TECH TRENDS : Custom Computers

Gail Eddy, Peak to Peak.  One of the services we provide is to build custom computers from scratch.   Chris is building one now for a long-time customer.  In fact, this is the second machine we’ve built for this particular customer!

Here’s the process.  Chris talks with the customer about what their goals are:

* What do they hope to use this computer for?
* How much storage should it have?
* What software is required?
* Should this be a portable computer or one that stays in the office?
* What is the budget?

Once Chris has a good understanding of what the requirements are, he does some research to determine exactly which parts need to be ordered.  Often times there is a choice to be made between two or more options.  He’ll have a conversation with the customer to decide which will best meet their needs.  Once all the parts have been decided, he’ll send the list (with all the order links) to the customer for ordering.
When the parts arrive, it looks a little chaotic for a while, but then it all comes together!

You can hear the excitement in Chris’ words:

“One of my special joys is to design and build full custom computers, and this one is for a customer who is still using last full custom computer I made for them about 5 years or so ago.

There are several special features in the design, but one of the special results is absolutely Smokin-Hot processor performance: using a modern 4 core processor and water cooling, the stock speed is 4Ghz on each of the 4 cores.

To make sure things are thermally stable, I’ve been running a CPU heating utility, which launches 8 CPU intensive processes all running in parallel, and after about 1H the cooler is only warm to the touch with a slight increase in overall fan sound.  Nice!

techNote: this picture was taken after the computer was on for about 10 minutes, but /before/ the burn-in process was started.”

This computer is almost ready to be delivered to the customer!

Chris Eddy of Geek For Hire, Inc. has been providing computer service to families and small businesses with Mac’s and PC’s for the past fourteen years. His company is highly rated by both the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and by Angie’s List. You can find more at http://www.GeekForHireInc.com.  Geek For Hire, Inc. provides onsite service (Tier 3) to the Denver / Boulder / Front Range area.