In the near future, we will figuratively need computers to breath. So many things you have to do daily are made easier if we had computers. However, when it comes to shopping for one, we sometimes have to make do with those assembled from surplus computer parts.
Price is not the only factor that you should consider shown looking for a deal. Anyone can put any price at the back of your favorite magazine or on a website. It is up to you to engage the details and sniff out the truth. Settle for the surplus stock dealer who has a good name.
If ever you choose to purchase a second hand part, you should scan the details carefully to find out hidden blemishes. While at the shop, skim through the edges of the LCD screens (a lot of weaknesses are hidden there) and verify what you are about to buy.
You should have keen eyes and look out for those tiny bleeps. Make it a point to do this to any parts you choose to buy to avoid burning your fingers.
Some faults with the wiring of the computers should be noted if there are any. Do not ignore melted plugs and exposed wires.
Inspect the whole power system of the machine. Check the battery packs to ensure that they are in good working condition. You should not buy any gadget that has leaking batteries. These are obvious signs that the battery will cause major trouble in future or even explode.
Check the ports and all the slots of the computer. If the ports are the pin type, ensure that all the pins are there. Broken pins can for example make the mouse or keyboards not function at all.
Always be open-minded and consult someone who has technical insights. Read reviews and do online comparisons.