Our annual computer guide is geared toward the mainstream investor who is performing investment tasks or analysis such as portfolio management, stock analysis, and charting, as well as general-purpose Web surfing, E-mail, word processing, and spreadsheet building.
For the first-time PC buyer, choosing among the multitude of options you have for computer types, brands, and configurations can be an intimidating proposition. From the ultra-cheap Microtel Linux-based systems sold at Walmart.com (www.walmart.com) for under $300 to the $3,000+ high-end media center systems, the choices are seemingly endless. For the vast majority of individuals, the right PC lies somewhere between the lines (extremes); however, this area is still quite expansive. With a little research and education, you should be able to reduce the time and frustration that might otherwise arise in selecting a system that offers the right balance of power and flexibility to serve your current computing needs as well as your needs in the years to come.
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