In the next instalment in our Ask CyberGuru series of articles, we have been asked, “Along with my work commitments, I am starting at university next year and about to buy a new computer and not sure what type of computer to get. I would need it for my work, word processing, as well as access the internet for multimedia resources as well undertake my studies online. What do you suggest I buy?”

There are many different brands and types of computers available. Depending on the tasks you are likely to performing, along with your budget we can often shortlist a few computers that would be suited to your needs and requirements. The new computers we source available through retailers, wholesalers. We can also source second-hand computers through ex-government auctions.

Once you have determined your needs and budget, we can accurately assess what would suit your requirements. Generally, for typical brand-name computers available you can expect to pay anywhere from around $500 to $1500 depending on type of computer. When budgeting, there are also other considerations such as a monitor, extra peripherals as well as software such as internet security such as Norton 360, productivity applications such as Microsoft Office. You may also consider an extended warranty or other support provided by the store.

We also suggest Windows 7 or Windows 8 to ensure compatibility with majority of programs available today. Some software requires updating if you have previously had Windows XP. Some computers provide the ability to “downgrade” to Windows 7 if it does come with Windows 8 pre-installed.

We have recently been Santa for a few clients whereby we undertake the hard work for you by shopping and sourcing computers that meet your wishes. We can then are able to install and configure as well as provide any necessary training as required. If we can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact us.