Windows 11 will be out soon. From what I have seen the difference between 11 and 10 is not a lot. There is a new start menu. You can still use OpenShell (at least what I have tested in beta) if you don’t like the menu. Personally I like Windows 11 menu over Windows 10. There are a few things under the hood. One being there will be capable of running Android apps. Also there is restrictions for the Home version that you must use a Windows account to login. For this reason I will be only selling PRO version when it comes. If you want to upgrade there are hardware requirements for 11 to properly run and get updates. You will need an Intel 8th gen CPU or greater (not sure on AMD CPUs) and your Motherboard must support TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module). This is more secure than previous versions. Basically if your PC is older than 5 years old you likely can’t upgrade. Do you need to upgrade? MS has not announced yet how long it will fully support Windows 10 but it will likely be at least another 5 years after Windows 11 is released.

CPU Shortage still

With Covid and high demand for computer parts (Especially high end graphic cards and most CPUs) I currently have limited supply. Intel i7K and have a few i5K coming in.

Well its mid February and COVID-19 is still around. going down in number now. Not sure when I will open to general public. Possible a few days in a week or so.

Because of the COVID there are a high demand for video cards that NVidia and AMD cannot keep up. I can’t even find decent video cards on Amazon. Here is an article explaining this.

I seem to be able to get CPUs but Motherboards also are in short supply and price’s going up with Intel Chipset issues. article

Well I can start to get Intel 10th gen CPUs. With the 10th gen there are somethings to know. The 10th get CPU’s use a new LGA2100 Form. With the new form means new motherboards. One feature in the new chips is its capable of 128GB of RAM compared to 8th and 9th with max of 64GB of RAM. No one really needs this much unless you are doing some large CAD files or running various Virtual Machines.

With the new Intel chips they are catching up to AMD’s Ryzen CPUs. So this is what you get with the different Cores.

Intel i3 10th gen have 4 Cores with Hyperthread so the i3 10th architecture is similar to Intel’s 7th gen i7’s.

Intel i5 10th gen have 6 Cores with Hyperthread.

Intel i7 10th gen have 8 Cores with Hyperthread.

Intel is still using 14nm chips. They only have a few 10nm chips. Intel just can’t seem to shrink everything down like AMD.

Well Windows 7 has officially been stop supported from Microsoft on Jan 14, 2020. What does this mean? Well your Windows 7 PC will still work fine but it starts to put your PC at a security risk. Also 3rd party applications (like Sage 50) will likely start not supporting Windows 7. So you ask what can you do? Well we have been upgrading many PCs/Laptops to Windows 10. The software so far is still free to upgrade but we can do the upgrade for you at a small charge. What we do is a fully backup first in case the upgrade goes bad. We then do the upgrade, do all the Windows upgrade and test the PC to confirm works fine with Windows 10. We can also install OpenShell (free software) that makes the Windows 10 start menu act like Windows 7 style. (Windows 10 new look is probable one of the greatest reasons people don’t like Windows 10 but with OpenShell it makes the transition much easier. I use OpenShell all the time and feel the menu is much more productivity.)  Its very customizable if you like but the default settings work great. Now a lot of our clients are also upgrading there old slow spinning drive to a SSD (Solid State Drive). The prices are very reasonable and they give a LARGE performance boost!. Boot time and loading applications are much faster. Its like getting a new PC!!. So if you need to upgrade to 10 give us a call or email and we would be glad to help.

Intel CPU’s are still in limited supply and don’t know when they come back to norm. Currently (and this changes weekly) I can still get i3s and some i7s. i5s are a hit and miss. BUT I can usually get AMD Ryzen CPUs in all ranges.

The AMD Ryzen CPU’s are a great value for performance.

Starting to get Intel 9th gen CPUs. Currently i3-9100F and i5-9400F. The CPUs are similar to 8th gen in speed. Bit quicker but the F series don’t have onboard video so will need a video card.

Hello everyone and welcome to a new year!

This is the last year Windows 7 will be supported by Microsoft so if you have not upgraded to Windows 10 you should. Much like Windows XP when Microsoft stops supporting its OS then 3rd party software will start to follow the same. Microsoft will stop support Jan 14th 2020 for Windows 7.

Well we have gotten a few Intel CPU’s in stock. i5 in 7th gen and 8th gen. The Intel CPUs are still sporadic in supply. Hopefully the supply will get better as the year goes by.


Here is the latest Intel Shortage article that specifies should be back in August. Still late. Still a reason Intel is down in sales!!

Microsoft introduced the latest Windows 10 1809 version earlier this month but had to remove it for issues of deleting files on some PCs when upgrading. Hopefully it will be out soon.


Microsoft has re-released the bug fixed (well most of the major bugs) 1809 version.

You can download the ISO here.

There is a major shortage of Intel CPUs. This ranges from i3-i7. Because of this we have started building and selling AMD PCs. The specs for the PCs are the same its just that we are using AMD Ryzen CPUs. The naming of the AMD Ryzen are similar to Intel. Example Ryzen 5 is equivalent to an Intel i5. The Ryzen 7 is equivalent to an Intel i7.

One big difference in AMD and Intel is all Intel i3-i7 have built in graphics. Not the fastest but for general use are fine. AMD Ryzen most don’t have the graphics embedded. (Strange from a Graphic Chip Maker!!). They do make some chips that do have embedded graphics. They are the ones that end in G (ex. Ryzen 5 2400G). So for the G you don’t need to add a video card. The non G you need to add a graphics card to the system. This is why its included in the price list as needed.

Not sure how long the shortage is. Likely till early 2019.

You can check out the pricing of the AMD PCs under the Pricing Page.


Latest news of Intel Shortage. They say August!!


It has been a while posting on Halnor. Things have changed recently with Computer Hardware. Intel has started pushing 8th gen processors so we have changed our price lists to reflect. SSD (Solid State Drives) are coming down in prices and are getting faster and faster. We feel that SSD drives make the whole PC run much faster. From booting to loading large applications it makes the whole experience much better.

There are a few differences in the SSD. There is the standard SATA SSD which look like normal 2.5″ mobile drives that have a max speed of 580MB (R/W). This is the limitation to the SATA interface. The newer SSDs are in a M.2 format. They look like little cards that plug into the Motherboard. Only the newer Motherboards will have this as an option. All our boards now have this. There is also different speeds for M.2 controllers. These also reflect with different speeds of M.2 drives. Matching the correct Motherboard and Drive is beneficiary it getting the correct performance. Here are examples of Max speed with the type of M.2 drives.

WD Blue 1tB M.2 (560MB/s)

WD Black 500GB M.2 PCIe (2050MB/s)

WD Black 512GB M.2 NVMe (3400MB/s)



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