Friday, September 9, 2011

Tips For an Efficient Computer Workstation

By: A Noton

A computer workstation generally consists of a personal computer sharing a network with other computers. A typical workstation is an office where each employee has heir own computer and they are all linked to the office’s server. The servers hold the data and the employees work on their computers at their workstation. How the workstation is set up is essential to creating an efficient computer workstation.

The following are a number of tips to creating an efficient computer workstation:

Operating Systems at a Workstation: A workstation can use any operating system as long as the operating system can communicate properly with the server. For instance, a server can be Linux, but a windows operating system can still be used at the workstation. As well, a Mac OS can also get data from the server.

Purpose of the Workstation Computer: Computer workstations are created for a specific task or tasks. It is important to know what the computer will be used for so that you get the appropriate computer parts. For instance, will the workstation be used for graphic design, computer processing, or another function?

Establish the Most Favorable Measurements: You will not want your workstation to be overcrowded. Measure your space to determine what equipment will fit in the workspace so that you are comfortable. You will have to consider such components as: computer software, computer hardware, computer accessories, and whether you will be using a laptop computer or desktop computer. If you are using a desk top computer you will have to consider such components as the monitor, hard drive, and keyboard.

Purchase the Essential Computer Components: When acquiring the appropriate computer parts for your workstation, you have to consider such features and devices as speed of the processor, motherboard, RAM, hard drive, memory, power supply, video card, sound cards, DVD drive, and computer hardware and software. It is highly recommended that you get a fast processor with plenty of cache. As well, memory, the processor, and the motherboard, should all be compatible.

Set-Up the Computer Workstation: Once you have assembled all the necessary components, you can set up the computer workstation. Connect the power supply making sure the wires face forward and fans face to the back. As well, make sure you choose the right voltage setting. Attach the CPU and memory to the motherboard. Remember, the motherboard will have to be configured.

Install Drives; Install each of the drives and configure them as a slave or master. Install the video card and the audio card. Attach the power cords from the power supply to the hard drives and the motherboard.

Attach Computer Devices and Power Up: Attach the power cable, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers. Turn the computer on and listen for the spinning sound of the fans and hard drives. Turn on the monitor.

Depending on your needs, you can have a simple set up or a more elaborately designed computer workstation. When you create an efficient computer workstation, you will be able to make sure you have all of the essential components so that you are comfortable and able to maintain optimum productivity.