When you think of buying a computer, you will have to decide what type of computer you need. It will all depend on the work you do and if you have never used one before, this might be rather confusing because you will want to know the similarities and differences between each type of machine. Let’s therefore get that out of the way by clarifying which is which.
As the name suggests, a desktop computer sits on your desk and consists of several components such as the tower which in fact is the real computer where the brains are while the rest of it will include the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. A Notebook which is better known as a laptop is a device that has everything installed in one unit. Its main advantage is that it can be carried around because it’s small and portable and has a battery life of up to four hours. Everything in a laptop is built in and can be as mall as ten inches or as large as 18 inches or even more.
Computer life started for us with the desktop computer although the present generation prefers the Notebook because it’s thought to be trendier; although this is a bit surprising because the old fashioned desktop PC is definitely faster than the laptop and anyone wanting to play games will find the former a much better and speedier machine. But in both cases, it’s the CPU, RAM and graphic card that decides what you can do on your computer while the hard drive is the decision maker when it comes to the number of programs, documents, e-mails, etc. that can be stored on the computer.
Now let’s leave the very basics of a computer aside to consider the more important aspects such as the motherboard which in fact is the heart and soul of your machine. Every thing on your computer is ultimately connected to the motherboard and for this reason alone you must know what you wish to do with your computer for the simple reasons; if you’re hoping to use a lot of devices with a PCI interface you will have to ensure that your motherboard has extra slots while the same goes for memory in relation to the amount and speed you will need for whatever tasks you’re hoping to perform on your computer.
While the latest motherboard has everything you require inbuilt in to the machine, its always better to check that it has the correct interface for the hard disk, graphic card and any other items you may require including additional ports to accommodate CDs, DVDs etc. Something else you might want to check is if it’s possible for your new motherboard to support any old components you’re hoping to use.
A printer which has no direct relationship to a computer is nevertheless a very important device that we connect to our computers whenever we need the printed version of a document, agreement or spreadsheet. Present day printers are available in two forms known as the mono laser or inkjet printer. Although the Laser Printer is more expensive it provides the better quality print especially where lots of text is involved and is faster as well. An inkjet printer on the other hand is far better for color prints with individual cartridges for each color rather than a combined color cartridge.