Friday, February 12, 2010

Where can I get a cheap used computer?

In the last year or so, i've had a variety of business clients looking for a good deal on a cheap computer. The options used to be ebay, craigslist, or hand me downs from home computers.

Well, now you've got a real option. Southeastern Data is the place to go for used desktop and laptop computers, as well as monitors and printers. They have an entire warehouse full of used equiptment. The best part is that they offer an additional warranty. For $20-25 you can purchase a one or two year warranty. That's better than any of the retail stores in town!

Check them out at Desktop PC's start around $125.00 for a decent system.

When you call them, ask for Jon and tell him Dave from Hughes IT sent you :)

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Should I fix my old computer or buy a new computer?

Should I fix my computer or buy a new one??

This question comes up at least once a week with clients of mine. They often don't know when to call it a day and purchase a new system. With prices at an all time low for new computers, it's becoming a much easier decision. You can head to your local retail store and purchase a desktop PC for under $400.00 any day of the week. If you need a high performance system, they can be custom built for under $1000.00, which would have been hard to pull off 4 years ago.

The general rule of thumb that we use is...

A Business Computer - If it's older than 3 years, replace it. The cost of repairs and the fact that reliability starts to become a concern around this time period make it a no brainer. You can write it off on your taxes anyway. A new system will make you and your employees more productive and new security features will keep your office network safer.

A Home Computer - 5 years is about the average lifetime of a home computer. They get used far less than a work computer, and for most people, are just for email and surfing the internet. After 5 years, consider donating it to charity and writing it off on your taxes.

If you've got an aging computer, and don’t know which road to take, just give us a call at 407-284-1192. We can go over all the options, costs, and can hopefully get you going in the proper direction. And don’t worry about your old data. We offer services to destroy that information so you can safely dispose of your computer without all your information going along with it :).

Thanks for stopping by,

Dave Nevill
Hughes IT Solutions Inc.