New PDF release: Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying Computer (The Complete

By Preston; Jerome, Marty; Taylor, Wendy Gralla

ISBN-10: 0585259046

ISBN-13: 9780585259048

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228 What's the Real Cost of an Under-$600 PC? 228 Who ShouldAnd Shouldn'tBuy an Under-$600 PC? 229 22 Did I Hear the Word Free? As in a Free PC? 231 Run That by Me AgainHow Can They Give Me a Free PC? 232 What Kind of Free Computer Can I Get? 232 So, What's the Catch? Are They Really, Truly Free? 233 So, What's the Deal? Should I Get a Free PC or Not? 235 Where You Can Get Free PCs 236 23 The Ultimate Gamer: Buying Your Dream Machine 239 What Goes into Your Dream Machine? 239 How to Use the Worksheet 240 Gamer's Worksheet 241 Fast, Faster, Fastest: Get the Top Processor and the Most RAM 242 Get a Hard Disk to Hold Lots of Stuff 242 Playing Voodoo: Which Graphics Card to Get 243 Page xvii Lots of Color: Choose the Best Monitor 244 Yes, You Do Want 3D Sound 245 Get a DVD Drive 246 You Want Speed for Gaming on the Net 247 Joysticks and Bodysuits?

Here are some general answers. Later in the chapter, I'll go into more detail about the specific kinds of things a computer can do for you. Here, we'll just cover the broad categories of tasks it can help you perform. Computers can automate boring, repetitious tasks. Think of something that's really boring, and that you do over and over, wishing each time you do it that you'd never have to do it again. (And, no, I don't mean talking to your mother-in-law. ) Something like writing dozens of thank-you notes or invitations and hand-addressing the envelopes.

Why do you want to buy a PC, anyway? Are you crazy or something? Without doubt, you have seen the exasperated looks on the faces of your friends who own a computer and try to do a simple task such as getting the thing to multiply 52 times 750, or something a little fancier such as saving a file. And as for using it to send email . . don't even ask them about their tribulations. So why put yourself through all that trouble? Why not just keep your life simple with a typewriter, a handheld calculator, some stamps and envelopes, and a telephone?

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