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Proskills: Decision Making
Decision Making
Identify Your Needs Before Purchasing
a Computer
In order to effectively evaluate a potential course of action, data and information must
be gathered. Before purchasing a new computer and software, you should consider the
tasks you want to accomplish using it. Do you want to surf the Web and use email? Do
you need to be able to do fi nancial calculations? Do you need the capability to create
complex documents with a lot of formatting and graphics or only plain text documents?
Do you plan to play games online?
Usually you don’t need to worry about choosing which ports to include on your
computer. However, if you will be transferring video using a cable, you might need a
FireWire, HDMI, or a DVI port.
Next, consider your monitor. Will you be working on a single document at a time or will
you have multiple windows open that you need to reference? Do you plan to use your
computer to watch DVDs or streaming video over the Internet? Decide what size is the
smallest size monitor you would like. (You might need to adjust this expectation later if
your total price exceeds your budget.)
Finally, list your printer needs. In addition to printing, many printers can function as a
scanner or a copier. In addition, if your computer doesn’t have a card reader (to read
fl ash memory cards), you might want to get a printer that has a card reader.
Organize Your Data
After collecting the relevant information, you need to organize it so that you can
objectively make your decision. In this case, list your needs in one column, and then list the
type of software that will fulfi ll those needs in another column, and the brand of software
in a third column. Then decide which operating system you want—if you are buying a
PC, usually, you will want to buy the latest version of the Windows operating system.
Use the Internet to fi nd the system requirements for the software and operating system
you want and list the highest requirements below the table. You will need a system that
meets at least those requirements. However, because the system requirements listed are
usually the minimum, it’s a good idea to buy a system that has components that exceed
the minimum requirements so that your computer doesn’t run too slowly.
Research Buying a New Personal Computer
You are buying a new desktop computer. You want the computer to run Microsoft
Offi ce 2010, and you want to make sure you are protected against security threats. You
would like a large LCD monitor and you need a printer. However, you have a limited
budget, and can spend no more than $800 for everything (all hardware and software).
Note: Please be sure not to include any personal information of a sensitive nature
in the documents you create to submit to your instructor. Later, you can update the
documents with such information for your personal use.
1. To help you organize your information, use the table shown in Figure 32.
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