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Computer security was never more important! This video at our South Tampa store explains.

Computer security is always something to be concerned about. At Performance Computer Group, we are constantly keeping up on the latest flaws in computer security across all types of devices. First of all, it doesn’t matter if you are a Mac or PC user. It also doesn’t matter if you limit your interactions on the internet to mobile devices. Everyone to some degree is vulnerable to attack by what seem to be an increasing number of threats. We want to make sure you have the best equipment for your uses and that your data is kept safe from these threats.

Computer security flaw uncovered and Performance Computer Group is here to help

What new computer security threats are happening now?

Most of the time you might hear about the latest virus running rampant among computers. Most of these are users of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The market share of these two operating systems is greatly unbalanced, so Mac users are a little less exposed. A whopping 88% of desktop computer users are on the Windows platform. So naturally, an attacker wants to affect as many targets as possible, making Windows is the easy choice. If you watch the video above, you will hear about a new hardware-related threat that affects devices using a specific chipset. Therefore this means that Windows, Mac, and even some everyday devices have the chance to expose sensitive data.

What can I do to beef up my computer security?

The specialists at Performance Computer Group have been learning for years about hardware and software issues. This type of problem seems to crop up quite frequently for customers that need to repair their computer. Making sure you have the right antivirus program installed can lower the risks substantially. Keeping your antivirus updated will be more effective if you run periodic scans of your computer. Consequently, you must use caution if you happen to have an old version of what is called a “virus definition” file. You run the risk of losing valuable time and data if a new virus is not detected.

Bring your computer into our South Tampa store today for a checkup. You don’t have to be a victim of these types of computer security issues. We offer discounts on new and used hardware all the time. Finally, an upgrade today could save you money in the long run.

Are you a cryptocurrency miner or avid gamer? South Tampa has graphics cards!

The past few years have been an express elevator ride for graphics card prices. This has affected two main groups of consumers: gamers and cryptocurrency miners. Dubbed “The Etherium Effect”, the prices have been on the rise since the advent of  new cryptocurrencies, such as Etherium. Even the places where you could previously get really competitive prices are hiking prices to keep up with the rising demand for this silicon gold. Instead of  playing the next new action RPG, they are using these graphics cards to mine Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies.

Why are graphics card so expensive now?

These high-end graphics cards are the processing engines for the mining of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Etherium. They are the main processors of crunching the numbers that create the blockchain. The blockchain is a string of validated Bitcoin transactions. The cryptocurrency explosion seen in the past few years has had many people chomping at the bit (pun intended) for more processing power. The companies that make the cards have been backlogged in production of the cards, since the market demand is now so high.

How can I use graphics cards to mine cryptocurrency?

Performance Computer Group has been  a hot spot for the cryptocurrency phenomenon.  They have the hardware and expertise available to both mine cryptocurrency and show you how you can do it. Their technicians have years of experience building custom gaming rigs, so this is just another application of that service. From choosing the right components to making sure you have the right software installed and configured, they are a one-stop shop.

Where can I get high-end graphics cards now without breaking the bank?

This is the question that everyone is asking right now. Currently, even on the big reseller sites like Amazon and eBay, the prices for graphics cards are ridiculous. Some of the main graphics cards used in cryptocurrency mining are as follows:

  • GeForce GT1060
  • GeForce GT 1070
  • GeForce GT 1080ti

Performance Computer Group will either meet or beat the current selling price on Amazon

You can rest assured that their technicians are standing by if you would like to have your own cryptocurrency mining rig built. They can help you set it up and get you ready to start making money.

Mac problems? Mac Repair happens at PCG!

Mac repair – do you need it? Have you ever wanted to rage quit whatever you were doing because of that wonderful spinning beach ball? That ball has caused many a Mac user to want to send their laptop to a fiery death more than once. At Performance Computer Group, we have years of experience in Mac repair. We will be able to easily diagnose and repair any problem you might be having.

Common issues that require our Mac Repair services

  • Your Mac won’t turn on.
  • Your Mac will turn on, but won’t start up.
  • You turned on your Mac, but you just get a screen with a flashing question mark.
  • Turning on your Mac shows a blue or grey screen at startup.
  • Can’t shut down your Mac?
  • Is your Mac frozen?
  • Your Mac runs really slow.
  • Your Mac cannot connect to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
  • When you try to charge your Mac, it won’t charge or battery depletes too quickly.
  • Your Mac keeps showing the spinning beach ball (ugh!)

These are just some of the reasons why you might need to bring in your Mac computer for an expert Mac repair technician to take a look. There might be some component that needs to be replaced or some piece of software that is causing your issues.

Mac Repair and the Virus Myth

You may have heard someone say, “I use Macs because they can’t get viruses.” This statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Mac computers are not really any safer from viruses, and it is actually quite the opposite. The number of virus reports coming from Mac computers is little to none because anti-virus software is not used very frequently due to the perpetuation of this myth and the idea that “Mac OS X is a secure OS, so why would I need anti-virus software?” If there’s no anti-virus software that can detect and report the virus, then it appears as if it is more secure from the sheer number of reported infections.

If you need something customized on your Mac computer, we also offer some nice custom built laptops or something else you might need. Call us at (813) 639-0211 of just stop by and bring in your Mac computer.

Does your Business need a one-stop Business IT shop?

When you’re running a business, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not you can send an email or print to your network printer. Performance Computer Group specializes in all things related to technology, which includes Business IT services to keeping your computers and printers running smoothly.  Rather than wait until your internet goes down, you can have us check on things periodically.

Business IT Support is just the beginning

Our staff of expert technicians is standing by for your next emergency. Our ideal package for businesses includes a proactive approach to your business that catches the problems before they become an emergency. Some of the services that come with our maintenance package include the following:

  • Anti-virus installation and periodic scanning
  • Operating system and software updates
  • Network printer or internet connection troubleshooting
  • VOIP softphone setup and configuration
  • Computer hardware testing and troubleshooting
  • New workstation setup and configuration
  • Onsite Microsoft Exchange email server setup

Bulk workstations for sale and setup

If you’re opening a new office, you may need to purchase some compact and fast workstations. Performance Computer Group is an authorized DELL reseller and can make sure you get the best pricing on new workstations for your staff. If you’re looking for an even better deal, we also offer a selection of our own refurbished PC workstations. In addition to your new workstations, you can package this with one of our onsite maintenance packages and keep your employees running in tip-top shape.

Marketing, websites, and SEO…oh my!

If you’ve got a website, but it just isn’t doing what it should, you may be in need of an upgrade. Performance Computer Group offers a wide variety of marketing tools and services that may be able to bring you more customers in this challenging economy. Some of the marketing services we offer include but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Website design and development
  • Print collateral design (business cards, flyers, door-hangers, posters, and more)
  • Logo design/branding
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for your website
  • Search Engine Marketing and Advertising (Pay-per-click campaigns)
  • Need something custom? We can do that, too!

Call us now at 813-549-7000 and speak to one of our sales consultants to see how we can help your business thrive. Don’t forget to mention this article when you’re speaking to us to let us know how you found us.

Is your gaming computer up to snuff for 2017 Fall releases?

Building a gaming computer is like creating a work of art. If you’re a console gamer, you may not understand this facet of gaming. There’s a steadily-rising segment of the population that thrive on new components to build or upgrade their own PCs. At Performance Computer Group, we have the technology available and the support to help you build a gaming computer that will keep you within spec requirements this fall. Here’s some reasons why it might be time to create your own work of art.

Gaming Computer builds for the massive multiplayer market

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Steam Games concurrent gaming snapshot August 24th, 2017

Since the World of Warcraft boom, a steady line of competition has been entering the PC gaming marketplace. According to this Steam games snapshot taken today, there are over 700K people playing the popular game title Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA2) at the moment. Other titles run a close second, such as: League of Legends, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch. Keeping up with framerate and rendering speeds is key when in a multiplayer competition. While your team is counting on your to help with a raid or boss fight you don’t want to be stuck in a lag.

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Back up a second – data recovery AND an SSD?

You never know when you’ll need data recovery services. Why not be proactive about it and upgrade to a faster SSD when your old conventional HDD becomes corrupted. At Performance Computer Group, we want you to have the latest technology inside your computer to insure that you have the best computing experience possible. There are a few things that you should know about SSD (Solid State Drive) technology and why you should switch today.

Solid State Drives are super fast!

Solid State Drives are built with no moving parts. They are essentially a bunch of computer chips that store data. Conventional hard drives consist of magnetic platters that spin and disk access times have to include the time to spin up to full speed. What this means is that the chance for impact damage or damage cause by vibration is almost eliminated entirely. In this tech talk from the New York Times, Intel claims their SSD is 8 times faster than an HDD.

Listen to Intel’s SSD claims in this New York Times talk.

The need for Data Recovery services reduced? Not really, but wait.

There are people reviewing and testing SSD technology as it continues to develop. At one time, there was a popular myth going around that SSD lifespans were extremely short, but it remains just that, a myth. You can read this 2014 article from PC World that squashed that myth years ago. Although the disk failure rate is reduced with SSDs, the drives are more likely to lose data. As a result of using an SSD over a long period of time, you will also see that your data is just as safe. However, the need to back up your data regularly is still a suggested best practice.

Keep up with the other PC gamers…

If you’re playing the latest PC game titles, they are asking for an ever-increasing amount of data storage. A difference of a second or two could cost you one of your digital lives when you’re in a skirmish in a 5 on 5 PVP tournament. Your customized gaming computer should include a Solid State Drive. In addition to speed in gaming, you will see an overall performance boost in almost every aspect.

We want to make sure that your computing needs utilize the latest and most reliable technology. If you are paying us for data recovery services, why not speed up your computer at the same time? If you stop by our South Tampa store and purchase a new SDD from us, we will transfer your data for FREE. Please feel free to call us at 813-549-7000 and ask about our other in-store specials and don’t forget to mention how you found Performance Computer Group.

Have a MacBook? – Mac repair was never easier…

As you’re getting ready for the 2017 Fall semester, you may want to make sure your MacBook is in tip top shape. At Performance Computer Group, we don’t want you to have to spend a ton of money either, so we are making you aware of some cost-effective ideas to keep your tech happy.  Talk to one of our mac repair specialists today.

Mac repair doesn’t have to be expensive

At Performance Computer Group, we specialize in making sure we give you a unique experience that outshines some of the other “squads” out there. Not only are our prices more affordable, but our turnaround time for repair work gets you back up and running. Others will leave your computer sitting on a shelf while they have a coffee break. Your time and money are both important to us, so we don’t want you to waste either.

Component-level Mac repair specialists

Our technicians are all in-house. If you have a problem with your laptop that requires some special work on your motherboard, screen, or any other component, we will order the parts and do the work for you that needs to be done. Others will ship your computer off so that a 2nd level technician might repair those components. You will have to wait for both the shipping from and to the store in those cases. Our staff is so versatile and clever that we can have your computer fixed and ready to go in time for that term paper or lab project.

Need Windows on your Mac?

As a Mac user, there may be times when you need Windows OS. Maybe you want to run some games that are only made for Windows or some special software for a class you’re taking. We offer a special customization service to install Boot Camp on your Mac laptop, which allows you the ability to boot into OSX or Windows.

If you’re reading this article, then you qualify for our special trade-in credit increase stated above. Simply let us know that you saw this article somewhere and you will get 10% more if you trade in your old laptop. Whether it is Mac or PC, or whether it is working or not, we will appraise it and add on 10% to our appraisal. Most Mac laptops have a trade-in value of $300-$700. We will give you $30-$70 extra credit when you buy one of our refurbished and guaranteed laptops.

Take a look at our refurbished laptop inventory

Our South Tampa store is conveniently located on South Dale Mabry just a mile or two from I-275. Contact us today to get the best deals on parts and service or call us with any questions you might have.