How To Buy A Computer If You Don’t Know Anything About Computers


Today, I’m diving into a topic that’s slightly different from my usual content: how to buy a computer. You’d be surprised how often I encounter clients struggling with outdated or unsuitable computers while helping them with online marketing or website issues.

To help you avoid these problems, I’m sharing some essential tips on buying the right computer, focusing on two critical specifications you need to remember.

Understanding the Basics: Apple vs. PC

Before diving into specific models, let’s clear up the difference between Apple and PC (Windows) computers. Apple computers run macOS, while most other brands like Dell and HP run Windows. Both operating systems are mature and capable of handling almost any task.

The choice between the two comes down to personal preference and which one you feel most comfortable using. Spend some time in an Apple store and a store with Windows PCs to see which system you prefer.

Key Considerations for Choosing a Computer

Regardless of whether you choose Apple or a PC, there are two critical specs you should focus on are:

  • Memory (RAM)
  • Storage

These specs ensure your computer runs smoothly and can handle your tasks efficiently.

Memory (RAM)

Memory, or RAM, is crucial because it determines how many applications and processes your computer can handle at the same time. With 16GB of RAM, you’ll have enough power for browsing, emailing, watching videos, and more. Avoid 8GB as it might not be sufficient for smooth multitasking and will make your computer feel slow.

More memory (RAM) is always better than less but their is a diminishing return if you’re not maxing out the capabilities of your computer. For day to day use, 16GB is more than enough but if budget allows then bumping that up to 24GB or 32GB will make your computer run faster. The higher memory is also critical if you plan to do any video editing or other CPU intensive work.

  • Recommended: Minimum 16GB
  • Optional: 24GB or 32GB if your budget allows


Storage is where all your files, photos, videos, and applications are saved. If you regularly transfer large amounts of photos or videos from your phone to your computer, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough storage space.

Most modern smartphones produce high-resolution photos and videos, which can quickly eat up space. Therefore, I recommend at least 512GB of storage, but if you can afford it, opt for 1TB for extra room.

  • Recommended: 512GB
  • Optional: 1TB for more storage space

Buying an Apple Laptop

For Apple computers, you have two primary choices: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air is more than enough for most users, offering great performance without the extra cost of the Pro model.

Currently the Macbook Air comes with either the M3 or M3 processor (chip). The performance difference between M2 and M3 chips is minimal for everyday tasks and it’s not something that you will notice unless you are pushing the computer to it’s limits.

A better starting point is to decide on screen size, either the 13-inch or 15- inch screens. The best screen size will be determined on how you plan to use the computer. If it’s primarily siting at home you might consider the 15-inch model as the larger screen is nicer to use.

If you are going to be carrying the laptop everyday, say between home and work or school then the 13-inch might be a better choice as it’s lighter. For most of my clients, the 13-inch Macbook Air is the perfect size for them.

  • 13-inch MacBook Air: More portable and lighter, ideal for frequent travel.
  • 15-inch MacBook Air: Better for home use with a larger screen.

Buying a PC (Dell, HP, etc.)

When buying a PC, similar rules apply. Stick to well known brands like Dell and HP and avoid Chromebooks, as they are generally low-quality and not durable.

Key Specs for PCs:

  • Windows
  • Screen Size: 13 to 15 inches
  • Memory (RAM): 16GB (32GB if budget allows)
  • Storage: 512GB (1TB+ if budget allows)


By remembering to get 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, you’ll ensure your computer is a reliable tool for your needs. Whether you choose an Apple or a PC, these specifications will provide a good balance of performance and usability.

If you have any questions or need personalized advice before making a purchase, feel free to contact me. I’m happy to help you find the perfect computer for your needs!

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