Buying a Computer does not need to be a budget breaker. A Computer purchase often includes additional components and software that are not needed and can be avoided…if you are well-prepared with the correct information.

To help, the following tips can be used to save money on your next Computer purchase:

Tip #1 — Take a look at your Computer case. If it is not a name brand Computer more than likely the case is expandable and can be reused. Cases can cost anywhere from $25 to $100. If you have a mid-tower case, check how many bays are available for CD/DVD drives, and other peripherals, Are the USB and audio ports in the front?

Cases are often over-looked items that usually can be used over and over again.

Tip #2 — Monitor Keyboard and Mouse — Just because you are purchasing a new Computer does not mean the keyboard and mouse need to be replaced. An Optical mouse lasts longer than the ball style mouse. The same principle applies to keyboards unless you are a heavy Computer user and the keys are worn and do not respond, you probably don’t need a new keyboard.

Monitors may need to be replaced if you want to upgrade to larger screen size. If you are happy with your monitor and are having no problems with it, you are better off keeping it a little longer until you can afford a new Monitor.

Tip #3 — Software License — Many people forget when purchasing a new Computer the cost of the Operating System license is included in the price. If the new Computer has the same OS installed, don’t pay for another license.

The same applies to other software such as Microsoft Office. Unless you want to upgrade to another OS or Office version, save your money. Significant savings can be realized by not purchasing un-needed software license costs.

Tip #4 — Consider No Name Brand — While Dell, HP, and Sony are some big names with Computers, the reality is that most Computers originate from the same area in Asia, specifically laptops. Consider shopping for lesser name brands, or visiting your local Computer repair store.

Unknown brand names such as Acer, are usually cheaper, yet inside the case or laptop, the parts are the same. Computer repair stores allow for customization, so you can tailor to your need, not by what is on the shelf allowing for more savings.

Tip #5 — Warranty — With Technology advancing, what seems like the speed of sound, the life span of Computers tends to run about three to five years. It’s not that the hardware starts to fail, but advancements in Software requires more processing power and increased memory requirements.

Consider the length and type of warranty at the time of purchase. Also, consider the warranty that comes with the Computer. It may be possible that purchasing an extended warranty may not be needed for a desktop, but may be needed for laptops.

Tip #6 — Labor costs — Adding or upgrading involves labor which amounts to additional costs. If you are somewhat technical or handy, consider installing any additional components yourself. There are lots of how-to tutorials on the Internet, with videos that detail many types of installations.

As always with making a big purchase, research, and shop around for prices. Understanding what your price range is will keep you from overspending, while becoming knowledgeable about what you are buying, will keep the salesman commissions from emptying your wallet!

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