What is The Best Computer For Ministry?
Maybe some of you are planning to buy a computer that you can use for your ministry. The problem is, there are so many brands and so many models to choose from. Which one is the best?
We really can't tell which one is best by just looking the physical nature of the models and brands that you are looking at. But I enlisted here some factors that you may want to consider in choosing the best computer that will deliver your needs for your ministry.
Before I start, let me just describe you general terms so that you may not get lost. Allow me to use the “high-end” computers for pc's that cost at least $1000 and up, “low-end” for $300-500.
Ok, let's go to the real issue.
I think in our days now, mobility is one of the most important thing to consider in buying computers. If you always travel, I suggest that you buy a laptop instead of a desktop computer. On the other hand, if you seldom travels and you want to get the most out of your computer, then get a desktop PC.
Desktop PC's though imobile, they are more flexible in terms of upgrades and capabilities. Due to the ease and cheapness to upgrade, it gives more flexibility for its users as to purpose.
This is a very important factor that you will have to consider. “Where will you use your computer?” Are you going to use it for graphics? How about for simple encoding and plain office purposes? Video editing? What?
If you will simply use it for encoding and office purposes, then I sugges that you just get the low end pc's or laptops. If you will be using it for video editing and graphical editing, I strongly suggest that you get a high-end computer.
Just a note, the main key for graphical and video editing includes a good RAM, good Video Card, and a HUGE harddrive. So if you have bought a brand new, low end computer, upgrading your RAM, video card and harddrive will probably do the job.
How much is your budget? I guess this the least of all factors that you need to consider. Acquiring a computer will certainly cost you something. But you do not have to spend a lot for something that will not deliver its purpose in its fullest.
However, if you just have a good budget and you can afford to buy the high-end computer, then why not go for it. If you have a limited budget, don't worry, I believe that with a limited budget, all the more that you can get the most out of your computer.
Operating System To Use
There are 3 main operating systems that PC's usually use, WINDOWS, LINUX, MAC. But I will only discuss Windows and Linux since MAC usually comes with their own customized computer units. Now, which one are you going to use? This is also a very important question to answer.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 which is the current trend are RAM and Video Memory greedy. So if you are planning to install them, then I suggest that you follow their system requirements:
RAM 1 G (minimum)
Video Memory 128 mb (minimum)
and several Gigs of Hard drive
If you are planning to use LINUX, particularly Ubuntu, then you don't really need a high-end pc. Linux usually have a very minimum requirements. The latest edition of Ubuntu can already run well with the following specs:
RAM 256 MB
Video Memory 64 MB
and about 1.5-2 Gigs of Hard drive
For laptops, I suggest DELL, Compaq, Acer, HP and Lenovo. These brands have a better feedback than other brands. Just a quick tip. Try to upgrade the default RAM if there is still extra slot. This will make your laptop run faster than what you are expecting from it.
For desktop computers, I strongly suggest that you do not buy a “one brand” complete package. If you can assemble your own desktop PC (which will I also teach you later how to do it), the better. This will give you more room for customization and further improvements in the future that will sooth your needs.
Well??? I hope these factors can help you decide what PC will really give what you want.