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I consider myself somewhere between novice and really sharp on computers.
Yes, just above novice is where I place myself, evidently some I've done work for truly believes (in their own minds) that I'm a 'genius' with computers, but am not. When did having to read articles on the run & follow step-by-step instructions in the package entitle one to that status? It doesn't, it's folks that either doesn't have money (or are too tight fisted with theirs), add a dash of being a dimwit, raised deep in the country, no education (not even a HS graduate) & 35 years behind the times, and they see anyone who can perform most any task as a 'genius'. It does not require a degree from a university to unpack & setup a computer, install browsers & security, if not there already, adding a router & changing settings to securely create a network, installing a printer (wired or wireless), recovery from backup image, which by chance is preferred to Malware cleanup. Which one way or the other, I can also do, as long as it's no 'crypto' stuff, preferring a recent backup image created to restore instead.
Because in my eyes, a Malware stricken OS is no longer trustworthy, and am not going to spend as long as 5-7 days in the 'Am I Infected' line, plus any needed time to create & pass logs, run batteries of tests & whatever else may be needed, which could embarrass me, as well as those who owns the computer being worked on, who may be unaware of what their kids of grandkids are up to on their computers. Many gets infected by running pirated Windows or other software. By then, could have used a bootable Linux CD to extract any wanted files to safety (and scan with multiple products to ensure these are clean), and had reinstalled the OS before someone personally greeted me. If only I had $2 for every time I've done this, at a minimum, would have a killer Z97 1150 MB with all the bells & whistles in front of me, and with luck, a case or Seasonic modular PSU (Gold rated) also, which will be part of the PC build covered more later in the post.
That said, if in the eyes of some, that alone makes me a 'genius', well it's themselves living in a fantasy world, what I've learned has came from others, and from the University of Hard Knocks. Where I once on recycle days, picked up used computers by the curbside, dove into recycle dumpsters where abandoned offices were being cleared. Hauled off as many computers as possible, along with reinstall media in boxes, cleaned up & repaired with parts from totally defective ones & kept one of the best for myself, gave the rest to the needy at no charge.
Come the next recycle day, the process would repeat itself, until I became less mobile, and now only assist others upon request. If by chance I see a PC sitting by the roadside, will pick up, if good, will install the latest Linux Mint & give to one in need (unless it has W7 or higher pre-installed) or HDD removed & Recovery Disc set taped to the side. Then will look at the configuration, if modern enough, may keep it, or stick HDD in large enough to fit the OS to reinstall, clone to an old SATA-1 HDD, remove any extra DDR3 RAM modules other than a single 2GB one, keep the RAM for my troubles, set the Performance options to disable cosmetics that slows the computer & give to one in need.
Though come June 1st, my policies will change & will again effective Jan 1, 2017. I cannot continue to work on a pro-bono basis, other than what support I give here & pursue my own projects also. Though will check pricing at local PC shops, as well as Best Buy's 'Geek Squad' to set a fair price for everyone. 50% off of these prices for labor, still a 'gift' only with a handshake agreement on service, have always stood behind performed work, and a 10% mark up on components for my efforts in searching & waiting on arrival, using my PayPal account (this will have to stop, will have to look for gift cards to use instead) others marks up components by as much as 100%.
Though now am looking for a good case for a build, so if one can hold a standard ATX or if looks good enough a mATX MB, will keep the case & anything that can be reused for repairs of my or other's computers. Which I do anyway, yet sometimes the cases looks bad for a new build. Am looking for something to perform a new build in to showcase (with a carry handle), not hide under a desk in embarrassment. Benchmark charts alone won't cut it for this PC, will be a total new build, using all new components, the CPU (i7-4790K) has been purchased & being broken in, yet may be delidded (if I can find a really great YouTube tutorial with everything shown) & use liquid metal rather than thermal paste for best cooling. There's one such liquid on the market, though not used for re-pasting CPU's because it's conductive, should a small amount get on the MB, may be the end of it.
Yet perfect for delidding Ivy Bridge/Haswell CPU's, Intel should never at these prices, had done this to save at the most, $5 per CPU & at over $300 each (in trays of 1,000 the cost is less), didn't need to resort to these low blow & cheapskate tactics. Had I known this before purchase, would had purchased AMD instead (am a 'fanboy' of what works when needed), could had purchased over half the components for the PC with the $327 spent. Yet I'll find a way to delid & redo Intel's proper work for them. If that CPU as is, were running 24/7 as a folding@home client @ 100% CPU usage, may not make it past the 3 year warranty (folding proteins along doesn't void anything & a great way to 'break in' a new build) even w/out overclocking, which I don't do with CPU's. If not powerful enough, will buy another. Makes me wonder if they also did this with their 6 & 8 core units also, these often are installed in small office servers, and more importantly, makes me wonder if Intel deliberately done this so the CPU's won't last 10+ years. Thermal paste won't hold up that long, even if the best is used.
At any rate, glad to have met you & look forward to seeing you on the Forum.
By chance, if you want to explore something new, drop in over at our Linux Community sometime, we promise you, won't become bored, and can learn a lot to protect yourself.
All the Best,