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    help me buy a computer

    ok - im borrowing a relatives computer at the moment and need to buy a new one in the next couple of weeks as i start uni so can't live without one! basically i would like some info as to what all the stupid numbers are like the processing speed and ram and hard disk stuff etc as i dont know what it means - i actually am meant to know but it's all foreign to me! basically can someone tell me what bit is the memory of the computer (ie how much stuff i can put on it) and what bit is how fast it connects to the internet/opens pages/saves work etc - think of me as a technophobe and give me some help please guys/girls!! any hints in the right direction would be good but as long as somone gives me some info as to what figures mean what then at least i have a starting place to get lost from! i saw this and thought it looked ok cube247.co.uk/?cu…=34 so go forth and help.......... (please, pretty please)

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    Original Poster

    i know i need to buy a printer and microsoft office seperate in the one i mentioned which is fine - it's more a case of the whole computer spec thing that im totally lost with

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    why do you need to buy office

    Original Poster

    GMN360;6021641

    why do you need to buy office

    the model i pointed out doesn;t come with microsoft office which has the programme word in it - without word it's reasonably hard to do essays which are quite essential at uni!

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    cpu 2ghz core2duo
    2 GB ram
    250Gb hard drive

    those are the least you might need maybe more depending upon how you will use it

    i got on well with my sony vaio and is still working the way i want it

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    babybutton;6021649

    the model i pointed out doesn;t come with microsoft office which has the … the model i pointed out doesn;t come with microsoft office which has the programme word in it - without word it's reasonably hard to do essays which are quite essential at uni!



    notepad :whistling:
    open office :whistling:

    Original Poster

    GMN360;6021673

    notepad :whistling:open office :whistling:



    technophobe - no idea what you mean :oops:

    Original Poster

    hmm.... never mind, i'll come back in a bit and see if anyone's replied - thanks though x

    babybutton;6021702

    technophobe - no idea what you mean :oops:



    Most users pay a lot of money for Microsoft Office and only use about 5% of the function.

    So he is saying no need to give Microsoft money when there are perfectly good word processors and office suites out there.

    Open Office for example is completely free and includes a word procesor.

    openoffice.org/

    I would not get too hung up on the internal specs of a computer.

    Any computer you buy nowadays will be perfectly OK for doing office work.

    In general terms (very general) the more you pay for a PC the faster the CPU / the larger the hard disk the PC will have.

    If you are going to university I would wait and see what deals they have there, most unis have deals with PC companies for computers.

    The RAM (Random Access Memory) is the stuff the computer uses to run software programs. It used to always come as megabytes (e.g 512mb) but usually now is gigibytes (1 or 2 GB).

    The hard drive is where all your files and documents will be stored and is also measured in GB.

    How much you need of either depends on what you will use the computer for, but the more, the better. If you will want to store video, for example, you'll need more hard drive space than if you will only be saving Office-type documents.

    The processor is measured in gigahertz (GHz) - again, used to be slower, in megahertz (MHz). Dual core is better (it's like having two processors instead of one).

    Personally I would wait until you get to uni go to the computer labs go to [url]www.apple.com[/url] and buy an iMac / MacBook / MacBookPro with higher education discount.
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