Chances are if you are reading this blog, you are likely well-informed about the latest technology and are positioned to make educated buying decisions when it comes to picking the right computer hardware. Because of this, you are likely a resource for everyone you know when it comes to new computer purchases or troubleshooting hardware issues: mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, and colleagues all value your input.
Over the years many of us here at Logic Supply have found ourselves in the same position, and our sales team takes this technical consultation to another level with our customers—ranging from consumers to CEOs at publicly traded companies. And while we would love to talk all day with people about computers and their applications, there is only so many of us. For this reason (along with another notable one: engineers and technical people prefer to do their homework first, then call us), we have worked very hard to provide our customers with the appropriate tools for self-selecting the best hardware that is right for them.
We have already been offering such resources for years, and we invested quite a bit of time in revamping them over a year ago. We asked ourselves, “What questions might our customers have in regards to hardware?” Reviewing mainboard specifications is where we spent the bulk of our time, as customers would contact us with the following requests: “I need this level of CPU performance,” or “these I/O ports available.” As a result, our mainboard matrix greets visitors with the ability to view boards by CPU type, as well as an “Advanced Search” that allows users to filter results by any number of criteria (expansion type, number of LAN, TPM, etc.).
On the case front, most questions revolve around chassis dimensions and the ability to add an expansion card. We have tried to make this as comprehensive as possible by listing case measurements, the maximum accommodated expansion card dimensions, COM port punch outs, front mounted ports, etc.
Having the combination of both case and mainboard matrices, allows us to take a mix and match approach to system creation. It also lets you know if any concessions need to be made when choosing a particular pairing. For instance, a common issue we run into is the positioning of memory interfaces and ATX connectors. When these are installed opposite of the rear I/O of a board we find that the use of an optical drive my no longer be feasible or you may need to use low profile memory. That type of information gets logged and we post it to our matrix. Anyone who has put together their fair share of systems has undoubtedly encountered some random issue with incompatibility of parts. Whether it be front header cables that are too short to reach a board’s headers or having a height restriction for a CPU cooler, compatibility “show stoppers” can dampen any builder’s day.
So I assume that you keep yourself updated on the latest gadgets and gear by visiting various tech sites, but when it comes down to purchasing an exact part or system where do you go to find just what you are looking for? Do you see value in the tools we offer on our site? What features do you like? Do you have any suggestions for improvement? If you haven’t used them, please do and let us know what you think!