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Desk buying tips

Desktop Buying Tips

Many people around the world remain loyal to the desktop platform due to its familiarity, performance and upgradeability. If you are in the search for a new desktop PC, it is important to consider what you will be using it for, as not all computer users’ needs are equal. With that in mind, here some more tips to consider.

Do your research first
Research is essential when you are considering getting a desktop PC. It hurts to miss on a deal by buying a computer only to find a new CPU or another major component on the market for the same price a few weeks later. To ensure you get the most current technology and value for your money, arm yourself with information and choose the best time to pounce. Look around at all of the major PC vendors’ sites, check refresh cycles for products, and don’t be afraid to put off a purchase for a while to see if you can get better technology at a budget price.

Know the Processor
Power users need the best of processors, possibly a quad-core for maximum performance and the best protection from technological extinction. If you don’t use a lot of programs at the same time, you may be content with just one or two cores and don’t need to spend extra cash to snag a few more. Always make sure to ask how many cores are on the chip and what the clock speed is for a powerful processor.

RAM
Just like the number of processor cores affects the speed and ability to run more programs simultaneously, the amount of Random Access Memory, or RAM, in a computer can alter just how much multitasking can go on and how fast it will be. You will want at least 4 gigabytes though more memory is always better. If you intend to upgrade your desktop PC yourself, make sure that your system’s motherboard can support additional RAM modules.

Graphic cards
The graphics processing unit is responsible for everything you see on your display, whether you play games, watch videos or view pictures. If you plan on gaming with your PC, integrated graphics of the right requirement will help deliver enough power to run simple games or high-definition Flash video.

Operating system
The rule here is sticking with what you are familiar with, whether Mac OS, Windows, or Linux, as it can be a bit challenging to adjust to a new operating system. However, it’s worth noting that not all software is available for every operating system, thus the need to get an OS that can run all the required software.

Hard drive
Make sure you get a hard disk with adequate available space and one with speeds that don’t slow down the computer.

Check your peripherals
The peripherals on your computer are going to be pretty specific to your needs. Do you require more USB ports, an HDMI output, SD slot or built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth receivers rather than using external devices? Think about all of these when purchasing your desktop PC.

Computer Maintenance

Home Computer Maintenance 101

Importance of Computer Maintenance

Computer maintenance is a practice of making sure that your computer is in a good state of repair. The short-term goal of computer maintenance is to ensure the integrity of the information stored on the computer, and the long-term goal is to extend the life expectancy of your computer.

Remove temporary files.

You should remove temporary files from the computer since these files can bog down the performance of your machine. The computer will have to cipher through numerous pieces of information before it completes a command. Deleting temporary files will not only make your computer faster, but it will open up space for you to download applications and other software.

Antivirus and anti-spyware programs.

Make sure that you regularly schedule scans from your antivirus and anti-spyware programs. These programs will go through your files, detect any incredulous pieces of codes, and delete them. Antispyware is particularly important, as many creators of spyware have taken advantage of loopholes and system vulnerabilities. Software like Norton antivirus, emphasizes their dedication to protecting their users. Norton Virus Protection Promise even promises that if any viruses go through their multilayered defense system, that their support team will provide world-class support to eliminate it – even citing a money back guarantee if they cannot remove the virus.

Delete Unused Applications.

All applications pose a risk to your system. Most developers will be quick to patch vulnerabilities, while some will never do so because the company is bankrupt, they’ve gone out of business, or they aren’t cognizant on the many viruses on the internet. Mitigate these risks by routinely removing applications and software that you do not use anymore. Many unused programs can free up a lot of space on your hard drive. If your computer is new, there may be various trial programs that you may want to delete now.

Check the integrity of data by defragging.

Even after you’ve removed programs, files may be all over the hard drive and computer’s memory. Defragging will realign these files, allowing your computer to retrieve them more readily.

If you have any questions about computer maintenance, contact our expert technicians at Inter-Quest Corp.

Desktop buying tips

Finding the Right Computer: Desktop Buying Tips

Desktop Buying Tips

Many people around the world remain loyal to the desktop platform due to its familiarity, performance and upgradeability. If you are in the search for a new desktop PC, it is important to consider what you will be using it for, as not all computer users’ needs are equal. With that in mind, here some more desktop buying tips to consider.

Do your research first

Research is essential when you are considering getting a desktop PC. It hurts to miss on a deal by buying a computer only to find a new CPU or another major component on the market for the same price a few weeks later. To ensure you get the most current technology and value for your money, arm yourself with information and choose the best time to pounce. Look around at all of the major PC vendors’ sites, check refresh cycles for products, and don’t be afraid to put off a purchase for a while to see if you can get better technology at a budget price.

Know the Processor

Power users need the best of processors, possibly a quad-core for maximum performance and the best protection from technological extinction. If you don’t use a lot of programs at the same time, you may be content with just one or two cores and don’t need to spend extra cash to snag a few more. Always make sure to ask how many cores are on the chip and what the clock speed is for a powerful processor.

RAM

Just like the number of processor cores affects the speed and ability to run more programs simultaneously, the amount of Random Access Memory, or RAM, in a computer can alter just how much multitasking can go on and how fast it will be. You will want at least 4 gigabytes though more memory is always better. If you intend to upgrade your desktop PC yourself, make sure that your system’s motherboard can support additional RAM modules.

Graphic cards

The graphics processing unit is responsible for everything you see on your display, whether you play games, watch videos or view pictures. If you plan on gaming with your PC, integrated graphics of the right requirement will help deliver enough power to run simple games or high-definition Flash video.

Operating system

The rule here is sticking with what you are familiar with, whether Mac OS, Windows, or Linux, as it can be a bit challenging to adjust to a new operating system. However, it’s worth noting that not all software is available for every operating system, thus the need to get an OS that can run all the required software.

Hard drive

Make sure you get a hard disk with adequate available space and one with speeds that don’t slow down the computer.

Check your peripherals

The peripherals on your computer are going to be pretty specific to your needs. Do you require more USB ports, an HDMI output, SD slot or built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth receivers rather than using external devices?

 

Buying the right computer takes time. Think about all of the above desktop buying tips with your next purchase. If you have any additional questions on what desktop computer is best for you, please contact us. We’re here to make technology simple for you!

Keyboard Shortcuts

Save Time with Keyboard Shortcuts

Learning Keyboard Shortcuts

We all like taking shortcuts, right? Save time and increase productivity when typing away on your computer with keyboard shortcuts. Below is the list of the most commonly used shortcut keys.

Keyboard Shortcuts Description
Alt + F File menu options in current program.
Alt + E Edit options in current program
Alt + Tab Switch between open programs
F1 Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
F2 Rename a selected file
F5 Refresh the current program window
Ctrl + N Create a new, blank document in some software programs
Ctrl + O Open a file in current software program
Ctrl + A Select all text.
Ctrl + B Change selected text to be Bold
Ctrl + I Change selected text to be in Italics
Ctrl + U Change selected text to be Underlined
Ctrl + F Open find window for current document or window.
Ctrl + S Save current document file.
Ctrl + X Cut selected item.
Shift + Del Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C Copy selected item.
Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
Ctrl + V Paste
Shift + Ins Paste
Ctrl + K Insert hyperlink for selected text
Ctrl + P Print the current page or document.
Home Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home Goes to beginning of document.
End Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrow Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrow Moves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl + Esc Opens the
START menu
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Opens Windows Task Manager
Alt + F4 Close the currently active program
Alt + Enter Open the Properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.)

We’re hear to help!

Whether it’s learning how to use keyboard shortcuts or maneuvering through your email account, Inter-Quest offers one-on-one computer and software training. Stop on by our office or give us a call and we’ll setup a training session.