Computer, Laptop, & Device Repair
What To Do When You Need I.T. Repaired
PC & Laptop Repair
ARMOR is here to fix all of you computer woes, including Apple devices. Whether it’s corrupted hardware, a virus, a broken laptop screen or hinge, system optimization on a slow computer, or upgrading your RAM or video card—we do it all. All of our repairs are done by our skilled, certified technicians in-house, unlike others in the area (*cough* Geek Squad *cough*). What about new computers, you ask? Our team specializes in custom-builds. And since we stand by our work, all ARMOR repairs come with a 30-day guarantee.
- Please keep your tower computer off the floor. It will suck up all the dust. Keep your heatsinks clean for a better performance.
- If your screen goes out on your laptop, it is still worth fixing. The cost is much less than the new laptop that you have to spend all your time reinstalling your software.
- Keep your laptop plugged in as much as possible. The battery functions the same way your phone and tablet do.
- If you think you have a virus, do a Google search you know, then click the link and see if it take you somewhere it should not. If it does, or pop-ups start happening for no reason, shut it down and bring it in. If it does not, just run you virus scan on the drive and see if it finds anything. If it finds nothing, continue to operate normally.
- If your computer has a good dual-core processor and 8GB of RAM it will still perform well as a workstation for writing, research, and data entry.
Has your picture gone out but you can still hear sound? Is your TV simply not turning on? Can it not recognize an input device? Any issue you’re having—we can repair.
- Spend more than $25 on a Surge protector to get one that is 3300J or more. Also, replace them after 5 years. They become power strips after so many surges.
- Don’t overload your breaker for your TV and entertainment system. Dedicate one break for just the entertainment system.
- Don’t use a vacuum on the same outlet as the TV. You risk a surge to the TV.
- If you paid less than $200 for the TV, it will not be cost-effective to repair. We will take in LCD TV’s for FREE to recycle, and charge for CRT TV recycling.
What About Other Electronics?
Does your toaster not toast your toast anymore? Does your humidifier actually dehumidify your room? Fear no more because we can fix both! We’ve also fixed shredders, printers, rotary phones, and more. You name it; if it plugs in or has batteries—we can fix I.T.
ARMOR's Custom Computer Lab
We use computers for just about everything today, from work to entertainment and everything in between. So, when people need a new computer, why do they just go out a buy a name brand computer that is cheap and easy to get? Is it because it meets the minimum requirements for the minimum cost? Is it because the big box store offers a warranty? Or is it simply because most people are not sure what they actually need our of their computer. Here are 8 fundamental reasons to have a custom system built to make your life easier.
1. Custom Systems Do Not Come With Bloatware
When you buy a pre-built system, you succumb to bloatware 99% of the time. From the software Dell overlays over your copy of Windows, to HP’s custom drivers, there’s a ton of additional software associated with a pre-built system. You don’t need any extra deals, or anyone doing data mining on your computer, and these softwares do just that. They use up the resources you want to play your favorite game or interfere when you’re trying to get some work done, so your best bet is to get a custom system.
2. Custom Towers Allow For Better Upgrades
Grabbing that pre-built Dell computer offers little to no room for upgrades or expansions. The moment your system no longer meets the minimum requirements for the job, game, or whatever else you are using it for, you have to buy a whole new one. If you build a sweet gaming rig with a Thermaltake View 91 Tempered Glass case, for example, or any of the modern PC cases on the market, there are expansion areas for anything you need or might need in the future, e.g., more drives, water cooling, expansion bays for media readers, space to keep the system clean, and air filters to keep the inside of your computer dust free. Function isn’t the only reason to build a custom PC—these cases make the system look cooler, too!
3. MORE POWER
There is nothing better than have a good computer with a solid quality power supply that weighs a ton. A quality power supply will make sure that your system doesn’t fall victim to the power fluctuations of the processor and video card during intensive gameplay or a 3D-rendering job. It also lets you keep adding more drives, more parts, more lights, and will help protect your computer from surge issues.
4. Standardized Parts That Will Not Have You Replacing The Computer
Custom systems are built with standardized parts that can be easily replaced, so you don’t need to throw the whole computer out. If the power supply fails, it gets replaced with another standard ATX power supply with the same wattage, not the Dell power supply that has its own special size. If your RAM goes bad, you can put another stick in that is the same speed but doesn’t need to be a specific HP replacement part. Custom systems allow for flexibility and customization levels that cannot be matched by pre-built systems, and that makes it easier to maintain your computer throughout the lifespan of the machine.
Recently, we had someone looking to buy a refurbished computer to meet the minimum specifications for some financial software he wanted to use for stock trading. He wanted a $300 to $400 refurb with an i5 processor in it. However, that is a used computer that was a box store one we rebuilt. So instead, I suggested a $1200 custom build with an i7 processor and a solid-state hard drive that would perform at the speed he needs for the software to operate optimally. He didn’t like the idea until I told him that he could lose a $2000 stock trade because of the time lost in the refurb struggling to run the software. Custom systems are cost-effective, designed to fit your specific needs, and focus your money in the right places. These systems are built with better video cards for gaming, more hard drives for file serving, and more standardized parts to deliver the performance you need.
6. Special Needs
There are a number of custom case options that have air filters on the case for industrial areas (or if you have pets). There are custom microcomputers that are built as small as possible with minimum requirements for data entry. Others are built for 4 to 8 monitor stations to display video, workspace, dispatch systems, financial markets, and more. All of our developer stations have 4 monitors to maximize our productivity. Building custom systems allows for each and every special need of the job, service, or entertainment to be met.
Custom systems use better parts that have a lower failure rate. Most hardware bugs are issues with the development of the name brand system getting rushed out the door built with the cheapest components. The highest volume of repair jobs we have come in are HP computers. If you’re lucky, the company will eventually send you a software patch sometime down the road. We see very few custom-built computers fail in our shop. Most of the time, when it does happen, it is an issue with Windows.
8. Plus, You Can Do Some Really Creative Things With Custom Builds . . . Like Mounting Them On Your Wall
Wrapping Things Up
So, the moral of the story is if you want to work smarter or game harder, then you need a custom system to match the performance, and it has to fit your unique needs and aesthetic. It will cost a little more, but you will get more bang for your buck in the long run because of the higher quality parts and the performance. A computer that doesn’t fit your needs finds its way into the trash (however, you should never throw your electronics in the trash; please take them to a facility that recycles e-waste, like ARMOR).