Friday, July 17, 2009

Configuring a desktop computer for business

Computers are essential components for businesses. Faster communication, increased productivity and streamlined business process could be achieved through computers. Certain operations and calculations are faster when they are done in computers compared to manual operations.

But even though a computer is essential for business, the most expensive computer is not necessary recommended. An expensive computer will have the same performance to mid-level computers. If there’s any difference in speed, it’s barely noticeable. A small business could practically save thousands of dollars if they choose the right, not the expensive, desktop computer.

Mid-level desktop computers could perform the business operation in the same manner as expensive desktops because business applications and software can work at an optimal level even on relatively weaker computers. Office documents, accounting software and internet access could run at the same time with affordable computers

But that doesn’t mean you have to purchase the cheapest desktop you could find. There are some specifications you need to reach so that your desktop could withstand the changes or the demands of some applications and websites.

If you’re looking for a desktop computer, here’s a recommended list of specs:

Process: Pentium 4 with 3.0 Ghz or AMD 3000 +
Hard Disk: Between 80 to 120GB
CD Slots: Combo Drive (DVD Reader and CD Writer)
Monitor: 17-19 inch LCD
Ethernet: Standard on board is good enough for business operations.
Video card: On board card is also enough for business operations.
Operating System: Windows XP or Ubuntu (Linux, free)
Office Applications: Open Office (free) or Standard MS Office suite

The total price of the desktop with these specs should cost more than £300 with one year warranty.