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 an adventure.
Needless to say, as a 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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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 video outputs. Many churches need a computer for their media ministry. Some churches send a video signal to the front of the sanctuary, to the pastor’s personal monitor, and have more than 1 monitor in their media booth. In my church, we have 2 monitors in back at the media and 1 at the front of the church.
So I have tried to find computers with video cards that have more than 1 output.
The rest of the features depend on what your needs are.
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.
5 Great Church Computers
- 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8400 Processor (Up to 4.0GHz)
- 12GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, 2TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive & 8X DVD-Writer Double-Layer Drive (DVD-RW)
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN & Bluetooth 5.0
- 1 - USB 3.1 Type C Gen 2 port (up to 10 Gbps), 1 - USB 3.1 Gen 2 Port, 2 - USB 3.1 Gen 1 Ports, 4 - USB 2.0 Ports & 2 - HDMI Ports & 1 - VGA Port
- Windows 10 Home. Wireless LAN Standard - IEEE 802.11ac
- The manufacturer seal has been opened to meet the advertised specs. Professional service installation included
- Power that performs - Intel 8th gen Core i7-8700 Coffee Lake processor will drive your workday like never before
- Display - Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 chipset delivers a sharp, clear picture, while allowing for multiple simultaneous 4K displays to be used via its 3x Display-Port; Connect to other ports of your choice, HDMI (includes DisplayPort to HDMI) or USB Type-C
- Achieve fast network connectivity using Gigabit Ethernet or internal Wi-Fi 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 4.2
- The Dell OptiPlex 5000 series small form factor workstation, fits modern offices, businesses of any size (CD/DVD Drive not included)
- 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100 processor (3.9GHz, 2 Cores, 3MB SmartCache)
- 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 SDRAM Memory, 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive, Intel HD Graphics 630
- Tray load DVD Drive, Wireless N + Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 10 Home 64
- 5.1 channel surround Audio Technology, Mouse, keyboard, Black
- 1x HDMI, 2X USB 3.0, 4X USB 2.0, 1x VGA Port, Built-in media reader
- 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8400 processor (9MB Cache, up to 4. 0 GHz)
- 12GB, DDR4, 2666MHz, 1TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive, Dell Wired Keyboard and Mouse Included
- 802. 11bgn + Bluetooth 4. 0, 1x1, Intel UHD Graphics 630
- DVD-RW Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
- 1. Power button | 2. 5-in-1 Multi-Card Reader | 3. Audio combo jack | 4. (2) USB 3. 1 Gen 1 Type-A | 5. Optical drive | 6. Air vent | 7. Line in/out & mic | 8. HDMI | 9. VGA | 10. (4) USB 2. 0 ports | 11. Ethernet port | 12. Expansion card slots | 13. Power supply unit | 14. Security-cable slots | 15. Padlock rings
- Core i5 8400T 1.7 GHz
- 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD Drive
- Personal computer - tiny desktop
Final Thoughts On These Computers For Your Church
Well, there you go. Five great church computer recommendations for you. 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.