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Where to get the best computer deals

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This story appears in the August 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

If you're looking for a new computer for your , you don't have time to shop 'til you drop. Computer buying options are proliferating like bunnies. So where should you go (physically or virtually) for your next system? We've narrowed your options down to , online and custom via an online computer retailer or value-added reseller. We're skipping over mail order because those companies all have strong Web presences with more up-to-date information.

It's good to decide what you want before you run through the jungle. Are you looking for a general business machine, graphics powerhouse, multimedia monster, Mac or PC? Small-business computer consultant Bryan Garmon, owner of After Six in , advises, "You need to know what you're looking for based on what your business does. If you're going to do word processing, you don't need a 450 [MHz] Pentium." If you're on a tight budget, a serviceable general-use desktop system, complete with monitor, can be found for less than $1,200. (See last month's "Wise Buys" column for the specifics.)

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