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Signs Its Time For A New Computer

Everybody fears the day their computer is no longer up and running. If you’re find yourself wondering if it is time for a new computer, continue reading along with this month’s blog to learn the common signs. 

Look out for:

Updating your computer to ensure all essential programs are current and running smoothly is an important task to for your computer’s health. If you are struggling to update because the new program updates aren’t compatible with the year of your computer, it may be time to upgrade to something more current. 

Another sure sign that it is time for a new computer is if your current one is making a lot of noise. If the vent fan is suddenly sounding louder than normal and is potentially over heating, it may be time for an upgrade. When your fan isn’t working properly, the insides aren’t going to last much longer. 

If you are finding it increasingly difficult to multitask on your computer, it may also be time for an upgrade. Being able to multitask without frustration over how slow your computer is performing is essential. Likewise, if your computer is crashing often, the end may be near!

Finally, if the computer repair costs are adding up to be more expensive than a whole new computer, it is definitely time to upgrade! While it may be comforting and seem like less of a hassle to simply get a repair instead of an upgrade, ultimately you could be saving yourself money in the long run. Repairs can be costly and quickly start adding up!

Conclusion:

Nobody likes to admit that it may be time to purchase a new computer. If you are struggling to decide whether it is time for a repair or an upgrade, we here at National Computer Repairare here to help!

All about Bitcoins

Bitcoins are all over the media, yet even with this ubiquity, few people understand what a bitcoin actually is. A bitcoin is monetary currency, more specifically a type of cryptocurrency. A cryptocurrency denotes a type of money that is completely digital or virtual.

To understand this, you need a short briefing on how currency works. In America a dollar has value because it’s backed by a commodity or something that people agree has value. Similarly, people are willing to trade goods, services, traditional currency and more for bitcoins.

What does a bitcoin look like?

There is no actual physical currency, which is why it is a harder concept to grasp. However, all transactions are kept in a public ledger known as a blockchain. Each bitcoin is represented by its own computer code or file.

Some people believe the public ledger that tracks all bitcoin transactions makes bitcoins a more secure form of currency because their use is completely public and transparent. This interesting feature does make it much harder to create counterfeit bitcoins and one of the reasons many people are beginning to use bitcoin currency.  Another benefit to bitcoin currency is that it is not backed by a single government. This decentralized form of money theoretically makes it easier for transactions to flow between individuals all over the world.

Is it possible to steal bitcoins?

In a word, yes. Just like any currency, theft is possible. While the threat of counterfeit is low, some individuals have unfortunately had their bitcoin codes stolen through cyber theft. This could involve hacking a website or app that stores your bitcoins.

Can I lose my bitcoins?

Of course, there’s also human error. Have you ever lost your wallet by leaving it at a restaurant, amusement park or other place? Well, if you accidentally delete your digital wallet and don’t have a backup of the information somewhere, your bitcoins are lost. It’s a different form of losing your “wallet” but the results are the same.

Bitcoins fluctuate in value just like any currency. Many people are investing in them in much the same way people invest in gold, oil or other valuable entities. Would you like to buy bitcoins? If so come down to National Computer Repair’s brick and mortar location and purchase your own bitcoins today!

What to Look For in a Good Gaming PC

Are you in love with the world of PC gaming? Are you currently in the market for a good gaming PC or the parts to build your own custom rig? Then it’s an important step to understand what exactly you should look for in a PC for your enjoyment. Keep reading to discover some key factors to keep an eye out for in your next gaming PC.

*Note: If you’re looking to build your next PC and need a breakdown of the specific parts you’ll need, we’ve previously written about the main components to any good gaming PC here.

Professional gaming computer set up.
Professional gaming computer set up.

Hardware Compatibility

When you’re building a gaming PC, your number one priority should always be the compatibility of the parts. Everything from the processor and CPU to the motherboard should be compatible before you make that purchase and install them.

Memory Speed

No matter what type of memory you purchase for your rig, you should always check to ensure you’ll actually be using all of that memory speed. You can check this by entering the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)** and loading the memory profile. There are also plenty of third-party apps which will show you your computer’s current memory speed.

** BIOS: firmware used to perform hardware initialization during the booting process, and to provide runtime services for operating systems and programs.

An 80 PLUS Rating for the Power Supply

Your computer’s power supply should be able to stand up to the games and other tasks you’re planning on using your PC for. By choosing a power supply which has an 80 PLUS certification will guarantee your gaming PC can handle just about anything you plan to throw at it.

Cable Management

Once you have all the computer components and you’re ready to put it into the case, you want to make sure everything will fit and look clean. Cable management is key in achieving a nice, clean appearance for your rig. Fun fact: good cable management might also help improve the cooling system due to the improved air flow inside the case.

Overclocking: Worth it?

Gaming computer monitor and tower.
Gaming computer monitor and tower.

Overclocking and whether it’s worth it or not is completely subjective. Overclocking is the process of speeding up your computer beyond the manufacturers’ specifications for a faster runtime. If you feel it’s worth the possibility of burning out your rig’s components and voiding the parts’ warranties, then your performance goals can be met through overclocking. Just be sure to weigh the pros and cons before making the final decision.

Conclusions If you’re ready to get started playing all of your favorite PC games on a system you’ve built yourself, following these tips for ensuring your PC survives will help a great deal. If you run into any problems or would simply like some help in building it, come into our computer shop at National Computer Repair and let our knowledgeable technicians help you with it all!

Ways to Keep Your Computer Running Faster

A computer is an incredible and revolutionary piece of hardware that can do seemingly everything you need it to do. However, if not taken care of properly, the device that you consider one of the most important parts of your daily life can become a consistent source of stress. There are a multitude of reasons why a computer starts to slow down when it comes to performance, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that there are plenty of ways to keep this from happening. In the article below, you will be given a few simple steps that can do wonders for keeping your computer in tip-top working condition.

Don’t Let Any Programs Run Automatically:

Something that is often overlooked by most people are the programs that are set to open by default when turning the computer on. Not only is this usually unnecessary except for antivirus programs, but it also greatly effects the overall functionality of your computer. While it may not look like it to you, the programs running in the background take up a lot of your computers RAM, which basically means that they are taking away some of the attention your system has to give, directly effecting how much it can provide to whatever you are actually using the computer for. The fewer programs running the better when it comes to any hardware, which means unclicking that pesky little “start automatically” box can make a whole world of difference.

Uninstall Any Unused Programs:

How many people know every single bit of software and every program on their computer? Besides professionals that work with computers for a living, it is most likely that you don’t know every program or file that is taking up memory and space on your hard drive, which is understandable. With such an intricate system, there are bound to be certain programs that are completely irrelevant to you while possibly being extremely important to other people. The important thing to do in this situation is take the time to search through your computers downloads and applications to see exactly what is in there and how much space it takes up. If you know you aren’t going to use it much or at all and it serves no true daily purpose to be on your computer, uninstall it. The more space you can free on your computer, the faster it will run.

Save All Videos & Photos on External Hard Drive:

Speaking of freeing space on a computer also brings audio, video and picture files to mind. When it comes to these kinds of files, it is extremely easy to lose track of just how many of them you’re saving on your computer. In today’s digital age there is no shortage of opportunities to take a selfie or capture that amazing view, which then gets saved onto your hard drive to take up even more space. While there is nothing wrong at all with saving cherished memories, there is also no reason to keep them on your computer. Purchasing a simple external hard drive of 1 or 2 terabytes will allow you to store every bit of media footage, whether it’s photo or video on that drive and delete it from your actual computer, thus saving a huge amount of space for you to devote towards performance and speed.

Run Consistent Disk Cleanups:

With so many different websites we visit and temporary files we need for either school or work, a virtual junk drawer of unneeded files, programs and cookies can steadily start to pile up in your computer. While at first it may seem harmless, given enough time these random little bits of space can add up to a very slow operating system. Luckily, there is a very easy way to counteract this frustration, which is to run monthly or even weekly diagnostic checks and disk cleanups. By running these checks or merely just going into your computer to delete any recent unnecessary files or cookies, you save vital disk space and allow your computer to operate at its finest.

Conclusion:

Plenty of issues can arise with such a complicated piece of technology, but your computer is actually a relatively simple device to keep up if you know how. Following these few simple tasks can do wonders with creating better functionality and less frustrations for you. If there is an issue that can’t be fixed simply by yourself, however, National Computer Repair is happy to help you get back up and running in no time!

Tech Gifts to Give this Holiday Season

Christmas is right around the corner! If you’re still thinking of what presents to give your friends and family, consider getting tech gadgets! Tech gifts are affordable, practical gifts that everyone can use and enjoy. This blog post will go over some options for those who own a laptop or a computer, along with some handy stocking stuffer ideas!

For Laptops

Laptop Cooler: Laptops can quickly overheat when in use, which can cause your computer to become sluggish. Cooling pads and stands are available in a wide range of colors and styles that look great while keeping your laptop at a cool temperature. Many come with an adjustable tilt function to prevent neck strain. These coolers keep your laptop working efficiently, quicken loading times, and improve your overall experience.

Sleeves and Cases: For a tech accessory that is stylish yet functional, buy your loved one a laptop case or sleeve. These come in countless designs, so you are sure to find something to match their style. Sleeves are often lightweight and are meant to protect the laptop from dents and scratches, while cases offer even more protection and come with handy pockets to store your charging cables, USB drives, and other essentials.

Keyboard Covers: The laptop’s motherboard is located underneath the keyboard, which means it is especially susceptible to damages if anything were to get underneath the keys. Keyboard covers act as a shield between food and liquids that would otherwise get inside and damage the laptop. Many colorful colors are available to liven up your laptop, but there are clear ones for those not wanting to be flashy.

For Computers

Antivirus Program: Give your loved one added protection for their computer by giving them an Antivirus program! These programs are available for any operating system; but first, check with your loved one to see which system their computer operates before making the purchase.

Monitor Stand: Show your loved ones you care for their well-being by getting a monitor stand. Being at the computer all day can cause awful neck, back, and shoulder pain. With a monitor stand, the screen is boosted to eye level, which keeps the viewer from hunching over the screen to see properly.

Light Up Keyboard: Whether your loved one is a gamer or a regular PC user, they will love receiving a colorful keyboard! These keyboards can completely transform the way you use your computer. The mechanical keyboard and LED backlights offer improved visibility, customizable lighting options, and improved overall functionality.

Stocking Stuffers

Wireless Headphones: These tiny gifts make a big impression! Wireless headphones offer a comfortable and convenient way to listen to music on the go, wherever you are. From the gym to the living room, these headphones are handy in any situation!

Charging Cords: You can’t go wrong with a new charging cord! Cords come in many colors and patterns, so there is something for the whole family! You can even find some that are extra-long, have flashing LED lights, or have other cool features.

Portable Hard Drive: Nothing is worse than your computer breaking down and losing all of your important documents and favorite photos. Luckily, portable hard drives are easy, convenient, and can store a significant amount of data. Just remind your loved one to keep it updated and they’re good to go!

Conclusion

Give the perfect gift this Christmas by getting some cool tech gadgets! For the latest computer technology, come to National Computer Repair! We also offer computer repair services at reasonable rates.

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