Wall Street Journal tech guru Walter S. Mossberg wants you to think, and think hard, before buying your next PC. Here are some tips from the man himself:
- If you're going for Vista over Windows XP, opt for the Home Premium version.
- Avoid junk software that slows your computer by buying Dell's Vostro models and opting out of trial software.
- Go with 1G of memory for Home Basic, 2 for other Vista versions.
- Go with the "discrete" graphics card to best enjoy Vista's flashy interface.
- Any "dual-core" processor from Intel or AMD will suffice.
- Don't scrimp on storage space—you can have 300G for a reasonable price.
- If shopping at a retail store, check out the "show more details" in Vista's welcome screen. If the score is below 3.0, don't buy that model.
- A computer can be had for $400, but to get all of the above, expect to spend $800 or more.