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How much computer do you really need?

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This is a question we hear a lot in our office. Will this run X program? Can this handle Y when I’m
also doing Z? A computer’s speed and performance needs all depend on the individual that will be using

Most of our users that come in are using their computer for just internet browsing and checking
their emails. These types of users require very little, in terms of speed and hardware, as most of the
speed that they are looking for will be from their Internet Service Provider. In terms of hardware, a
computer with an Intel i3 processor or i5 will work very well here. These user’s video needs can easily be
met by the built-in video that comes with most systems now a days.

Now when you get into streaming movies and videos (Youtube, NetFlix, and Amazon Prime)
then you’re moving into the more intensive hardware needs. The built-in video of most systems will
most likely not provide the clear video that most users in this range of usage are looking for. They will
also need a much faster internet connection from their provider, typically a 20 – 30 Mbps connection
will suffice. For the user in this range you will want to purchase a system with a stand-alone video card,
OR find a computer that has a higher-end motherboard that will most likely have a dedicated chipset for
the built-in video. Also look for a system with a minimum of 2GB of RAM and an Intel i5 or i7 equivalent

Then let’s move on to the more high-end equipment, the people that are going to be in this
range will most likely be the ones that use their computers primarily for gaming. These users also tend
to build their own computers themselves or are willing to spend from the $1000.00 to $2000.00 range
to meet their needs. Users in this range typically have much more intensive needs and will be aiming for
a minimum of 4GB of RAM, a quad-core i7 processor, and a dedicated video card. However, generally
users in this range we recommend the following: 8GB of RAM, an 8-core processor, and a video card
with at least 1GB dedicated memory.

Of course these are just general guidelines, much like the pirate’s code. If you’re not sure what
your computer can handle please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions. We will be more than
happy to answer any and all questions you might have about your own specific needs, and even
recommend a specific computer to meet your needs.