Zen and the Art of Buying Computer Parts

It’s happened to all of us, I’m sure. You are surfing the net and maybe listening to music when all of a sudden…you click the close button on the upper right corner and it freezes. Then you don’t know if you should wait until it’s done or bash the monitor with the keyboard. Eventually, you get fed up and hit “ctrl+alt+delete” only to get an error. Okay! That’s it! I’m turning it off!

Amazing what cheap parts can do, isn’t it? It can give you an ulcer…that’s for sure. So what’s should you do? Follow the path to find your way to computer bliss.

Rule #1: Never, ever buy the best parts. They charge you way too much for a small performance boost. Instead, use that saved money for something computers always need…accessories like a printer, webcam, or external memory.

Rule #2: Know your needs. Getting parts that are way more than you’ll ever need isn’t smart. It’s a bad investment and getting parts that are not nearly as good as you need them to be is an even worse investment!

If you need an office computer, basic components are all you will need. I would recommend a Pentium 4 processor, 512MB of RAM, and Windows XP: Office. That is a solid foundation that will take care of all your needs.

If you need a multimedia computer, I would get the next step up. Getting a Pentium 4 with hyperthreading, two 512MB RAM sticks, and a multimedia management program would be ideal. Hyperthreading is great for a lot of programs used at once which always happens with music, movies, and pictures so it’s definitely something to think about.

If you want a gaming computer, then you should get the third down from “top-of-the-line”. Try a Athlon 64 3000+ or 4000+, three to four 512MB RAM sticks, and a GeForce 7800 GTX. That guarantees no errors, no crashes, and awesome performance as well as giving you the most value for your money!

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Rule #3: See through the lies and make an investment you’ll be happy with. The $500 computers from Dell or Gateway are a great value, BUT they skimp on things that multimedia and gaming computers need… the RAM, Video card, Sound Card, and even the motherboard! I’d only recommend computers below $700 if they are for office computers.

Again, let me remind you that buying computer parts doesn’t have to be a pain. It’s just common sense if you follow the three rules. One…don’t buy the absolute best parts, two…don’t buy parts you don’t need, and three…make an investment you will be happy with. Now, if you want more advice and recommendations, check out the website on the bottom of this article.

Computer Parts Online

In today’s age, building computers on yourself is often chosen as the safest and choicest option by a sizeable part of the market for computers. There are various advantages and disadvantages for doing so.

When personal computers first entered the mass market, building a computer was an arduous and risky task. Getting the right computer parts was also difficult and without a guarantee. Putting the whole thing together was a risk because of the newness of the product as well as the absence of expert knowledge. But over the years, the market has understood the process of computer assembly and the heavy savings involved in making your own computer (you basically save on the branded company’s professional service charge for putting the computer together for you).

Customers are able to find everything needed to build a computer on the Internet. If you want to assemble the whole system at one go, you can get a barebone computer system and keep adding on later. Using quality but cheap computer parts is the key trick behind assembling computers.

There are thousands of cheap computer parts on the web today. A quick check list of the main components you need to build your computer is –

o CPUs (Processors)

o Hard Drives

o Graphics Card

o Monitors

o CD / CD-RW / DVD ROMs

o Mouse and Keyboards (other Input Devices)

o Batteries

o Cables & Adapters

o Communications and Connectivity tools

o Cooling Products

o Computer Bags & Cases

o Firewire Products

Accessories

o Digital Cameras

o Flash Memory

o Gaming Hardware

o Ink & Toner

o Cellular Accessories

o Cleaning Kits & Supplies

o Notebook Accessories

o Headsets

o Media Storage

You can find any of almost all of these computer parts in Internet individually. Cheap computer parts are easy to find and pay for securely over Internet. There are also many sites and services that help you build these types of computers on a professional basis and get you started. These sites help you step-by-step through the process of building a good quality computer using cheap and high quality computer parts – often with illustrated instruction guides to show you how to put your new computer together.

Building your own high-quality but cheap computer with computer parts that are genuine and cheap are often considered a safe bet.