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Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Upgrading Your Computer on a Budget"

Replacing slow, obsolete parts in your computer can sometimes be a lot cheaper than buying a new one, and extend the life of your current PC for many more years. Many times, just a few small upgrades and make a world of difference in your computer’s speed and overall performance.

You can achieve the most performance boost by upgrading your computer RAM, video card and/or hard drive. Before you decide whether an upgrade is the right choice for your computer, you’ll want to find out what hardware or software your computer currently has. We recommend that you download and run a free software tool called Belarc Advisor. Belarc Advisor will generate a quick report for you with all your hardware and software components listed.

Once you have your report generated, you are welcome to give us a call for a free consultation and we’ll be happy to go over the list with you and explain which upgrade options would provide the biggest "bang for your buck."

Here is a quick overview of the main upgrade options to consider:

  1. Upgrading your RAM
    RAM is often the cheapest and most significant upgrade you can give your computer. If your computer is older, it may only have 1GB of RAM currently installed. This is currently allow your computer to operate at only a fraction of it’s overall capability. Upgrading to up to 4GB of RAM will increase speeds tremendously.

  2. Upgrading your Video Card
    If you, or members of your family, enjoy playing PC games, you will want to consider upgrading your computer’s video card. It’s quite possible that your current computer only has onboard video graphics, which is placing a great deal of processing burden on your motherboard. Upgrading to an advanced video card (which is separate from the motherboard) will improve the speed of your computer.

  3. Upgrading Your Hard Drive
    If your current hard drive has low storage space left, you should upgrade to a larger drive. Having more space will make your hard drive run cooler and work less. If you’re low on space, your hard drive will bog your computer speeds down as it struggles to manage and move around your data.

  4. Upgrading Your Power Supply
    Most power supplies that ship with name brand computers are cheap, generic and ineffective at keeping your computer running cool. Upgrading to a modular power supply will more effectively pull hot air out of the computer case. The cooler your PC, the faster it will run.

  5. Upgrading Your Operating System
    If you’re running Windows XP or Vista, it’s time to consider upgrading to Windows 7. Windows 7 is easier on your system, more secure, more robust, and faster than all of it’s predecessors.

  6. Upgrading Your Computer Monitor
    If you have an older computer monitor, you should consider upgrading to a large 20" HD monitor. Your experience with your computer and the internet will change dramatically and you’ll find it more enjoyable.

With our fragile economy, sometimes upgrading your computer is the best option for extending the life of your PC and improving overall performance. If you’re considering any possible upgrades, we are happy to discuss your options further to help you make an intelligent decision that will reap you benefits for years to come.

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Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Five Tips For Going Green With Technology in the Workplace"

Now that computers have become just a vital part of the workplace, it’s important to consider ways we can conserve energy. After all, every little bit counts. Not only will you save on your utility and maintenance bills, but you will also be contributing to the greater good of society.

The following are 5 tips you can implement right now to go green with technology in your workplace:

  1. Remember to use your power management features on all computers. Set a company-wide policy that staff members place their computers into sleep mode when they are sitting idle. This should be done during breaks in the work day, as well as at the end of the day when it is time to go home.
  2. Use power strips on all of your electronic components. Power supplies help regulate the flow of electricity to your devices and save from much of the leakage that can occur from plugging devices directly into the wall.
  3. Purchase Energy Star-rated computers. A little research goes a long way. The next time you go to make a PC purchase, look for the Energy Star rating. This will tell you that the computer uses less power and will lesson the load on the environment.
  4. Detox your computers the next time you make a PC purchase. There are many chemicals in computers; however, several can (and should) be avoided at all costs. The first chemical to watch out for is lead. Other chemicals to avoid include mercury, Brominated Flame Retardants (BFR), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), cadmium, hexavalent, chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB), and Pentabromodiphenyl Ether (PBDE). Look for a hazardous material use policy on the manufacturer’s website that you are looking to make a purchase from. It will take just a couple minutes of your time to research which brand to choose, and your decision to purchase green will help the fight to convince any reluctant manufacturer’s to change their ways.
  5. Look for green buying guides. There are multitudes of websites online that are designed to help you make smart, green technology purchasing decisions. http://www.thedailygreen.com/ is a great place to start.

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Support the Troops This Month

Join us for a gator cookout. We will have live music, raffles, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and more! Proceeds benefit veterans and deployed troops.

When: April 23rd 2011

Where: NW Vets MC Clubhouse
2701 SE 22nd St.
Salem, OR

We will be serving up some gator meatballs.

(Don’t worry, there will be other things to eat.)

This is a family friendly event. Feel free to bring the kids.

Don’t forget to spread the word and mark your calendars!


About CPU Vet

CPU Vet is a full service computer repair company specializing in repairs for the home user and small businesses. Our services range from virus removals, network support, data systems backup, hardware and software upgrades, as well as a wide range of print services. We also offer an online backup solution and we are an authorized reseller of AVG Antivirus products.

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