Part 2 of our New Computer Buying Guide will be out next week, so stay tuned for that! If you missed Part 1, we have it up on our website here.
In the meantime, we received several questions about Custom Desktops after the last email. So for the entire month of May, we will be giving you $50 off of any Custom Built PC! We can build you custom machines for the house, office, gaming, photo and video production, and everything in between!
We start with an in-depth consultation, you tell us exactly what you need the computer for, what programs you will be running, if you want a windowed case with colored LEDs inside or a more professional looking plain black case, etc.
We then develop you an estimate designed specifically for your needs. We don’t add expensive hardware you may not utilize (if you just want a computer that can browse the internet and send emails, you probably don’t need high-end gaming components.) If you need to edit 4K video, we will make sure that your machine will handle it without breaking a sweat.
We order everything, assemble the machine, install Windows, and can even transfer all of your data from an old computer or backup onto the new machine! You now have a completely personalized PC built specifically for your needs.
Give us a call or come by today to get started on your custom build!
Welcome to Part 1 of our New Computer Buying Guide!
New computers aren’t cheap. This is a purchase that will (should) last you a very long time. It’s something you may use every day.
When it’s time to make that purchase, we want everyone to have the information they need to make an informed decision, and to avoid a machine they will have constant frustration with (a “lemon”).
It’s much easier to return or replace the pair of shoes you just purchased if you end up disliking them. When it comes to computers; however, this process is far more complex.
In this first installment, we will be looking specifically at Desktops. What makes a Desktop a good or a bad purchase compared to a Laptop? In the upcoming installments of this guide, we will cover Laptops, All In Ones and “The Guts” of a PC. What all those Terabytes, Gigahertz, and Gigabytes actually mean; for you as the user, and how they affect the cost and performance of the machine.
We promise to do a better job than Zuckerberg at explaining technology in layman’s terms. Probably.
So let’s get started!
Desktops are incredibly versatile. Even if you buy one off the shelf, you still have a lot of room to change what your experience will be. Do you want a small monitor, or maybe a gigantic curved one? How about multiple monitors? If you don’t like your keyboard, replacing it with a different one is cheap and easy. If it doesn’t run fast enough for you, all of the “The Guts” (remember we will go into detail about them soon) are usually accessible with ease by removing a part of the case from the side and can all be swapped out with better “Guts”. We have customers that just upgrade “The Guts” piece by piece over time instead of buying a new computer.
This also makes repairs much easier. If something goes wrong, we can undo two screws, open a side panel and we have access to every component in the machine. This makes troubleshooting, repairs, and replacements much faster (and most of the time, cheaper). “The Guts” are also (mostly) interchangeable. I don’t need to buy a special brand of memory to fit your special brand of desktop. Same can be said for Hard Drives, Power Supplies, etc. This means we usually have parts on hand that will work in your Desktop.
Desktops are also, in general, the more reliable of the three form factors. As plenty of our customers are aware, problems still occur with desktops; however, they are far less common than with Laptops or All in Ones. One major factor here is Airflow; the air that is taken in and pushed out via the fans located inside of the case. Computers get hot. Really hot. More specifically, a crucial “Gut” of the computer; the processor (CPU), can become extremely hot. Processors can exceed up to 135°F. Heat is a problem for computers.The fans, heat sinks(metal that helps absorb heat), and the case’s vents all work to take in air at room temperature and expel the hot air that had been generated from the “Guts”.
A Desktop computer contains more fans than other form factors, it is more spacious which helps with airflow, and it contains larger heatsinks. The bigger the heatsink, the better.
Desktops “overheating” is a rare issue. This is a problem we see constantly with Laptops and All in Ones. And if this issue does happen with a desktop, we can add more fans, replace them with better ones, install a better heatsink, etc. We don’t often have those options in other form factors.
Desktops and all of the peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc.) can take up a lot of room. If you are limited on space, it might not be the best choice.
The bigger reason most people move towards laptops is portability. Taking your desktop on the go isn’t realistic for most people. If you need your computer to go with you, a laptop is the better (only) choice.
Did You Know
We build custom Desktops! We have built desktops for gamers, insurance agents, restaurants, video editors, home users, and everything in between. You tell us exactly what you want to do with it, and we will build you a personalized machine that will do exactly what you need without overpaying for hardware you may not utilize. If you are interested in a custom Desktop, give us a call today! 806 722 0770
Stay tuned for the next installments! Let us know if you have questions, and if we get enough we may add a “Frequently Asked Questions” as the last installment.
Give us a call if you need any sort of assistance with your computers!
Are you prepared?
Computer issues are sometimes unavoidable. Viruses, Hard Drive Failures, Corruptions in the Operating System, etc. Something will go wrong with your machine at some point. While you may not be able to prevent these things from occurring, there are some steps you can take now to make it much easier to get back up and running when a problem does pop up.
1. Have a Backup. If you don’t have a backup, this is the single most important thing to take care of ASAP. If you do have a backup, are you 100% certain it is working and current? An external hard drive or Carbonite work well. Having both is even better. We can help set up both. They are both very affordable options and take next to no time to set up. Carbonite is $71.99 for one computer for an entire year with unlimited storage. (That’s cheaper than a Netflix subscription!)
2. Use a Password Manager. I use Dashlane. It syncs all my passwords (encrypted) to their server. I just need to remember one password and it automatically logs me into websites on my computer, apps on my phone, etc. If you don’t have all of your passwords saved, recovering and resetting them after a computer goes down can take up far too much time. Again, we can help set this up and show you how to use it if you need.
3. Have a spare computer. If you have an old laptop or desktop, we can transfer any data you need off of it and reinstall a fresh copy of Windows so you have a clean spare just in case. We can also build you a bare bones spare like we have done for several customers. Being able to swap out a computer immediately can almost entirely eliminate downtime, especially when paired with the above 2 items.
4. SuperGeeks’ 24/7 Maintenance Plan. All labor (remote or in-shop) is covered under the plan so when things go wrong you don’t have to worry about huge unexpected expenses.
Give us a call or come by if you have any questions or would like our help getting any of this setup! Have a great week! 806 722 0770