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Specifying and Buying A System For Another
There are several situations in which you may find yourself specifying a PC for someone other than yourself:
There are other situations as well, of course.
Specifying the requirements for a system under these circumstances is not in fact all that different from doing it for yourself. You'll want to consider all the same factors in deciding on needs and wants, however, you must of course view them from the perspective of what the other person requires. This is easy to say, but not always that easy to actually do.
Consider that when a typical PC enthusiast puts together a system for personal use, he or she is likely to focus on performance, expandability, and the quality of the components selected. However, if that PC is being put together for someone who is not into computers, that person's needs are likely to be very different. Say for example someone is making a PC for her parents, who want to do light office tasks, manage their finances, and get on the Internet. Their priorities are likely to tend more towards simplicity, ease of use, low cost and good service. They probably don't care much at all about power and upgradeability, and they almost certainly won't care about what the components used in the system are, just the "end result".
Tip: If you are specifying a PC
for someone who lives in a different place than you do, be sure to buy from a vendor who
will be able to support them where they live. If you buy from a shop local to you that is
far away from the intended user of the PC, they will run into problems if they need