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PC Desktop Computer Recommendations

Minimum Specifications

These computer specs are decent enough for web browsing or word processing, but is a low-cost option for those who don't need a lot of power.

  • Processor: Intel Core i3 - 2.0 Ghz or higher, 3rd generation
  • RAM: 4 GB of RAM or more
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB
  • Operating system: Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
  • Architecture: 32-bit or 64-bit
  • Optical (DVD/CD) drive: DVD +/- RW drive; this will play and burn CDs and DVDs
  • Monitor resolution/size: A minimum of 17-20 inches. The maximum resolution of the screen as well as the physical size of the screen will determine cost. A 20-inch screen with a resolution of 720p is a lower-cost option.
  • Video Card: Dedicatied graphics card optional; modern computers can rely on graphics ability of the processor for simple rendering
  • Extended Warranty: This is useful if the user isn't proficient in computer repair. A warranty with onsite support is useful when purchasing from an online computer manufacturer such as Dell. Onsite support provides a tech dispatched to your home if the computer issue can't be solved via telephone.

Recommended Specifications

These are average specs for a modern computer, good enough for heavy browsing, video, streaming, or anything else you might want to do.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7- 2.5 Ghz or higher, 3rd or 4th generation
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: Optional 128GB SSD (solid state drive), with 1 TB (terabyte, or 1000 GB) drive for programs or media; or 1TB hard drive only.
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1
  • Architecture: 64-bit
  • Optical drive: DVD +/- RW drive, this will play and burn CDs and DVDs
  • Monitor resolution/size: 24-inches with a resolution of 1080p
  • Video Card: 512 MB or higher dedicated grpahics card
  • Extended Warranty: This is useful if the user isn't proficient in computer repair. A warranty with onsite support is useful when purchasing from an online computer manufacturer such as Dell. Onsite support provides a tech dispatched to your home if the computer issue can't be solved via telephone.

High End Specifications

These are specs for a powerful computer, meant for intense video/gaming, speed, and power.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7- 3.0 Ghz or higher, 4th generation or higher
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Hard Drive: 128 or 256 GB SSD (solid state drive), with a 2-3 TB hard drive for programs and media.
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1
  • Architecture: 64-bit
  • Optical drive: DVD +/- RW drive, and/or a Blu-Ray drive for HD movies
  • Monitor resolution/size: 24-27 inches or higher with a resolution of 1080p or higher
  • Video Card: 1-2 GB dedicated graphics card
  • Optional extras: Internal Bluetooth, 802.11 wireless internet, USB 3.0 hubs, multiple graphics cards, and other extras can augment your PC even further
  • Extended Warranty: This is useful if the user isn't proficient in computer repair. A warranty with onsite support is useful when purchasing from an online computer manufacturer such as Dell. Onsite support provides a tech dispatched to your home if the computer issue can't be solved via telephone.