Configuring the Best AutoCAD Computer

The most popular Computer Aided Design (or CAD) software in the world is probably AutoDesk’s AutoCAD. Really, with AutoCAD, you’ll only be limited by your hardware, especially when working with complex designs. But with a seemingly endless number of component options to pick from, which should you choose for configuring the best AutoCAD Computer possible? Read on as we break down the options. Processor AutoCAD applications, whether they’re 2D designs or 3D models, are almost exclusively single threaded, meaning the application runs on a single processing core and does not take advantage of multiple cores or threads. For this reason,…

Configuring the Best Revit Computer

Autodesk Revit is designed for architects, structural engineers, and construction. To get the most out of this incredibly powerful software though, you’re going to need only the best hardware, optimally configured to your needs. At Velocity Micro, we’ve been building workstations optimized for Revit for over twenty years. One thing that’s unique about us vs. much of the large OEM competition is our custom build options which allow you to focus on the primary components needed for your specific workflow, maximizing the performance for your investment. The following post will provide an overview of what components to focus on when…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Which is Which?

The following is a guest post from our friends at Laptop Ninja. Enjoy! Virtual reality has made tremendous gains in recent years, thanks to crucial contributions from the manufacturers and developers involved. Among the players that have done the most to propel the technology forward are Oculus and HTC, whose headsets are built specifically for those with a thirst for the best of VR. Buying either the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive will require you to dig deep into your wallet, but if you’re hell-bent on experiencing top-quality virtual reality on your PC or laptop, they’re a worthy investment.…

Intel Core X-Series Processors – Now Available!

By now you may have heard – a new generation of Intel processors is on the way. You’ll see these referred to as Basin Falls, X299, Core i9, Skylake-X, or Kaby Lake-X but in short, they’re all different ways of talking about Core X-Series. But what does this mean for your next custom gaming or workstation PC build exactly? Should you wait for these new processors before buying your next PC? We’ll break down everything we know (or at least as much as we can reveal) in the following post. The new Core X-Series chipset – X299/Basin Falls First, let’s…

The Dangers of Ransomware

The Dangers of Ransomware

Though there are multiple threats to personal and organizational data, the most recent disclosed attack reported by the United States news agencies related to an advanced ransomware attack.  Wong (2015) discussed the attack against Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, in which a ransomware infection encrypted a large numbers of important medical records, effectively freezing hospital operations until a ransom was paid.  While multiple attempts were made to circumvent the attack, the end result is that the medical center had to pay roughly $17,000 United States dollars in ransom to recover their data (Everett, 2016).  Ransomware is a type of malicious software…

Why Choose a Linux PC

Velocity Micro specializes in custom builds for all types of PC users, including Linux. The following post will go over just a few of the reasons why some power users are choosing a Linux PC over Windows. Open Source First and foremost, all versions of Linux are Open Source, meaning it was created and distributed by the global community and the source code has been made freely available. So what’s the advantage to you as a consumer? Along with the support provided by the open source community, as we’ll discuss later, Linux’s Open Source origins mean the OS is free…

Geforce vs Quadro – What’s the Difference?

  Another of the frequently asked questions we get when custom configuring a PC or workstation for a customer is which NVIDIA GPU option is best – Geforce vs Quadro. Which GPU is the best value? And which option is best suited for what applications? Let’s go over some of the differences, Pros, and Cons of both Geforce and Quadro. Geforce Pros Faster clock speeds – Dollar for dollar, Geforce cards generally offer faster GPU clock speeds in the 10-20% range. For example, the Geforce GTX 1070 features a boost clock speed of 1683 MHz while the more expensive Quadro…

Web Security and Password Best Practices

Time for a password refresh! Within the past two weeks, over 1 million decrypted passwords for some of the most popular mail and social media sites have been placed for sale on the Deep Web.  What this means for you is that there is a chance that your information is unknowingly available for sale.  A few of the sites involved in this data sale include gMail, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Last.FM. An Australian security researcher has instituted a Website to allow you to see if any of your eMail accounts or usernames have been involved in a breach incident.  This…

Ryzen 7 vs. Intel Benchmarks – Welcome Back, AMD!

You don’t have to go too far back in the annals of CPU history to remember when AMD was a major challenger to the performance crown and the choice of many a savvy gamer. But over the past few years, the gap between AMD and Intel has grown wider, with AMD relegated almost exclusively to budget PC builds and consoles like the PS4. With Ryzen 7’s release, that all changes. Based on AMD’s hugely hyped “Zen” architecture, the 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 7 is the first round of a whole new processor family with intentions of shaking up the industry and finally…

Best Computers and Worth It

Best Computers and Worth It When shopping for a PC, many people compare us to Alienware (Dell) and HP, and when you first think about this comparison, it seems like Apples to Apples. After all we both make computers. Not everything is always as it seems, though. While we both make computers, we are very different. Much like comparing Porsche to Kia. Both are vehicle manufacturers, both travel from point A to B most days and they both have 4 wheels but they aren’t the same quality, nor are they the same price. In this instance, we would be the…