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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Give the perfect gift this Christmas by getting some cool
tech gadgets! For the latest computer technology, come to National
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