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Document Text Contents
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title:
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a
Computer

author: Gralla, Preston.
publisher: Penguin

isbn10 | asin: 0789717999
print isbn13: 9780789717993
ebook isbn13: 9780585259048

language: English

subject
Microcomputers--Purchasing, Computers--
Purchasing.

publication date: 1999
lcc: QA76.5.G6597 1999eb
ddc: 004/.029/7

subject:
Microcomputers--Purchasing, Computers--
Purchasing.

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I wouldn't recommend a hard disk smaller than six gigabytes. If you
can afford it, get at least an eight-gigabyte drive. Software and files
have a way of sucking up disk space.

Be sure there is at least one extra, empty drive bay inside the
computer. There might come a time when you want to add another
hard disk or even more than one. The only way you'll be able to do it
is if you have at least one free drive bay. Turn to Chapter 11, "Give
Me Room, Lots of Room: What If You Want to Expand and
Upgrade?" for more information about drive bays.

An IDE hard drive will suit you fine. Most PCs come with a kind of
technology called IDE. There's a more expensive hard disk
technology known as SCSI. SCSI drives are usually faster, but except
in special circumstances, you don't need a SCSI drive. So stay with
IDE. For more information about drives, turn to Chapter 7, "Size Does
Matter: Hard Disks, Floppy Disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and Mass
Storage."

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Consider buying a tape drive. Sometimes hard disks crash. When they
do, you lose all your data. (Bad hard disk, bad!) So, you want to be
sure there's some way to copy all that data somewhere in case your
hard disk goes south and takes all your information with it. A built-in
tape drive is a convenient way to back up.

Consider buying a removable drive. You can buy what are called
removable storage drives in a new business PC. These drives store
100MB, 250MB, and more on disks that are pretty much the size of a
floppy disk. If you need to exchange large files or amounts of
information with others, these are a great solution. (The person with
whom you exchange information has to have the same make of drive
as you do, though.) Removable drives can also be used for backing up
data from your PC. The most popular ones are made by Iomega, and
are called zip drives.

So, mark all that down on your worksheet. We're off to decide what
kind of graphics system you need.

Get the Right Graphics Card and Monitor

If you're buying a business computer, you don't have to spend the big
bucks for fancy graphics cards and monster monitors that you'd want
if you were a gamer. So, it's pretty easy to get the right graphics card

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zip drives, 47, 80, 88, 190

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