Recommended Products

Laptops

Acer Aspire 5 A515-55-56VK, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1, 8GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Intel Wireless WiFi 6 AX201, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 Home

This laptop has it all. A 1920x1080 display, i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and solid state drive at an appealing price.

Acer Aspire Vero AV15-51-75QQ Green PC - 15.6" FHD IPS 100% sRGB Display - 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1195G7 - Intel Iris Xe Graphics - 16GB DDR4 - 512GB SSD - Wi-Fi 6 - PCR Materials - Windows 11 Home

This Acer laptop is similar to the one above but includes a faster i7 processor and has double the memory and SSD. Not to mention Windows 11 is on there.

This is an i5 system which costs more because it has Windows Pro but you can join a domain. I like Acer and Lenovo laptops exclusively. I didn't see a laptop from either manufacturer with an i7 CPU and Pro so am not recommending anything.

2022 Acer Aspire 3 A315 15.6" FHD IPS Display Slim Laptop 12th Gen Intel 10-Core i5-1235U 8GB RAM 512GB(256x2) NVMe SSD Iris Xe Graphics WiFi AC BT HDMI Webcam Silver Windows 11 Pro w/ RE 32GB USB

Desktops

Dell Inspiron i3891 Desktop Computer - 11th Gen Intel 6-Core i5-11400 up to 4.40 GHz Processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 630, DVD Burner, Windows 11 Home, Black

We hesitate to recommend Dell laptops (they make some good ones but they make some bad ones too) but their desktops are good. By the way desktop processors tend to run faster than those in laptops.

Slimlines are usually cheaper than towers. However you don't have to special order things with full-size towers if you need a part ASAP.

Dell OptiPlex 3000 3090 Desktop Computer - Intel Core i5 10th Gen i5-10505 Hexa-core (6 Core) 3.20 GHz - 8 GB RAM DDR4 SDRAM - 256 GB M.2 PCI Express NVMe SSD - Tower

Monitors

Acer KA222Q Abi 21.5" Full HD 1920 x 1080 VA Zero-Frame Monitor - 75Hz Refresh Rate - 1ms VRB - AMD FreeSync - for Work or Home - VESA and Tilt Compatible 1 x HDMI Port 1.4 1 x VGA Port

This is 21.5".

Acer R240HY 23.8" Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS Zero Frame Home Office Monitor - 178° Wide View Angle - 16.7M - NTSC 72% Color Gamut - Low Blue Light - Acer Vision Care - Tilt Compatible - VGA HDMI DVI

This is 23.8".

Hard Drives

WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive HDD, USB 3.0, Compatible with PC and Mac - WDBU6Y0020BBK-WESN

All HDs and SSDs eventually die. Take advantage of Apple's and Window's built in backup tools so you're not caught off-guard.

We've seen men and women reduced to tears when they lost their data. Don't be them!

Apple Instructions

Windows Instructions

Solid State Drives

ADATA SU635 240GB 3D-NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD (ASU635SS-240GQ-R)

ADATA SU650 480GB 3D-NAND 2.5" SATA III High Speed Read Up to 520MB/S Internal SSD (ASU650SS-480GT-R)

ADATA Ultimate Series: SU740 1TB Internal SATA Solid State Drive (ASU740SS-1T-R)

If you're putting an SSD in a desktop you probably need a caddy. SSDs are physically smaller (2.5") than the drive in there (3.5"). This is for dual SSDs but the best price we could find on Amazon.

Corsair Dual SSD Mounting Bracket (3.5" Internal Drive Bay to 2.5", Easy Installation) Black

We also offer a cloning service if you're moving from HD to SSD or are upgrading the size of your SSD.

Backup Storage

WD 4TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra Network Attached Storage - NAS - WDBVBZ0040JCH-NESN

WD 8TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra Network Attached Storage - NAS - WDBVBZ0080JCH-NESN

The information stored on these devices is available anywhere on your home or office network. You can setup in a RAID mirror configuration for redundant storage. Either can be used as a Time Machine backup location, a media server, file server and even as a DVR with compatible surveillance cameras. It's cheaper to install a mirror array but typically can only be done in Windows desktops. This can protect you from a drive failure but won't help you if you have a site disaster (like a fire or flood) which is why I also recommend using an online backup solution. The benefit of one of these is you can usually recover that same day if a drive fails. An online backup may take days or weeks to restore. You can connect wirelessly but you do need a wired network to connect it.

Wireless Networking

TP-Link AC600 USB WiFi Adapter for PC (Archer T2U Plus)- Wireless Network Adapter for Desktop with 2.4GHz, 5GHz High Gain Dual Band 5dBi Antenna, Supports Win11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.14

If you wish to make your network 100% wireless you'll need one or more of these.

ASUS AX1800 WiFi 6 Router (RT-AX1800S) – Dual Band Gigabit AX Wireless Internet Router, 4 GB Ports, Easy App Setup, AiMesh Compatible, Included Lifetime Internet Security, Parental Controls, WPS

5G fast and flexible in a host of situations the Asus AX1800 also boasts one of the strongest wireless signals of any wireless router on the market.

UPS

APC UPS Battery Backup and Surge Protector, 600VA Backup Battery Power Supply, BE600M1 Back-UPS with USB Charger Port

Protect your investments with a UPS/surge protector.