By Daniel V. Mazzarella, AP Computer fans are starting to get their first taste of computer hardware.
Computer enthusiasts who are looking to upgrade to more powerful hardware or work with a professional software developer are starting at a disadvantage.
Here are three ways to get the most out of your hardware.1.
Computer hardware experts: Don’t settle for second-hand technology.
Many people buy and use second-generation computers for home or office use, and often they don’t have access to a full set of the latest and greatest.
Computer experts can help.
They’ll show you how to build a system from scratch, test your system and recommend hardware you might want.2.
Buy a high-end computer: Buy a $1,000 computer with a lot of features and a ton of RAM, says Mark Coker, chief executive officer of Coker Group, a technology and Internet advertising company.
“It’s a good computer for the average user,” Coker says.
“You can buy it for under $1 million.
It has all the bells and whistles you need.”3.
Work with a computer tech: Work with someone who knows what they’re doing.
That can mean building your own system or working with a company that offers expert support.
“There’s nothing like seeing a real person with an actual project to help you build your own software,” says Mike Miller, president of Cintiq, an online-storage company.4.
Get a professional’s help: You can’t have your cake and eat it too, says Dan Loeber, president and chief executive of Loebers, a software engineering company.
Loeberg, who’s also a computer-systems consultant, recommends buying a professional to help with all of the above.
“They have to know how to use the hardware, the operating system and the applications, and they have to be knowledgeable about their particular role,” Loe, who is also an author and professor of computer science at Dartmouth College, says.5.
Buy the newest, fastest computer: Most computers can run on the latest chips, but some newer models have even more advanced processors, says Loe.
For example, a Dell XPS 13 with Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is the latest high-performance computer.
You can also get a new computer with Intel’s new 7th-generation Core processors, which are much faster and feature more RAM, Loe says.
If you can’t afford the best-selling models, you can try out a few other models from major vendors, Loes says.
And, if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a computer, you might also consider buying a cheap smartphone, laptop or tablet.
The best way to build your new computer is to spend some time building it yourself.
You’ll need some time to get familiar with how to make your own hardware and software.
You might need to buy a lot more hardware than what’s listed on the manufacturer’s website, so you’ll need to do some research to find the best deals.
You could also check out a tech website like TechHive.com.
For more information on how to upgrade your computer, visit Computer.com or the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Consumer Products.
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