Custom Built Computers

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Did you know we custom-build computers too?! While we’re very proud to say we’re an official Dell reseller and these are great, high-quality computers, we also recognize that some folks prefer something other than what a “stock” system might have to offer.

We can either build a system to your specifications or we can custom-design one specially for you based on your needs and wants and then build it! Not sure exactly what you’re looking for but you know you want something fast and awesome? Give us a shout!

Have an awesome case in mind along with a great new motherboard and graphics card that’s going to ensure you’re able to play the latest MMO or FPS at top resolutions and screen rates? Check!

Are you a video freelancer and needing to be able to edit efficiently in 4K while still dazzle your clients with an awesome-looking machine when they visit your office? Check!

Have a custom computer already but maybe it’s time to update it to give it a little more “pep”? We’ve got you covered!

Whatever your custom computer needs, contact us today to see how we can get you moving in the fast lane with the cool kids!

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cat-man-du Now Selling The Recompute PC – The Only Sustainable Cardboard Computer Case

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After taking the Greener Gadget Design Competition by storm, The Recompute PC grabbed our attention. The sustainable design means less garbage goes into a landfill when the computer has reached the end of its lifecyle (which is just as long as other computers or longer). This computer is the only line that is assembled from off the shelf components, but all housed in a very sturdy cardboard housing.

With some concerns about the heat capacity issue that come with computers, designer Brenden Macaluso assured users with fact. Cardboard has a much higher heat resistance than many plastics including a higher ignition point as well. 258C – 427C to where as plastics begin to melt at only 120C, so rest assured that this computer is ready to roll, right out of the box. Worried about sturdiness? Don’t be. The guys at Recompute have actually stacked up to 800lbs on one of these cases with no problem. While it’s not completely waterproof (no computer really is), it has been assembled with a waterproof adhesive, so there is a certain degree of protection.

You can customize the Recompute PC in much of the same ways that you can any other computer. It comes standard with the following specs:

CPU 3.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor USB 2 & 3 Support for both USB devices
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA2 Ports PS2, VGA, DVI, HDMI
Video ATI 8570D w/Radeon GPU Power Supply 400W Dual Fan, 115/230 Volt compatible, hard off switch w/ U.S. power cable
RAM 4GB DDR3 1066 Operating System Ubuntu 10.04 OS
Warranty 2 Year Standard Software Ubuntu Software Center

Recompute PC: Sustainable Cardboard Computer (cat-man-du Special Edition) – $899

Feel free to contact us using our contact form or at 806-350-8324 with any questions.

Watch the video review below.

 

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Tips That Will Help Keep Your Computer Running Great

Many times clients come in with a laptop or desktop that is down or having issues and wonder what happened. Finding the root of the problem can sometimes be a difficult task. Sometimes it’s virus infection from an unsecure site, email, or download, or a dropped computer. Maybe the inside of the computer is coated in lint and filth. Below are some tips that you can do to keep your computer running and performing properly.

1. Ventilate your computer properly.

Many times our desktop computers are stuffed under our desks or pushed back into a cramped corner. Yeah, it’s great for keeping them out of site and out of the way, but it also makes it easy for them to get filthy and hot. Proper ventilation is crucial to having a computer that works, and continues to work.

2. Keep your computer clean.

Whether it’s blowing out your keyboard regularly, or cleaning your fan intake, dirty computers just don’t want to work as well as clean ones. Plain and simple. If you have ever gotten something stuck underneath your keyboard key, you know how big of a pain that can be. Keep a duster can handy and use it regularly.

3. Don’t visit un-trusted sites.

This should go without saying, but you would be surprised how many people come in with a virus that is unleashed while on the internet. A good practice is, If you have never heard of a company or service and you land on a site that offers downloads that you aren’t familiar with, leave that site. You never know what you’re downloading and what it might do to your computer.

4. Be careful when opening email.

If you receive an email that is from a person you don’t know. DON’T OPEN IT. Many people unknowingly infect their computers because they are curious what an email is about. Better safe than sorry. Also, if you receive an email from someone that you do know, but doesn’t seem like the type of email they normally send you, then be ware. Their email might have been hacked and you are receiving a piece of spam that might harm your computer.

These are just a few guidelines to keep in mind when your working on or protecting your computer. If you take care of your computer, it is sure to be reliable, quick and secure.

 

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The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Takes Touch Screen Computers To A New ‘Level’ [VIDEO]

I am astonished at the speed that new tech designs roll off the line these days. It wasn’t just a couple months ago that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new Lenovo ThinkPad Twist, and now Lenovo has dropped another amazing peice of engineering in our laps. The new Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon.

It is multi-function and can be used as a complete touch screen Windows 8 desktop computer as well as laid out flat as a table computer, allowing you to gather friends (or clients) around the display and all take part in the user experience. Even as a business professional the applications are as endless as your imagination. Explaining what your talking about to your clients as they stare you in the face, knowing full well they cannot invision your idea can be frustrating. No more frustrating then having 7 or 8 prospective clients hovering behind them as you try to show them your design on your laptop.

The IdeaCentre Horizon changes everything. Imagine your talking to your clients and you can see that they are not grasping your concept, you then lay this machine down on the table top and spin it around for them to interact with using the touch screen interface. I can guarantee you will see some jaws drop.

If you loved squaring off on the old table top pac-man (and other games) in the ‘old-school’ arcades and movie theaters, then this new computer design will blow your mind. The new IdeaCentre Horizon takes an old idea and puts an entirely new spin on it. This machine has plenty of power to turn a night with the family or  a group full of friends into an interactive game night that no-one will want to miss out on. Lenovo is bringing back ‘Family Game Night’ in a whole new way. It’s also rocking a blazing fast i7 Processor, Windows 8 Pro, 10 Finger Multi-touch, 27″ Backlit HD Display.

While you can’t walk into your local cat-man-du and take one of these home with you today, you can get on a list to be notified of sale date. Projected on sale date is some time in the summer of 2013.

Would you have one of these in your home or business? Watch the video below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

https://youtu.be/I9Exu_A3xHY

 

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Desktop VS Laptop – Which Best Suits You

In the ever changing world of computers and technology, the next new device or computer is always just around the corner. Whether it be the new all-in-one touch screen desktop or the brand new laptop/tablet convertible, you have a choice to make.

Finding which style suits you best is probably the hardest part. On one hand the laptop is versitile and you can take it with you anywhere, but the desktop has the huge monitor and is constantly hooked to your home network. Now you’re standing in the store staring at the two weighing options and trying to figure out which is going home with you.

Well, maybe this post can be of a little assistance in the process. Take into consideration first, for what do you use your computer? Are you a business professional and in need of a portable workspace, or are you the casual internet browser who likes to catch up on TV and movies. Keep in mind that the average person keeps the same computer for an average of 4 – 7 years after purchase. Make sure you get what you need.


Here is a list of reasons you might want to purchase a laptop:

  1. You are a business professional.
  2. You don’t know when and where you might get tasked with building a spreadsheet or powerpoint presentation for your boss or client.
  3. You take your work with you when meeting clients and business prospects.
  4. You spend very little time at home.
  5. You spend much of your time on the road or traveling.
  6. You don’t have space for a workstation.

Here is a list of reasons you might want to purchase a desktop:

  1. You have a home workstation.
  2. You share the computer with family.
  3. You need a large monitor for graphic design, movie production, animation etc.
  4. You have a list of periferrals you use frequently that are not easily portable.
  5. You are a intense ‘Gamer’

There are more reasons to consider and each person has their own criteria for which machine they are going to unbox, but these are just some things that I recommend people think about when making a computer purchase. It’s an important purchase and making sure you have something that fits who you are and your needs will ensure a better ‘friendship’ between you and your computer.

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