How to kit out your computer on a budget

How To Kit Out Your Computer On A Budget

Don’t pay over the odds for expensive PC software when there are alternatives out there that are free or extremely cheap. In this article we’ll look at how to kit out your PC without breaking the bank.

1. Free Operating System

Your operating system is what allows you to interact with your computer, and what makes it useful. Most PCs use Microsoft Windows, whilst Apple computers use Apple OS. If you have a very old version of Windows but you don’t want to pay to upgrade, try Ubuntu — it’s completely free to install & use, and does pretty much everything Windows does, such as web browsing, creating office documents and so on.

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2. Free Anti-Virus Software

Securing your computer with anti-virus software is a necessary evil, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay hundreds to stay safe online. Did you know for example, that you may be able to get free security software from your bank? Barclays and HSBC both offer this to their customers.

Otherwise, many companies offer a lightweight version of their anti-virus software for free. Thee free version of AVG in particular is recommended by many an IT nerd — just make sure you keep it up-to-date.

If you want the extra peace of mind that comes with paid for premium anti-virus software, then BitDefender, ZoneAlarm and BullGuard are offering 12.5% cashback, 12.5% cashback and 20% cashback respectively to No Braina members.

3. Free Office Software

Now that your PC’s up-and-running and secure, how about some software? In the past, Microsoft Office was often a big hidden cost when you bought a new computer, adding around £60 to the total price. These days however there are a number of free Office alternatives. Open Office is basically a copycat version of Microsoft Office which is absolutely free, with its own versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Publisher. It’s also compatible with your existing Office documents.

Another free Office solution is Google Docs, which stores all of your documents in ‘the cloud’. It’s ideal if you work on several different computers, or if more than one person is working on the same document. Like Open Office, it’s compatible with Microsoft Office files. Not to be outdone by Google, Microsoft have recently launched Office Web Apps, which is also free to use.

4. More Free Software!

Before you shell out for any computer software, have a quick search online to see if the is a free alternative. Below are a few good ones that we’ve come across.

Listen to music for free

Spotify lets you listen to millions of songs for free, and is completely legal and legit. You need to be connected to the internet for it to work, and you will have to listen to adverts unless you pay for Spotify premium (although they’ll give you 1 month’s free trial). Rdio also offers a similar service.

Backup and share files for free

Dropbox is a little beauty that lets you save your files online, either to keep them safe or so that you can share them with another computer. The free version gives you 2GB of storage space, which is increased every time you refer a friend.

Free Photoshop

If you are into image editing but you don’t want to pay for professional software like Photoshop, then Gimp is a good alternative. It does most of the things Photoshop can do, and it’s free.

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If paying for your computer, software or other electrical products s is unavoidable, then sign up to No Braina (for free) and you can get free cashback from Dell, Medion, PC World, the Microsoft Store and iTunes. Sign up here.

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