Customer Built Computers for the Home or Office!
Maingear provides custom computers with the best value for your money. If you are looking for a quality custom PC or custom built laptop that will not become outdated quickly, Maingear has what you need. We can help you create a balanced configuration that meets your needs in your home and home office. Give us a call and we can help you find the PC that is right for your budget and needs.
I’m not a gamer, but…
We get this a lot – people looking for a quality PC that will last a long time and be supported by the best technical support team in the business. For customers like these, they may want to use a PC for basic email, photos and social networks like Facebook. However, they may want to get involved with other applications that require a bit more horsepower like video editing. So what kind of hardware do we recommend for these users? Here are a few core components and our recommendations that can make the most difference in price and performance:
Thoughts on the CPU choice for your custom built computer:
• If you’re not flat out looking for the fastest custom built PC, regardless of your needs and without a budget limit, you can definitely save some dollars by investing in a balanced configuration, which means not overspending on the CPU. If you’re not going to be doing intensive video editing, consider an entry-level CPU from AMD or Intel.
• AMD’s Athlon II X4 and lower-end Phenom II X4 processors are popular for those on a budget.
• Intel’s Core i3 and i5 processors also bring tremendous performance for the dollar and are a good Intel alternative to these AMD processors for the price.
• Have a few more bucks to spend? Intel’s Core i7 800 series processors on the P55 chipset are speedy and extremely popular in a MAINGEAR custom built computer
• The “best of the best” experience can be found with the Core i7 900 series on the X58 chipset.
But don’t overload on the CPU just yet if you’re working on a budget – there are considerations that may make more of an impact on your computing experience, like more memory or newer solid state hard drives.
MEMORY FOR YOUR CUSTOM PC
Memory is an important and often overlooked component in a custom built PC. In today’s computing environment, a custom computer with less than 2GB is unheard of, and less than 4GB is less than desirable. For everyone except those on an extremely tight budget, we highly recommend 4GB+ of memory with a custom built PC. It’s better to upgrade to 4GB of RAM before you upgrade to a faster CPU. Also, for most consumers, quantity is better than speed. We offer some faster frequency memory that is utilized best when we do our performance enhancements for speed-freaks and benchmark junkies, but for every day computer users, the difference can only be felt in the wallet.
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO RUN OUT OF SPACE ANYTIME SOON
Your computer’s hard drive is more than just a place to store digital stuff. It also has a tremendous impact on the responsiveness of your PC, as more often than not it’s the slowest component in your computer. The good news is that a new type of hard drive technology is beginning to mature and reduce in price. Solid state hard drives have no moving hardware, are completely silent and run much cooler than mechanical hard drives with rotating platters. The only downside is they’re more expensive. For the price of a high quality 128 or 256GB SSD, you could buy a premium 2TB hard drive. That’s why our customers are buying more and more 80-128GB solid state drives as a primary OS and applications drive, and a 1TB+ mechanical drive as a secondary storage solution for their music, movies, and photos. It’s a killer combination that puts a smile on peoples’ faces when they try it out for the first time – it’s really a shift in performance that must be experienced.
BUYING YOUR CUSTOM PC FROM MAINGEAR
If you’re still not surewhat custom built PC to get, don’t hesitate to give us a call. None of us are on commission and more often than not we find ourselves helping people save money on their configurations by identifying their computing needs and recommending a custom built PC that will fit their budget. As custom PC builders, can offer that type of knowledge and insight because no matter who you talk to at MAINGEAR, we’ve all built PCs, and we’re all computing enthusiasts. We use these systems every day, and we build each one like we would for our friends and family. We often refer to ourselves as a customer service company that just happens to build high performance custom PCs,and award-winning ones that! Our custom computers win Editor’s Choice awards at an astonishing rate and have the customer service record to prove it. MAINGEAR is an A+ Accredited Business, a strategic partner for major component companies and our team is committed to bringing you the ultimate in custom built computers.