PC Buyer’s Guide
Each year, the editors of Computerized Investing offer their suggestions for those looking to buy a new PC for investment analysis, along with the most common computer-related tasks. They issued their recommendations in the November CI Online Exclusive, which is available at the Computerized Investing website (www.computerizedinvesting.com). If you are a subscriber to CI and do not receive our monthly e-newsletter, sign in to your account at AAII.com, go to the My Account area, and click on “Update My AAII E-Newsletters.” The monthly CI E-Newsletter arrives the first Friday of each month.
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Define Your Needs
Before you begin looking for a new PC, it is a good idea to determine what you are looking to do with your computer and how much you are willing to spend. This will ensure you buy enough computing power to suit you for the next few years but do not spend more than you need to.
Desktop or Laptop?
The first choice you will want to make is whether you want a laptop or desktop computer. Unless you are cramped for space or need to use your computer in multiple locations, you are probably better off buying a desktop system. You generally get more “bang for your buck” with a desktop computer—pay less than for a laptop with similar features—and desktop systems are more easily upgraded down the line.
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