About Desktop Computers
Your computer system can practically make or break you. The best desktop computers enhance your workflow, are enjoyable, and offer dependability you can count on. Such systems add to your productivity and bottom line. Substandard systems, however, are counterintuitive, unreliable, and can be a constant drain on your creativity and productivity.
Maybe more than with any other component of your office setup, it's vital to plan properly when it comes to your computer system. Let Office Shop Direct help you put together the best desktop computer system for you.
Your goal is to assemble an effective combination of computer hardware and software. To some extent, these go together. For example, if you want to run the Macintosh operating system (Mac OS), you'll be purchasing Apple hardware because, for all practical purposes, Mac OS only runs well on Apple equipment. Then again, if you're running Windows 8, you'll want to look at a computer monitor with touchscreen technology, since Windows 8 is designed for these interactive touchscreens.
Finding Out What You Need
When shopping for a desktop computer, it's best to ask some fundamental questions.
Do you need a desktop system at all? If you run a small business and/or work in different locations, it may be best just to utilize a laptop computer, perhaps connecting it to a larger external monitor when you're at your desk.
Assuming you do need a desktop system, how many do you need? And remember: even the base computer system requirements of individual departments within a given company can vary greatly. If your marketing department handles graphic design in-house, they will need some powerful graphics capabilities that your accounting department, say, may not need. And if you need a server in-house, this will be a very different machine than what typical employees are using at their desks.
For each department or desktop workstation, it's good to ask questions like these:
- What is the primary business function of this piece of hardware? (Drafting letters and managing email, crunching numbers, or rendering graphics?)
- Will this computer play a primary role in any computer networks?
- Will multiple users share this computer?
- How large a monitor is realistically needed for this desktop setup?
- Is space at a premium or not?
Investing Wisely in Hardware
What is your budget? Remember, the best hardware purchases provide the necessary performance features at a reasonable cost. Unnecessarily enhanced computer systems can substantially raise the price of your system. The best desktop computers are expensive – but maybe you don't need "the best." (That being said, there's a rule of thumb that says to buy "a little more than you really need now" in terms of performance, in order to incorporate rapid technological advances over the next few years without having to completely update your system prematurely.)
A final question is: Who will be your supplier? When faced with particularly unusual needs, consider seeking one-on-one service from a local supplier who can help you customize a desktop system that's perfect for your needs. The best ones usually offer superior support.
However, most big-name computer hardware suppliers can provide more than adequate equipment for many businesses. And they usually can and will build custom systems also. Look for such trusted names as Dell, HP (Hewlett Packard), Apple, Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung, Gateway, Acer, and others.
Once you've found the hardware setup that's right for you, you're ready to make sure you have the best software package to support your computing needs.