Lenovo ThinkCentre M55 adds Vista

Have you been thinking about buying a computer? A factory made computer comes with its own configuration, not to forget that they can also be quite expensive. The good news is that you can build your own computer and you don’t have to be a geek to do it.

There are quite a few advantages to building your own computer:

  • A custom-made computer to suit your needs
  • They are much cheaper than factory-built computers
  • You can upgrade the components whenever you need them
  • Warranties on individual components
  • No bloatware
  • A great project that gives you a sense of accomplishment

Computer Hardware

So what are the different hardware that goes into making your computer? Here is a quick run through of the basic components that you will need to build your own computer. Consider adding the best gaming headset 2017 to those below.


It is also called as the ‘CPU’ or central processing unit, and is the brain of your computer. Since this is what decides the overall performance of your computer, you should choose one that suits your requirements. You will need a really fast processor only if you are going to use your computer for complex tasks like video editing or high-end gaming.


The motherboard is the next important component and is like a building’s foundation on which the entire computer is built. The motherboard connects all the components of the computer and also decides the size of the computer. Similar to the processor, the motherboard capacity will depend on the type of tasks that your computer will perform.

RAM (Random Access Memory)

The RAM is your computer’s temporary memory which lets you perform the tasks quickly. So if you use a lot of programs at the same time, then you will need A RAM with a high memory capacity. Otherwise, your computer can slow down.

Hard Drive

The hard drive is the actual memory of the computer that stores all of the information. So everything from your photos to documents to software applications are stored in the hard drive. If you have a lot of programs and files to store, then you should get yourself a hard drive with a higher storage capacity. Your system speed can also be affected by the hard drive capacity.

Graphics card

The graphics card is what lets you see the images on your screen. If you are into hardcore virtual gaming and video editing, you will need a dedicated graphics card in addition to the one in your motherboard.

CD drive

This is also known as the optical drive and is required if you want to play CDs and DVDs. This is completely optional as CDs are slowly becoming outdated.


The monitor or the computer screen is where all the information and graphics are displayed. You can choose a size that is comfortable for your tasks and buy a high definition monitor if you work with videos and images.


Keyboards come in so many different types from standard ones to wireless and even foldable ones for your own convenience.


This is a pointing device that is useful for all simple tasks and especially useful if you work extensively with graphics.

Lenovo has added Windows Vista Business OS to their famous ThinkCentre M55 computer. As per the new config, the M55 Ultra Small (pictured above) includes 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 processor, 1GB RAM, Intel Q963 Express chip set (video functional built-in), 250GB HDD and DVD super multiple drive. This system will cost you about $1,184 and will be available in Japanese market from 16 March.

The M55 Tower packs Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 processor, 1GB memory, Intel Q965 Express chip set (video functional built-in), 500GB HDD and DVD super multiple drive. It’s all yours at a cost of $1,121.