When shopping around for new IT equipment, there are four main factors to consider that influence how well a computer performs:
1. Speed of each of the components within the computer
A computer is made up of several parts, which all function at different speeds. These may
include things like the motherboard, CPU, RAM, solid state drive. The computer will only run as
fast as the slowest component in the computer.
2. Connection to resources
If you are using cloud-based software, you are connecting to it via the internet. Make sure you
have fibre (UFB) with a speed of at least 100/100.
If you have an internal network of 10 computers, you need to ensure that the network is running
at gigabit speed. All modern computers will do this but quite often we find switches and routers
have not been replaced and the network is running at 10/100, which is a subpar performance.
3. Software that is running on the computer (including the operating system)
Often when people complain about how slow their computer is running, it’s not actually the
computer’s speed that is slow – it’s the software or operating software. If you’re using old
software or haven’t updated to the latest operating system, then things can really chug along
slowly. The first easy fix may be to simply update the software you’re using. If that doesn’t work;
look at upgrading to the latest software version.
4. The task that you are asking the computer to do
Generally speaking, the more you want your computer to do at once, the harder it has to work.
For example, if you’re running design software, a video player, along with several browsers, then
you’re asking more of your computer than if you were using it just for document writing and
spreadsheets. Establish first what you’re going to use your equipment for before you make any
These factors all work hand in hand to make your equipment run effectively. If anything is slow or
old, then the whole computer will feel sluggish and unresponsive. You need to take into
consideration all of these elements as a whole, not just one or two in isolation. Don’t purchase a
computer based on only one of these factors as it will invariably be deficient in another area.
The best thing you can do before purchasing a new computer is to discuss what you need with a
knowledgeable professional. Together you can rank which factor is more important than the others
for your use, and which will have the greatest impact on performance based on the type of work
you’ll be doing.
Contact us to book in for your free Tech Health Check, and we can have a look at how your