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difference between Intel's i3, i5 and i7 processors

What’s the difference between Intel’s i3, i5 and i7 processors?

By SandStorm IT | August 10, 2021
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If you’ve been shopping for a new PC recently, chances are, you’ve probably seen a lot of “Intel i3” or “Intel i5” stickers on the PC, or somewhere on the packaging. These are Intel’s current line up of processors, the i3, the i5, and the i7. It may be difficult to determine exactly what processor…

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What should I look for when purchasing a printer?

By Jeff Fowler | May 25, 2021
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Deciding on which printer to purchase for your organization is no easy task.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed given the complicated technical specs and hundreds of models available. However, with a little research and groundwork, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration in the shopping phase and, potentially, save money in the…

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Network Attached Storage

What is a Network Attached Storage?

By Jeff Fowler | September 15, 2020
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As your data storage needs expand, you will inevitably outgrow traditional external USB hard drives and shared folders. There’s a huge cost difference between using shared folders/external drives versus having a dedicated file server. Luckily, there’s another option that fills the gap between those options nicely, and it’s a Network Attached Storage device. It’s more…

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Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Why do I need an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)?

By Matt Ballard | February 17, 2020
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Imagine you are working on an important job for your company’s most profitable client. Or perhaps you are in college and working on a final term paper. Maybe it is a massive spreadsheet or a multiple page document that you have spent hours working on. Suddenly the power at your office or home goes out!…

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Buying a New Monitor

5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Monitor

By Jeff Fowler | December 9, 2019
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With the Windows 7 EOL coming up, a lot of users are getting new computers. To complete the “upgrade”, most people shop for a new monitor as well. With the number of options available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Our guide, “5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Monitor” may help shed some light…

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Solid State Drives

Solid State Drives, are they worth the expense?

By Matt Ballard | November 11, 2019
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Some people may not be familiar with the term Solid State Drives (SSD). Wikipedia defines a solid state drive as being a storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. A solid state drive differs from traditional hard disk drives in that they do not contain any moving components or…

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USB4

USB4 is coming in 2020 – What’s the difference?

By Jeff Fowler | September 23, 2019
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Earlier this month, the USB Implementation Forum (The industrial group that helps standardize and implement USB technology) finalized the specs for USB4. This means that it’s just a matter of time before you begin to see USB4 devices rolling out, which are expected in 2020. While a lot of the features already exist today, such…

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Bad Battery Life on your device? Here are a few things to check.

By Robert Cleveland | July 29, 2019
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Smartphones are the new way of life in today’s day-to-day life. We can do anything we need to do on a computer from a handheld device. But, what happens if your device’s battery life doesn’t last? In this post, we’ll discuss a few things that you can look at to extend the battery life of your device. Charging…

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physically clean my computer

How often should I physically clean my computer?

By Jeff Fowler | July 1, 2019
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Most PC components have heat sinks which basically distribute heat evenly along a larger surface area to allow to the faster dissipation of heat, much like the radiator in your car. You’ll often notice these on the CPU (Typically the largest heat sink), video card, motherboard, RAM and other components. Fans move cooler air across…

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