How to Build the Best Internet Surfing PC

by Stephen Lilley

We live in a time where it is possible to stay up to date on the news, keep track of finances, shop, play games and even hold down a full-time job using only a computer connected to the World Wide Web. When building a computer, it is important to make sure you can browse the Internet as fast and as effortlessly as possible to make these tasks easier. By following just a few simple guidelines, you can make sure you've built the best Internet-surfing PC.

Don't spend too much on speedy hardware. If you're just using your PC to surf the Internet, you don't need a PC with the fastest computer processor on the market. Something even as "slow" (when compared to high-end processors) like a 1.5GHz model will save you a lot of money on the overall cost of your PC and still function more than fine when it comes to using the Internet.

Install a network adapter and go broadband. The days of dial-up connections are over. These days it is possible to download files at very high speeds even on consumer-level broadband connections.

Go wireless. If you're building an Internet-surfing laptop, include a wireless Internet adapter. This is a device that will let you connect to wireless Internet networks in the area without using lengthy and expensive Ethernet cables. Installing a wireless Internet adapter in a PC has its benefits, too. If there are multiple computers in your home you can put your PC in any room and you won't have to worry about whether the room has an Internet jack in it or not.

Get a cellular data card. Many cell phone and Internet service providers will offer devices called "wireless connect" cards. These devices plug into a USB port on your computer and provide you with wireless Internet service. For laptop users who have a vested interest in being connected to the Internet at all times, it can save the hassle of tracking down a free, public Wi-Fi hot spot. These cards often come with a monthly fee, but they can more than pay for themselves in convenience. They operate much like a cell phone, providing you with Internet access over a data network even in times where no wireless voice network is available.

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About the Author

Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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