Buying a New Computer

CPU Onsite offers a full-service Data Transfer for only $97.50. Services including:

Transfer of your documents, pictures, music, email, internet favorites or bookmarks, desktop files, Quicken, Quickbooks, all other Financial software data, Geneology data, and more.

Installation of proper security software and browser tools to offer the best protection at minimal cost (many are free services).

Installation of your printer/scanner.

Installation of all software you provide us via disk or download.

Download of all necessary Microsoft Updates (typically, the unit was assembled at the factory 3 to 9 months ago and lacks many of the recent Microsoft updates).

Plus any other configuration service needed within reason.

Most importantly, if you want to know the best brands to buy, don’t ask a sales person. Ask a computer repair company such as CPU Onsite. Our 20+ years of repairing computers have enabled us to determine which brands are most durable and easy to replace parts if ever needed.

Our top recommended brands for both laptop and desktop units are Dell, Lenovo, and  ASUS. You are wise to spend at least $350 on any unit, as units below this price range are likely to last you less than 3 years. A decent desktop (tower) computer should be in the price range of $450 to $750. A decent laptop should be between $350 to $550.

The second most important factor, besides brand, is the internal components. Our recommendations are:

CPU Chip – Intel I5 or Intel I7
RAM – 8 GB minimum, recommend 12 GB to 16 GB
Hard Drive – 1 to 2 TB 7200 RMP SATA III Hard drive.  Optional SSD (solid state drive) is considerably smaller and is still prone to damage even though it has no moving parts. It is also typically more expensive. If you purchase a unit with only a 250 GB Solid State Hard Drive, you will likely need to also purchase an external hard drive to store pictures and music.

You can always call us at 209-296-0660 to discuss your next purchase. We are happy to offer advise.

Far too often a person will purchase a new computer without first getting an evaluation of why their computer is malfunctioning. Quite often the problem is within the software, not the computer hardware. Software issues can typically be resolved for between $65 to $160. Occasionally, the maximum labor charge of $195 is needed to perform a backup of your valued data, then a clean reinstall of the Windows software, and restore of your data.

However, there are times when a new computer purchase just makes sense. If your current computer is over 5 years old and is running Windows 7, Vista or XP,  you are wise to purchase a new system which has been designed specifically for Windows 10.

Microsoft Windows 10 is here to stay. Windows Vista and XP were abandoned in 2016, Windows 7 is slated to be abanded by end of 2018. Windows 8 is expected to be abandoned by end of 2019.

In summary, if your unit is less than 5 years old, but is experiencing technical difficulty, it is best to have CPU Onsite perform a diagnostic service to determine if the issues can be resolved for less than the cost of a new computer. Call 209-296-0660 to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins also welcome.

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