If you are in any type of business online or perhaps you have a storefront, its 100% mandatory that you have a computer! Computers simplify everything for you for the most part. With the just a click of a button you can almost have anything done you need in just a matter of minutes weather it's updating a document or sending an email or just saying hello to someone on social media. Computers have revolutionized the world, and they are not going anywhere any time soon.
If you are in the market for a new computer, this post will be a solid guide on what computer you may want to purchase for your business. When you buy a new computer for your business it's not just a purchase it's an investment and that investment could make you hundred or even thousands of dollars, when you make your purchase you want to be confident you want made the right choice!
Before you even consider buying a new computer, you should consider this question - Should i go ahead replace my computer or should i see if its worth repairing. most often times you can get your computer repaired for a reasonable price, but it does come down to how will it cost in the wrong run.
Something to conditioner, If you motherboard fails on your computer i would strongly consider you replace the whole computer motherboards are very costly, the typically come from china and most computer repair companies have high labor rates. Unless you really really love your computer I would consider replacing the system. If your Hard Drive goes bad this is something you may want to think about fixing, this can also be a costly expense but if you are prepared for it can be affordable. The typical life of a hard drive is around 3-5 years for a laptop and 5-7 years for a desktop, It s around $200.00 to get a new drive installed and have the Operating system put back on. Prices do vary on where you go and how big your hard drive is of course ask your technician for advice so you can make the right decision.
Now $200.00 is a nice investment into your computer but it could be more, and here is why. Data back is a critical part of pwning a computer, just like cars computers have matience to and things need to be attended to on occasion. If you are not backing up your computer you simply asking for a headache, loss of data in a nutshell SUCKS, You cannot put a price on memories, once you loose pictures and documents and so on its unlikely you will get anything back, so be sure to make a FULL back up of your computer, you will also loose programs that you have purchased it can get very expensive very quickly. The solution back your information and keep registration codes. serial codes handy for re installation. Carbonite is a great back up solution, please programs cannot be backed up just information, DISCLAIMER - I am not responsible for any of your information at all.
So what do you look for when you are ready to purchase a new computer?. First off if you have ever been "burned" by best buy or a store you should not let that affect your decision.
1:) Brands - Simply put you are buying the name. A Computer is a computer - HP, DELL Toshiba they are good brands, you are paying for the name basically, in my opinion any brand is OK but it really comes to what do you need your computer what needs do you need to have met, brand does nst really matter but specifications do!
2:) Processors - There are too types of processors Intel and AMD, this is my honest opinion stay away from AMD processors, Intel is the way to go! they come in various speeds here is a breakdown.
- I-7 -Has a lot of power great for multitasking and getting things done, gamer use these often its a powerhouse processor
- I-5 - Really just a step down from an I-7 good for multitasking makes for a great work / home computer
- I-3 - you typically find these in refurbished computers but they are still great processors, this would be a good choice for a college student for school.
Anything lower than that is becoming slowly obsolete - When you are looking for the processor you want to also look for the number labeled Ghz The faster the GHz the better ideally anything 2.7 GHz and up is great below is a screen shot of computer
Memory - It takes a minimum of 4 GB of memory to run a 64 bit operating system, 32 bits are gone, if you own a 32 bit you may want to consider upgrading. 4GB of memory is OK 8GB would be great 12GB would be amazing anything over that your a gaming or planning to take over the world lo. Computer are being built now so you can add more memory as needed 8GB is more than enough, for the average computer uses these days.
Hard Drive - There 2 types of Hard Drives. Platter Drives very commonly found in desktops and in older computers desktops and laptops they spin anywhere from 5400 RPM to 7200RPM some even 12,000 RPM those are used in server environments. then we have whats called SSD (Solid State Drives) these are much better! They have no moving parts therefore boot up times are quicker and Over all performance is much better. these drives are becoming increasingly popular in laptops and in custom built computers. If you can find one with an SSD its the way to go
Sizes of Hard Drives - For the most part 500GB to one terabyte is average for a computer - this is more than enough for a business computer you should be backing your information up to the cloud anyways, so space wont really big issue.
With an SSD drive the bigger in size the more expensive they get a decent size is right 256 GB or 500 GB 500 might even be an over kill but it just depends on much you are storing pictures and videos will always take up the most space so take that into consideration when making your purchase. Platter drives work just fine, remember parts do fail over time.
If you are considering purchasing as laptop be sure to check and see if it has a DVD ROM new computers are being made with out them now, you can purchase a external drive for like $30.00 or so, you usually find them at the store you are buying your computer. Desktops will almost always have them built in, consider battery life as well.
USB Ports - If you can try to get USB 3.0 you will know its 3.0 because the ports on the computer are a blue color 2.0 is grey, this number is the rate of how fast data is being transferred obviously the higher the number the faster the rate.
I feel like I am missing something - There's a lot to consider when purchasing a computer, additionally you can ask your computer technician for help. Have questions? Drop a comment below and I will get back to you! If you got value from this post please feel free to share!