Office computers are designed for simple operations and use applications that do not require special performance from its components. Office computers primarily are engaged in similar operations to home computers, i.e., office work, surfing on the Internet, writing emails, documents and multimedia; but they are definitely unsuitable for playing computer games and complex mathematical operations.
If you are buying an office computer, the major producers of these types of solutions are Dell®, HP® or Lenovo®. Features you might want to consider in a computer that is going to be used in your office are highlighted below.
What to focus on when choosing an office computer:
- Low price – Remember, computers like this come from the low-end market segment, so there is no need to invest a lot of money. Expect to pay about $500 for an office computer.
- Low power consumption – Office computers are on almost all day, so its power consumption should be low. Ask the vendor about the computer’s components and if at least some of them are power-saving – often called “green”. If not, try to get some installed into the computer. Also try to have as many integrated parts on the motherboard as possible (sound card, graphics card, LAN card and sometimes even the CPU).
- Low noise – Because the computer will run in the office all day, it should be as silent as possible. Ask for passive cooling for your CPU, graphics card and chipset or power supply unit.
- Components one by one:
Motherboard – Choose the motherboard that best suits the rest of components you are buying now. Do not pay extra for possibilities in the future.
CPU – Find the least expensive solution for your actual needs. With consideration to power consumption requirements, grab the low-end CPU.
RAM – 4 GB is enough for all the applications typically used. Don’t be afraid to buy cheaper DDR2 or DDR3 modules. They will be sufficient for office use.
Graphics Card – Definitely get a motherboard with an integrated graphic chip. Sometimes, they are integrated in the CPU. It doesn’t really matter which. The vendor should advise you.
Hard drive – Choosing the right sized HDD is difficult since everyone works with a different amount of data. Normally, 500 GB should be enough for most situations.
Power supply – Preference is quality and not price. Do not buy the cheapest. The computer will run all day and the power supply unit must be reliable.
Rest of components – When it comes to the computer case, DVD drive, FDD drive, etc., it doesn’t really matter what you choose. They are not critical to your computer so price may be the dominating factor.
- Operating system – Buy an office computer with a Windows® license. It is cheaper to buy it with a new computer than separately in a retail package.
- Ports – Think about all the peripherals and external devices you want to connect to your computer, so it has enough ports for them all.