Cheap Desktop Computers

Written by Sarah Provost
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With the advent of laptop, notebook, and tablet computers, desktop systems have become a real bargain. If you are using a Windows operating system, there are many "clones" available at discounted prices. Even with the best-known brand names, you can now get a "bare bones" system for about $300 to $400, not including a monitor.

List the Features You Must Have and Those You Want

If you're shopping for a cheap desktop system, you should first ask yourself what features and components you need. Make a list of every function you want to have available. Do you want to do PhotoShop? Do you want to burn CDs or edit your home videos? Do you intend to use your computer mainly for word processing, e-mail, surfing the Web and keeping your budget?

Once you know what you actually need, it's time to go comparison shopping. Go to one of the sites that allow you to check off a number of different brands and models for comparison. That will produce a table of specs, components and prices to help you make your decision. If the computer you want is a little too pricey for your budget, revisit the site regularly to watch for sales.

Online auctions usually list a great number of new and used computers. You might also want to check out sites that offer used and refurbished desktops. Don't forget to investigate whether any groups you might belong to offer discounts on computers. AARP is one such group, and there are others for members of the armed forces, educators and the disabled, to name a few.

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