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If your computer exhibits delayed responses or crashes when you’re trying to use Photoshop or when you’re editing videos to post on the internet it could be that you just don’t have enough RAM. RAM, or Random Access Memory, is the type of memory the computer uses to run programs, open files and process changes to those files. When you open large apps and/or large files you use a lot of RAM. Sometimes so much that there isn’t any left for other programs to use. This is when the computer begins to slow down and sometimes freeze or “crash”. Adding RAM to affordable computers can produce a slew of beneficial results.


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Often time customers will visit their local computer sales and repair store and state that a virus has “destroyed” their computer or “wiped out” their hard drive. They’re understandably upset because they didn’t plan on having to buy a new computer and they want to know if there is anything that can be done to repair their machine. Too often they’re told that no, there is nothing that can be done. They’ll either have to purchase a brand new computer (which of course the sales person has at the ready) or at least replace the hard drive. The unsuspecting customer falls for this tall tale and winds up forking over money they don’t have to. The unscrupulous sales and repair person then pockets the profits from the sale and shuffles the customer out of the store before they learn the truth.

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When you buy a used laptop more often than not it comes with a bunch of programs the previous owner installed but which are now useless because A) 99% of software licenses are non-transferrable B) they’re not the programs you want anyway and C) even if you were tempted to try to use this legacy software it’s probably several generations out of date and may no longer even be supported. In addition, today’s multiplayer games don’t run on hope and happiness. They require lots of RAM, a high-end processor and a WiFi connection. Below we’ll look at why refurbished PCs and cheap laptops from Affordable Computers & Repair in Wheat Ridge have it all over used laptops when it comes to software and gaming.

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One of the most common questions we hear at Affordable Computers & Repair is this: “How long will a refurbished laptop last?” It’s a good question and we certainly understand why people would want to know. After all, most have heard that “refurbished” and “used” are the same thing and so they naturally are afraid our products will fail as rapidly as most used laptops do. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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Today’s multiplayer games are marvels of realistic action that rival anything you’ll see in a movie theater. Gaming appeals to millions of people of all ages from all walks of life. But there’s one aspect of gaming that leaves many on the outside looking in: the cost. A brand new gaming laptop today can run anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000. That’s enough to cause many people to grab the basketball and seek solace in other kinds of games. The good news though is that you don’t have to pawn all your valuables to purchase a top notch gaming laptop. Not when you can get a refurbished one from Affordable Computers & Repair in Wheat Ridge for a fraction of what a new one would cost.

There is a blizzard of misunderstanding and misperception surrounding refurbished computers in general and refurbished laptops in particular. In an effort to set things straight we’ve assembled this FAQ list that covers all the major issues involving refurbished affordable computers. The goal is to give you a good idea what to expect from a refurbished laptop and to dispel some of the more persistent misunderstandings surrounding these affordable computers. Let’s get started.



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