Running my own little office over the years I have learned quite a bit about how to get the most out of a computer. As part of my business' infrastructure, my goals are to get a quality device that will not have to be replaced soon. Of course, I did not make all the right decisions in the beginning so I thought I'd share some buying tips to help you avoid the mistakes I did. Time is Money When you purchase a computer is an important consideration. There are two times of year it is best to buy. If you are going to purchase a computer from one of the big companies like Dell or HP, you want to aim for the mid to late summer. It is during this time that they're usually liquidating older, but still very serviceable models to make inventory space for the Hotter ticket items that will be coming in for the holiday season. If you're going to purchase from a "build your own" site like CyberPowerPC, however, you want to aim for the holiday season. They primarily broker in standard parts, making the bulk of their money through labor costs. These labor costs are often discounted for the holidays, making them an excellent source for PC's late in the year. Gaming Isn't Just For Gamers It's rarely a good idea to be playing Starcraft during business hours, but an entry-level gaming PC can be an office's best friend! These computers will often sport superior cooling technology and have more robust power sources. While this may not sound like a big deal, these two seemingly innocuous parts can have a dramatic impact on both the performance of your PC and its lifespan. Again, remembering that your computer is an infrastructural component, the idea is always to have long-lasting equipment. Spending a few extra dollars up front on a cheap gaming PC can save you hundreds over the lifetime of your business. They tend to look cool, too! Don't Be Afraid to Shop Around It can be a fun experience to sit in front of a company's web site building your dream box. That said, the upgrades these companies offer over the base model come at a premium. They will charge $100+ for a hard drive you can easily get yourself from a reputable company for $50. Likewise, many of that company's models may be available in third party stores. They won't be customizable when bought that way, but you will often get a better deal on that specific rig through an electronics store than you will direct from the manufacturer if you hit a closeout sale. I hope you have found the tips in this buyer's guide useful. Remember to be mindful of the times when computers are cheapest, seek entry level gaming rigs for long-lasting value, and keep your options open when looking at specific models, and you will find yourself with a future-proof rig which will not break your budget. Happy shopping!