Reports of the PCs Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Reports of the PCs Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

It seems like every year a new product comes along poised to put the desktop PC in its grave. In 2009, buoyed by 600% sales growth, it was the netbook. In 2010 and 2011, as Apple entered the market and EVERYONE followed, it was the tablet.  Ultrabooks, Chromebooks, PDAs, Smartphones, consoles, All-in-Ones — the list of the desktop’s successors lengthy, and funny enough, often filled with products that themselves have gone the way of T-Rex. So in a market that’s supposedly on death’s door, why are our custom built gaming PCs, workstation PCs, and Home & Office PCs so popular?…

Best Graphics Cards For Gaming

Best Graphics Cards For Gaming

It’s a great time to be a PC gamer. While developers continue to push that envelope to create more and more immersive worlds, 4K displays have begun to come down to affordable prices with GPU hardware powerful enough to support those higher resolutions becoming available. There are tons of graphics cards available though, so what’s the best video card for gaming at your specific budget? Let’s break it down. Budget With their new R7 series graphics cards like the Radeon 260X, AMD has made some great strides to become more competitive in both the budget and mid-tier price ranges. Due…

IvyBridge-E vs Haswell – Which do I need?

IvyBridge-E vs Haswell – Which do I need?

So you’ve decided it’s time for a new performance PC and that Intel is the chip for you. Great! Now, which processor architecture/socket should you choose? Haswell (including the unlocked version Devil’s Canyon) in an LGA 1150 socket or IvyBridge-E/EP in an LGA 2011 socket are the two main options, each with its own Pro and Cons, each filling a specific need for a specific type of customer. Let’s break down those options to help you make an informed decision. Haswell Officially known as 4th Gen Intel Core, the Haswell microarchitecture is designed specifically for performance benefits at minimal power…

Windows 7 vs. Windows 8.1 – Which Should I Choose?

Windows 7 vs. Windows 8.1 – Which Should I Choose?

Unlike many of our competitors, we’re still offering all versions of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on our desktops. Our ability to provide customizations like this is one of the advantages we have over those larger, overseas-produced brands. But that extra level of customization can breed confusion for some customers. Which OS is best? Stick with what you know or take the plunge with the newest thing? The shortcomings of Windows 8 have no doubt been greatly exaggerated, but are there real issues to be wary of? Those answers really depend on what type of user you are. Let’s…