Mirroring the last few years, it is a buyers’ market for those looking for new personal computers (PCs), where shoppers will find systems to match almost every budget. For the contrarian PC buyer, Walmart.com (www.walmart.com) currently offers an Everex desktop system (with a monitor) powered by a Via Technologies processor running Windows Vista Home Basic for $299. On the opposite end of the spectrum, most of the major PC makers offer high-end gaming systems, which can cost well in excess of $5,000.
This annual PC buyers’ guide is intended to help readers get the most for their money, while providing guidance as to the type of system they should consider buying. The target audience is the mainstream user looking to perform investment tasks or analysis such as portfolio tracking and management, stock and mutual fund screening and analysis, and technical analysis and charting, as well as general-purpose computing such as Web-browsing, E-mail, word processing, and spreadsheet building. Depending on your own individual needs, your ideal system may be more or less advanced than the systems we recommend.
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