Although mobile technology and virtualization have transformed the workplace, there are still times when businesses need the strength and stability of a desktop computer.

Whether your business tasks need the fastest processes on the market, graphics cards to render artistic data efficiently, or simply a full-sized keyboard and monitor for a lower price than a laptop, desktop computers are still a vital part of business computing.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind as you search for business workstations that give you the best performance per dollar.

Document Processing And Research

Many business leaders who don’t have advanced computer experience will have one of two major thoughts when buying technology:

  1. Get the cheapest option that works.
  2. Buy the best.

Although both of these methods can work to moderate success if computers aren’t the core of your business, but there’s a more cost-efficient to buy computing power. Buy what works for your general tasks.

For most businesses, you’ll need the ability to run document processing programs like Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and your web browser of choice. For internet experience, you need to have the ability to watch videos and look at pictures whether you think your business needs videos or not, because the standard internet experience includes video and audio that can slow down weaker systems.

This means hunting system requirements and getting a system that meets the recommended requirements. Recommended system requirements are designed to not only run the program of choice, but to run without performance issues caused by the system being overburdened.

Your computer uses resources by just being on, and every program that you have open will take more resources. Keeping only one program open at a time is detrimental to progress; no successful company that depends on technology does this, and you’re slowing down progress by not allowing workers to have multiple programs up at once on more than one screen.

Get a list of all of your programs and get the recommended specifications for the following parts:

  • Central Processing Unit (CPU) or processor.
  • Random Access Memory (RAM).
  • Storage space (Hard Drive, or more recently Solid State Drive or SSD).

These components are the most important when it comes to picking a workstation. Make sure that the systems you choose meet–if not exceed–the recommended specifications. Avoid minimum specifications, as these systems will likely be unable to run the programs after a year of updates and changes.

Or more accurately, following minimum specifications leads to buying another computer.