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  • How to Buy A Computer

    Every customer desires reliability, speed and a fair price; but one size does not fit every business. There is no "best" system; "it" would be too little computer for one client's purposes and too much for another. These guidelines are furnished to assist you in determining the specifications for the upgrade or system replacement your business is considering. Quality computer parts and workmanship are essential to the smooth performance of any size system. To examine the standards of PC Technical, click on Upgrades and Custom Computers. When you have selected your specifications below, take a look at our Price lists.

    Processors:

    Intel and AMD both make high quality processors. Speed and price are the variables. An Intel dual core processor 2.8 gig or faster or an AMD Athlon II 3 gig or faster meets the needs of most PC Technical Service customers. For applications limited to word processing and a few spreadsheets, a Celeron processor may be sufficient. A dual core 3.0 ghz or faster may be worth the expense if you are using your computer for artwork, Cad work or something similar. For larger networks needing a file server, consider the dual core 3.0 gig (or faster.) If your are running a program server with a large program, data base or SQL you will want the Xeon or multiple Xeon processors.

    Backup Systems:

    Flash drives, external hard drives, DVDRWs and online backup are the most common choices. In most cases and online backup is your best choice.  If internet speed is an issue you may need to choose another option.  Using more than one option can be a good idea.  If you use flash drives, an external hard drive or DVDRWs for backup, have more than one.  Flash drives are easily lost, hard drives often fail and DVDs are often broken or severely scratched.  Having multiple backups is always an excellent idea.

    Cases:

    If you are purchasing a new system, select well made case that is large enough accommodate your requirements as well as what you would like to add in the future. Under sized cases result in insufficient cooling - a cause of many premature system failures. PC Technical Service also recommends you purchase a well-made metal case rather than the less expensive plastic ones. The plastic cases bend too easily when they are moved thus damaging internal parts.

    Motherboards:

    A good motherboard will have a current chipset. PC Technical suggests Asus and Intel motherboards. A system containing a high quality motherboard is faster than the same system with a cheap motherboard. The most expensive motherboard is not needed, but cheap ones cause the early death of many computers. Inexpensive motherboards often have older chipsets that will not work well with the current hardware. To maximize the productivity and reliability of your current equipment, PC Technical Service will upgrade your existing system by adding memory and replacing motherboards and/or hard drives.

    Hard Drives:

    Since modern programs take up large quantities of space, PC Technical Service recommends a capacity of 500 gig or larger. For example, Microsoft recommends at least 16 gig for Windows 7 alone and 20 gig if you use a 64 bit version of Windows 7. Many programs require even more. Since space is not expensive, we recommend your hard drive exceed your needs. When PC Technical Service replaces hard drives, the older drive will be cloned so that all of your data is on the newer, faster and larger drive. If the old drive is worth using, our technician will re-install it as a slave. If your old drive is in warranty, we will send it in on your behalf. PC Technical is able to obtain replacements for most major brands.

    Monitors & Video Cards:

    Since the price of monitors is low, purchase at least a 19-inch wide screen monitor. In most systems designed for business onboard video is adequate. However if you are using your computer for artwork, cad or something similar, get a video card with at least 512 meg.

    Sound Cards:

    In systems designed for a business environment, sound is usually a minor consideration. The sound cards that come integrated into the motherboard are usually adequate.

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