Home Office PCs - A Buyers Guide To Computer Workstations

There is rarely a good substitute for a full-powered PC for business use – whilst laptops are great when commuting or travelling to see a client they don’t always deliver when you need it most.
 

Sometimes you simply want a reliable computer workstation to help take the strain out of the grunt work. Whether that’s communicating with suppliers, customers and potential clients or carrying out some heavy-duty spreadsheet or intensive design work.
 

So what should you look for when buying a PC for business use? We’ve put together this guide to help you to clear through the jargon and understand what you need for your business:

Processing Power

Most Home Office PCs will run perfectly well on an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processor, however, it really depends on what you need to use the workstation for.
 

If you need an PC for office use that you can use for writing reports, sending and receiving emails and general everyday use then an Intel Core i3 processor is perfect. It’s a dual-core processor that can comfortably handle some multi-tasking and won’t break the bank.
 

If you’re a designer or rely on your PC to do some pretty intensive spreadsheet or development work then you’d be well advised to look at desktop computers with an Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processor. These quad-core processors will allow effortless multi-tasking and will deliver speed when you need it most.

Memory - RAM

Memory falls under similar rules to computer processors – the more RAM you have – the faster the PC will perform.
 

Most mutitasking computers will come with a minimum of 4GB RAM – which is perfect for general everyday business use. It will allow you to do some easy multi-tasking, some photo editing and other general computing tasks.
 

If you need your PC for business use to effortlessly multi-task and deal with intensive design or development work then you should look at a workstation with a minimum of 8GB RAM, however, you will look at paying more money for a machine with this kind of spec.

Storage

With cloud storage on the increase traditional storage is becoming less of a problem these days, however, there is no real substitute for a hard drive or solid state drive that stores your all important work files – whether off or online – you can access them any time.

Hard Drives

Hard Drive storage is largely dependent on what you need it for – if you do some general word processing and emails then anything between 500GB – 1TB of hard drive space is adequate. But – if you need your hard drive to store big design files, large applications, etc then computers with hard drives over 1TB are recommended.

Solid State Drives

Solid state drives are perfect for storing and running the Windows operating system as they boot and run applications far quicker than a standard hard drive, however, storage is limited. They tend to range between 128GB – 512GB SSD.
 

They’re great for running Windows and applications from – probably not quite so useful for storing big work documents – if you need your applications to run quickly then this is a great add-on.

Graphics

Office PCs usually come with an integrated graphics card – usually Intel HD, Intel Iris or an AMD Radeon equivalent.
 

Integrated graphics cards are perfect for most PCs for business use that don’t need to run intensive graphics, photo editing and design applications, however, for a graphics designer, an architect or engineer then a dedicated graphics card will be a far better choice – such as an NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards as these tend to be the best in the market.

To Summarise…

The choice is yours – by considering the kind of work you do should help determine the kind of desktop PC you need for your business.
 

Paying more for a decent processor, RAM and storage could save you a lot of hassle in the long-term and give you a great computing experience whilst working.
 

Medion PCs come with a 2 year warranty when bought directly from the website – allowing you to rest easy in the knowledge that help is at hand should you need it.

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