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The purchase of a new workstation needs to be well planned. You usually need your workstation for many hours a day, and it’s annoying when your new workstation doesn’t function as desired in your everyday use. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to a few factors when buying a workstation. The following five points are essential when buying a workstation.


Factor 1: What budget do you want to invest when buying a workstation?


The first question you should answer is: What is my budget? Workstations come in an enormously wide price range. However, you have to compromise with inexpensive systems or do without certain features. You should take this into account when choosing. Cheaper systems are partly based on older hardware. This results in interfaces not being up to date. This affects the USB ports or the network speed, for example. If there are no USB ports of type C and standard 3.2, this can limit the system’s capabilities soon.

When budgeting and selecting, also pay attention to the quality of the systems. High-quality components ensure reliability and a long lifespan. Especially with your workstation, the system must run stably. Workstations are often used for many hours a day. With higher-quality systems, you benefit from the advantages of silent and energy-efficient workstations. Power-saving systems, in particular, are in demand as more and more companies are paying attention to Green IT.

With rising electricity costs, energy efficiency is an important issue. The additional costs can be recouped via the electricity bill. At the same time, economic components make silent workstations possible in the first place, and you benefit from this while you work.



Factor 2: For what purpose do you need the workstation?

The following important point is the purpose of your new workstation. Here, it’s essential to identify what software you’ll be using and how much power it will require. The central factors are:

  • Processor performance
  • Size of the working memory
  • Hard disk capacity
  • Graphics performance

The processor’s performance determines the work speed. Mid-range dual-core CPUs are already sufficient for simple tasks like working with office programs or researching the Internet. On the other hand, more demanding are special applications like CAD software or programs for video editing. They benefit from a high clock frequency of the processor and as many cores as possible, and each processor core is basically its own CPU that can work dedicatedly on a task.

Processors with multiple cores are thus better suited for multitasking, i.e. working on several tasks simultaneously. For example, Prime Computer’s PrimeStation Pulsar is equipped with a powerful eight-core processor from AMD. Thanks to multithreading, the processor can work on 16 processes simultaneously. The situation is similar to the working memory’s capacity. If you only want to do simple tasks, 4 GB of memory is often enough. On the other hand, demanding applications benefit from 16 or even 32 GB of working memory. The same applies here: If you need several applications simultaneously, the need for working memory increases.

A special point is the graphics card. Most workstations don’t need any special graphics performance. However, professional graphics cards are worthwhile if you use software that can execute calculations on graphics processors. This is the case with some CAD programs, for example. CAD or deep learning workstations have such graphics cards and accelerate calculations enormously.


Factor 3: How important are upgrade options when buying a workstation?


What is high-tech today is only average tomorrow. This wisdom is especially true for IT. However, this is not a problem as long as you can upgrade your workstation. If your new system is designed so that a subsequent upgrade is possible, you can increase the performance if necessary. It is especially common to upgrade the RAM at a later date, and this often solves the problem of a slow system. Ensure that there are free slots and that the system can potentially handle more RAM.

An equally important point is the interfaces for additional hard drives and SSDs. This way, you can expand the storage capacity of your workstation if necessary, and NVMe slots and SATA interfaces are essential. Also, ensure that the system has enough space for hard drives and SSDs. People often mistake a laptop for a workstation, and however, many of these compact notebooks do not offer room for a second hard drive.

PCI Express interfaces are also necessary. They are designed for expansion cards like graphics or network cards. The PCI-E standard is also important. Modern systems are equipped with PCI-E 4.0 or 5.0. This ensures that they are future-proof. For these reasons, a close look at the equipment is always important. In the technical details of the PrimeStation Pulsar you will find all the important information about this system.


Factor 4: What are your workstation size requirements?


The size of a computer plays an important role. A large tower offers many possibilities for upgrading later. However, such a case also takes up a lot of space. With Mini-PCs, it’s the other way around. You can even mount them behind the monitor. On the other hand, a later upgrade is usually not possible at all.

In many cases, a compromise is an optimal solution. A compact workstation is space-saving and offers enough options for expansion. Smaller computers are also easier to transport. This is helpful when commuting between different work locations.

The size of the workstation also influences other factors. This includes cooling, for example. The space available in the case determines the specifications for the cooling system. Some suppliers, such as Prime Computer, have fanless workstations in their range. Special cases are necessary for this.

A workstation with a passive cooling concept offers decisive advantages in everyday use. No noise is emitted from these systems. Thus, on the one hand, your workstation is much quieter, enabling relaxed working. On the other hand, fanless workstations are also predestined for specific tasks. These are mainly areas with customer contact.

The PrimeStation Pulsar is a combination of low noise and compact design. The system manages completely without fans and mechanical components, and thus, it is utterly silent in operation. Find out now at Prime Computer about the other advantages of the PrimeStation Pulsar as a workstation.

Design und Ästhetik

Factor 5: What role do design and aesthetics play when you want to buy a workstation?


The design of your new workstation should not be underestimated, and it includes both pure looks and functional features.

The positioning of the interfaces is essential, for example. Some cases offer ports on the front, others place them on top of the case, and some manufacturers place them further down on the front. Depending on where you place your workstation, it will be easier to reach the ports later.

If your workstation is on the desk, then looks matter. More minor cases score here because they take up less space, and a case that is also visually appealing fits better into the workspace. This way, your new workstation becomes part of the office furnishings. There is no accounting for taste – so only your own opinion counts.

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  • When budgeting and choosing, also pay attention to the quality of the systems: High-quality components ensure reliability and long service life.
  • With higher-quality systems, you’ll enjoy the benefits of silent and energy-efficient workstations.
  • Identify what software you use and how much power it requires.
  • Make sure you can upgrade your workstation.
  • Be aware of your workstation size requirements. The size of the workstation will affect several factors.
  • Your new workstation will be part of the office décor: pay attention to aesthetics and design.
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