Before we get into how much you want to spend on buying this new PC. We need to determine a few things. What will this PC be used for, desktop publishing, graphics design, CAD?
1. What are your current business applications and are you considering upgrading them to the most current version? If so write down these requirements such as Memory, Disk Space, Operating System.
2. What are the requirements for your Antivirus software, since newer versions do require more resources, memory and hard drive space.
After collecting this information, we know have an better idea of what this PC will be used for. Great! with the business application and antivirus requirements that we determined above.
a. What type of processor is supported
b. How much memory
c. How much disk space and memory will be used by the business applications and antivirus.
The reason we are collecting the above information is to insure that we choose a PC with adequate processor speed, memory and disk space.
The next step is Research! This is the step I enjoy the most and will save you some money if you take the time to do your research. Of course you may have a favorite PC Brand in mind and my favorite is DELL, since I have been installing them in company networks for 10+ years and if you have had a good experience with a particular PC Brand you still can benefit from doing a little homework and perhaps save some money on this new PC purchase.
Open your web browser and type in www.cnet.com, since we are about to do some research for our NEW PC. I use this for almost everything that I purchase and CNET is a great resource for doing research before purchasing. Next CLICK on Reviews.
Click on DESKTOP, this will take you to the Desktop review section of CNET.com
For this article I will research a DELL PC and click on DELL in the manufacturers list.
Scroll down so that you can see some of the PCs and sort the list by User Ratings. I look at how many users have rated a PC and compare them to the editor ratings. Know If customers really like what PC they purchased they will usually give a good review and I have bought many systems on the premise of User Ratings. In addition you can read the cons and pros of a computer before purchasing it from your desired manufacturer and or website.
Ok you have researched your computer and have an idea of pricing. What I do next is compare your system to the manufacturer websites and or other websites that sell PCs and lets see if the price is better than what was on CNET.com. If not you can continue your research on these website.
My last tip. After finding a PC that has decent user ratings. Call the PC manufacturer and or company and NEGOTIATE the deal. Times are tough and companies want to sell their current inventory. Get 3 – 4 quotes from different companies and use it as leverage. Good luck and thank you for reading this article.
* Results depend on how much effort you put into this PC acquisition process and the procedure is what I use in my current job duties as an Director Business Development / Technology and am sharing this information and hope that you find this informative and worth your time reading.