Chattanooga, Computer, How to, InfoSystems, Podcast, small business, SMB, Tennessee,
Aaron Swann - Virtual CIO, InfoSystems
Josh Davis - VP of Marketing, InfoSystems
In this episode, Aaron and Josh discuss how to choose a computer. Choosing a new computer for your specific needs is never an easy task. Not to mention, it's time consuming. Much like buying a car, you have an abundance of styles, sizes, and speeds available at your fingertips - but choose to quickly and you'll miss important info like safety and model ratings.
When it comes to computers, there are a number of features you need to consider. But first, ask yourself what you are trying to do with this computer. What do you need it for? This will automatically lead you in the right direction.
Biggest factors to consider when buying a computer:
Will you run 3D CAD software or will you only be browsing the web? The type of processor to buy depends on the type of usage. Intel and AMD are the top 2 dominant players in the market for Processors.
RAM (Memory) -
For most business users, 8 gigabytes is the right amount of memory. Over the years, 16 gigabytes has become popular, but mostly for power users (i.e. Someone who has 20+ tabs open at a time). When it comes down to the bottom line, choosing a computer with lower than 8 gigabytes won't save you much money.
How much do you need to store and how fast does your computer need to be? There are two different types: (1) Spinning Disk and (2) Solid State Drive. Each with pros and cons.
Monitor Outputs -
How many outputs will you need? You'll want to make sure the PC has proper output types (USB 3.0 ports) and enough of them.
Other things to consider:
- Size of PC
- Form Factor (Backlit Keyboard, Number Keypad, etc.)
- Laptop Vs Desktop (Is there a need for mobility?)
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