Gaming, Home, Barebones Computer Kits – What Is the Difference?

Computer KitsIntroductionNot everyone wants to, has the time to, or has the inclination to build his or her own computer. For that reason there are pre-established computer kits, to make purchasing and setting up your computer easy. There are three major type of computer kits:Barebones
Gaming
Home.We are going to discuss each type in this blog, and the major reason/benefits of purchasing a certain type of computer.Barebones Computer KitsThe first discussion on our agenda is the barebones option for no other reason than it alphabetically makes sense.A barebones computer kit typically refers to the minimal essentials that a computer needs to run and operate effectively. They tend to run very inexpensive, but are very limited in what they are capable of running and operating.These types of computer kits are capable of the following and are generally a great choice if this is all you are looking for in your computer:emailing
web surfing
printing documents.Barebones computer kits are intended to do the minimalist of functions. For some families or individuals, a computer is a convenience at best, and not even remotely close to a necessity. If you fall under this type of category you may want to look into for the purchase of your next computer.Gaming Computer KitsThe first and perhaps most important concept to understand with a gaming computer is that when we refer to games we are talking about a system intensive game that may or may not be online such as the ever popular gamesWorld of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Crisis Core
Warhammer: Age of ReckoningThe list of these games could be a blog in and of itself. Those were just a few examples, so that we understand when we are discussing games we are not talking abouthearts
solitaire
free cell
minesweeper
anything found on addictinggames.com or bored.comAll of these games can be easily played on our barebones computer kits or home computer kits.Gaming computer are computer kits that are meant to be able to multi-task exceptionally well with very system intensive programs because who doesn’t like to listen to the favorite music while fighting other people online? Gaming computer kits are meant to be able to do all of that without lagging. No one wants to blame their character’s death on a slow computer. Blame it on the internet connection!Back to the computer subject matter at hand. When you are looking at a gaming computer, it will run you a little more expensive than the other two types of kits, but it is intended to do more. Something to always keep in mind: When purchasing a computer you almost always get what you pay for. Home Computer KitsOur last topic, but most certainly not out least important is the home computer kits. Home computers are the most common of the three type of computer kits. Not every family needs a gaming rig and most households use the computer as more than a convenience.For many people a computer is almost a necessity. If we take a minute to look at how technologically based times our today, and how often we are in front of our computer we will appreciate as to why a computer is almost a necessity anymore.The computer is used for so many things that we may take for grantedSurfing the internet
finding a route to a place we need to get to
watching movies whether they are on DVD or on a place like YouTube
paying bills online
keeping up with friends on social media sites
or purchasing what we need so we never have to leave our homes to look for it
and to many other functions to name them allA home computer should be great at multitasking, but does not need to have the extensive system requirements that gaming computer kits tend to carry. Home computer kits fall under the category of jack-of-all; master of none.Conclusion

Computer Repair Technicians Taking the Easy Way Out – The Wipe and Reinstall Fix

This “syndrome” in the computer repair industry ranks near the top of my frustration list of practices by some computer repair technicians. I am referring to the practice of a few unprofessional computer repair technicians, and even some big company franchises, taking the easy way out to fix a computer by telling the customer that they have to wipe the hard drive and reinstall everything.In my head, I am still trying to figure out how someone can call wiping and reinstalling a “fix” for any computer repair problem. On my list of remedies, that is my last resort. Generally it kind of leaves me feeling a bit defeated. But, since I rarely have to ever do that, I think only 3 or 4 times in the last 18 years, it is not a big issue for me.So why do so many computer repair technicians find it so easy to resort to destroying the customer’s data and wiping their hard drive as a solution to a computer repair problem? Here are a few of the reasons.
They really do not know how to fix the problem. This is the number one reason. Most of the time this is the approach most often used by technicians that have little experience in actually troubleshooting and fixing computers, You know who they are. Its the guy, often barely out of high school, that grew up playing with computers and built his own gaming system so he thinks he is an expert at repairing computers, or the person that home studied the certification books and proceeded to get a certificate because he answered all the question right on a piece of paper. Any way it goes, they just don’t have the experience and this is their only solution. What is worse is they are taking advantage of the customer that is trusting their “expert” conclusion that this is the ONLY solution to their problem, often leaving the customer with a feeling of regret for not having backed up all their data, documents and pictures and losing them because of the reinstall
Time and money equals profits. It takes longer to troubleshoot and attempt remedial actions on a computer with complicated problems. Often a consumer is looking for the best price for the computer repair. In order to remain competitive and maintain a volume of business, a computer repair company may resort to the wipe and re-install of a computer because it takes significantly less time than actually resolving the issue. Thus, they can make more money by taking the fastest route to getting the computer up and running again. Again, not usually in the customer’s best interest because they end up generally losing their data and having to reinstall all of their software applications on their own.
Laziness. This comprises a little of both of the above plus a poor attitude, but is really self-explanatory. The computer tech or the company philosophy is to take the easy way out, avoid possible complications, get the computer out the door repaired, and do so with the least effort, time and expense. It is a “repair mill” mentality. In general, they just don’t care about the customer. Rather, it is all about whatever is easiest and most profitable. Again, the customer becomes an innocent victim of unprofessional business attitudes and practices.A comment response by a self-proclaimed computer repair guru on a forum posting by another newbie technician asking “What’s a good turnaround time on computer repair for consumers?” read the following: “It really depends on clientele, If you want to do this in a full time extent, you should be able to do this in about 8 – 12 hours. If you just reimage the computer it shouldn’t take more than 2 hours.” I guess we know how he operates.A true technician can resolve nearly any problem without resorting to wiping a hard drive and reinstalling the operating system, also referred to as reimaging a computer. A technician with a genuine concern for the customer’s best interest will use everything in their arsenal to fix a problem before resorting to a total reimaging of a computer system.In my own computer repair company, I can site multiple instances wherein a customer brought a computer to me because they were told by another computer repair person that it was necessary to reimage the customer’s computer resulting in total loss of their data, only to find that indeed, it could be fixed without any loss. Yes, sometimes it costs more than reimaging a system due to the longer repair processes, but the customer more often than not would rather pay a bit more than lose all their data, and all too often, their precious libraries of family memories on the computer in digital pictures.My advice to consumers is to ask around and check the reputation of the computer repair tech. Don’t be gullible and easily accept a computer repair technician’s assertion that a total wipe and reinstall of the hard drive is required. Drill them on the reasons why it is necessary, and what the alternatives are. At the very least, always tell a computer repair person or company that they should contact you for authorization before wiping your hard drive and reimaging your computer. Be aware as well, that many of the large franchise operations use a business model wherein a series of mandated minimal troubleshooting steps are undertaken before the company policy dictates a complete reinstall of the computer is required for problem resolution.