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PC Buyer's Guide 2016

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by AAII Staff

Intro: The Ever-Widening PC World

Every year technology continues to evolve, and tech companies attempt to amaze us with the latest and greatest. With the end of the year approaching, now is the time to see what 2016 brought to computing and decide if the time is right for a new purchase. Here is the Computerized Investing annual PC Buyer’s Guide.

Gartner continues to report that worldwide shipments of personal computers (PCs) are falling year-over-year. Tech companies also like to ring the death knell of the PC every time they release a new product, which perpetuates the general vibe that PC-computing is reaching its end. However, these declining statistics do not wholly speak of how integral PCs still are as basic, everyday tools.

Overall, about 69 million PCs were shipped by manufacturers worldwide in the third quarter of 2016, a 5.7% decline year over year, and this number does not include iPads or Chromebooks. Analyzing these numbers, Gartner said the continuing decline in PC shipments is due to two large issues: “the excess of consumer devices, and weak PC consumer demand in emerging markets.” This seems to signal that computing is at a crossroads when it comes to the development of hardware platforms, not a spiraling death. What’s truly changing is the idea of what is considered a PC.

According to Gartner, the majority of consumers own at least three types of devices, meaning there is a wide array of options to explore after deciding whether to upgrade your current system, or replace it with something new. In subsequent articles and features, the Computerized Investing staff will delve into the broadening variety of options individual investors face when buying a new PC.

This PC component guide explains which parts matter most to the operation of your PC, allowing you to understand how your PC functions before deciding if it is the right time for an entire system upgrade, or an upgrade to your current system is a more effective option.

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