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PC Gaming

When I build a PC, in the current context of technology, I adhere to a basic design:

  • Quad (or better) Core Processor
  • Minimum of 8 GB or RAM (preferrrably 16 GB or more)
  • SSD HD to contain the boot partition
  • 7200 RPM SATA3 Multi-TB to serve as storage
  • Liquid Cooling for higher performance and quiet operation
  • Video Card with 4GB GDDR5
  • Attractive case with room for fans
  • Power supply from credible manufacturer that exceeds minimum requirement
  • OS independent

The way I work is I solicit bid requests and put together a custom PC build according to allotted budget.  Once I get the OK I require a 10% deposit and then place the parts order.  I charge you cost of parts with a 2.5% markup and a flat rate for the build based on a variable schedule of parts price.  The more expensive the build the higher my risk is, so the higher the build rate gets.

  • Under $500 for parts - $50 flat build rate
  • $500-$1000 - $100 flat build rate
  • $1000-$2000 - $150 build rate
  • Over $2000 - 10% of parts cost

Within these constraints there is quite a bit of room to either save a little money or go big.  It's up to you.  Remember part of this is the customization element.  If you come up with a parts list from Newegg or Amazon and say "I want this!" we can do that too (within reason).  If I see any potential issues with your build I'll let you know.  Its nice to have my expertise on your side.  There are a number of ways we can go about this.  You want a battlestation with Eyefinity or 2D/3D surround?  I can build that.  4K gaming?  Yep, that too.  Maybe you want the best performance and frame rate per buck - I can help there as well

TV and Movies

I recently wrote a blog on Linkedin about cutting the cord.  There is quite a bit of useful information on there about getting television/movie programming using the internet and a digital antenna.  Give it a read. I discuss how to get the full experience of satellite/cable without the exorbitant costs

Here is a brief breakdown on the requirements:

  • Strong Internet Connection 25 Mbps Minimum
  • Wireless AC (especially for 4K)
  • Streaming Devices (Fire, Roku, Apple TV)
  • Digital Antenna
  • DVR for Real-Time OTA programming

In place of a streaming device a PC can be used.  It goes without saying that a gaming platform is going to give you much more power than a streaming device and allow you to experience convergence of entertainment technologies.  This is a great solution for a wide range of applications.  Students who want to study, game and watch TV in the same space would find this arrangement very attractive.  Movie enthusiasts with elaborate home theater setups find the extra processing power desirable as well. Anyone who desires multi-functionality in the same machine can make use of this technology.

Local to the Southwest Florida Area, I can sell you all the equipment you need (or you can purchase it yourself) and make a house call to setup wireless and perform the device installs at my onsite rate of $100 per hour.  If I'm building you a PC I can easily adapt the build to include TV tuner and DVR functionality as well.

Item of note: Sling TV currently does not have a Linux client app so on a convergence box Windows is a necessity.  Yeah sure you can build a VM or mess around with Wine emulation, but that's not a reliable end user solution.  For those who just want to use Hulu and or Netflix Ubuntu works no problem.  TV tuner devices are Linux compatible as well.

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