When deciding which computer is best for you, try to keep in mind what you need a computer for and how much you are willing to spend. First, decide how many hours a day, on average, you'll use your computer. If you're just planning to use your computer to check e-mail, surf the Web, and maybe play a few games after you get home from work, then look for a mid-range computer with about a 400- megahertz processor, 64 megabytes of RAM and a 40x speed CD-ROM . For Internet surfing and e-mail, a 56- kilobit-per-second modem is now considered standard. If you plan on running more demanding applications and you have a slightly bigger budget, look for a computer with a faster processor and more memory, as well as a larger monitor. You'll also need to consider whether you want an IBM- compatible or an Apple computer. While IBM-compatible personal computers are more popular and have a wider range of software, many schools and businesses favor Apple computers for their reliability, simplicity and ease of use. Finally, it's a good idea, regardless of your budget, to buy as powerful a system as you can afford. Although it may cost you a little extra now, the added speed and memory can insure that you're able to run the latest software for years to come. For more information, talk to a computer professional.
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