Points to consider when buying a new computer
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11 years ago
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There was a time when computers were so expensive that, to own one was beyond the means of a common man and, they were only affordable for the elite of the society. Times have changed and the prices of computers have fallen so drastically that it has been moved from the list of luxury items to the list of essential items in a household. They have become so cheap that you can easily buy a brand new personal computer with basic configuration for just Rs. 13,500/- excluding tax, or a used computer for around one third that price. But there are however, some points to be considered before you purchase a new computer.

1) Identify the purpose behind purchasing the computer.
This is one aspect which people usually tend to forget or neglect. As a result they end up buying a system with configuration higher than their requirement or one with higher price than what would have been warranted given their requirements. Common personal uses include browsing the net, , sending & receiving emails, chatting, word processing, listening to music, watching movies and watching TV. For such uses, it is advised to go for a computer with a basic configuration which is economical. Do not settle on a configuration just because it was shown in some advertisement or because you have been told that it is the best configuration. Decide on a configuration based on your requirements.
2) Financing your purchase.
While buying a computer, its important to identify your budgetary constraints. Prices vary with the configuration and also with the brands. . For a normal home user, a basic configuration with AMD Sempron processor, 512 MB RAM would be more than sufficient. This would cost around Rs.13000/-. The same person going for a system with Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1 GB RAM and costing around Rs.20000/- would be an overkill as he would not be using the full capability of the system. Once you figure out your requirements decide on a configuration that meets your need and fits your budget. If you can not afford to raise enough cash to pay for the configuration you could look at financing the purchase. Most of the public and private banks give personal loans in the 15000-30000 range. You might have to pay a processing charge and a 'semi-transparent' interest on the loan amount.
3) Whether branded or assembled?
This is an aspect where people normally make uninformed decisions.Computers available in the market can be vaguely divided into two categories: (1) Branded Computers and (2) Assembled Computers. Branded computers are those that are manufactured by big brands. (eg: HCL, Lenovo, Compaq) These companies assemble computers in their manufacturing units and provide it to the customers with their warranty. Assembled computers are assembled by small players often based in the local market itself and they supply to the local market with their warranty. The components that you find in both branded and assembled are often made by the same manufacturer (eg: Sony DVD drive, ASUS Motherboard, NVIDIA chipset, Intel Processor). As a result there shouldnt be any reason to find any difference in the quality between a branded and an assembled computer but for the manufacturing and QC processes. But the biggest difference comes in the price. Branded computers are normally priced much higher than assembled ones.
4) Warranty for the Computer and its Components
In terms of warrany, a branded PC comes with a wrapper warranty covering the entire PC for a fixed period of time like 1-3 years with an option to extend the warranty. On the other hand, assembled PC's come with a warranty from the assembler plus the warranties provided by the component manufacturers. Most often the component warranties extend much beyond the warranty provided by the branded and the assembled PCs. But you can avail the extended warranty only in the case of the assembled PCs. Even the risk of the asembler going out of business is really mitiagated by this simple fact. However most assemblers hide this fact of the extended component warranty from the customer and charge for component replacements after the warranty period provided by the company. So before you buy the system make sure you talk about the warranty criterion with the dealer.
5) Know your hardware
Before you buy a computer it is always good to read up about the different components that make up a Personal Computer. Additionally you should also do some research about the current trends in the market and learn about the different options you have while deciding your configuration. Make sure you check out the following topics, preferably on www.wikipedia.org

  • Processor
  • Motherboard
  • RAM - Random Access Memory
  • Monitor
  • Hard Disk Drive
  • CD/DVD Drive
  • Floppy Drive
  • Cabinet and SMPS
  • Printer
  • UPS

Once you have a fair understanding about the components, go talk to a few dealers about your requirements. Even with a reasonably basic understanding you will significantly reduce the chance of having a decision forced on you by any dealer.
6) Where to buy?
Visit a few stores/websites and get quotations for the configuration you need before you decide on a store/website to buy your system from. Also talk to a few customer service executives at the store about the configuration and its variations. Try to verify the information provided by the executives to ensure that you are not being taken for a ride . Talk to a few customers of the store to get first hand information about the quality of service provided from the store. If you need help in buying a computer visit our office for an obligation-free free consultation to help you figure out answers to some of the above questions. We are located at 3/118 Kesavadasapuram, Pattom P.O., Trivandrum - 695004. You can also call us at 0471-4063818 and get help over the phone.


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on 25th May 2007 / by webmaster
A new computer could cost anywhere from Rs. 13500/- where as you could get a reasonably good used computer in the range of Rs. 4000 to Rs. 7000 depending on the age and the configuration of the system. The obvious attractiveness in the option of buying a used computer is the price. Buying a certified used system is an excellent way to familiarize you and your family to the exciting world of computers and internet at perhaps 1/3 the cost of a new system. If you are buying a computer solely for gaming purposes you should perhaps stop reading any further and go for a brand new computer. Most the new games in the market require not just the latest technologies but also the higher end versions of the same. If however you are looking to buy a computer for introducing you or your kids to programming, or to explore the internet or simply to watch movies, a used computer could meet your needs. There are however several aspects the customer needs to verify before buying a used computer. A full scandisk has to be run on all the drives to ensure that there are not too many bad sectors. A few bad sectors shouldn't be a big worry. Try a CDROM and/or DVDROM in the drive to check that the drives are functioning properly. Run a memory test using the Ubuntu memory test feature. Boot using the Ubuntu CD and select the memory test option. Make sure that the connectivity devices are working correctly - network card and/or modem. Try connecting to the net and verify. Verify that all the addon cards are working fine - check sound and video. Ensure that the monitor does not display unusual symptoms after keeping on for a couple of hours. Ensure that the internals - processor, motherboard, smps - does not create any problems after being kept on for a few hours. The prices of the used computers vary based on the Processor, Motherboard, Hard Disk, RAM, other components and accessories. If you would like to buy a used computer visit our store at 3/118 Kesavadasapuram, Pattom P. O., Trivandrum, Phone - 0471-4063818 and we will be able to sell you used computers that have gone through the 7 point checklist mentioned above. If you have a used computer you wish to sell bring it over, we will inspect it and give you a fair price. Computers Hardware Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * Anonymous (not verified) access_time 18 Feb 2019 - 20:23 I want to buy a used computer. But i am in chennai. How can i buy? Please mail to me. Thanks in advance. webmaster access_time 18 Feb 2019 - 20:23 In reply to I want to buy a used Computer by Anonymous (not verified) The easiest way to get hold of a used computer is from your friends. If any of your friends are planning to buy new PCs then you can get hold of their old computer. Both of you will get a good bargain out of the deal as you are taking the middleman out of the deal. If you can't find anybody who is planning to upgrade then your best bet would be your local computer store or craigslist. Had you been in Trivandrum we could have arranged a used PC for you :) Add new comment
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on 12th August 2007 / by webmaster
One of the strange types of complaints we receive from our customers is "The system was working fine till yesterday, I had shut down the system and it is not booting now". Strange as it may sound the common feature of these support requests included burnt motherboards, non-functional PCI Card slots and sometimes burnt Ethernet cards. One common factor in such cases was that these customers had Asianet Dataline as their internet service. Asianet's cable line is prone to power surges that could burn your modem, ethernet card and if you are unlucky motherboard, processor and even monitor. The possible reason for this is that they depend a lot on KSEB transmission posts to support their cable infrastructure and they do not have surge protection devices at the customer side of the cables. Whatever be the reason there is a risk of power surges damaging the computer connected through Asianet Dataline. Asianet themselves confirm this issue by specifically requesting users to not connect through the USB or on-board ethernet card and instead use a PCI ethernet card to connect. Following are some precautionary steps you should be taking to protect your PC if you are an Asianet Dataline subscriber Always connect to Asianet Dataline using a PCI Ethernet card. Spending an additional 200-300 bucks is worth it. DONOT connect to Asianet Dataline using the USB port DONOT connect to Asianet Dataline using the onboard ethernet card (built-in network card) Physically disconnect your Asianet Dataline cable from the modem when you are not using internet. Physically disconnect your Asianet Dataline cable from the modem when there is rain and/or thunder and/or lightning Computers Hardware Networking Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 15th September 2007 / by webmaster
Intel has been announcing massive price slashes for its processors and motherboards since January 2007. In spite of this AMD based systems still maintain a comfortable lead over the Intel based systems. The price difference used to be around Rs. 3,000 around a year back but it has fallen drastically during the last one year. An AMD Sempron based system can be bought for around Rs. 13,500 while an Athlon X2 costs around Rs. 14,600. The Intel counterparts Dual Core and Core 2 Duo based systems costs around Rs. 15,500 and Rs. 18,500 respectively. AMD Athlon X2 Based System AMD X2 4000 Processor Motherboard 512MB DDR II Ram 80 GB SATA Sony CD Combo Drive Keyboard Optical Mouse 15" CRT Monitor Speaker ATX Cabinet Total Amount - Rs. 14,650.00 (inclusive of taxes) AMD Sempron Based System AMD Sempron 3400+ Processor Motherboard 512MB DDR II Ram 80 GB SATA Sony CD Combo Drive Keyboard Optical Mouse 15" CRT Monitor Speaker ATX Cabinet Total Amount - Rs. 13,400.00 (inclusive of taxes) Intel Dual Core Based System Dual Core E2140 1.6 Ghz Processor Intel 945GCNL Mother Board 512MB DDR II Ram 80 GB SATA Sony CD Combo Drive Keyboard Optical Mouse 15" CRT Monitor Speaker ATX Cabinet Total Amount - Rs. 15,500.00 (inclusive of taxes) Intel Core 2 Duo Based System Intel Core 2Duo E4400 Processor Intel 945 GCNL Mother Board 512MB DDR II Ram 80 GB SATA Sony DVD Writer Keyboard Optical Mouse 15" CRT Monitor Speaker ATX Cabinet Total Amount - Rs. 18550.00 (inclusive of taxes) Common Peripherals and Upgrades Above Systems with 160GB HDD - Rs 300.00 Extra Above Systems with 1GB DDR II Ram - Rs 800.00 Extra Above Systems with 15" Samsung TFT Monitor - Rs 4625.00 Extra Above Systems with 17" Samsung TFT Monitor - Rs 5800.00 Extra For further information you can call us at 0471-4063818 or visit our store at Kesavadasapuram, Trivandrum. You may also send us a line using the Contact Us page. Computers Hardware Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * Pradipta (not verified) access_time 18 Feb 2019 - 20:23 I wish to know the price of HP pavilion 6610 . Please send me the price . regards Pradipta seban (not verified) access_time 18 Feb 2019 - 20:23 intel core2Duo+dvd dual layer+17"tft+160gb hdd+Lan+Speaker System=? lean sigma (not verified) access_time 18 Feb 2019 - 20:23 very very attractive post. really awesome. what a meaningful efforts here.thanks for sharing all. Add new comment
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Atul Paliwal (not verified)
access_time 18 Feb 2019 - 20:23

Very helpful. I got a very good view for Home PC configuration.

Thanks n regards,
Atul Paliwal


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Mohammed Ariff (not verified)
access_time 18 Feb 2019 - 20:23

Hello

This is very useful information.And it is giving very important information about assembled computer and about there works.

Thanks

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Mohammed Ariff.


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GIRISH (not verified)
access_time 18 Feb 2019 - 20:23

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