With hardware prices dropping
down every week, and hardware speeds jumping up, you can't help to think about
buying or upgrading your computer. Technology as always, is moving too fast for
our wallets so when looking for a new computer you need something to last
for a good amount of time without having to upgrade it weekly. You need the
Having the "right" PC does not
mean having the "best" PC; it just means that you have a computer that is
attributed to your personal PC lifestyle. Knowing your PC lifestyle is very
important. Lots of money could be thrown away if you don't recognize what you
are going to be doing with your new computer.
With that in mind we're going to try and guide
you towards this goal by breaking down what hardware is best for you based on
those three different PC lifestyles. We've randomly chosen several online
computer retailers to help give you an idea of where to go should you want to
pick up your parts online.
What we hope to accomplish with each of these
lifestyles, is just to explain what kind of components we think would be best
(based on price primarily) for that setup, and to offer a few online places to
purchase them. Obviously, if you're building your own computer you may
want to substitute one part for another, but if you've never built a computer
before, consider this a jumping off point for what you'll need to get.
The Family Computer:
The first lifestyle is the Family oriented PC. A family
PC is one that will be used by everyone in the household. The PC does not need
the "top of the line" hardware, but does need parts that will last them a good
while, without upgrading too often. Based on the family budget, the PC also
needs to be inexpensive, but with sacrificing quality. Below is a guide to each
part of what a family PC could look like.
you want each piece of a family computer to last a long time, but also to be
inexpensive. The Pentium III processor will last a family a good amount of time,
especially the 866MHz flavour. More often than not, someone in the family will be playing
computer games, and in order to do so, you will need at least a 32MB TNT2 to
play the most recent video games. Listening to music is also important to a
computer use for a family, so a decent sound card and some speakers are essential.
I added the CD Recorder because families love to burn their own MP3 albums;
this cost can be marked as optional if you don't plan to burn CDs. The above
personal computer should last a family a good few years with quality