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Computers these days are considered disposable. They want you to upgrade your computer every couple of years. So, what you need to think about is something called scalability. Can I upgrade this? If you want to keep your computer for longer than the year or two that it's really meant to last, can you upgrade it? Desktop computers are easier to upgrade than laptops, but sometimes when you buy a desktop computer, you sort of buy it already maxed out.
It can't be upgraded at all. So, ask the salesperson whether or not the computer is upgradeable. Can it take more RAM? Can I put a bigger hard drive in? Does it have room for me to add a video card or a sound card if I need to? Those are the kinds of questions that you want to ask the salesperson when you're at the store. Laptops are portable, but they're not easily fixed if they break. They're more expensive to fix, the parts are more expensive, and very few parts are really accessible in a laptop.
Most laptops, you only ever have access to the hard drive and maybe the RAM, and certainly the battery, and that's about it. Everything else is well-hidden in a laptop and really hard to upgrade. So, those are some more things to think about when you're buying a new computer.
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