Desktop PC Buying Guide 2016

It’s been a while since we posted our PC guidelines for business. Here’s what we recommend for new systems these days.

We now consider 4GB RAM “entry level” even in Windows 7/10. Programs like Outlook, Excel, and Quickbooks/Sage 50 use massive amounts of memory, and memory prices are as low as they’ve ever been.

Intel Core i5 is fine for most uses, but i7 is better if lots of processing is involved.

SSD drives are fast, use less power, and are more durable than hard drives, but these advantages don’t make them as compelling in desktops given their higher cost.

We’re still big fans of All-In-One (AIO) systems – easy to deploy, fewer cables, and as reliable as minitower PCs. The AIO is our first choice, unless you’re looking to re-use an old monitor (and even then, most AIOs can use external monitors).

Entry-Level – Lenovo M700

  • Windows 7 Pro or Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 250-500GB Hard drive
  • Built-in graphics OK
  • 3-year on-site manufacturer warranty

Mid-range – Lenovo M900 basic

  • Windows 7 Pro or Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i5 Processor, i7 preferred
  • 8-12GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD or 500GB Hard Drive
  • Built-In Graphics
  • vPro AMT onboard
  • 3-year on-site manufacturer warranty

High-End – Lenovo M900

  • Windows 7 Pro of Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i7 Processor
  • 16 or 32 GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Intel HD graphics, nVidia preferred
  • vPro AMT onboard
  • 3-year on-site manufacturer warranty

As an authorized Lenovo reseller, we can help you select the models and specs that are right for your business needs. Contact us today for personal recommendations.

We’ll post our thoughts on the current crop of Notebook and hybrid PCs soon. Stay tuned!