The Basic Home Computer

Most people who fall into the main bracket of home computer users, simply want a machine to browse the internet, send a few emails, and use social media. You might not want anything fancy, just an ergonomic machine that is economical on physical space, but will still do the job without becoming overloaded.

As we mentioned in a previous section, many machines nowadays come ready to run out of a box. This is literally, the plug in and play system. While it might be tempting to opt for the cheapest deal in the computer store, you need to make sure that you are going to have enough processing power. If, for example, you are planning on using your machine to have about six programs open at one go, then you are going to have to spend a little more.

Some people get caught in the trap of buying a super cheap machine, only to complain that it runs slowly when there are more than a couple of programs open at any given time. Pushing the computer too far will also cause it to slow down over time, and it will just get even more frustrating for the owner.

The key here is to buy something that lies in the middle price range. These machines often marry a decent processor and a fair amount of storage space that allows for the use of virtual memory in case of overload.

Again, it is important to think ahead. Will you be connecting a printer and scanner, a USB hub or a sound system? Cheap computers are cheap because they have less components, so it is a good idea to see how many USB ports the machine has. You will need a good amount to connect your keyboard, mouse, sound system, and perhaps an external storage device. Even if you are using your PC for the basics, it is always a good idea to buy something that has an HDMI port so you can connect it your television to view photos, videos and more.

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