Whether purchasing a computer online or in-store, there is always a question of what to look for. The best way to decide what you need is to understand what you want from your computer and how much you want to spend.

The “Minimal” category fits those who want a personal computer for Internet, email and basic word processing. The “Standard” category best fits most people and is good for work and personal use. The “High-end” category is for the computer enthusiast, high demand gamer, or business professional with specific computing needs.

Minimal $600 – $900 Standard $900 – $1800 High-end $1800 +
Processor Intel Pentium Dual Core Intel Core2Duo
Intel Core2Quad
Intel Core i7
Intel Xeon
Memory 3GB 4GB – 8GB 8GB +
Video Card Onboard shared memory 356MB – 512MB Dedicated Memory 768MB – 2048MB Dedicated Memory
Optical Drive CDRW/DVD Read Only CDRW/DVDRW CDRW/DVDRW/Blu-Ray
Hard Drive 320GB 500GB – 1TB 1TB +
RAID Configuration
Monitor Single 17in – 20in Single or Dual 22in – 24in Single 30in
Multiple Monitors (up to 9)