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Our minimum and recommended computer specifications

Tim Summers

Minimum Computer Specifications

  • i5 Intel CPU
  • Onboard video adapter
  • 8 GB Memory
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive  (see notes 1 and 2)
  • Windows 10 or 11  (see note 3)

Recommended Computer Specifications

  • i7 Intel CPU
  • Video Card Option 1:  Onboard Video (for One Monitor)
  • Video Card Option 2:  2GB or better NVIDIA or AMD Radeon for 2 monitors
  • 16 GB Memory
  • 512 GB to 1 TB Solid State Drive  (see notes 1 and 2)
  • Windows 10 or 11  (see note 3)

Note 1: Do not purchase mechanical SATA hard drives
Current versions of Windows access your computer's drive much more frequently than Windows 7 did.  This constant access to the hard drive has created a condition we call "100% disk utilization" which exhibits itself as slowness, hesitations and "not responding".  Be sure to purchase the newer Solid State Drives rather than the older mechanical SATA hard drives.

Note 2:  Properly size your solid state drive
How big your solid state drive needs to be depends on what you will do with the computer.  For email and some documents a 256GB drive should be plenty.  If you plan to have a lot of pictures, videos or documents, consider a 500GB solid state drive.

Note 3: Get Windows Professional for office use
We strongly recommend that you purchase the Professional edition of Windows if you will be working in an office environment.  Home edition is fine for most home users.

*** We can help you with proper anti-virus software, anti-malware software, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) software and with moving your data from your old computer to the new computer.  ***

About Tim Summers

Tim Summers is a long-time nerd and the owner of Diversified Computer Solutions, Inc. Tim has built a reputation within the Dayton, Ohio area as an honest and reliable computer consultant who blends sound business principles with quality technical advice and service. Tim spends most of his waking hours in front of a computer and some of his sleeping hours as well. Currently, Tim splits his time between providing I.T. support services, building websites, and trying to train a high energy Dachshund mix named Gizmo.

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