Computer Hardware Links



Manufacturers of Computers

These companies manufacture computers. All are names that are familiar. They all offer new and used reconditioned equipment. Generally this is equipment that has been returned from a corporate lease and has been maintained by the manufacturer for its entire life, but a word of caution; not all manufacturers cover the operating system software. IBM/Lenovo Certified Used Equipment always have Windows pre-loaded and come with a warranty. You can save significantly on used equipment. Also there are two "grades" of computers; commercial and consumer. Commercial grade computers have commercial power supplies and generally lots of memory and large disks. They can be left on 24 hours a day but are more expensive. Consumer grade computers have smaller power supplies, often with minimum memory and smaller disks. It's not a good idea to leave these on 24 hours a day very too but they are less expensive.
 
Asus Computers (manufacturer of motherboards, desktop computers, laptops, and the EeePC)
Dell Computers
Gateway Computers
Lenovo Personal Computers (Lenovo bought the PC business from IBM)
Vision Computers (A smaller source of commercial grade computers)

 

Computer Stores

These stores are either local or Internet stores that offer new and used equipment as well as parts to enhance an existing computer. All are reputable.
 
Buy.com (One of many good online stores)
CensusPC (A good source for parts, components and PC's in Silicon Valley)
Coupon Mountain (Coupons for computers, printers and other electronics)
Crucial (Memory upgrades for your computer)
CyberGuys (All kinds of unique and hard-to-find computer accessories)
DirecTron (Online discount computer superstore)
Frys (The electronics superstore - location in Alpharetta and Duluth)
GinStar Computer (The Atlanta build it yourself computer store)
MicroCenter (Marietta store at Delk Rd and Powers Ferry Rd. Certainly worth a trip.)
Newegg (Computer hardware - the reborn Egghead Software)
PC Connection (Online store)
PC Nation (Online store)
PowerPC of Marietta (New, used, parts, repair, upgrades, data recovery, and house calls)
Provantage (Online store)
Portable Components (Laptop components at a discount price)

 

Hardware Information

These are sites that provide reliable information on your computer hardware.
 
Cnet News (Lots of computer stuff - news, downloads, etc.)
Computer Dictionary (From Computer User Magazine)
Computer History Museum (in Silicon Valley - Mountain View, California)
Device Doctor (A freebee program to update your device drivers)
Hardware Zone (Information on the latest PC, phone, tablet hardware)
PC Pit Stop(Test your computer for performance and problems)
WireWize (Get the right plug in the right hole)

 

Miscellaneous Hardware Sites

These don't quite fit in another category.
 
Gazelle (Get $$'s for your old computer here)
Kim Komando (Sign up for the Tip-of-the-day for lots of good computer information)
Linksys (Some of the best network equipment from Cisco)
NetStumbler (Locate all the Wi-Fi spots in range)
Old personal computers (Pictures and information on obsolete computers)
Wi-Fi FreeSpots (Find the free Wi-Fi HotSpots by state)