Purchasing a New Computer – An Overview of Windows Computers Available from Dell

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Summary

This page offers a brief overview for people wondering what Windows computer to purchase. Click on the links below to view the  Dell web page for the computers described.

Brand

Dell continues to be a good brand, and for purposes of this article, to narrow down the options, we’ll choose Dell.

Price

You get what you pay for. Consider stepping up to a slightly more powerful computer or one of higher quality components if your budget allows. This will ensure that two or three years from now the computer will still feel fast and adequate for your purposes.

Model

There are generally two categories of computer class/quality to choose from.

Option 1 – Standard Home Use

The standard home use computer has good performance and reliability. It’s ideally suited for the typical user. Two possible choices would be:

  • Touch Screen – A 20″ Dell Inspiron all-in-one touch screen computer. Takes up less room and has the benefits of a touch display. (View)
  • Traditional – A traditional Dell Inspiron desktop computer with separate components. Some people prefer this design. A benefit is easier access to internal components. There is more expandability for people wanting to install additional cards (not needed for most users). Also, if one component fails, it’s easier to get that one component replaced or repaired without losing access to the entire computer. (View)

Option 2 – Powerful and Reliable

There is a class of computer that utilizes more powerful higher quality components and offers greater reliability when used intensively.

  • Touch Screen – These Optiplex all-in-one computers with touch screen would be more powerful and possibly more reliable. (View)
  • Traditional – A traditional Dell Optiplex desktop computer with separate components. Some people prefer this design. A benefit is easier access to internal components. There is more expandability for people wanting to install additional cards (not needed for most users). Also, if one component fails, it’s easier to get that one component replaced or repaired without losing access to the entire computer. (View)
When purchasing any of the above computers, it’s recommend to choose Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit for the operating system instead of Windows 7. This will significantly delay the need for a future operating system update.

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