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Chapter 9. Choosing the Right Computer > It's the Components That Count

It's the Components That Count

Although the name of your PC's manufacturer might not make all that much difference, the companies that make the components do. I wouldn't worry about components if you buy a name-brand PC, but if you buy a no-name PC, make sure it's built from quality components. You don't have to worry too much about the stuff inside the box—just be sure that all disk drives, memory chips, and other components are up to snuff. What you mainly have to worry about is the monitor, the keyboard, the mouse, and other accessories.

As general advice, it's not necessary to buy the latest, greatest, and fastest PC around, but it's also not a good idea to buy the bottom of the line. My rule of thumb is to go for a machine whose specifications were state-of-the-art maybe three to six months ago. That will still be plenty good enough for almost anything you plan to do for the next two or three years, but a lot cheaper than today's top of the line.


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