To Build or Not to Build, that is the Question

That’s a silly question. I say “build it”, with that in mind, there are reasons not to build a computer. Size being the primary reason. Recently I had a 3 part series on building a PC.

In this article I want to give you ideas on not building a PC, or more specifically what not to build. Laptops, and Tablets. Ok, there is the list. Pretty short huh.

Minimal mini computers:

NUC resting safely on it larger cousin, the full size tower.

NUC resting safely on it larger cousin, the full size tower.

For those that want something minimalistic but not portable, I love the Intel NUC. You need to add a SSD hard drive, RAM and your software. All else is built into a package just 4 inches by 4 inches.

I would recommend an Intel SSD or Crucial SSD hard drive  and Crucial RAM.


In the past I have built laptops based on my cost of parts vs. assembly. Unfortunately over the last 7 or 8 years the cost of parts is close to double what a quality one could be bought for. Notice I said quality, not cheap piece of crap.

If you want a recommendation on a laptop, here are my thoughts. Lenovo was IBM and IBM was a great product. Out of all I sold, I only have one that is a pain in the neck.

I prefer the Flex series.  I own two of the Flex series and one “plain Jane” laptop. The flex let you fold the laptop back so it can be used like a tablet. It is thicker than a tablet only.

My next choice would be the Toshiba Tecra series laptops.

I have a couple of customers who use the Microsoft Surface. I never sold one and honestly cannot give a recommendation. I do like the 2 in 1 idea and without the keyboard attached they are thinner than the Lenovo Flex.

You can get good models within specific brands, however since models change I can’t shoot you any specific ones at this time.


Right now I don’t have any recommendations on tablets. I had a bad experience with a ViewPad.  I do still have it and use it as a Windows 7 only device, not a dual boot.

What about Apple products? Well…

The best use for a Mac

The best use for a Mac

The best way to "play" on an iPad

The best way to “play” on an iPad

There you have it, short and sweet, like my beautiful bride, Nurse Nancy.

Until we meet again, have a virus free week.

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