The Computer Buzz
||September 18th, 2008|
Nome and Paul Van Middlesworth - owners - The Computer Factory
Alternatives and Choices
Your old business or home PC is slow and just doesn't work as well as it once did. You need to do something, but what? Should you upgrade your old PC or buy a new one?
The local big box stores aren't much help. Their commissioned sales people are interested in how much you're willing to spend on whatever they happen to have in stock and whether they can sell you an extended warranty contract. We encourage our customers to visit Fry's, Best Buy, Circuit City or Staples before coming to see us. The contrast will be enlightening.
If you bring your old PC in, we can evaluate it on the spot. If it was born with Windows XP there is an excellent chance that it can be upgraded to perform your applications every bit as well as a brand new PC. Breathing new life into an older computer by cleaning up the hard drive and boosting the RAM typically costs around $150. A cleaned up five or six year old PC with XP and plenty of RAM will typically run your applications faster and with less trouble than a brand new, six hundred dollar "Vista" PC from Dell, HP, Gateway et al.
If you choose to buy one of our new PCs, you may be able to save some money by using some devices or software licenses from your old PC in your new PC. At the very least you're old XP based PC will have trade-in. value. We have a waiting list of home and business users who want XP based refurbished or used PCs.
At The Computer Factory you don't pick a box off the shelf. We help you configure a system tailored to your present and future needs. We build it exactly the way you want it with the look and style you prefer. It takes us one to two days to build your PC. When you come in to pick it up you can test drive it right here in the store. You can load software, ask questions and surf the WWW before you take it home. No assembly required. You can even talk to the person who built your new PC without having to fly to China.
Contrast that with a typical "package computer" bought at a "big box" store. You come home with a box full of parts and a tech support phone number in Bangalore, India. On site set-up and support is sometimes desirable. For $80 our service tech will bring your new PC to your home or office, set it up, connect your printers and peripherals, get your Internet connection working and connect to your LAN.
Our service prices are significantly lower than those of the "Big Box" stores, simply because we have been it doing a lot longer than they have and our technicians really know their stuff. Best Buy's "Geek Squad" is typical of the "on site" services offered by "Big Box" stores these days. Their number is 800-433-5778. Give em a call and get a quote, then call us. You'll be amazed.