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Thoughts on Minimum Computing Requirements (January 2019)

Below is my standard list of minimum's I ask people to consider when they are looking for a computer on their own.  It should apply to PCs as well as Macs.  It does not apply to tablets and smartphones.

Because of the variety of brands and quality out there, it's difficult to say which is best or worst and the quality seems to change annually.  This list is based on my experiences ... such as it is.

Brand Names: Preferred are Apple, Dell and Asus.  I am uncertain of other brands at this point.

What you should be paying:
Desktop (mid range grade) - at least $1000 plus the cost of the monitor.
Laptop & All-In-One (mid range grade) - at least $1200

Hardware Warranty: Get a three year hardware warranty.  If not available, I would question the quality of the computer.

Software Warranty: Software warranties are separate and can be costly.  It's better to be proactive (and cost effective) to do image or disk backups.

Operating system:
PC Home computer: Windows 10 Home
PC Business computer: Windows 10 Pro

Mac Computer: OSX (you don't really have a choice anyways)

Microsoft Office 2016/365 :
(option 1) Home and Business - this has Word, Excel and Outlook
(option 2) Home and Student - this has Word and Excel only
(option 3) Office 365 - yearly subscription of $110/year for up to 5 computers or $80/year for one computer - includes all Office products and any future upgrades

Processor: Intel CPU I5 or I7
Hard Drive: I recommend a SSD hard drive over SATA.  If you store a lot of pictures, music and video, try for at least 1tb.
Memory: 8gb RAM memory
Video Card: 1gb video card
DVD Writer (optional)
Multi-Media reader (optional)
External hard drive(for backup): 1tb in size ... or it should at least equal the Hard Drive size.  Brand Names preferred are Seagate, Verbatim, and Transcend.

Some Additional Notes/Thoughts

Remember that almost all box-stores sell lower grade technology but maybe that's all you need.  Check that warranty if you do, to see if they will back their products.