When buying a new laptop or desktop, we recommend the following for a medium specification computer.

Minimum Recommended
CPU i3 – 2.5 GHz i5 – 2.5 GHz
Memory 4 Gig 8 Gig
Hard Drive 256 GB SSD 512 GB NVME SSD
Video* Ati or Nvidia Nvidia with dedicated memory
Price Range R8 000 – R12 000 R15 000 and up
 OS Windows 10 64Bit

You will need TPM 2.0 to be ready for Windows 11

(TPM must be firmware or hardware supported

& not a hacked version)

*Select a model based on your design software recommendations

Desktop vs Laptop

Desktop Laptop
Cost Cheaper More expensive
Maintenance Each component

can be replaced

Not all can be replaced. Depending on the part,

the whole laptop may need to be replaced.

A 2 year next business day warranty is suggested.

Expandable Full Limited to none
Life Can live forever, since any part

can be replaced

Average of 3 – 4 years.

Recommended Brands

Based on personal experience and client feedback we recommend the following brands. There are other brands we did not add, since there are too many common problems with them.

  1. Acer
  2. Asus
  3. Dell
  4. HP

Understanding Each Specification

The CPU is responsible for complex operations or calculations and directly affects the main operation speed of the computer.

Memory, also called RAM, allows for bigger or more programs and data to be open. Note that Windows 8 or 10, with Office and some anti-virus, can use 3-4 Gig of ram before any design software.

The Video card is more technical and you will need to look at each design software’s supported video card list. Typically, Nvidia cards are the better-supported choice. When buying a laptop, also get dedicated memory, which means it does not use any of the system’s own Memory. Comparing desktop vs laptop video cards, the desktop is much, much better value for money. The following website is a good resource to compare how video cards compare videocardbenchmark.net with each other.