Custom Built Computers For Home Or Business

PC PartsThe Escape Key will build custom computers with the best value for your money. If you are looking for a quality custom PC that will not become outdated quickly, The Escape Key has what you need. We can help you create a balanced configuration that meets your needs in your home or office. Give us a call and we can help you find the PC that is right for your budget and needs.

I'm not a gamer but ....

We get this a lot - people looking for a quality PC that will last a long time and be supported by the best technical support around. For customers like these, they may want to use a PC for basic email, photos and social networks like Facebook. However, they may want to get involved with other applications that require a bit more horsepower like video editing. So what kind of hardware do we recommend for these users? Here are a few core components and our recommendations that can make the most difference in price and performance:

Thoughts on the CPU choice for your custom built computer:

But don't overload on the CPU just yet if you're working on a budget - there are considerations that may make more of an impact on your computing experience, like more memory or newer solid state hard drives.


Memory is an important and often overlooked component in a custom built PC. In today's computing environment, a custom computer with less than 2GB is unheard of, and less than 4GB is less than desirable. For everyone except those on an extremely tight budget, we highly recommend 4GB+ of memory with a custom built PC. It's better to upgrade to 4GB of RAM before you upgrade to a faster CPU. Also, for most consumers, quantity is better than speed. We offer some faster frequency memory that is utilized best when we do our performance enhancements for speed-freaks and benchmark junkies, but for every day computer users, the difference can only be felt in the wallet.


Your computer's hard drive is more than just a place to store digital stuff. It also has a tremendous impact on the responsiveness of your PC, as more often than not it's the slowest component in your computer. The good news is that a new type of hard drive technology is beginning to mature and reduce in price. Solid state hard drives have no moving hardware, are completely silent and run much cooler than mechanical hard drives with rotating platters. The only downside is they're more expensive. For the price of a high quality 128 or 256GB SSD, you could buy a premium 2TB hard drive. That's why our customers are buying more and more 80-128GB solid state drives as a primary OS and applications drive, and a 1TB+ mechanical drive as a secondary storage solution for their music, movies, and photos. It's a killer combination that puts a smile on peoples' faces when they try it out for the first time - it's really a shift in performance that must be experienced.


If you're still not sure what custom built PC to get, don't hesitate to give us a call. More often than not we find ourselves helping people save money on their configurations by identifying their computing needs and recommending a custom built PC that will fit their budget. We use these systems every day, and we build each one like we would for our friends and family.

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