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How to Choose Computer Hardware

Your hardware requirements isn’t something you want to take lightly. Whether you need a replacement part or you want to upgrade, you have options and you should consider all of them. Price matters,  of course, but there’s still more that you should be aware of. If all you focus on is how much something costs, you might not be getting the best value that you could find.   Something that costs just a little more could give you infinitely more quality or provide you with a lot more of what it is you’re looking for. That’s true with memory, processor speed, graphics capability, or just about anything else.

Haphazard hardware shopping is never a good idea. Make sure you focus in on what you really want and don’t over look any of your requirements e.g. graphcs, speed or capacity. If you’re not sure what you need, visit a good computer provider in your area and explain what your computer is doing now and what you’d like it to do. That way, the technician or the salesperson can suggest to you some options that can help your computer to perform better. You might even be able to buy recycled parts that work just as well and that will be good for the planet. Sometimes these can also be cheaper, if your budget is a serious factor.  With this information you will be able to do some comparison shopping.

Ask about warranties for any parts you buy, and be sure to have them installed by someone who knows how to do it right. If you don’t get them installed properly the warranty could be voided, and you might also damage your computer. Obviously, that’s something you really want to avoid. You’re trying to make your computer better, not injure it and cause it to have more problems.  By getting qualified help when choosing and installing computer hardware, you can better protect your investment.

Software is always the driving reason for any hardware purchase and these issues should be investigated and addressed starting with the operating system.  Many choices are available as covered in the software pages of this blog, the most popular choices been Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.  Many software issues brought on by compatibility issues initially appear as though they may be hardware issues, for Windows this presents as BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) or DLL hell.  With Linux and Mac OS X it’s normally missing drivers, but this normally few and far between.

The main driving reason for hardware upgrade or component change is speed and this is achieved by increased processor speed or quantity of memory.  When choosing new hardware always start with the hardware requirements of your operating system, full details of your choice of operating system come in the form of a HCL (hardware compatibility list).  Remember most sales people are driven by the information they have been provided with, which is normally very poor.  Amounting to what makes the best margin or what the company has decided to push, armed with the HCL you will be able to go through the hardware specs available and make choices to fit your requirements not theirs.