November 28, 2022

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Computer - November 2022

Looking at buying a new computer for your business, but overwhelmed with the choices out there. Here are a few tips that will help.

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Computer - November 2022

When shopping for a new computer, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options. This article highlights some of the most important factors when deciding which computer is suitable for you or your business.

What will be the primary use of this computer?
This question should always be asked first when considering a new PC; factor in potential new activities you might want to do and list old activities. Consider a situation like this: currently, you only do light office work, such as editing spreadsheets or typing up documents, but someday down the line, you begin to think you might like to edit photos or videos. Planning for this new activity can help point out the components you need to factor in to enhance the performance of the photo editing application later on when you start using it.

How much Memory do you need?
Memory has a significant impact on the performance of your computer, ranging from how many applications you can open at one time to the performance of any one particular application. There are a few factors to consider when investigating the Memory of your new PC. The quantity of RAM, which affects how many applications you can have open at once, and the speed of the RAM, which affects load time and general speed of an open application. In 2022, you should typically look for machines with at least 8 GB of RAM, with scalability to 32 or 64GB in the future. Remember, Apple Mac machines (Mac Mini, MacBooks, iMacs) now do not allow you to upgrade your RAM - so planning is essential.

How much storage do you need?
Gone are the days when the choice between a Hard Disk (large amount) and Solid State (SSD) storage was a conversation. When buying a computer today - we suggest you only purchase solid-state storage. Storage costs have fallen, and you should consider network-attached storage on your business network to offer you off-machine storage. What you need to look at is how this will be expanded. Some machines now offer additional m.2 slots to let you grow - check if this is something you need.

What processor should you choose, an i3, i5, i7, or i9 from the Intel world or an m1, m2, m1 max in the apple world?
Or maybe AMD Ryzen; ir-respective of the brand of processors and how you choose your machine - a few things that need to be dealt with at purchase are.

If you are a general spreadsheet/email user, an entry-level M1 (Apple) or an i3 from the Intel line will work for you, but if you have higher needs, look at M1 Max (Apple) or i5/i7 from the Intel world. Remember, you can't change a processor in the machine, and you should always try to buy the latest generation of processors.

Do you need a dedicated graphics card?Graphics cards are helpful if this machine will use multiple monitors, needs realtime screen updates (say a business ticker), and or needs to do 3D modelling / video editing. Over the years on board video has improved, and a dedicated graphic card may not be needed for most business users.

Hopefully, this information assists you in selecting a new desktop or laptop for you or your business. In the event that you need any assistance, you can always call System3 at +91.93192.11229. We'll be glad to assist you in picking out the perfect machine for you or your business!