Since you’ll likely be spending the next 5-10 years or more with your next computer, please take a few minutes now to make an informed decision about what to look for in a new computer and accessories – and get the best deal.
Our recommended minimum new computer specifications are:
- Intel Core i3/AMD Ryzen 5 processor or better. For an Apple Mac computer we recommend getting Apple’s “M” series processor rather than an Intel processor.
- 8 GB RAM or more
- 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD) or larger
- Please read New Computer Buying Guide for more detailed information.
We don’t recommend trying to save money on a refurbished computer. Typically they won’t last as long as a new computer, and are less secure due to unpatched processor flaws and some cannot be upgraded to more recent secure operating systems.
We’ve seen the best reliability with HP and Dell brands. Keep in mind that cheaper laptops and all-in-ones typically only have a vertical screen resolution of 768 pixels, whereas higher quality and clearer screens are 1080 pixels or higher.
Click on the links below to view recommended computers meeting the minimum recommended specifications noted above at the respective retailer’s website. Some models may be available in-store. If you come across a good deal elsewhere, remember to look for specifications that are a minimum of what’s listed above.
Costco – Dell, HP Desktops – make sure hard drive is SSD or HDD+SSD
Laptop/Notebook PCs – regular price differences are due to variances in screen size, processor (speed), screen resolution and 2-in-1 convertibility:
Apple – iMac desktop – select Apple M1 or M1 Pro/Max chip
Apple – MacBook laptop – select Apple M1 or M1 Pro/Max chip
We can setup your new computer and transfer data from your old one
Please consider our IN-HOME services to get your new computer set-up quickly and properly, vs. the chain stores offerings, or attempting it yourself:
- Set-up and connect your new computer to your network, printer and other external hardware. If you buy from a national chain store you’ll likely notice that they don’t specialize in in-home service, or they charge much more for the option. We’ll make sure all of your external devices work with your new computer.
- Transfer data (documents, pictures, music, etc.) and compatible programs from an old computer. Some tech services just transfer your data to a folder on your desktop – we organize your data and put it in the right folders and programs.
- Remove trialware and unnecessary adware. We also setup free security, backup and word processing/spreadsheet software.
- Customization and explanation of Windows features. We’ll setup the menus, controls and buttons with familiarity of your previous computer.
- Install initial updates. A new computer out-of-the-box is already several months behind critical operating system updates and computer hardware updates.
- Consulting about questions you have about your new computer system
- Recommended storage/disposal/donation of an old unused computer
If you need a computer custom-built for gaming or business needs, we recommend contacting our friends at Technology Center.