Office Buyers Guide

 What to consider

  • Deciding between a laptop or a desktop computer is the first step in choosing a computer that suits your office environment.

  • A desktop is more suited for larger offices that have their work limited to a desk.

  • A laptop is more suited for offices where their may not be as much space available or where workers may be required to carry their computer to different places.

  • Desktops should be considered if computer performance is important in the office.

  • Laptops should be considered if computer portability is important in the office.

Choosing a system that fits your technical requirements and budget

  • If all you require is a system that can browse the internet, write emails and occasionally use office software (such as Microsoft Word or Excel), then an entry-level computer should suffice. This is the cheapest option however it may not be suited for a professional office environment.

  • If you require a system which can run most software (especially the Microsoft Office suite) and handle all basic activities, then a mid-range computer is the perfect all-rounder PC. This is a step up from the entry-level option and should fit the requirements of most working offices.

  • If you require a system that can handle intensive programs such as audio/video editing and 3D rendering software, then a high-end computer is necessary. This PC is designed for professional offices working with high-end software where a high-level of performance is required.

The key components of a computer


  • The CPU acts like the brain. It runs all the computers programs, calculations and operations.

  • Generally, the higher the clock speed, (GHz) the faster the CPU. The more cores, the better the performance and multi-tasking capabilities.

Graphics Card

  • Generates the image on the monitor and is only necessary for gaming, media consumption, video editing, graphics design and 3D rendering.

  • The core clock and the memory size of the graphics card are the two most important factors to look at when purchasing.


  • RAM stores small amounts of data but at transfers it at extremely high speeds.

  • It is important to buy the same type & speed of RAM because mixing and matching may cause the RAM to not run at the highest speed possible.

  • Aim for at least 4gb of RAM for basic programs, 8gb for gaming and software and 16gb for intense editing and 3D rendering software.


  • An SSD will generally have high speeds but a smaller storage size while a HDD will have a high storage size but slower speeds.

  • For a desktop, pairing a Solid-State Drive with a Hard Disk Drive is the best option.

  • Look for an SSD if you want fast boot up times and faster data transfer speeds. Go for a hard drive if you want a cheaper option or for more storage but slower speeds.

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