PC tips!

No matter who you are, you were a novice at some point. Maybe you still are. Well, our dwarves have some advice for the still-novice-users. So look below and see if you learn anything. This is just to keep computer users (basically everyone) safe!

Tip 1: If you get a call that you weren't expecting from a "Windows" or "Microsoft" representative, do not trust them. They're just trying to hack into your PC or get your bank information. We've had TONS of experience with them. First of all, how would they know your PC has a problem out of every user in the world? They'd have to either hack you or trust that you don't know why some services are "stopped" (they're stopped so your PC doesn't turn on things it doesn't need, because that'd flood even a 7700K processor to a grinding halt). With computers, just be skeptical or contact us if you need tech help. Honestly, our dwarves are too drunk to do any malice. They're also very jovial!

Tip 2: Wanna know how powerful of a GPU you need for your CPU? Per core, per gig. That'll prevent bottlenecking. If you have a 6-core, 12-thread CPU, you'll be good even with a 1080TI graphics card, but for every core your processor has, get a GPU with equal or higher gigs of VRAM. You'll be golden. Or just ask us to help you out. Our dwarves like chatting.

Tip 3: Know your rig's lifespan. If you notice your PC suddenly dropping in speed, get "Macrorit", it'll let you know if you have any bad sectors on your HDD or SSD. If you notice about 5% or more bad sectors, get a new storage drive and clone your data. Your drive is failing and you'll soon lose your data. Or send your PC to us and we'll get a new storage device (but obviously we'll ask you which storage device you'd like and at what capacity, then charge you) with all your data on it*. It's only $100 for shipping both ways and service, pretty decent considering companies locally may charge you upwards of $150.

Tip 4: M.2 SSDs are the fastest drives there are (outside of overpriced Optane PCIe drives). SSDs come after that and usually use the SATA3 connection. HDDs come after. This is basically the hierarchy of speed. Not all motherboards take M.2 SSDs, so let us know if you're concerned for your motherboard's connectivity. We'll look at it and tell you nearly anything you'd like to know about it. Oh and SSDs use less power than HDDs, so that's why apple likes using flash memory (in odd formats so you can't rely on anyone else for upgrades or repairs).

Tip 5: You'll be safe from malware if you just do this: Get a credible anti-malware software like Malwarebytes, or a web-browser that prevents malware (like Avast, which you have to pay for. There is an Avast extension for Chrome though, so get that if you're a Chrome user. The extension is free.) Also don't download anything fishy. If something you're about to download seems fishy, either don't download it or download it then have it scanned by your anti-malware software. Usually downloading a file doesn't harm you, it's opening it or running a program. 

Tip 6: Don't get scammed! You can tell if something is either a cheap knock-off or a fraud product if it has clear spelling mistakes. Some products have spelling mistakes and still function pretty decently, but if the price point seems too low then it might be a scam. Look out for low prices, overly hyped promises, botched logos, really bad spelling and/or grammar...just general things. Sometimes a product works well, so check reviews, but when getting an item with a few red flags, look into it with as much skepticism as you can muster. Better safe than sorry. Sometimes you'll be able to return the item when it isn't as described (like on Amazon or Ebay) but sometimes a scam company will alter something if they're really good at scamming. If you are concerned about the price of something, send us an email with the URL and we'll let you know if it's a good deal or likely a rip-off.

*As long as your device is not the uncommon format of "M.2" or IDE.