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Saturday, November 13, 2010

PC Buyers Guide

Ed Tafaro – Owner Tafaro Associates

Buying a PC can be a stressful and confusing process.  You have brand names (HP, Dell, Gatway and Apple) Then there are choices in Operating systems (Windows, Macintosh, or Linux), than you have Desktop, Laptop, or Netbook. Finally to top it all off you have hear tech jargon like Ghz, RAM, DVD, CD, Blu-Ray, GB, Bits etc . It enough to make you crazy. That’s where Tafaro Associates can help

I’m going to try and simplify what to look for when purchasing a PC.

What should you look for when buying a pc?

The days of having to spend thousands to get good PC are over. You can usually get away w. spending $350-$500, and have a good midrange computer.  Paying $800-$1000 may not be the best option when you are going to upgrade from the PC in 5yr. Plus higher plus doesn’t necessarily mean better performance.

Go for mid range PC with enough horsepower to do what you need it to do today, and still be able to use it 3-4 yrs down the road.


Dell/Gateway/HP /Sony? or lesser known Manufacturers like ASUS / Acer or System Max ?

 Going with a well known name brand pc may not be the best option since you are typically going to pay for the name. Unless you definitely want the Dell or Sony… seriously take into consideration the lesser known brand.

If you are going to buy Dell look to order it online their retail product line is not the best quality.


ASUS – Manufactures many of the internal components used by the name brand manufacturers.

Acer owns Gateway


AMD or Intel?

Current chips are comparable to one another; it may come down to personal preference.  Usually you will pay a premium for an Intel based chip.

AMD tends to give you more power (GHZ) than Intel, there are a number of factors that go into what contributes to how fast a pc will perform.

I recommend reading some online reviews of the PC that you are looking to purchase. If you are on a budget seriously consider AMD. 

Stay away from the lower end processors (Intel Celeron) or (AMD Sempron).  Typical PC lifespan is 3-5 yrs. Purchase a PC that has enough processing power to keep the PC for 5 yrs.

Get a 64Bit / Multi core computer.

Intel i3, i4,i5 or better

AMD Phenom x2, x4 or x6

2.6 ghz +
Memory (RAM):

To make sure that your pc will be useful years from now make sure that you purchase either a system that can have memory added or one will a lot to begin with.  Memory is not an area you should skimp out on unless you plan on upgrading from the system sooner than 5yrs.

3GB + of RAM


Drive space is cheap.  When buying a new PC make sure that you have enough room to store your photos, videos, and games.  Also consider buying an external drive for backup.

Recommended drive space:

Operating System:

Windows /OSX (Mac) or Linux?
Both operating system Depending on what the primary use of your computer will be.
If you are looking for ease of use, web browsing, photos , some video and don’t really game and cost is not an option than a Apple/Mac would do.

Most businesses, and schools are standardized on Windows based systems.


If you are in the market for a new computer I would recommend looking in the $350-$500 range to find a good mid-range pc. Going with a name brand manufacturer should not matter as long as you have enough processor/memory/and hard drive to go along with it.

Check consumer reports to make check on the manufacturers repair/customer service ranking.

Recommended PC Specifications:
Multi-core Processor from (AMD /Intel – stay away from Sempron(AMD)/ and Celeron(Intel)
3GB Ram
350GB+ Hard Drive

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Computer Repair Services Manahawkin, LBI, West Creek, Tuckerton and surrounding areas!!!

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PC Optimization
Wireless Networking
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Remote Assistance
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tips on How to Maintain your PC

Tips for on how to maintain your pc You can do this weekly or at the very minimum monthly.

  1. Run a disk scan to check for hard drive issues

    Start > Click on My Computer > Right click on Drive C:\
    Click Properties > Click On the “Tool” Heading  Under “Error Checking” Click Check Now

  2. Run a defragmentation program

    Start > Click on My Computer > Right click on Drive C:\
    Click Properties > Click On the “Tool” Heading  Under Click on “Defragment Now”

    If for some reason the defrag program is not working you can download a free defrag program “Defraggler” From here:

  3. Run a clean up to delete unneeded files

    Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Clean Up

  4. Back up your files to a remote location
    Use an online storage company like Mozy or Carbonite
  1. Empty your recycle bin

    Right Click on the recycle bin > Click empty recycle bin

  2. Delete your Internet files\Browser History\Cookies

    In Internet Explorer go to Tools > Internet Options > under browsing history hit delete, you will then get an option of what you would like to delete select “Delete All”

  3. Update your virus definitions

    Depending on the Antivirus that you are using you can Right click on the AV icon in the lower right corner of your PC , select update .

  4. Run a full virus scan

    Start > Click on My Computer > Right click on Drive C:\
    Select Scan for viruses.

  5. Scan for Spyware using one of the following programs:
    Super Antispyware
    Spybot :

  6. Make sure windows “Automatic Update” is on
Start > Control Panel >  Security Center > Automatic Updates > Make sure that Automatic is selected and hit OK.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

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