By: Hal Husney, Superior Development Center
“What computer should I buy?” is a common question for many people. For basic home computing which doesn’t involve serious gaming, almost any new name brand computer should be fine. Just make sure that you have enough memory (RAM) installed as Windows Vista eats it up. When Windows runs out of RAM to run your programs, it begins to use your disk drive as “virtual memory.” But accessing data on a disk drive is very significantly slower than RAM. That’s why it is usually worth the extra few bucks (now about $35 per gigabyte for most popular specifications), especially on the basic machines, to add a gigabyte or two. Just don’t go beyond about 3.5 gigabytes because that’s the most that the more popular 32-bit versions of Windows can make use of.