If you are looking
for your cheapest, bargin computer, unfortunately, Gecko Computers
is not the right place for you. Although we will sit down
with you and go through everything, and see if that bargin
machine IS the right choice for you.
For many people,
they will go out and buy just any machine, often just based
on price, or its the one that the salesmen told them too.
Its fine if someone tells you that its the right one, heck
its the same thing we are selling to you, but the big thing
is they have to explain to you WHY it is the right one for
you. Thats where the big difference is.
When going to buy
a computer, you need to take a number of things into account:
- What your current
computer needs are (what you need to run)
- What your future
computer needs might be (any future plans you want to do,
without having to buy a whole new computer)
We will sit down
with you, and go over everything, finding out all the details
of current and future needs. From this, we will make an assessment,
as to what we think would be the right comuter for you. It
might be a big box store budget machine. Depending on what
you wanted to do, you might actualy need specific components
that do not come with those machines, and are hard to upgrade
into them, and may cost you as much as the machine itself.
This is where the Systems Design comes into play.
With your needs
in mind, we go through and put together a plan for a machine,
with specfic parts based on what your need were. You may say
"Well i can get that biger hard drive on this big box
model", which is true. But they may also be selling you
a TV card and mulimedia features that you may not want or
This way, you can
get exactly the machine that you want, without having to pay
for all the not used extras. There is usualy another upside
of buying a designed system. Big box models do not necessarily
use cheap parts in them, but are not usualy the top of the
line ones. When having a machine designed this way, you can
be more specific on the brand of every part inside of the
machine, making sure that you are getting higher quality parts.
In the end, keeping
you informed as to why is the most important part, but in
the end the decision is up to you.
All units come
with a warranty through either the System or part manufaturer.
This can range from anywhere from one year to 3 depending
on the item. We will help you fufill any warranty claim, but
we are not responsible for any lost data, or lost time due
to system downtime.
This is probably
the most important, and also the most overlooked part of the
process, especialy for the home/small business users. The
problems may not seem apparent in the bigining, but when a
problem strikes, it ends up in a catastrophy due to the proper
things not being set in place.
This process usualy
goes in part with everything else. We will meet with you and
discuss the business' needs, and come up with a total plan
as to what is needed. They usualy cover the following areas.
Systems - Could be one to many computers, and what specifications
are needed in each
- How the computers connect and interact to the internet
and each other. Also includes what security should be needed.
& Devices - What sort of printers should be needed
for the type of volume, fax machines, multifunctions, etc
- Backup, Storage,
Data Retention - How the information is going to be
stored and backed up
This final step
is usualy the most overlooked of everything, and has led many
business's to ruin for not having proper procedures in place.
It is not something that many people think about initialy,
untill disaster strikes like a hard drive failure, and 3 years
worth of work and information is gone and next to impossible
to recover. There are some recovery methods available, but
range in the thousands of dollars, where a preventitive solution
for a few hundred dollars could be all that it takes.
And of course the
setup. Now that you got all this great equipment and are raring
to go, most people will have no clue as to even where to start
to get it all set up. We connect and set everything up for
you, and give you training on how to use things such as the
printers, backup procedures, etc. (Running things such as
data cables through a building would have to be outsourced
by yourself if needed)
the other thing often overlooked. Having a warranty and having
your backup to protect your data is great, but with any warranty
service, it is almost never instantanious. It can take anywhere
from 3 days to a few weeks sometimes for a warranty repair
to finish. It is always good to have some form of a backup
available. Weither this is a childs machine which will sufice
for the short term, or your older machine that is being replaced
just due to age. Same goes for a printer. If you are upgrading
to a multifunction with fax, etc, dont just throw out the
old one, keep it somewhere, just in case, then you have a
backup and are still able to print in an emergency.
Weither for a basic
system design, or a huge office setup, the initial basic consultation
is always free, to get an idea of what you want and which
direction to head in. From there we will draft up a plan,
then meet with you and get to business.
To keep costs down,
we do not carry parts in stock. This allows us to keep our
labour costs down. We do have a small amounts of spare parts,
please contact us to find out if we do have it.