Choosing the right PC for your business

Choosing the right PC for your business

Businesses need PCs; that is a fact. But which PC specifically depends on different factors. Making the decision to buy IT equipment is a big one and can cost a lot of money. Therefore, it is very important that you make the right decision. This blog will take you through the factors you need to consider before you buy any IT for your business.

Step 1 – Do you need a new PC?

This sounds like a silly question but there are two arms to it. Firstly, is new equipment actually necessary? If you have just set up a new business, then yes this will be a necessity. However, if you already have IT assets in place, but just want to upgrade, you may not need to replace every single PC. For example, you could purchase component parts which could help to upgrade your current kit and help improve its efficiency. Doing this will help prolong the life of your equipment and is a more environmentally friendly option, as it reduces the need for new products to be manufactured.

Secondly, do you need a new PC specifically? Buying refurbished kit can fulfil all your requirements, just at a lower cost. There are many myths surrounding refurbished goods, such as: they are of a lower quality, they are old and broken and they won’t work as well as new products. But this is just not the case. Companies that sell on refurbished goods, like servers and spares, fully treat and test them to ensure they are working as good as new. There may be some aesthetic marks and scuffs, but this does not reduce the performance of the goods.

Step 2 – Do you know exactly what you need?

It is important to know what IT requirements you have, and this will depend on the applications and software you use. Your requirements will influence the component parts you need in your PC. For example:

  • CPUs – this is the component that makes the PC actually do things. The speed of a CPU influences the efficiency of the PC.
  • RAM – this is the temporary memory and space that is used when you work on your files. It is important to get as much of this as you can; it has a big impact on the performance of the PC.
  • Hard drive – this is the PCs permanent memory, which stores software and files. You can choose between SSDs and HDDs; SSDs are faster than HDDs so tend to be a more reliable option.
  • Graphics cards – this controls what is displayed on the monitor. If you use video editing software or 3D modelling, you will need a high-quality graphics card.

For more information on choosing the right specific component part for you, check out some of our other blog posts.

  • Size and shape – this may seem obvious but it’s important to check that the PC you want to buy will fit on the desks.
  • Ports – ensure that the PC you want to buy has enough ports and connections for all your accessories (e.g mouse, keyboard, USBs etc).
  • Software – does the PC include software and security? If not, you will have to look into buying this separately.

 

If you are unsure of these specific requirements, speak to us! Our techies have extensive industry knowledge so will be able to help you pinpoint exactly what specifications will work for you and your business.

Step 3 – Know your budget

This can have an effect on the model you are able to buy. If your budget is limited, have you considered buying refurbished kit? As mentioned previously, refurbished products are treated to be as good as new and can cost a fraction of the price of brand new. As businesses often have limited budgets for their IT, this can be a massive help in being able to free up money for other parts of the business. With the budget you do have, buying refurbished may even allow you to purchase a higher specification PC than you would be able to if you were buying brand new.

Step 4 – How will you dispose of your existing IT kit?

When buying new, it is important to think of how you will dispose of the old. It is not as difficult a decision as it may sound. There are numerous businesses who will be willing to recycle your old kit for free. However, an even better option would be to find a business that will actually buy your old kit. These companies often either recycle your kit or refurbish it to sell on. This puts money back into your business and can be used in your IT budget to buy your next lot of PCs. Be careful though, you need to pick a business that will safely erase your company data to avoid any data breaches.

 

In conclusion, choosing the right PC for your business takes a bit of common sense and a bit of knowledge. If you are still unsure of what you need, our techies will be more than happy to help you. If you already know what you need, why not buy refurbished? Take a look at our website where you will find a whole host of refurbished IT products, including PCs, which could help fulfil your businesses IT needs.