We do not sell hardware, but we can give you tips on keeping your machine running nicely or help you decide on what you need. Contact us for a solution.

Hardware tips and tricks:
  • Keep your computer away from areas where there is moisture or a lot of dust. If you do operate in a dusty environment or around pets, be sure to clean it regularly by lightly vacuuming around it. You can also open it up fairly easily and clean the inside. Just be careful not to touch any of the components. And always unplug it before attempting to move it, open it, or work on it otherwise.

  • If you don't feel comfortable with taking on cleaning or upgrading your computer, take it to a computer shop.

When buying a new PC, keep the following in mind.
  • If your intention is to keep it for a while, make sure you get something that will not be outdated by the time you exit the store.

  • For playing games, get a decent amount of hard drive space, RAM, and a fast CPU.

  • RAM (Random Access Memory) makes a huge difference. 4GB or more will do well on laptops, while 6GB or more is preferred for desktops.

  • A computer with a Quad core processor is the norm as of lately. You can still find Core 2 Duo and related processors that do a good job. Watch out for bargains—these will last you only a few months to a couple of years.

  • Flat screens come in a huge variety—make sure you are comfortable with reading items onscreen. You can always enlarge fonts if they are too small, but some monitors are better than others at reducing resolution.

  • For business and work computers, two screens are a huge improvement. A large work area is helpful for working with multiple documents.

  • Consider getting a second hard drive to store data, while the operating system and installed programs operate on the primary drive.

  • For backup use an external USB device, or an online service, which can also be useful.

For older computers that suddenly run slow or just seem sluggish when you start it up, it is advisable that you take a look at a few things.
  • If it started recently, chances are a virus or spyware program installed itself on your machine. Take action immediately. The longer you wait, the more severe the damage.

  • Cleaning it off normally means one of two things. Either remove the program that is causing this, or reformat the machine. You will need your operating system (OS) and all of the application installation media to restore it. In a lot of cases, spyware programs infect the OS and render restore points useless.

  • Consider an upgrade or a new computer if you cannot get it cleaned off.