What is a good deal on a computer...
I picked up a computer for my daughter that was listed on our company web site Slickdeals.net, which I considered a pretty good deal. Some people had other ideas, however...
Some of the posters complained about the size of the power supply, and how it could not supply enough power to handle "modern graphics cards", while others complained about the speed of the RAM. In the end, however there is a secret about buying computers that I will now share with all of you:
How much better is this computer than the one that I am currently using?
That is the secret, nothing more, nothing less. Find a price range you are comfortable with, and keep an eye on the deal sites (of course, I suggest Slickdeals!) for a system that is better than what you have and is within the price range you have selected. In my case, I was not looking for a system that could run the latest games at 4k resolution 120Hz. I just needed something that was better than what my daughter is currently using. This system was much better (8 core processor with 16 threads instead of 4, 16GB of RAM instead of 8GB, 1TB HDD instead of 500GB, better graphics card), and was within the price range I had selected. In the end, my daughter will be able to do much more than she currently can, and I saved enough money that I can add some upgrades down the road that will make the system even better.
Don't stress when it comes to buying a computer, because chances are what you are getting will be better than what you have. If you have questions, hit up your geeky friends (like me!) and ask some questions. I am always willing to help.
P.S. Here is the deal thread I used when I bought the computer.