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Gaming Computers: expertly built for the hard-core

Corsair Carbide mid-tower

We take pride in building high performance gaming computers, components are chosen based on performance, reliability, quality and appearance.  The case in this particular system is a Corsair Carbide R500 mid-tower, it’s roomy to allow plenty of ventilation, 3 120mm super quiet fans with speed control, 1 300mm fan on the side cover.  The front LED lights can be turned off or left on.

We use Asus Sabertooth Z87 motherboard, matching it with an Intel i7-4770k CPU, 16GB DDR3 RAM, supercharge it with an EVGA GTX-780 ti 3GB graphics controller.  After chosen said components we matched the power requirement for the system with a Corsair 750W power supply.

For data storage, we picked a Samsung EVO Pro SSD and a 2TB WD Caviar Black hard drive and a LG Bluray/DVD burner.

Many of our customers told us they leave the side panel of the case off to show off how “awesome” the machine looks, both outside and inside.  We routed the wires neatly hiding them where possible yielding a pleasing look and allow optimum airflow to cool down the monster video card and main board.

If you are looking for a custom built gaming computer, head right over to Alfa Computer or give us a call, you’ll be glad you did.

Corsair Carbide mid-tower

Alfa Computer in the news

Since we published the article about Cryptolocker virus on our website, we have been interviewed by both the Boston Herald newspaper and CBS Boston channel 4 TV

Here are the links to their websites:

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/11/hacker_virus_seizes_files_ransoms_for_cash

 

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/11/18/swansea-police-pay-ransom-after-computer-system-was-hacked/#comments

 

 

 

CRYPTOLOCKER virus, what you need to know

Just in the past month, a new virus named CRYPTOLOCKER has surfaced making security experts scrambling for solutions.
What does it do (Payload): Cryptolocker virus encrypts most data files on your computer including shared locations that you connect to i.e. network folders, external drives. Once encrypted, your data can not be opened in applications, you will either get an error message indicating that the files are corrupted or you will receive a message from the virus creator demanding that you send $100 or $300 cash card in order for the files to be decrypted.

How does it get into your computer: So far, the virus is transmitted using low tech methods, you might receive an email with subject “USPS Tracking”, “Dunn & Bradstreet rating” or similar topics, a small Zip or Rar file is attached to the email which contain the virus.

Solutions: We are able to remove the virus efficiently but as this article is written, there is no way to decrypt the files without the encryption key which is kept on the virus maker’s server. Therefore, restoring from a recent backup is recommended (You DID backup your data, right?). If you don’t have a good backup, data recovery is the next solution.

If you are infected with virus, please call us for consultation before making any drastic changes to your computer or server, this will help with data recovery should you need it.

Deborah

My worst birthday ever was my laptop crashing last April. Checking online for reviews to repair it, I came across Alfa Computer. Tan checked my doa machine pronounced it dead and proceeded to tell me he could reserect it. For a reasonable cost I got my laptop back IN THE SAME DAY with a hard drive double in size than what I had. Until today I have had NO issues and I will be having them check out a issue that started today. I expect I will have the same experience as previous.

- Deborah

DNS Changer Malware awareness

Alfa Computer Virus Info

There has been an elevated warning about the DNS Changer Malware to go into full throttle early March of 2012. This malware redirects various web addresses to bad websites.

To check if you computer DNS settings are OK nor not, click the link below, it tests and gives you the result right away:
http://dns-ok.us/

You can learn more about this malware by visiting the FBI information site here:
DNS Changer Malware infomation on FBI website

This article explains why March 2012 is when this malware takes effect.


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The Google Craze

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Nowadays it’s almost impossible to get through a day without hearing the word Google. Their products range from maps, to programs, to social networks, to operating systems and even their self-driving car seems not so far from the market.

As someone constantly looking for workflow optimizing strategies I’ve adopted many of google’s solutions into my daily routine so here is a list of my favorite Google products and how I use them.

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