- Buying a new computer is probably the most confusing shopping experience for techno-newbies.
As soon as you're in the door you see rows of seemingly identical computers, plastered with stickers full of technobabble.
But it's not as confusing as it first looks. You don't have to understand the ins and outs of microprocessors to make a smart buy.
The first choice you'll have is between desktop and laptop. Dollar for dollar you'll get better value from a desktop, but most people prefer the smaller size and convenience of a laptop computer.
If you can afford it you can buy a laptop with enough grunt to play the latest video games, but generally desktops are a better option for this because you can add new graphics cards or upgrade the RAM much more easily and cheaply to keep the specs current.
For day to day stuff a laptop is a better option for most people. You'll pay a bit more for the same power but it takes up less room and is easier to move about.
It's cheaper to actually build your own PC from parts you choose yourself, but this requires a fair bit of time and know-how (though not as much as you might think). Some online retailers like ascent.co.nz may be able to help you do a custom build too.
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