Choosing The Right Business Desktop Computer

by Dawn Hobbs - Date: 2008-09-11 - Word Count: 505 Share This!

With so many desktop computers to choose from, how do you know which is the best choice for your business? In this guide, we'll cover many of the basics so that you can make an informed decision. First and foremost, here's what you should do when choosing a model that is right for you.

Decide on a CPU (Central Processing Unit)-The CPU is essentially the brain of the computer, and thus, a great place to start when choosing a computer. The faster the processor's clock speed, which is measured in megahertz (MHz) or gigahertz (GHz), the faster it can execute instructions. As a result, CPUs are divided into three groups: traditional single-core processors; dual-core processors, which boost performance for demanding applications; and quad-core processors, which provide unmatched performance for power-hungry multimedia and software applications. HP has a nice selection of Intel Core 2 Duo desktops at affordable prices.

Make sure you have enough memory (RAM)-Random Access Memory (RAM) is temporary storage that provides the working space for your computer to operate. Adding more RAM can result in an immediate and dramatic improvement in performance. Essentially, the greater the RAM, the more applications you can run at one time. RAM is relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and requires no configuration.

Select your hard drive capacity- Your desktop's hard drive is where all data is stored, so when it comes to storage capacity, too much is never enough. And since enormous hard drives are very affordable (for most users, a 250GB drive is a good starting point), this means more for you and greater functionality for your computer.

CD/DVD Drives-CD and DVD drives read data on discs in a variety of formats. Some drives can also record data, images, music, or video to CD and/or DVDs. But beware: many of these drives create DVDs in formats that other drives and DVD players cannot read.

Consider security-Security might not be in the forefront of your mind when you're shopping for a computer, but it should play a part in your decision. For example, virus and spyware are far more likely to target Windows computers than MACs. Regardless of which one you choose, you should always use antivirus, firewall, and antispyware programs.

Choose by Brand-Surveys consistently show notable differences in technical support among computer brands. Since some brands are generally more expensive than others, those factors could help you decide which of two similarly equipped computers is the better buy. Sony Desktops, HP Desktops, and Lenovo Desktops provide a huge selection of computers giving you the ultimate balance for business and life.

These are just some of the many factors that can help your machine run more smoothly and efficiently. In the end, buying a good desktop primarily depends on what you will be using it for. Are you looking for a computer to perform basic tasks or to meet special requirements? Do you need to stay within a specific budget? Once you answer these questions, you'll get the best value for your money and, more importantly, a computer you're happy with.

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