5 Things To Consider When Buying A Windows PC For DJing

Phil Morse | Read time: 2 mins
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Last updated 5 April, 2018


There’s a much wider choice of Windows laptops than Mac out there, but that can make choosing that much more difficult. Here are some tips to help.

Digital DJ Masterclass VIP member James asked this question in a recent coaching webinar: “Do you have other recommendations regarding laptops than Apple? Where should I put attention to regarding tech specs?”

Digital DJ Tips says:

For whatever reason (price, other software, what they’re used to) many people would prefer to buy or use a Windows computer rather than a Mac for DJing. That’s fine: both OSes are perfectly capable of running DJ software. But if you pick a PC, there are a few things to consider before taking the plunge that Mac users don’t really have to think so hard about. Here is our top five:

  1. Pick the right processor – Basically, go for an intel processor in the “i” series. It’ll be fast enough for DJing purposes, and unlike AMD, you are not likely to find compatibility issues with DJ/production software and/or hardware
  2. Go for a minimum of 8GB memory – It may sound like a lot, but you want your DJ software to run glitch-free, and one of the best ways of making any computer work more efficiently is to add memory
  3. Watch the build quality – Your DJing PC is going to be used in some pretty extreme circumstances, and may well take a few knocks along the way too. Don’t get something in a flimsy plastic case that’ll break at first asking
  4. Try and get a “vanilla” Windows install – Manufacturers almost invariably add “bloatware” (their own programs and suites on top of Windows), but you don’t want them on a DJ machine as they won’t be as well tested as the OS and may cause issues, so a “clean” Windows install is always best
  5. Consider the after-sales service & guarantee – What if you bought your PC in the States, and it broke in Europe Is there a policy or service for the manufacturer you’re considering (like Apple Care for Mac owners) that’ll get it fixed or replaced fast? You don’t want to be without a DJ computer for weeks if something goes wrong…

Got any other points to add to our list when picking a Windows computer for DJing? Feel free to add them tomorrow…

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