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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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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.

HP's Affordable Quad Core Desktop With Gesture Controls

Monday April 14, 2014
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HP's ENVY desktops used to be their very high end performance systems. The brand has slowly slid down in price and become of more general performance rather than a gaming focused computer. Now the company is trying to extend its reach for computing possibilities by integrating the Leap Motion controllers into the product lineup. This certainly gives it a distinct feature from other desktop systems but is it necessarily something that the average user is going to want or need in their PC? Find out more in my review of the HP ENVY 700-230 desktop computer that can be found for under $800.

Velocity Micro Support Profile

Sunday April 13, 2014

Velocity Micro is a fairly well known systems integrator that custom builds personal computer systems, laptops and servers from parts according to the consumer. They have a reputation for well built systems based on high quality components. Even with this, there are times that buyers might need some help. So, what exactly does Velocity Micro offer in terms of support? Find out in my support profile.

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 Velocity Micro. 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 Velocity Micro's support?

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Guide To Laptop Size And Weight

Saturday April 12, 2014

Laptops come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. They can range as small as a thin ultrabook that weighs around two pounds all the way up to the behemoth that should be a desktop computer often referred to as a luggable because it is so big you won't be carrying it frequently. Each of these portable computers has a specific role and offer very different experiences to the users that buy them. Because of this, it is important to understand how the size and weight of a laptop computer will play in your selection of the right type of laptop for you.

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