Processing Processors

  When it comes to buying a new PC the two components that cause the most confusion are RAM and CPU/Processor. (we will cover RAM in another post). A lot of people take a while to understand the difference between various processors and that’s completely understandable as they’re very complicated! The hard bit is working out how to measure the performance of processor and determine which is the right one for your needs. In reality measuring performance of a processor is quite a complicated thing to do, then relating it to your requirements is even harder, in general we refer to processors in
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Free VS Paid – The Great Antivirus Fight!

  We all know that Antivirus software is important, but the big question is whether or not you should pay for the software, or use a free version? TLDR: you should pay for it!   What’s the difference?   For some people, seeing an Antivirus program that is free is excellent news as it does save them some money, however what they should ask themselves is: why is it free? Most free Antivirus software is without cost because it’s not updated as much as its subscription based older (more expensive) brother. Viruses are created constantly, and spread like wild fire. Having an
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Hard Drive vs SSD (the showdown)

  ‘What is an SSD?’  is a very common question in our show room, the short answer is “the future” – The long answer needs a bit of explaining, so we think it deserves it’s own post. Here it is!   The answer.   Everyone has experienced the frustration of turning their computer on and going to make a cup of tea, read the post, walk the dog and run a marathon before it’s actually ready to be used.  Well not any more!   What is a HDD? Firstly lets begin by explaining what a Hard drive is. A Hard Disk Drive (or
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Glossary of terms – General PC

Computer “Jargon“! Here’s a handy glossary of terms translated from Geek speak into… English!   BIOS – Basic Input Output System. This is first piece of software a Computer loads on boot up. It tells the Hardware how to load up your Operating System and how to communicate with devices connected to your Motherboard. ROM – Read Only Memory. A type of memory that holds the Firmware for a device. Firmware – Provides basic level operating functions to Hardware that allow it to load up more complex functions in an Operating System. Chipset – A set of electrical components on a Motherboard that connect
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What is a Cookie?

  I should begin by explaining what exactly a cookie is, and I’m not on about chocolate chip here unfortunately. Whenever you visit a website that website saves a tiny bit of data onto your computer called a Cookie. Should you return to the site, that data is then accessed by the site so it can see what you did on your previous visit and remember you. This is especially useful in some circumstances, like remembering a shopping cart you were filling but never purchased. It also allows websites and companies to build a profile of you, and helps advertisers
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GTX WHAT?!

Graphics cards can be quite a confusing subject when people aren’t fully aware of what they are and what they do. We’re here to break it down and help you understand! The main purpose of a graphics card is to take the strain off of the processor and provide dedicated processing power for the graphical tasks of the Computer i.e – making the picture. They aren’t essential in your everyday Home or Office PC, but when you start editing photographs, movie editing and especially gaming, they become much more relevant. Having dedicated graphics for gaming is pretty much an essential
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Organising your bookmarks

Organising your bookmarks for your browser is a nice & easy task for even the newest of computer users. The idea behind it is simple, for example if you have 200 bookmarks finding the one for that holiday resort in the Caribbean could take a while! (which defies the point in the bookmark in the first place – You could just find that website again with a quick search online). By putting the bookmarks into folders, or ordering them in a list, you can find them much quicker and save time. Let’s give it a go shall we? Bookmarks menu
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Do you back up your Critical Data?

  Truth time… How many of you genuinely back up your data on a regular basis? Another question – How many of you can say should your computer die you can 100% rely on your backup and you will not have lost a single thing? Well? Did you pass the ECS Back-up questionnaire test? Don’t worry – The majority of people are in the same boat as you.   Why Backup? While we sincerely hope that your computer never breaks down and we hope that should the worst happen, all of your data is intact & recoverable, it’s unfortunately a
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ECS Desktop Backgrounds

  For those of you looking for a nice new desktop background picture here’s a little selection to choose from, all in 1920 x 1080 (larger resolutions will be available in future). To download in Internet Explorer click the picture you want to open it full size, right click on the image and select set as desktop background.  
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Contextual menus & Icons

  This one is going to be short and sweet, it’s about the new icons and menu layout style in Windows 10. The first change you will find in Windows 10 are the icons. Windows 10 introduces the biggest icon overhaul since Windows Vista. In Windows 7, 8 & 8.1 the only real change was a slight tweak in colours with a new icon here and there. In Windows 10 a whole new set has been introduced to keep to the new modern “flat metro” theme that’s been rolled out across the Windows platforms. Personally, I feel the icons were well overdue an update
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