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There are a number of things to consider when you buy a computer or buy computer equipment. These include;

  • what to buy
  • types of ownership such as direct buying or getting a computer lease
  • how to buy

What to buy

What to buy depends on what you need and what is available. If you have a clear idea of what you need it is easier to determine what to buy.

You should examine what you want to do with the computer and what you want it to do for you. This will point you in the right direction.

The article Buy a Personal Computer with Confidence will provide you with guidance on determining what you want to do with the computer and will indicate what you need to buy to get it done.

When buying hardware or software, the same approach is applicable. Review what's available with your information sources. Once you basically know what you want you can advance to the next step.

Types of ownership

The most common form of ownership is sole proprietorship which means you own it totally because you bought it outright. This form of ownership requires the greatest initial outlay and people generally tend to keep their purchased computers for as long as possible.

Some people opt to lease a computer in order to pay less up front and to have an option to frequently change their computers for the latest and greatest equipment. The overall considerations of leasing are discussed by Daniel Gray and the financial considerations of leasing are discussed by Crystal Levy . In my opinion leasing for the sake of frequently changing to the latest model will only work if it is easy to set up a new computer from scratch. I have yet to find a method of smoothly and easily transferring data and programs from one computer to another, so having to do this often is not a great idea.

Once you've decided what you want to get, you have a number of options of how to buy the item. This is discussed in detail in the article about how to buy a computer.

Follow the links below to get the full buying story.

What to buy

Buy a personal computer 
Buy with confidence. This article will tell you what to get.When you buy a personal computer, you need to know what components to buy. We give you step by step advice on all the parts.

PC vs Mac.  
How they stack up. Find out Which one is for you

Linux Desktop
Now that Dell is selling Linux, is it time to take advantage of Linux's advantages?

Desktop Laptop
What you need to know in comparing a laptop vs destop computer.

How to buy

How to buy a computer
Tips for getting the best and the cheapest. Here are proven methods for finding the best items and vendors and how to buy a computer and parts the cheapest way possible.

Computer Buying Tips

Buy computer hardware
Each type of hardware has unique things to consider. We identify what to look for when you buy computer hardware.



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