What to Check When Buying a Used Computer

Posted by Info Email User on Friday, February 9, 2018

Brainwave_Computers_Gen_e_us 303

A great way to save money while getting a great deal is buying a used computer or a used laptop. Especially when it’s being sold by a reputable source like Brainwave Computers. Only systems that perform at the highest levels leave Brainwave Computers.

Whether you buy a used laptop or PC from Brainwave Computers or someone else here are some great tips to consider when buying a used PC.

FIRST, WHAT ARE YOU USING IT FOR?

Before you buy a computer—new or used—you should determine what you are going to use it for. If your new laptop is also going to be a new traveling companion, you will want something compact and light. However, with that portability, you should expect to tradeoff on features and power.  If you are a gamer you will want to make sure you check both processing units; the CPU and the GPU. Fortunately, we are experts at building custom gaming PCs and we can point you in the right direction.

DOES IT HAVE ENOUGH MEMORY?

If it is an older computer, it may have the RAM that it came with. We recommend upgrading the RAM, it is well worth spending a few more bucks to max the ram of an older computer.

DOES IT HAVE ENOUGH STORAGE?

Almost all computers have tons of storage nowadays, but it is a good idea to know what your storage needs are. Again, we can always upgrade you to a larger hard drive, or fit you with a lightning fast  SSD (Solid State Drive). Check out our article Why You Should Upgrade to an SSD.

DOES THE SCREEN LOOK GOOD AND KEYBOARD WORK?

These two items take the most wear and tear on a used PC. We double check screens and keyboards before we put anything on the shelf for you to buy.

MAKE SURE IT HAS THE OPERATING SYSTEM AND SOFTWARE YOU NEED

Sometimes the cost of adding software to a used system can cost almost as much as buying a new system. If the system you are buying does not have the operating system and software that comes with a new system, determine the cost of the upgrade.  At brainwave we have many solutions available for you, so please feel free to ask about the software that comes with our used PCs.

Get a custom built PC today. Visit our complete Computer and Phone Repair Shop in Beaverton. Want to make sure we have the right used PC for your needs? Feel free to call Brainwave Computers at 503-626-6264.

WE HAVE TWO LOCATIONS:

8610 SW Scholls Ferry Road
Beaverton, OR 97008
757 SW 185th Ave STE 200
Beaverton, OR 97006

 

Get technical support today (503) 626-6264. Click to learn more about our Laptop Repair services.