Computer Repairs, Maintenance, and Upgrades

PC or Apple–if your desktop or laptop computer is no longer powering on, operating slowly, experiencing crashes, running out of storage space, or just needing a little bit more kick, Tiger Custom Computers can help breathe new life into your system!  We can also clean your computer of a virus or spyware infection or take care of your home or small business networking and wireless needs.

Repair your dead or damaged computer.

  • Power supply failures, defective motherboards, failed memory, toasted processors, dead graphics cards–all of these can keep your computer from booting into Windows or even powering on!
  • If your computer has been physically damaged, we can assess the situation honestly and perform repairs.
  • Tiger Custom Computers will take the time to correctly diagnose your issue and will repair or overhaul your system when possible and practical.
  • If your computer is too far gone or too old to reasonably repair, we will be happy to help you get all of your data transferred onto a new system.

Increase your storage space or system speed with a hard drive upgrade.

  • In a computer, the hard drive stores all of your data on a permanent basis.  Your operating system lives on the hard drive.  When you edit a file, save a picture, or download a song, it gets stored on the hard drive.  It is important to have the space to store the things you need.
  • Having enough free space is also important for maintenance and speed purposes.  You need to have at least 15% free space to effectively defragment your hard drive–if you get too low on free space, your computer will also start to slow down more and more as it frantically tries to find the room to put new files or tries to piece together files that are “fragmented”.
  • Tiger Custom Computers can upgrade your hard drive to ensure you have enough space to store all of your photos, music, movies, games, and other files while keeping your data and the way your computer is set up completely intact.
  • For clients who want their systems booting, opening programs, and generally running as quickly as possible without needing a ton of storage space, Tiger Custom Computers can install a Solid State Drive.  A Solid State Drive (SSD) is an extremely fast drive with no moving parts.
    • Your operating system, programs, and commonly-accessed data are loaded from this Solid State Drive in a fraction of the time it takes a conventional hard drive to find and load the same data.
    • It is one of the most effective ways to get that “snappiness” which makes using your computer a joy.  Most desktop computers–including every computer we build–will be able to fit at least one additional conventional Hard Disk Drive to store your photos, music, and movies–while keeping the operating system and common programs on the super-fast Solid State Drive.

Speed up your computer and multitask more efficiently by upgrading your RAM.

  • RAM (Random Access Memory) functions as your computer’s short-term memory.  The more RAM your computer has, the more effectively it can multi-task and the faster it will generally run.  Upgrading from the minimum required to run your programs, operating system, and security software to a more generous amount can make a significant impact on how fast your computer is.
  • When RAM starts to go bad, common symptoms are Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) STOP errors, random restarts, and other program/operating system crashes.  Defective RAM should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent damage to your files or operating systems.
  • Tiger Custom Computers recommends that all of our clients operate Windows Vista or Windows 7/8.1 with at least 4GB (4096MB) of RAM.  More RAM will be needed for modern gaming, video editing, and other resource-intensive work.
  • You can easily check how much RAM your computer has by clicking on the “Start” button in the lower left of your screen, then Right-Clicking on “My Computer” (called “Computer” in Windows Vista or Windows 7 or “This PC” in Windows 8.1).  This will bring up a small menu, from which you should select Properties.  On the System Properties window that appears, you should be able to see how much RAM you have.


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