New computer considerations
Normal User Environment
- Types of applications regularly used
- Number of applications used – particularly if you tend to use many at the same time
- Do you do audio, image or video processing?
- Video gaming
- Will this computer be part of a home or business network with other computers?
- Physical environment – do you need a compact computer to fit in a certain space?
- Multiple users and types of users – kids?
- Will the unit be used for business and/or business critical data?
Computer Hardware Options
- Processor speed
- RAM memory
- Hard disk size/capacity
- CD/DVD readers and/or burners
- Graphics capabilities – do you need powerful graphics capabilities?
- Networking capabilities – does a desktop need wireless?
- Backup storage required
- Audio configuration – do you want the surround experience?
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Prepping for a new computer
Software and data
- Will data from an old machine need to be transferred?
- Do you have the software install disks to install any existing software on the new machine?
- Make sure you have planned for the worst by backing up existing data if transferring to a new computer.
- Think about printing out passwords and configurations that you may need during setup – internet passwords, network configuration data, email setup information, etc. While a lot of data IS transferred using standard transfer methods, no one is ever upset because they were OVER prepared.
Reusing old computer parts/components
- Will all old components (monitors and other peripherals) work with the new machine?
- Do you still use any floppy disks? Most new computers do NOT have floppy drives
- PS/2 mouse and keyboards (round connectors – usually green and purple) – many new computers are USB only units
- DVI / VGA connections – will you need any video adapters?