Join Laura Bungarz for an in-depth discussion in this video Buying a new computer, part of Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners.
If you've cleaned up your computer and you've tried upgrading the RAM and you've done everything you can and you just know it's time to buy a new computer, I wanted to give you some tips and tricks and things to think about before you run out to the local computer shop to buy your computer. The first thing I want you to ask yourself is, "What's your budget?" How much money do you have to spend? There's a big difference between the 300 dollar computer and the 2,000 dollar computer. You need to understand how much money you want to spend before you run to that computer shop.
Do you want a laptop, do you like portable, or do you want a desktop? Do you have a desk at home that you plan to sit at every day? Think about that. The difference between laptop and desktop also, to some degree, affects how much money you're going to spend. Desktop computers tend to be a little cheaper than laptops. Not always, laptops are getting better now in terms of price. You have to think about what do you need, and pick the one that's going to work for you. Once you have those two things figured out then you can move on to the next step.
- Cleaning the desktop
- Organizing files with folders
- Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
- Freeing up disk space
- Buying and installing RAM
- Upgrading your computer
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Q: Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
<div>A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need. </div> <div> </div> <div>Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need. </div> <div> </div>