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Master Your Budget

When it comes down to purchasing your next computer, there is no bigger decision to make than budget. Whether you are building the computer yourself (hopefully), or purchasing an already configured computer (sigh), the resulting price can influence many of your selections.

Many people approach new computers with a “how much can I afford to spend” mentality. Like many other products, they want the best their money can buy. I can’t count the number of reasons why this is wrong. You should not purchase any technology just because you can afford it. You should purchase it because you NEED it or at the very least, BENEFIT from it.

Instead, approach your new purchase thinking “how much do I need to spend”. Once you become somewhat tech savvy, you can begin to understand what you need and what you don’t. Custom builders will throw together a computer with expensive top of the line components powerful enough to calculate the meaning of life in 0.000002 seconds. The more powerful it looks and the more expensive the price tag, the more marketing they can accomplish and the bigger their profits.

I ask … do you really need all of that power to play your video games? Do you need pulsating RED lights and 10TB of storage to accomplish your media editing? Some will answer yes, and rightly so. But for the majority of us out there, it is complete overkill.

Do yourself a favor. Learn about computers. Learn what you need and what you don’t. At the end of the day, you and your wallet will be much happier.