It goes without saying that using the search function or Google should be the first thing you do. Very often, people will be in the same situation as you are and, therefore, will already be a solution to your query.
Below are resources you should use and post in:
Building a new computer/Buying new computer hardware?
Looking to build your own computer and need help with component selection or advice? Use the Computer Build Resource Thread . Make sure you read the OP as well as fill out the template. This will make it easier for the forum regulars to help you.
Need help on picking a mouse/keyboard/monitor/etc?
Please use existing threads for discussion of peripherals instead of starting a new one of your own:
- Teamliquid Monitor Thread
- Mechanical Keyboard Guide
- The Ultimate Mouse Thread
- Best Gaming Headset?
- Headphone enthusiast thread!
- The Ultimate Headphone/Audio Thread.
A lot of these resources contain information about the most popular/the best products currently on the market so if you read the OP, you probably don't even need to ask a question.
None of these threads are relevant to the product I'm asking for...
Then you're welcome to create a thread. Before posting your thread, make it clear:
- What you need your hardware to do. Saying that you want a good gaming laptop is not good enough. You should make it clear what exactly you want. Do you care about battery life? Weight? Screen size and resolution? The same goes for things like routers, smartphones, cameras, and so forth.
- What your budget is.
- Where you live and, if possible, which store you wish to get your item from.