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					College of Education
    Education IT
  Tech Talk Series
Purchasing a New
    Computer
                Major Questions
•   When is it time to purchase a new computer?
•   Desktop or Laptop?
•   What do I need/should I get?
•   Monitors?
•   Warranty?
•   Internet--Dial-up/DSL/Cable
•   Where do I get one?
•   What about my old one?
                       It Is Time
• Average Life Cycle
  – 4-5 Years
• What Dies First
  – Moving Parts
     • Hard Drive ($30-$150)
     • Optical Drive ($40-$150)
  – Hot Parts
     • Memory ($60-$300)
     • Processor ($100-$700)
     • Motherboard ($50-$500)
             Desktop VS Laptop
• Desktop
  – Advantages
    •   Faster/More Powerful
    •   More Storage
    •   Cheaper
    •   Easier to Fix/Upgrade
  – Disadvantages
    • Big
    • Loud
    • Not Portable
              Desktop VS Laptop
• Laptop
  – Advantages
     •   Portable
     •   Quiet
     •   “Cool” Factor
     •   Small
  – Disadvantages
     •   Hard to Repair/Upgrade
     •   Easier to Break
     •   More Expensive with Fewer Options
     •   Slower/Less Powerful
                What Do I Need?
• Major Components            • Min/Recommended
  – Processor                   – Processor
     • Speed                       • 2 GHz/3 GHz
     • FSB (Front Side Bus)
  – Memory                      – Memory
     • Speed
                                   • 1 GB/2 GB
     • Amount
  – Hard Drive                  – Hard Drive
     • Speed
                                   • 80 GB/100-250 GB
     • Size
             What Do I Need?
• Major Components    • Min/Recommended
  – Video Card          -Video Card
     • Memory              • Built in/256 MB
  – Removable Media     – Media
     • DVD/CD
                           • CD/DVD-RW
     • R/RW
                           • Floppy
     • Floppy
  – User Input          – Input
     • Keyboard            • USB/Multimedia
     • Mouse               • Optical
           What Do I Not Need?
• Watch Out For
  –   Bluetooth
  –   USB Storage
  –   Wireless
  –   Peripherals
  –   Installation
                   Useful Items
• Warranty
   – 90 Warranty Standard
   – 3-Year Warranty Recommended
• Monitors
   – LCD
   – 17”-19”
   – DVI vs. VGA
• Internet
   – Dial-Up
   – DSL
   – Cable
                Where Do I Shop?
• ITaP (STEW G65)
   – Dell
   – HP
   – Apple
• Online
   – Provantage
   – TigerDirect
   – Vendor Site
• Offline
   – Best Buy
   – Circuit City
   – Wal-Mart
           What About Old One?
•   Donate
•   Keep For Parts
•   Set Up For Kids
•   Recycle
    – Staples
    – Dell
Questions?

				
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