MOUNT VERNON — Two main considerations help consumers purchase new computers. First, there’s the decision between a desktop or a laptop computer. There’s also the choice of system platforms — Macintosh or Windows. Making those choices will simplify buying a new computer.
The decision to buy a desktop or a laptop depends largely on if it needs to be portable and then what programs or operations are needed. If it needs to be carried to and from work or school, then a laptop is the right choice.
A laptop also might be a good choice if the computer is used primarily for word processing and email. Generally, a modestly priced laptop has lower specifications than a desktop.
The key internal specifications include the processor, the “brain” that does most of the work; the RAM (Random Access Memory); hard drive, which is the central storage for programs and documents; and graphic cards because they determine the overall capability of the computer.
Video games, music files, desktop publishing and photo editing require more memory and storage space, so a desktop computer is a better choice. A desktop computer also has the advantage that it is expandable; more RAM or a better graphics card can be added.
Jamie Parry, office products specialist at ECR, Everything Computer Related, in Mount Vernon, said a higher end graphics card is nice to have for photo editing.
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