Buying a new computer can be a simple or complex activity, it all depends on you. Personally I prefer to keep my objects as long as possible because I do not like waste.
If you are of the same opinion, the computer processor should be the key element in your search. The newest, Intel i7 processor, has eight cores: it is as if you had the power of eight computers from the days of Windows XP. There is a second processor brand, AMD, but it is much slower. The rest is less important: RAM, storage space, etc.
As far as brands are concerned, I have in the past avoided Acer and Gateway for the lower quality of their build and parts, but it appears Acer has improved in recent years.
For the rest, the choice of store, the extended warranty, the model, it comes down to personal preference. Personally, if Costco wants to double my warranty for free, I will gladly accept. I have never purchased an extended warranty for a computer. I did buy one for our big-screen TV, but that’s another story.
As far as repair costs are concerned for different brands and models, Apple is the most expensive; followed by all-in-ones in general, laptops and small form-factor or slim desktop models. Standard size desktop models give you the most for your money, at purchase and generally cost the least to repair.
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