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How to buy a new computer: Computer Configurations Simplified!

So, you always have to head up to your geek friend, whenever you need to buy a new computer or upgrade your existing one because your old computer just does not work for you anymore, either it hangs a lot or just is too unresponsive or slow to work on it.

Now, you are too confused with all the computer hardware lingo. So, I thought why not just simplify it for everyone out there.

Here is a sample configuration that you might hear out of a typical computer enthusiast:

1GHz 32 bit minimum, 2 GHz or better duo core 64 bit recommended

This is your processor clock speed, you can better understand it in terms of instructions per second. 1 GHz means your computer will be capable of executing 109instructions per second. So, obviously the more this number is the better and faster you PC will be unless your RAM is really low.

Windows Vista/Windows 7 Premium or Business

The operating system choice is very important but more or less unless you are into programming and/or trying to get into computers you should be able to do fine with Microsoft Windows 7.

80 GB hard drive minimum; 250 GB or more recommended.

The operating system will take up around 30 GB of space the rest of the space is left free and this is the space that is available to you for storage of all your data. An average image is around 0.5 MB, an average song is about 6 MB and an average movie is about 700 MB.

The text documents do not occupy a lot of space, a 1000 page book can easily be accommodated in around 4 MB of space. A GB is 1024 MB, I’ll leave the rest of the math to you.

RAM: 1 GB minimum; 2 GB or more recommended

This refers to the high speed memory that the computer uses as a link between the hard disk and the processor to reduce something called bottle-necking.[More on that in coming articles] Usually the more this memory is better for you.

TCP/IP. Wireless 802.11 b/g/n (WPA2 compatible).

Your network card, you usually do not need to fiddle around here. But in case you need to connect to the network, you will need additional networking hardwares like Cable Modem, Wireless Router, Access Point, and more.

Graphics card : 1GB or more, Support for DirectX 9 Graphics adapter or better

This is the memory that is almost like RAM except for the fact that it is specifically used for processing, carrying to and fro the data specific to video and graphics operations. You would need more memory if you plan on heavy gaming.

CD/DVD Read/Write drive, dual layer recommended

The name explains the purpose, but now as the blue ray technology is catching up, I personally would recommend you to get a Blue ray reader in addition to all that is mentioned.

This should usually get you going, if you have more questions about the terminology drop in questions below. I have not covered everything but just the basic information about the CPU configuration. Do tell me if you have something for me to add in the article.

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