Whether you are researching computing power for your business or extensive technical personal use, selecting the wrong computer can become a problem, disrupt your progress, and, in the long run, become expensive. During your search, you will have several variables to consider, some more important than others.

The first question, of course, is how much capability you will need presently and in the foreseeable future.  Desktop, laptop, and notebook computers have advanced significantly during the past decade with notable increases in capacity.

Will you be buying one computer or a set of these to work in a coordinated network? Must the equipment operate as a point-of-sale device or graphic design tool? Will the computer be a workstation in which network interface and cloud storage can be integrated into your operations? Will you be editing and developing video and audio products? How much processing speed will you need for effective gaming and streaming?

Understanding the terminology of the elements of the hardware can help you select the best equipment for your needs.

Know Your CPU

The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is the “brains” of the outfit and is also known as the main process unit or, simply, the processor. Today, because of advanced miniaturization and technology, the CPU is more commonly known as the microprocessor.

The CPU contains the circuitry that executes computer instructions that include mathematical calculations, logic, and input/output (I/O) calculations.

Modern computers employ different types of microprocessing elements. A common version is known as a “multicore,” those that contain two or more CPUs or “cores.”

The principal makers of processing units today are Intel® and AMD. Each offers processors that offer similar degrees of performance.

How Much “Core” Do I Need?

Current Intel offerings can illustrate the differences between having essential computing capability and far more advanced. Here are some descriptions:

  • Intel Core™ I3 is great for essential work and everyday tasks, internet surfing, and streaming certain content.
  • Intel Core™ I5 is sufficient for most home and business use, offering 4K graphics for great video and gaming. The system starts up fast and provides high-speed processing.
  • Intel Core™ I7 is more sophisticated and capable of extensive video editing and high-demand functions.
  • Intel Core™I9 supports of high-end scientific computations and 3-D animation.

AMD produces comparable products with similar performance with some different capabilities.

What is GHz?

A GHz (gigahertz) is a unit of electrical wave frequency equalling one billionth of a second. In computer jargon, a GHz is the “clock speed” at which the processor makes calculations. Note that a higher GHz rating is important only when comparing against the same core processor. For example, Intel’s Core I5 at 3.46 GHz is not faster than an Intel Core I7 operating at 3.15 GHz.

Buying Considerations

The technology of computers has progressed substantially in recent years. If you are starting or planning an upgrade, you should commit to investing in higher performance to maximize your investment and keep up with your growing requirements.

Computer support and advice for the latest versions are always available from forward-thinking, experienced IT companies like CEG of Napa Valley.

When shopping for new computers:

  • Do not only look for the lowest price.
  • Choose one Operating System and stay with it. Your Computer support company can help you with this decision.
  • Decide if the computer should be portable?
  • While speed is essential, it is not the only consideration.

Contact CEG in Napa

CEG is a Napa Valley IT Company that has served the East and North Bay for thirty years. The experts at CEG provide all types of computer support from simple repairs and maintenance to a fully managed computer support program that allows you to concentrate your assets and energies on growing your business.

CEG can advise you of the right selection for your new computers and help you to scale your capabilities to match your growing business needs.

For more information or to make an appointment, call CEG for a consultation at +1-833-CEG-9701 (1-833-234-9701).

Alternatively, you may complete the brief contact information form on the CEG website, and one of our professionals will contact you.