as it can be difficult and expensive to alter later.

All in Ones are like a monitor with the working parts of a laptop tidily attached at the back. These are handy if desk space is an issue but you still want a nice sized screen. It’s a cross between a desktop (cannot be moved) and a laptop (configure carefully), with advantages and disadvantages of the other two.

If you need help with this, or would just like to chat about your options, give me a call at 345-6098. To find out more about this, follow this link:

Abingdon Computing Essentials – www.abingdon.co.nz
Phone – 345-6098
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Evening Computer Classes
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