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HOW TO BUY A COMPUTER
   by Ky Moffet, Offworld Press

There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a new computer. Here are the most common points.

It's all so confusing. Where do I start??

Determine what operating system you need:

So there's more than one way to buy a new PC?

Looks like I'll get more for my money with a clone PC. So where do I find one?

I've decided to build it myself... I've got a screwdriver, what else do I need??

But there are so many options! How do I decide which components to buy??

Always start with a good motherboard, and sufficient RAM. Work out how much hard disk space you need, then double that figure. All add-on cards can be upgraded later, to the limit of the motherboard's capabilities, so are the best point to cut costs. But never skimp on motherboard or PSU -- doing so can hurt stability, and prevent you from upgrading later.

My choices would be something like this:


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