Your PC Sweet Spot
Every time the chipmakers release a new chip, many of their products are
made “obsolete”. AMD
has recently released a 1 Gigahertz processor and Intel has countered
with an 833 Megahertz chip… but there is still nothing wrong with a
Pentium III chip running at 500 to 600 Megahertz.
these numbers flying around means one thing for the computer buyer –
lots of new, cheap, fast computers.
This is what we at Beachwood Systems refer to as the “PC Sweet
Spot”. The Sweet Spot
strikes a balance between performance and price.
For the new 800+ Mhz and 1 Ghz processors, they only represent an
incremental gain to the average business user, yet that small gain comes
at a hefty price. Consider
the following prices on the chips alone:
Since the faster chips aren’t twice the speed but are twice the price,
it makes a lot more sense to go with the slower chips (which really
aren’t that slow in the first place!).
this means to the business purchaser is that whenever major new chips
are announced it is a good time to upgrade his or her PC’s and
laptops. By being
proactive, employing a 4-year cycle model of computer replacement (25%
of the fleet each year), and finding the PC Sweet Spot, any business can
realize significant cost reductions due to reduced computer downtime,
reduced maintenance expense (and fresh warranties), and increased
Other reasons to upgrade PC’s regularly are numerous.
New PC’s often
have expensive software, like operating systems and office productivity
applications, preloaded and included in the price.
Also, the latest software and operating systems are more likely
to work on newer PC’s. Windows
2000 is a prime example of that.
New PC’s are more powerful and can perform tasks in a fraction
of the time compared to their predecessors.
Windows 2000, in order to be effective, needs plenty of memory
and processing power. Most
every new Pentium III PC has that kind of power built into it.
The way computer products are constantly falling in price, there
is never a bad time to buy. A
loaded desktop machine can be had for well under $2000 and a Pentium III
laptop goes for around $2500. Call Beachwood Systems and find out just
how low prices have fallen on a new Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, or Dell PC.