Church Computers – 8 Options Under $500 Dollars For Media And Office

Picking the right computer system for your church can be a difficult decision. Especially if you are not a big computer geek. I know in my case, I am computer literate, but I am not up on all the latest technology or gadgets.

A year ago our church decided to embark on a journey to become both technologically friendly and to use that technology to spread our message. It was quite the adventure.

Needless to say, as pastor, I was the one chosen to lead us in this challenge. I am sure you can relate. You are probably in the same situation.

Like me, you are probably faced with decisions like…..

  • Apple Vs. PC.
  • Does it have USB 3 inputs?
  • Does it have enough memory to run a church media system or a church live stream system?
  • Moreover, of course, like always, since we are a small church, the price is significant to us.

Instead of running off and doing the research and calling it “job done.” I figured I would try to be a blessing to you and share with you what I learned about the different computers available for a budget church computer system

Here are the eight computers that might be a good choice for you and your church.

8 Church Computers For Under $500.00

At the time I researched this topic, all of these computers were listed for under $500.00. However, over time prices change. All of the prices listed now are pulled from the Amazon API. They are the current prices today.

Last update was on: August 14, 2018 2:32 pm

Church Computer System Buyers Guide

There are a few things that you need to keep in mind when shopping for a church computer system, especially one that you want to use for live streaming or displaying worship presentations in your church services. They are things like….

Apple Vs. PC

Everyone knows that Apple makes some excellent computers. That is not the question. The question is whether or not your volunteers are familiar enough with Apple products.

church computer system tipI pastor in Silicon Valley. You would think that Apple would have that high-end marketplace tied up. However, when I asked my people which computers they were most familiar with, it was overwhelmingly PC.

So instead of making our volunteers learn a new operating system plus software to run the church media program, we made it simple on ourselves and chose PC over Apple.

Memory

It is essential that you get enough memory to run your media presentation program or live stream video program smoothly. Going for the bare minimum usually causes you to end up with sluggish presentations or poor response times when switching slides. The same goes for a live streaming program. Your video quality or upload speeds can be affected.

Most of the software says that you can get by with 4 GB of memory but 8 or more is recommended.

USB 3 Inputs

This applies more to live streaming computer systems but eventually will apply to all PCs. USB 3 is the next generation of signal transfer for PCs.

With live streaming systems, many camcorders and capture cards are now using USB 3 because it allows more data to be transferred from one device to another.

How can you tell if you have a USB 3 input on your computer?

It is quite simple. Look inside the USB input port on your computer. If the inside tab is black, then it is USB 2. If it is blue, then it is a USB 3 input.

Why I Picked These Computers For You To Consider For Your Church

The number 1 consideration I had when picking a computer for our church media and our live stream was the memory. I have had my fair share of experience with trying to use computers with low memory trying to run modern programs. It can be very frustrating and even more so with volunteers. So each of these computers has adequate memory to run today’s media software.

The second consideration I had was the price. Large churches may have a budget for nice professional business computers or high-end computers with breaking technology, but most churches don’t. They are trying to be good stewards of the resources they have.

That was the position I was in. We were replacing all of the old Apple computers that were 5-10 years old.

All of these choices I am sharing reflect that reality in my life. They are all under $500.00

The rest of the features depend on what your needs are. How many rooms need your announcements or video stream? That is just one of many questions you need to answer before you buy your next media or live stream computer

So without further ado, here are the eight church computers that I think will be a good choice for your church media or video recording project.

8 Great Church Computers For The Budget Minded Church

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Acer Aspire Desktop, 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400, 12GB DDR4, 2TB HDD,...

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$454.97 $479.99

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2017 Newest Lenovo 310S Business Flagship Desktop PC with Keyboard&Mouse AMD A9-9310...

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2017 Dell Inspiron 3000 3650 Desktop Computer (Intel Core i3-6100 Processor 3.7GHz,...

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Acer Extensa X2 DT.X0KAA.001;EX2610G-PJ371 Desktop - 4GB RAM/500GB HDD

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2017 Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 SFF Business Desktop Computer, Intel Quad-Core i5-3470 Processor...

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HP 8300 Elite Small Form Factor Desktop Computer, Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz...

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$187.29 $187.39

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Lenovo ThinkCentre Premium High Performance M91P Desktop Computer, Intel Core i5 Quad-Core...

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$183.00 $599.99

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Dell OptiPlex, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.9GHz E7500 Processor, 4GB Memory, 160GB...

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Church video camera adviceFinal Thoughts On These Computers Under 500 Dollars For Your Church

Well, there you go. Five great church computer recommendations for you for under $500.00. I hope that my work and research helped you narrow down your choice for a church computer system for your multi-media or live stream system.

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Duke Taber is the owner writer on 3 successful websites and is now taking his skill as a writer and using it to help non-profit organizations and leaders around the world.