My recommendations for desktops are not quite as strict as what I list for laptops. The reason being is that desktops are more standardized than the laptops. Parts for laptops are usually exclusive to not only the manufacturer, but the model as well. Desktops, especially those that I offer, are very universal and inexpensive to repair.

If you are considering an All-In-One computer (monitor and computer built as one unit), I will advise that you refrain. I rarely hear from someone who is still pleased with these after their first year of ownership.


  • Windows Version: The current version of Windows is 10. You may still find computers with Windows 8 or 7, but be sure that whichever version of Windows that you buy is 64 bit as opposed to 32 bit.
  • Processor: Intel i5 fifth generation or higher – OR – AMD A8 Series or A10 Series.
  • Memory: 8 gigabytes or more. Do not spend extra for more memory.
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  • Hard Drive: The latest technology is “Solid State”. You will find that the amount of storage space is much less than a typical traditional hard drives, but the performance and reliability gains are well worth the sacrifice.
    If purchasing a traditional drive, I recommend 500 gigabytes or more AND a second drive for backup. Keep in mind that for most of us, the traditional hard drives fail before they reach their maximum capacity. (this component can be updated in the future)

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