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How to buy a computer and know what you're buying.

Many people today buy a computer and the main reasons they buy it are the price and the features the retailer want you to know about. Most people never get to the bottom line about what kind of computer they're buying and what it will be able to do. Would you go buy a Ford 1 ton Super Cab 4X4 if you knew it had a 4 cylinder engine? Of course you wouldn't because you know that it would not have the power to do what you expect a 1 ton truck to be able to do. So why do people buy computers that have underpowered processors? Most don't understand the different features of processors, what they contribute to your computing experience and how they can effect your computer's performance. The most noteable component in any computer system that determines it's price is the CPU or processor. It can cost anywhere from $35.00 up to well above $1000.00 for the processor. If you notice most sale ads for computers they will never mention how many gigahertz the processor is. They might mention that it's a Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor but they won't tell you how fast it is. That particular processor can be anyhere from 1.8 gigahertz to 3.3 gigahertz. That is a lot of difference in computing power. This is called the clock cycles.
All I'm suggesting is this tip is to ASK. When you go buy your next computer ASK what kind of a processor you're getting. They should give you a number like T9000 or E4300 or E6400. Then go to Intel's website and get a little bit better idea what you're buying. It's not everything to look for when you buy a new computer but it's an awful big part if not the most important part to understand when you buy a computer.

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