With the holidays around the corner, you might be thinking about buying a new gaming computer. To ensure that you are happy with your purchase, determine your needs and what is most important to you. Having realistic expectations is also smart, as gaming computers can be incredibly expensive. Below are a few mistakes to avoid making when buying a new computer or workstation PC.

Mistake #1. Not buying based on your needs.

Some shoppers purchase high end gaming computers just because they have all the latest features. But if you’re not going to use that touchscreen or you don’t need a ton of RAM for your basic gaming, there’s no reason to overbuy.

In fact, if you go into the computer buying process blindly, you might end up spending all your budget on the latest features rather than the things that you truly need. From the start, make a list of what you need and the features that are important to you, and use this as a guide for the computer you buy.

Mistake #2. Focusing on one number only.

Many numbers get thrown around when talking computers. If you are focused on one number only, you might end up ignoring other important ones. For example, many shoppers are concerned with getting an Intel Core i7 chip over an i5, but it’s not that simple. It all comes down to the number of cores and threads, among other details.

Define your needs and compare how specific components perform compared to another. Check out this handy guide from PassMark that compares the relative speeds of different processors. This will give you a better idea of how the processors stack up against each other.

Mistake #3. Buying whatever is cheapest.

It’s difficult to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars for a computer, so some people buy whatever is cheapest. Now, if you hardly use your computer or only need it for very basic tasks, you can probably get away with something inexpensive. But if you’re a hardcore gamer or have a job that relies on a computer, you won’t be happy with something cheap.

While you don’t need to spend all of your paycheck on a new system, you do need to consider what your time and frustration is worth. Spending more on the front-end means that you get a longer lasting system with fewer headaches down the road.

Mistake #4. Missing out on software programs.

When you purchase a new gaming computer, part of the cost goes to the software that is on the system. Do be aware of what is included with your purchase and what is not. Much of the software is only on a trial basis, so when it expires, you have to pay for the full program.

Look for deals where you can get software included, as this can save you hundreds of dollars. At Velocity Micro, our computers come standard with Windows 7 Pro or Windows 10 free of charge. Also, don’t forget the importance of virus software and not letting it expire. You can also request virus protection software at the time of your purchase.

Shop with Velocity Micro this holiday season for amazing deals on the latest gaming PCs and laptop computers. If you’re not sure what you need, talk to one of our representatives and we’ll be happy to find a computer that is right for you!

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