If you are in the market for a new computer or laptop, it’s a good idea to know the specs of your current machine so that you don’t make the mistake of purchasing something that does not exceed your current requirements.

  • Storage – Check how much hard drive space you are currently using by clicking on your file explorer, browse to your C drive, Right Click and go to Properties. This will show you how much hard drive space you have used and you would generally want to purchase a computer that has a hard drive that is twice the size of your current drive
  • Processor, OS and Ram – Type in “This PC” in the search bar. Right Click on This PC and go to Properties – Under System you will see the speed and generation of your processor, the amount of Ram installed and you can also see your version of Windows.
  • Performance – To see what your current Performance usage is bring up your Task Manager by pressing CTRL-SHIFT-ESC – and then clicking on performance. This will show you how much Ram you are using and your CPU usage. Note that the Hard Drive Performance is different to your Hard Drive storage mentioned previously. You may only be using 20% of your storage, but if your hard drive performance is running at a 100% then this would be a good indicator that the hard drive is facing imminent failure or there is a program on your computer that is forcing it to run at 100%

Once you have a base line you can start looking around at the specs of your replacement computer. If you are not sure about the performance of your processor you can go to our website and have a look at the bench mark test. In the old days people used to look at the Ghz speed of the processor, but since we now have variables like the number of cores it is better to look at the CPU rating. We have a link here. As a general rule you should look at a CPU rating of at least 7000.  As an example an i7-4770 running at 3.4Ghz  has a rating of 7,047 whilst an i5-9500 running at 2.2Ghz has a rating of 8,211. If you simply looked at the i7 3.4Ghz vs i5 2.2Ghz you would assume that the i7 would out perform the i5. However, the i5 is nearly 20% faster.

Most of our computers and laptops have 3 year warranties, and it is important to determine how long your warranty is and how the supplier will handle your warranty. If the supplier has to send the computer off for warranty repairs then you may be without your PC for 2-3 weeks. If that is not acceptable to you then you may want to consider purchasing from someone like Impress who handles the warranty in house with local techs. Here is a list of our computers  and our laptops.

Posted by Impress Computers on Wednesday, July 1, 2020