Computers are investments. Whether you need one for work, school, or play, you want to make sure that the one you buy will last as long as possible.
But shopping for a new PC can be overwhelming! Where do I start? What brand do I want? And why the heck is it all of this so expensive!?!?
Thankfully for you, USA Today's Tech Columnist @Marc_Saltzman is here for another #TechTalk with his top 3 steps to keep in mind when buying your next PC:
1 - What do you need?
What do you usually use your computer for? Work, school, gaming, editing, etc.? Whatever the answer, this should help you narrow down what kind of PC is best for your needs.
For example, if you're a gamer, you'll want to look for a computer that has a fast processor. If you're just looking for a way to check emails and keep up with the world throughout the day, you could go with a more moderate PC (and this could help keep the price tag down too).
2 - Which operating system do you like best?
Uh... so what's an operating system again? Simply put, it's the software that your computer works on. The three main operating systems to choose from are Widows, Mac, and Chromebook.
Marc says the most important factor is that you're comfortable with whatever system you decide on, so keep that in mind when you're shopping.
3 - Laptop or desktop?
Computers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes these days, but don't let that overwhelm you.
If you like the convenience of being able to take your PC to a coffee shop or on a flight, definitely shop the laptop isle. If the computer is for a child or a gamer, a stationary desktop might be a better fit.
Take a listen to what Marc had to say about all of these factors on today's #TechTalk: