Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc.

Buying a New Computer

Having to buy a new computer can be frustrating and confusing at times but having a few tips and asking these questions can help you with your decision.

Buying a New Computer
  1. What do I want to do?  am I going to do design work or edit high end photographs then you will need a high-end computer. If you are viewing the internet and reading emails, then an entry level computer may be all you need or even a tablet.
  2. What is My Budget? how much you can afford will dictate what you can purchase.
  3. What do my friends/family have? Ask them as they will be honest with you.
  4. Storage and Memory– a common mistake when people purchase a computer is it has a small amount of storage.  I like to have as a minimum 256GB of “Hard Drive (Storage)” space which may now be referred to a SSD (Solid State Drive) and 8GB RAM (memory). Why is it important? If you fill your Hard Drive it can affect the operation of your computer. In most cases on a Windows based computer will need 20GB to 40GB of space to make the computer run.  Then you have programs and your personal data (photos, documents and downloads) which all adds up, too much data (GB) and your computer will not work. GB (Gigabytes) is a term for an amount of data/space.  
  5. Is it compatible with what I have? If you have a good monitor(screen), printer, keyboard and mouse, you may be able to save some money by not having to purchase these items.   

A Typical system may look like this

  • Processor – AMD Athlon Silver 3050U – The brains of the computer
  • Integrated Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics. – Can also be dedicated usually on higher end computers.
  • Memory – 8 GB RAM – Can go up to 64GB on higher end computers.
  • Storage – 512 GB SSD.
  • Connectivity – 1 x HDMI port, 6 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.2 ports, and 1 x VGA port.
  • Operating System – Comes with Windows 10 Home operating system.
  • It comes with a USB Keyboard and Mouse.