When buying a computer, everyone wants “The best.” But how exactly do find “the best”? There are no easy answers, but here’s a quick rundown of what anyone should do in buying a computer.

1. Decide what you’ll use the computer for. Deciding what you’ll use it for will help you determine what accessories and components to purchase along with it. Is it for web surfing, sending email, or performing simple word-processing or spreadsheet tasks? Then you should get a computer with basic components. If you want to use a computer to help with a career in multimedia however, you’re going to need to accessorize your system with a scanner, printer, digital camera or tablet. If you want a computer to help with a career in music, you will need a quality microphone and set of speakers.

2. Create a budget and stick to it. How much can you afford to spend on a new computer? This is an important question because you might have already chosen a model but you won’t be able to use it if you can’t buy it. Although computer prices are decreasing, they can still create a hefty expense especially if you need additional peripherals. In addition, you’ll need to figure in costs for maintenance, servicing, and insuring.

3. Buy a computer that includes basic peripherals. Regardless of what you’ll use the computer for, it can be broken down into four major components: CPU unit, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It’s best to buy a computer that has all of these components included so that when it’s taken home, assembling the computer is a simple matter of plugging things in where they belong.

4. Look for the “fastest and biggest.” By “fastest and biggest,” we mean the computer with the fastest processor, the fastest modem, the biggest memory, and the biggest hard drive capacity. Having such a large reserve will cut down on costs when the time comes to upgrade for more than what you may settle for in a computer that offers less.

5. Stick with the better-known brands. Exploring lesser-known brands is advisable for those who are knowledgeable with computers but for those who are novices on computers, it is a good idea to stick with better known brands. Although they may be more expensive, purchasing a computer from a business that has a long record of building quality products, and that has the funds available for fulfilling returns, trades, servicing, and warranties is a good deal.

6. Select a store. Of course, by now you have an idea of what computer you’re looking for and all you need is a store to purchase from. There are many places to choose from including computer store outlets, online stores, auction sites, used computer stores, or your friendly neighborhood yard sale. For the computer novice, we recommend buying a computer from a physical store. In a physical store, you have the opportunity to see the computer of interest in person and ask questions. New computer buyers also have access to store warranties, returns, trades, and services.

Anyone, even a person who knows nothing about computers will be able to buy a good one if he or she does all the steps we indicated here. With your computer, you can now venture into the fascinating world of software – a world that is just as grand as the world of hardware!