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.

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.

 

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)

 

 

Seems to have issues with the latest Windows updates having issues.

Checkout this article

Here is a good article describing some of the questions regarding Windows 10 free Upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users.

If you are in the market of getting a new PC you should consider why its better to get it from us rather than a BOX Store or Online.

Premium Standard Parts

All our Desktop PC’s are made with premium parts. ASUS Motherboards, Kingston Hyper-X Memory, Western Digital Hard Drives, and Thermal Take 5-year warranty power supply. Also the parts are standard parts. What does this mean? Well Dell and other manufactures sometimes use their own custom parts. These parts are also more money than standard if need replacing. Example Our power supplies (most common part that goes) has 5-year warranty and costs $65. A Dell custom power supply can cost $120 and can be sometimes hard to fine

No Crap or Bloated Software

You might have heard in the news that Lenovo had installed software called Superfish. This is nasty software that first puts in ads when you are searching on line BUT even worse it will break the SSL standard used for secure sites like banks etc! Now not all brand name PC’s install nasty software like this BUT they do install crapware. Software that will slow your new PC down. Produce popup of stuff you don’t need. They also will install a trial version of and Antivirus that you either have to uninstall and install something else or force to purchase the AV. Check out this latest article of issues with brand name PCs.

All our PC’s are loaded with MS Windows,updated drivers, Windows updates, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader and a free Antivirus. That’s it. Your PC is ready to go and you don’t have to wait to update all the Windows updates or remove junk software.

Warranty and Repairs

With our systems you they come with a per part warranty. CPU/Motherboard/Memory have 3 year warranty. Hard drive has 2 -5 year depend on model. Power supply (most common part that goes) has a 5 year warranty. With brand names most only come with 1 year warranty. If you get it at a Box store after warranty the fees are much greater than ours. If you order online then you will have to wait to talk to someone on  the phone. Then you will have to wait a week or so for replacement part/ship back etc. If you get it from us then we do all the warranty work and after warranty work at our shop. Most Box Stores they have to ship them out. Again more waiting.

Better Service

You get a PC from a Box store and most of the time they have to ship them out to get fixed. We do all our work in house. You buy a PC online and where do you get it fixed? Send it back to manufacture. If you build your own PC and something goes wrong then what? That’s why we service all these as well as our own.

Customizable

All our PCs are customizable. If you just want a PC to go online and do the odd game we can do that. You want a reliable office or CAD PC we can build it. You want a high end gaming system with a fast video card we got you covered.

 So our prices might be a bit higher than what you see elsewhere . But you get what you pay for. What you get is premium parts that will make the PC last longer. Standard parts that if needed after warranty are priced better. Longer warranty. Better service. If you have a problem you can call/email come in and talk. We are here for the customer. You also don’t get crap ware that will frustrate you.

If you are a parent or small business owner who is concerned on who is hogging all the bandwidth or need to limit access for your children then consider a Tomato Firmware Router. I use one at home and love it. Here are the highlights of what I can do with it:

  • Limit bandwidth per PC/Device by MAC or IP address
  • Monitor in detail bandwidth Graphics/Statistic in Real-time, daily, monthly
  • Access restrictions in time, website, program per PC/device (I can block access for my kids ipads so they can’t get on the internet between 9pm-8am example or block Facebook etc)
  • Disable wireless during times to prevent access and to prevent wireless waves at night time
  • Monitor websites visited and search items
  • Advanced QOS to prioritize traffic
  • Provide a GUEST wireless for guest access that can have limits
  • If combined with OpenDNS can provide greater website restrictions (block porn etc)

To get more details click here

In mid July 2015 Windows Server 2003 will end support from Microsoft. What does this mean? Well they will not produce any more security updates. Much like what Windows XP is now. If you have a Windows Server 2003 or SBS 2003 and need upgrading we can provide you this. We have migrated many servers already to 2008R2 or 2012. Also if your server is a 2003 server then more than likely its older than 7 years old and should be replaced with a new server. Servers are built to last a long time when they run 24/7 but nothing lasts forever. Maybe its time you upgrade your Server. Gives us a call or email and we would gladly help.

Well the new Windows 10 OS Consumer Preview will be available January 21 2015. Anyone interested in it should check it out.

There are great articles regarding Windows 10 at Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite

Windows 10 will be what Windows 8 should have been. People got pushed into Windows 8 new “Metro Interface” that no one likes. I use Windows 8.1 at home and I use Classic Shell to bring back the menu. Anyone who is on Windows 8 I recommend this if you don’t like how 8/8.1 looks right out of the box. What does Windows 10 do? It brings back the old style menu along with Windows 8 apps in the menu. Makes it much more friendly for people who are familiar with how Windows has been over the last 15 years.

When will Windows 10 be available? MS has not announced it yet but I suspect late summer or the normal October release of MS OS.

 

Here is an article by Paul Thurrott that describes the trouble MS has had with Windows 8 and hopefully Windows 9 gets it right.

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