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Is It Worth Upgrading A PC Instead of Getting a New One?

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Our computer systems are lasting longer and longer these days as the hardware has outpaced software demands. A system that is several years old is still quite functional but it could potentially have its performance increased through a few small upgrades. Find out what you might be able to do to upgrade your desktop PC or if it is better to replace it.

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Zt Systems Support Profile

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?

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Desktop Video Card Buyer's Guide

Saturday April 19, 2014

Desktop Video Cards

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One of the key items to consider when purchasing a desktop computer system is what type of video card it uses. After all, you want to make sure that the system is able to properly handle the video demands placed on it. PC gaming requires a certain set of features compared to that used for graphic design. In fact, more and more programs can now benefit from a dedicated graphics card in addition to the CPU. So, what kind of graphics processor should you get? Find out more in my guide to selecting a desktop PC video card.

A Gaming Desktop PC With Six Core Processor For Under $1000

Friday April 18, 2014
Maingear Vybe
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Multiple processor cores have been around for some time in computers. While dual core processors have had great benefits, generally having four or more did not tend to improve performance all that much. This is gradually changing as games and programs become written to take advantage of more cores. Intel's processors that have more than four cores are extremely expensive, but AMD has some decently priced models that feature six and eight. But is an AMD processor with six cores going to be a better option for PC gaming than a quad core Intel CPU? Find out in my review of the Maingear Vybe (Good) desktop that is priced under $1000.

An Affordable Desktop PC With Solid State Drive

Wednesday April 16, 2014
iBUYPOWER A10-7700K-2
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One of the easiest ways to boost the performance of a PC these days is to add a solid state drive. This simple addition provides a system that boots up and loads programs faster. They are becoming increasingly common for laptop computers yet many desktops still do not use them. iBUYPOWER has surprisingly added one to a relatively low cost desktop system that is priced around $800. Does this addition make a tangible difference or does the cost of using it reduce other features that may deter buyers? Find out in my review of the iBUYPOWER A10-7700K-2 retail desktop PC.

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