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New Windows based computer pricing & features. What about a used computer?

How much does a new Windows based computer cost?
What computer should I buy?
What is the most I should pay for a used computer?

Locally you can buy a new brand name Windows 7 desktop computer with 8GB Ram & 1TB harddrive with a 2-year warranty for $499. $599 will get you a brand name laptop with the same features, Windows 7 Pro & a Windows 8.1 upgrade DVD. The desktop computer above is without monitor.

National brand computers provide online & phone support not found locally & at any hour of the day. Established local computer stores can build a custom computer & can give personalized service.

As important that what brand of computer you buy is buying the right features! Recommended features for any new computer are:
RAM – 8GB, 16GB or more for heavy business or graphics use
HARDDRIVE – 1TB is what most new desktops & many laptops come with & is more than enough for most home & business uses
DVD DRIVE – most are now DVD/CD writers. The main choice here is ability to write Blue-Ray DVD’s if that is desired
WINDOWS VERSION – Windows 7 is still available on both national & local brand computers. Windows 7 support will continue through sometime in 2020. Windows 8 can be adjusted to work more like Windows 7. Businesses may want to choose a Pro/Business version of Windows for better networking & management options. Businesses may also want longer manufacturer warranty & on-site warranty options.

I would recommend not paying over $250 for a used computer with new computers starting at $499. Minimum recommended Ram on a used computer is 4GB.

I hope this helps answer questions on computer buying & features.

If you have more specific questions or would like help with your computer purchase for business or home, please contact me.

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About the Author:

Ray Bowyer, Computer Consultant lives & works in the Boise, Idaho area & provides computer desktop & laptop repair, training, problem solving, computer networking, & virus removal for Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell & other Treasure Valley Idaho area small businesses, home offices & home computer users. Phone: (208) 631-7527. Email: . Mailing Address: 1740 E. Fairview Ave., # 305, Meridian, ID 83642. Computer Repair & Services - Boise Idaho - Meridian Idaho. "Reducing computer frustration one problem at a time by providing computer TLC(Technical Loving Care)!"

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