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Another question, we run a small business what PC specs would you recommend I look for when purchasing a new PC (desktop).
Thank you, Sherona
While I don’t know what you use the computer for in your business, I can tell you what to look for to get the most out of your computer and to keep it running your programs for as long as possible.
First, don’t assume that your new computer will last as long as your old one running XP has lasted. The average computer lasts about 5 years, and as a small business, you should plan to replace your computer every 4 to 5 years.
For your new desktop computer, I would suggest you look for a couple of things.
First, the processor. Processors have gotten as fast as they can without overheating, so the manufacturers have started putting several processors together on one chip. These are called multi core processors. If you have 4 processors working together, you can process 4 times the data at once.
I recommend getting a new computer with at least a quad core processor, 4 cores. If the sales person doesn’t know how many cores are in the computer he/she is trying to sell you, here is how you can check:
On the keyboard, press these three keys at the same time: Ctrl – Shift – Esc
This will open the Windows 10 Task Manager.
If you don’t see tabs across the top of the Task manager window, click “More Details”
Click on the Performance tab.
CPU should be already highlighted on the left, look at the bottom-right of the window and find the listing for “Cores” to see how many cores the computer has.
The other thing you want to have plenty of is RAM. I suggest you get a computer with 6GB to 8GB of RAM. More if you can afford it. My personal computer has 16GB.
If you get a computer with a quad core processor and 8GB of RAM, everything else on the computer will also be powerful enough to run your business for several years. You should know how much data you have and how much hard drive space you will need, but most computers these days come with 500GB to 1TB drives which is more than enough for most people.
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