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At Tactico we can supply a wide range of computer systems to suit any scenario. Whether you are after a basic workstation for the office for email and accounts, a game PC for the kids for home, or a powerhouse system for graphics or cad for work.

We supply a range of “name brand” systems from manufacturers such as HP and Lenovo, and also custom build systems to meet more specific requirements.

Pricing varies regularly as manufacturers constantly bring out faster CPUs, bigger Hard Drives, or cheaper memory. As such it is always worthwhile getting a quoted price after discussing what any computer system will be used for.

Our systems always come setup and tested. We don’t believe anyone wants to get any technology and spend the first day setting it up.

As a guide, these are some of the technology areas in a computer that we will discuss or recommend for you:

 

CPU:  This is the brain of the computer, and the faster, cleverer CPUs will cost more, but process information quicker. You may not notice the effect of a better CPU for basic internet, email and accounting, but if you play 3D games, do any graphic design, video or drafting then the additional expense of the top CPUs will soon be appreciable.

 

Memory/RAM: The memory in a computer is the temporary storage space that the computer uses to process the work you are currently doing. Think of it as similar to your desk. The more memory you have the more you can work on at once. Because of some tricks that go on behind the scenes, having too little memory can make your system run slow, but similarly have a lot may sometimes be wasted. (Think of having a boardroom table while you only work in one corner of it). Having the optimal amount of memory will typically make a lot of difference to performance and minimal difference to your budget.

 

Hard Disk:  The hard disk is the “permanent” storage in your computer – akin to a filing cabinet. When you turn your computer off this is where data is “permanently” saved. Your programs and operating system are also stored here, and the size should suit the type of information you wish to work with. Typically the hard disks available on the market were all much bigger than the average person needed. However as we all have started taking photos of increasingly better quality, storing music and now video, storage space is being used like never before. If you like to download movies (legally of course) then these will quickly use up space. Hard Drive technology has also recently undergone changes. Larger sized drives still use a spinning, mechanical, magnetic disk – prone to wear and tear, while there are now smaller, SSD drives that use a form of memory that holds the data even when the power is removed. These are dramatically faster and more reliable but a balance between the two technologies, your usage and your budget always need to be evaluated.

 

Video: In every computer is some form of video processor. It converts the data for the display into a picture. Basic systems used for email, accounting and the web will typically work really well with the entry level option -often built in to the main board of the computer. However, for graphically intensive applications such as games, CAD, photo editing and graphics design an advanced graphics card will process the screen information quicker with the result being a smoother, more realistic, higher quality graphic experience. Many people can easily justify spending as much on the graphics components in a computer as the entire rest of the computer.

 

Monitors:  Monitors are a reasonably simple technology to understand. For most people bigger is better, but two, three, four or more monitors connected to the one computer can really improve your productivity. Some will come with built in speakers, USB sockets, or adjustable, rotatable stands, and the latest models are available with touch screen or curved options.

 

Operating System: The computer above is pretty dumb without software, and the most basic software is the operating system. This allows the computer to do the basic things such as saving your data, and moving a mouse pointer around the screen. Windows computers have historically used operating systems such as windows 3.11, 95, 98, 2000, NT, XP, Vista, 7 and the new windows 8. Unless you have some unusual software reason it is normally advisable to use the latest operating system or certainly no older then the second latest. There have always been further choices based typically on whether you need to use the computer in a workplace or at home.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for one or 100 computer systems contact us via our contact page

 

 

 

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