Dirty Gaming Fan
By Asheville Computer Company / DesktopRecent Work / / 0 Comments

This customer brought us a gaming PC that was overheating and having issues with performance. We quickly took a look and determined that the CPU fan needed to be replaced due to excessive build-up on the heat sink that was unable to be removed.

We replaced their existing fan and heat sink with a newer and improved version and their system was running cooler than ever!

If you are having issues with your gaming computer or want an upgrade please give us a call.

780TI to 1080TI upgrade
By Asheville Computer Company / BusinessDesktopRecent Work / / 0 Comments

This customer wanted the latest and greatest video card for high resolution gaming on a huge monitor so they needed to upgrade their video card. They had a Nvidia 780TI, which was top of the line just a few years ago, but wanted something newer and faster for the latest games and their new, large monitor.

They chose the Nvidia 1080TI graphics card as the current champion in high resolution gaming. We replaced the existing card and loaded the updated drivers and patches to ensure that it was operating at peak performance in their custom build gaming PC.

After a few further adjustments to tweak the new gaming monitor to work with their new graphics card they were ready to go.

If you want to upgrade your gaming PC but aren’t sure where to start or what you might need then please give us a call. We can make it as painless as possible to get you back in action!

 

gtx 1070 upgrade graphics card upgrade
By Asheville Computer Company / BusinessDesktopRecent Work / / 0 Comments

One of the many services we provide at The Asheville Computer Company is hardware upgrades. A commonly requested service is to upgrade the computer’s graphics card to play games more smoothly or to increase the processing power for business related design and modeling programs.

We recently upgraded a gaming machine from a standard issue graphics card to one of the newest available and powerful cards, the GTX 1070.

The customer was unable to play some modern games, at all, with their old graphics card, but with the new card the games run very smooth and will for a long time.

The benchmarks on the new graphics card were 3x – 5x better with the new card!

If you needs a graphics card upgrade for gaming or your 3D design software or are curious about other upgrades that will help your computer run better and more efficiently please give us a call to discuss your options.

 

 

hp cleanup
By Asheville Computer Company / DesktopLaptopRecent Work / / 0 Comments

We have gathered some recent before and after photos from computers (PCs and Macs) that needed a good cleaning inside and out.

The fans on these computers continuously draw in air, dirt and dust that will eventually clog vents and cause it to overheat. This reduces the lifespan of your devices and can cause premature failure, reduce speed and functionality.

Your computer needs regular maintenance for the software and hardware. If your computer isn't running like it should bring it to us and we will get it back in shape for the new year.

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Old iMac SSD Upgrade
By Asheville Computer Company / MacRecent Work / / 0 Comments

This iMac was brought to us with the usual issues from a Mac of this age. The user reported that it was running very slow and the fans were loud. They wanted to know if they should spend the money to replace it or was there something that could be done to bring it back to life.

The price of a new iMac could range from $1200 to well over $2000 for a top of the line machine. The truth is that most people don’t need the latest and greatest Mac to do the things they need to do on a computer.

We were able to replace the old and worn out spinning hard drive with a new super fast SSD drive. This new drive is 10x faster than the old drive and runs considerably cooler and quieter. We also took the opportunity to clean the fans and vents to ensure that everything was cooling properly.

We were able to clone the old drive over to the new SSD so the only difference the user saw was the tremendous speed increase. All their files and programs were exactly as they were before the upgrade.

The end result was an iMac that actually ran faster, quieter and cooler than it did when it was new out of the box. It was taking over 5 mins for it to boot up to the desktop before the upgrade. After the upgrade it was ready to go in under 30 seconds and applications responded almost immediately when clicked.

If you have an older Mac and are considering upgrading due to slow performance or space issues then please give us a call first to explore your options. We may be able to upgrade your hard drive or increase your RAM to give you the performance boost you need to make your Mac last.

We can save you thousands over the price of a new computer.

mackeeper removal ram upgrade
By Asheville Computer Company / LaptopMacRecent Work / / 0 Comments

A recent customer reported that their Macbook, though only a few years old, was starting to run slow and had some programs installed that they could not remove.  Although, historically, the Mac has been better at not getting virus infections, malware infestations and nuisance adware type programs, that has changed recently.  OSX is completely capable of getting infected either by a virus, malware, proxy redirect or just about any other issue a PC user would face.

In this case, it was only a program called MacKeeper. MacKeeper was installed intentionally but because a nuisance with pop-ups and constant alerts slowing down the computer and interrupting normal use.  The user was unable to uninstall it and remove it from the computer. We were able shut down the program and get all signs of it removed along with a couple of other unnecessary programs.

While working on the laptop we let the user know that only a small amount of RAM was installed and that was a major source of their slowdown.  We upgraded their ram to 8GB from 2GB and the laptop was working better than ever and had plenty of RAM to ensure that several programs and browser tabs running at the same time wouldn’t slow it down, any more.

If your Mac is being slowed down by unwanted programs that start up when you boot or you would just like it to be cleaned up give us a call. While we do the clean-up and optimization we can check the hardware to see if anything can be upgraded or needs to be replaced to make it run, even better.

 

Dell 5588 SSD upgrade
By Asheville Computer Company / LaptopRecent Work / / 0 Comments

This customer brought us a fairly new Dell 5588 laptop that was working fine but was starting to feel a little sluggish. Even a new computer with a fast processor and lots of RAM can feel slow and sluggish due to the old spinning 5400 rpm hard drive.  The hard drive, especially the slow 5400 rpm mechanical drives, are the slowest part of a modern computer and causes most of the bottlenecks that most people experience when using their computer.

We upgraded this drive to an SSD that made this laptop faster than it was when it came out of the box.  Most manufacturers skimp on the hard drive speed and give you more space than you need because the large number looks attractive to buyers.

We know from experience that an SSD hard drive upgrade for your desktop or laptop can make a huge difference in the performance and enjoyment of your computer.  We can upgrade almost any computer and can do so with a fast turn around.

Don’t spend another frustrating day waiting on your Mac of PC computer.  Bring it to us and we will make it fly.

 

Mac Mini Upgrade
By Asheville Computer Company / DesktopMacRecent Work / / 0 Comments

This Mac Mini was a couple of years old and was due for some upgrades.  It was working OK, but was bogging down on videos and some common tasks.  We took a look and noticed that the RAM was low for today’s standards and also we could gain a large speed boost by upgrading the hard drive to a new SSD drive.

We upgraded the RAM to 8GB of DDR3 laptop style memory and cloned the hard drive over to a new 500 GB solid state drive.  While the original computer came with 4GB of RAM it’s a little low for today’s computing needs.  8GB of RAM is quickly becoming the standard for modern computers and that’s what this user needed to ensure that the computer wouldn’t be slowed down by running out of RAM when editing large files in Photoshop or even browsing the web with multiple tabs open at the same time.

The new SSD hard drive is what gives this Mac Mini it’s biggest speed boost.  Removing the old and slow mechanical drive and replacing it with a solid state hard drive makes this Mac Mini faster than it was when it was brand new.  It also reduces heat and fan noise which can be a concern on these older Mac Mini computers.

If you have a Mac, either old or new, it can probably be upgraded to make it faster or add years to an aging machine. This can save you the cost of replacing an expensive computer.

 

PC Backup Scare and Scam
By Asheville Computer Company / PCRecent Work / / 0 Comments

This picture is a composite of several of the so called “helper” programs installed on this PC that brought it performance to a crawl.  These programs usually start off as a tag along to a “free” program such as a coupon printer or a YouTube downloader. These programs are usually free because they are subsidized by the extra programs.

Once you have one of these programs installed it will usually bother you with annoying pop-ups to upgrade, ads for other products and threatening screens that show that you computer is highly “un-optimized” and about to blow up!

The programs usually fall into a grey category of not quite being malware or a virus but as semi-legitimate software that is of very poor quality or just an add-on meant to display ads to generate revenue.  Most removal software will list them under the PUP category.  PUP stands for potentially unwanted program.

I have linked to a review of one of the backup programs that we see a lot in these cases.  The software will actually back up your files but it’s very expensive, the data is unencrypted, and may not actually be there if you hard drive fails.

MY PC BACKUP REVIEW – PC MAGAZINE

These programs can be removed but they can be stubborn and can cause damage to Windows on the way out the door.  We have dealt with hundreds of these programs and are able to remove them and restore your computer back to working order.

If you have computer that is being overwhelmed by pop-ups and unwanted programs contact us today to setup an appointment.

 

Toshiba Laptop SSD Upgrade
By Asheville Computer Company / LaptopPCRecent Work / / 0 Comments

This Toshiba laptop was brought to us by a customer who complained of it being slow. It was only a couple of years old and had a great processor and a good amount of RAM so the only culprit had to be the slow hard drive.

We replace the old mechanical hard drive with a super fast SSD drive and cloned over the user’s data. When the customer received the laptop everything looked exactly like it did before but the laptop operated even faster than it did when it was new.

The slowest part of most modern computers is the hard drive. We can upgrade almost any hard drive to a new solid state model and give you performance that’s hard to believe for the money.

If you are anywhere in the Asheville to Hendersonville area give us a call today to talk about upgrading your aging or brand new desktop or laptop to a solid state hard drive.