Certain people in your office have more demanding uses for their computers, and these folks will need more than the standard configuration of desktop PC. Here are the job types that can justify beefier systems.
The Art Department
…or anyone who processes LOTS of multimedia — images, video — as a major part of their job. For them you can sometimes justify getting:
- A really faster processor — 3.2GHz Intel Pentium (or AMD equivalent) and up
- 64-bit processor or that fancy 32/64 version
- 2GB of RAM
- 160GB of hard drive capacity (or even two large drives)
- Faster/fancier graphics card — the kind that have product names that sound like whole computer systems themselves (because they are, basically).
- Ah, just get them all big, fat, expensive Macintoshes and be done with it!
A programmer will want:
- A laptop, of the kind known as “desktop replacements” — which means they are as capable as any large desktop system, which in the small confines of a laptop means more $$$. Since programmers often work late at night from home, this can be a good investment.
- 64-bit processor systems — but be careful that they don’t end up writing all their software as 64-bit for no reason other than they like it — otherwise you’ll find yourself having to replace all your 32-bit admin desktops with expensive 64-bit systems in order to run your custom software.
- Dual monitors (or a laptop with a large external monitor).
- Multiple operating systems. This usually doesn’t cost anything extra, since the extra operating system they usually want is a Linux.