At first glance, a workstation and a desktop may not look that different, but on the inside, these are two very different systems. Workstation PCs have a lot of power and operate at a high-performance, but they also come with a steep price tag. Desktops may not have as much power as workstations, but they offer a lot of bang for the buck, especially if you don’t need all the high-end features.

Let’s take a look at the differences between the two and determine if the added cost is worth it.

  • Price: Most business PCs range between $500-$1,000, whereas a workstation PC starts at $1,000 and goes up to $3,000.
  • Performance: PCs have enough power to handle email, web browsing and word processing. Many PCs can also be used as gaming computers, as they have enough power to handle light gaming. But workstation PCs really shine in this department. For the added cost, you get a whole lot more performance such as CAD, animation, data analysis, video and audio creation and editing tools.
  • Durability: Each component in a CAD workstation PC are held to a higher standard than what’s found in a business PC. The idea is that these components will be used at high demand, and they must be able to handle these expectations. In fact, many workstations are left computing numbers long after people are done using them.
  • Features: Workstation PCs have distinct features that give them their title. These typically include: ECC RAM, multiple processor cores, RAID, SSD and optimized GPU. All of these parts and components make a CAD workstation PC more reliable and dependable. For instance, ECC RAM fixes memory errors before they affect your system, which prevents crashes and downtime. SSD cards are more reliable because they don’t have moving parts and are faster.

Which is the Better Option?

It’s difficult to say whether paying the difference is worth it; only you really know how you use your gaming workstation PC. But in many cases, the answer is yes. If you plan on using your computer for a wide range of projects, editing, video creation and CAD, then a workstation is the way to go. You’ll save yourself plenty of time and headache in the long run, plus enjoy better projects done the way you want.

But, if you’re simply looking for a high end gaming computer or business PC that will handle the demands of web browsing, word processing and gaming, you don’t need a workstation. A higher quality PC or gaming computer will do just fine. And, when you choose your gaming computer from a company like Velocity Micro, you can ensure that each part is carefully tested just as workstation parts would be.

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