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The following is a guest post by Kiley Theiring.
Computers are great, but no matter how well they are built,they don’t last forever. Computers also become outdated very quickly as technology changes rapidly. If you need a new computer, don’t waste your money!
Do your homework before you buy and you can save hundreds of dollars. Use these five tips to help you save on your new computer:
Try upgrading first
Sometimes if your computer is groggy and slow, you may just need a simple upgrade or cleanup. Giving your computer some extra RAM or a new graphics card could make all the difference in the world. Cleaning up your computer by deleting unwanted items and defragmenting your hard drive could also help your device run smoother. If you are unsure how to do this, ask a tech-savvy friend to help you out. Upgrading your computer instead of buying a whole new one can save you a ton of money.
Know what you need
If upgrading isn’t an option and you definitely need a new computer, know exactly what you need beforehand. Sales associates in the store will try to convince you that you need the best of everything, but chances are you probably don’t. If you just use your computer to check your email and browse the internet, you can get away with a basic computer. Software like high-quality video games and video editing software do require beefy computers, so if you do use those things be sure you buy a computer that can handle what you will be using.
Wait for a deal
Computers get replaced and marked down within months by newer models. Most of these “newer models” only have very slight differences. If the older model has what you want, just buy it! You probably won’t be missing much by skipping out on the newer model. If you can score an open box item, don’t hesitate to buy that either! Many computers are only on the floor for a few months and will still come with a guarantee. I bought an amazing computer for half the price by purchasing the floor model!
Buy factory refurbished items
Refurbished items are previously owned, but they are not the same as used items. When an item is factory refurbished, it is sent back to where it was produced where it is restored to as close to new as possible. Used computers probably aren’t the best way to go – if you’re buying a new computer, you probably know how a computer functions after a few years of use. But many refurbished items come with a guarantee and haven’t been used much in the first place.
Use your old accessories
Just because you need a new computer doesn’t mean you need new accessories to go along with it. The open box computer that I purchased did not have a keyboard, so I am currently using the keyboard from a computer that is over ten years old! Even very old keyboards, mice, and monitors can be used with new computers. USB and VGA connections have remained nearly universal over the years, so don’t waste your money if you already have those items.