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“Kevin’s computer burned out hard drive when power flickered (despite surge protector). He is looking to buy a new computer desktop with great graphics card for gaming) do you have a suggestion?”
Computers, like pants, are NOT one size fits all! How do you purchase a computer that fits you? You want to balance the features that you are willing to pay for and the features that you can do without, to price out a machine that fits your needs. There are several things to consider:
- What will the computer be used for? A computer used for email and web surfing does not need the same components as a high end gaming machine.
- Use reputable consumer review sites to search for ratings based on your ideal machine. Ex: For Hattie, I would google “pcmag.com best gaming machine 2017”
- Each of the listed review sites will give you consumer and professionals opinions on individual systems. The side by side comparisons help you compare apples to apples. Clicking on the specific system will also give you a more in depth review of the system.
- When you have your list of systems that you are considering, be sure to check another resource for reviews. If I did all my research at PC Mag or Tom’s Guide, I would pop over to Cnet to make sure that there is a consensus about the machine I am considering.
My recommendations for Hattie [AND you] are both lots of research and a UPS. An uninterruptible power supply or backup battery, keeps the power at a constant flow. Power “flickering” is extremely damaging to computers. In depth research, comparing the benchmark tests, company reputations and system specifications will help you get a computer that fits your needs.
Reputable review sites: