Custom Builds

The HTPC: The computer that will change your entertainment world.

htpc oak et ctrCheck your cable or satellite bill lately? Are you still watching 200 channels with nothing new on (except the commercials)? Are you paying for a great internet connection while just surfing and using email?

Wouldn't it be great if you had a machine that would bring you more entertainment choices at a fraction of the cost? A machine that would run serious computing programs, surf the web, email, game and more, located right in the room you spend quality time in?

That machine is the HTPC, short for Home Theater Personal Computer. Paired with online entertainment choices from Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, you can get entertainment on-demand at a fraction of the cost, and all commercial-free for a small monthly fee.

Not only that, but today's computers are extremely energy efficient, further bringing down your entertainment expenses.

A HTPC is basically just a desktop PC, built into a horizontal case that's approximately the same size as a stereo amp. It utilizes a wireless touch-pad-keyboard. I build them to be silent, durable, power-stingy and most of all: versatile!

If you're tired of all your devices that don't quite cut it- give me a call, I'd be glad to discuss it further.

Taylor-Built Custom Computers

  • 3 to 5 year Mfg Warranty's
  • No Apple/Foxconn guilt
  • No Software Bloat
  • Local Support

The primary advantage of having a custom built computer is the peace of mind that comes with using only the best working quality components and knowing your system is durable, efficient and able to perform your most demanding tasks.

This doesn’t mean overbuilding for performance you’ll never use- It means building a dependable workhorse that will cost-effectively meet your needs. I also cleanly load the operating system, avoiding all the unneeded garbage that most big manufacturers install. Most of time these free and trial software titles only bog down and destabilize your new system. They also trick users into thinking they need them and usually involve some kind of annual fee.

The parts I use are selected from only the best. I don't cut corners and routinely beat the brand names on both price and by a long shot on quality- if your using your computer for business this is your best strategy to avoid failure.

I can also load your new (or older) system to run in a dual-boot configuration, with for example 7 and 10, and can even build a system that runs both Windows and Mac so you can enjoy both worlds. You can then run your older programs properly.

How do I offer long warranties? Answer: I don’t- the manufacturers do! Some of the parts, like the case, may only be one year, but the mission critical stuff ranges from 3 years to lifetime. Not only that, I do the research to avoid bad batches or rosy claims because, like you, I hate it when things break. My machines routinely last without problems for more than 8 years. I know this because after I put them through years of stress, I often hand them off to others who work them more.

Prices for these custom builds vary depending on required use. A typical box is usually around $700 to $1000, but that gets you a speedy machine with far more integrity than the big manufacturers offer. I generally try to stay off the bleeding edge as the extra performance is considerably more expensive and most users don’t notice the 5-10% difference in speed.


My Background

I started as an enthusiast and was fortunate that my friend and teacher was an engineer at Intel. I bought cheap hardware and soon learned the value of buying quality. With all sorts of problems, that first windows 95 machine provided me with quite an education in troubleshooting and a super lesson in value.