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Whether you're buying a computer for your daughter starting university, your digital photographer father, or for yourself, there is a desktop computer that will suit your needs. Before you start to oggle super-fast processing speeds and contemplate how much music would fit on a terabyte hard drive, there are two important questions to consider: how much are you able to spend, and what tasks do you plan to do on your computer?

Desktop or Laptop?
In brief, desktop computers offer greater flexibility in design than laptops with price tags that are astonishingly low. Once a laptop is built, its specifications are set and upgrade options are restricted because of space constraints. However, a desktop comes with empty bays which can be efficiently used to upgrade RAM or install a faster chipset. In addition, most upgrades cost less for desktops as compared to laptops.

How Much Computer Do You Need?
One of the first concerns most shoppers are faced with is budget. How much can you realistically afford and do you really need to spend that much? The key is to find a happy medium between your budget and your needs. Also consider how much money you can realistically spend before you go shopping; it will help you steer you in the right direction.

Layout
Choosing a layout is a matter of how much desk space you have and how much space you want to save. Keep in mind that slimmer computers are usually more expensive for the same components. Computers with snazzy exteriors also cost more. Don't forget though that monitors will play a part in how much desk space you'll use up. A basic CRT monitor is big and bulky, while a flat screen monitor is slim, sleek, and more expensive.

New, Used, or Refurbished
Most manufacturers offer refurbished computers at decent prices. Generally, buying directly from a company that specializes in such models is better than buying a used computer on EBay. Also consider the upgrade options available for your existing computer before buying a used one. Generally, computers will last about two to three years before they need any repair or revamping.

But the Internet is a big place with tons of information. When shopping, you need a powerful search engine to find all the available products and to ensure you’re getting the best deal. That’s where ShopWiki comes in. ShopWiki is the ultimate shopping search engine, combining powerful Web-crawling technology with wiki buying and gift guides. ShopWiki doesn’t sell any products and doesn’t charge retailers to include their products in your search results. That means you’re getting real, unbiased, comprehensive results every time. Whether you’re just beginning to research a product or you know exactly what you want, ShopWiki should be your first stop when you’re ready to shop.

ShopWiki actively crawls more than 180,000 online stores to ensure you’ll find the products you want at the best prices. You can do a simple product search or narrow down your search results using a number of variables, including price, special features, brand and retailer. ShopWiki also features a number of tools to help you find exactly what you’re looking for, including search by color and brand." The ShopWiki gift guides can help shoppers through the research stage of shopping.