Wednesday April 23, 2014
It used to be that a high performance desktop computer system would cost over $1000. Now systems priced between $700 and $1000 can often do these tasks quite well and the more expensive systems are becoming niche computers primarily for gaming. While the processors have not changed much of the past six months, the graphics card market has seen some big changes such that more now feature dedicated cards. Find out which of these desktop systems I think are the best for a variety of uses and price ranges.
Tuesday April 22, 2014
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Computer equipment contains a variety of hazardous materials that have traditionally ended up in landfills. These materials can leech out into the environment and cause damage. Because of the volume of electronics being produced and the potential to cause damage from improper disposal, governments are now requiring proper recycling and disposal for all computer gear. How your gear must be disposed varies based on where you live. Learn how to properly dispose of your electronics and what options are open from the manufacturers to assist you. You may even be able to get some cash or credit for recycling your old computers, tablets and smartphones.
The information on this page is primarily regarding recycling PCs within the United States. If you happen to be in Canada, the About Small Business Canada site has information about recycling within various parts of the country.
Monday April 21, 2014
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One of the big issues about performance desktop systems is the heat they generate. The easiest way to deal with this is to just more fans. The problem is that the more fans you put in a system, the more noise that system typically generates. Large tower systems can deal with the heat a bit better thanks to greater airflow. Shrink down that desktop system to a smaller size, and generally you have to deal with higher fans speeds to properly cool them which make them loud. Velocity Micro has put together a compact tower design that can fit more readily on a desktop but still offers a very quiet experience. Does it sacrifice performance or features in order to get its compact size and low noise levels? Find out in my review of the Velocity Micro Edge Z30 SmallBlock desktop.
Sunday April 20, 2014
Zt Systems previously sold desktop and laptop computers to consumers but they have since refocused their efforts solely into the computer server and storage business. So what if you happen to have an older desktop PC and need to get some support for the products? Find out what they offer in my profile of their support offerings.
Included in the profile I list the various avenues that users have for support, tips and advice. In addition, I'm posting a survey below and in the profile asking users for their opinion of Zt Systems. If you have used their support and would like to let others know of their experiences for better or worse, please feel free to share your experience.
How would you rate Zt Systems' support?