15 years ago, a computer is seen as a luxury since apart from basic printing and other simple office processes, it doesn’t do much. Today, an office or even a home has a computer or two. An office without a computer will not be able to compete well since they can’t access information that will speed up business transaction.

Today, almost every house needs a computer as it could be used for affordable communication, education, shopping, banking and entertainment. Together with the internet, the computer has practically changed the way businesses are conducted and so is the current lifestyle.

But any computer for a business or home will not work and could be expensive if not carefully chosen. The following are tips you should consider before purchasing a computer in order to save as much as possible without the frustration of purchasing the wrong type of computer.

1. Knowing what you need – there are computers made for gaming, office productivity, video and music editing or simply used for online transactions. Know the basic purpose of your computer to get the right product.

2. Create a budget – establish a budget so that you don’t end up spending more than you should. However, expect that gaming computers and editors to be a lot more expensive for computers needed in simple office operations.

3. Laptop or Desktop – a laptop is highly recommended if you are constantly mobile but prone to damages and a little bit expensive. Desktop on the other hand offers protection from damages and could be more affordable than regular laptops.

4. Notebook – a notebooks is a affordable and smaller than laptop usually for basic document processing and online connectivity. You can opt for this type of computer if you are very mobile. Although this is regarded as a companion to desktop, it can work in rigorous conditions without any problem.

5. Opt for local sellers – local sellers maybe a little bit expensive compared to online stores but their presence in your community will ensure immediate repair in case your computer has troubles. Thanks to online competition, they are slowly letting their prices go down to be competitive with online sellers.

6. Be careful with extended warranties – a computer will usually have 1 year warranty and the local store could extend them for three years. But extended warranties are really not worth it since your computer will naturally need upgrades because of technology and no amount of repairs could improve its performance.

7. Purchase a product good for two years – a computer’s hardware should last at least two years. Although every six months a new and better component arrives, you should make sure that your present components can handle newer games, applications and operating systems (in case you wanted to upgrade).

8. Linux as an operating system – Linux is a free operating system which will save you no less than $50 on the final price of your computer. However, only choose Linux as an operating system if you only want to use your computer for basic tasks as new powerful games are usually available only in Windows.

9. Get the right power protection – as much as possible purchase a voltage regulator with UPS or uninterrupted power supply. This will protect your computer (especially desktops) from unexpected shutdowns if the power is cut off. This will also protect your computer from hardware troubles in case of a power surge.

10. Always opt for an LCD – an LCD flat screen could be a little bit more expensive compared to CRT screens. However, LCD screens are lighter offers better resolution and doesn’t consume as much power compared to CRT monitors.