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At Computaters we strive to provide high-quality computer repair by having the personal touch. Our services are varied and affordable, and we always back our labor and the products we sell with full warranties.

New and Used Computers at Affordable Prices

We have something for everyone, from the $100 special to a custom built server. Stop in and talk with Dan, our Sales guy, and see what we can offer you. Contact Us

We are an all Intel shop. We only use genuine Intel processors and boards in the new computers we sell, and most of our refurbished computers are also Intel-based.

Quick Price List

Hourly labor rate - $50.
Wipe and Reload (on windows 2000 and up, including OpenOffice, AVG Antivirus, and other required cd-burning/dvd playing software - $80
Refurbished Compaq Evo Small Form Factor - $225
See also the Products and Repair page.

Online Backup and Data Recovery

We are proud to be a Gillware Online Backup Partner We are proud to be a Gillware Data Recovery Affiliate Partner

We have been located in downtown Emmett for ten years now.

Driving Directions

We are located in downtown Emmett, Idaho at 117 E Main St. We are right next the Gem County Recreation District, across from Huck and Finns.

Contact Information

Shop Phone: (208) 365-3632

117 E Main St.
Emmett, Idaho 83617

E-mail: sales@computaters.com
Tim: tim@computaters.com
Dan: sales@computaters.com
Alex: alex@ccidvr.com

Business hours

(Mountain Standard Time)

Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

About Us

Computaters is a computer service and sales shop in downtown Emmett, Idaho; as well as a PC-based DVR (Digital Video Recorder) producer and low-voltage wiring specialist. We build custom Computers, resell refurbished laptops and desktops, and do structured cabling for new construction. Our Home Theater package for new construction includes phone, data, surround sound, and video solutions.

We have been located in downtown Emmett for over 9 years now. Business has grown, and we moved from our little shop on the westside of Main street to our current location on the eastside of Main. Here we have room to have a full service bench, a retail section, and several back theatre and meeting rooms.

The story behind the 'Computaters' name

Before the store was founded 9 years ago, Tim Simpson and Dan Drooger would often go the the conventions in Las Vegas as friends. During one occasion, Tim and Dan were having a friendly conversation with a waitress at a local eatery. Dan and Tim were explaining to her that they were there for a computer-related business trip, and that they were also from Idaho. The waitress good-naturedly labeled them as a couple of 'computaters' and they decided that they liked the nickname so much that they ought to start a company with the name.

Refurbished Desktops and Laptops

We refurbish a wide range of desktops and laptops.


We sell refurbished desktops that include Core 2 Duos, and Windows 7. They come completely loaded with everything you'll ever need, all for $250-$300.


Computaters sells a variety of laptops in the $300 to $400 range. All our laptops come with our standard software package. We also fully warranty our laptops, and only sell quality corporate grade brands, such as the Dell Latitude and IBM Thinkpad, that are proven to last for the long haul.

Custom Built Computers

We are an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) of Intel-based PCs. This means that we can custom build a computer that meets your specific requirements without all of the extra junk that you would normally pay extra for with other retail computers. This also means that we can build a brand new computer that best fits your price range.

Some examples would are: A gaming machine that we recently built with the Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB DDR2 RAM, 512 MB nVidia 8600GTOC and a state-of-the-art Intel motherboard; all for about $1850. Also for the cost saver, we built a PC with a Celeron 3.00 Ghz processor, 1 GB of DDR RAM and an Intel Motherboard for about $625.

We always use top of the line, quality parts that usually come with a standard 3 year warranty from their own manufacturer. This is in addition to our own warrantary. This makes our PCs dependable and if they do fail, we can fix them fast and with little to no cost.

Data Recovery

We are proud to be a Gillware Data Recovery Affiliate Partner

Data losses from hard drive failures are common and we have developed the best methods for recovering your files. Step one is to determine through our professional analysis why your data is not accessible. You can be assured that our professionals take care to avoid many of the missteps that can put a failed drive at further risk of having unrecoverable data. We can usually help our clients get their data back through straightforward remedies. When the cause of the drive failure involves internal problems, we refer the case to Gillware Inc., the best data recovery lab we've found. Gillware's trained engineers have access to a clean room environment and will evaluate your drive to provide a cost estimate. Gillware only charges a fee if you are satisfied with the list of recovered data they provide. Data losses can be heartbreaking, and we're here to give you the best path to recovery.

Online Backup

We are proud to be a Gillware Online Backup Partner

We offer 2 Gb of free cloud storage powered by Gillware. This allows you to store valuable files such as pictures and video in cloud instead of on your hard drive, freeing up space and protecting you in case of a hard drive crash.

PC Repair and Services

At Computaters we believe in fair pricing that is competitive to shops in the Boise area. Our rates are usually well below those of other shops. This pricing list is a guide and is not definitive. If you have any questions feel free to call us at (208) 365-3632

We also specialize in laptop repair, see the Laptop Repair Page.

Basic Hourly Labor Rate - $50 For general computer work we only charge $50 an hour.

Reloading Windows - $80 This includes reinstalling Windows and all necessary hardware drivers, as well as OpenOffice and AVG Antivirus. Note: The hard drive will be reformated, so all data will be lost if not backed up. See back-up fee.

Virus/Spyware Removal - Hourly We can remove virus and spyware from your computer. Although generally it is more economical to reload windows, this is our rate for removals.

Tune up - $50 If your computer is starting to bog down and you should consider having it tuned up. We will clean up Windows and tweak your settings to get the maximum speed. We can also recommend what other upgrades you should do for better speed.

In Home Hourly Rate - $70 We can look at your computer at your house instead of you bringing it in to the shop. This also applies to network setup and computer setup.

Pickup/Delivery - $45 We can also pickup and delivery your computer if you need us to. This is for the Emmett area only, others are more.

Computer Cleaning - $27.50 Have a dirty computer or laptop? We use compressed air and specail computer cleaning products to clean off the dust and the dirt.

Diagnostic - Generally free, any charge to look at your computer will apply towards whatever needs to be done to fix your computer.

Software Installation and Configuration - $27.50 If you are having trouble with certain program or game, then we can work on the program and get it running.

Data Back-up Fee - $35 We copy an image of every computer's hard drive that we work on to help prevent against data loss. If you need your data from this image becuase your hard drive was damaged or your computer was wiped and reloaded, then this is fee that is incurred.

External Device Install - $27.50 If you are have a problem with installing devices outside your computer, such as printers, scanners, external hard drives, etc. then this is the our rate.

Internal Device Install - $37.50 This is the rate for installing devices inside your computer, such as video cards, modems, and CD drives.

RAM Upgrades - $15 A RAM upgrade can make your computer run faster and handle multitasking better. Although the price of the RAM itself differs with the type required, this is our installation fee.

Laptop Repair

Computaters is the only laptop repair specialist in the Treasure Valley. We can fix just about any laptop, from old dinosaurs to new widescreens. Our staff has 30 combined years experience fixing laptops. So whether you just need a new AC adapter or you have a snapped screen, we can fix it.

We also do general PC repair, see the PC Repair page

General laptop repair rates. These prices are estimates and are not definitive.

Hourly labor Rate $50
Broken Jack Repair $150+
Motherboard Replacement $215+
Broken Screen Repair $250+
Keyboard replacement $50

Most upgrade rates that apply to PC repair apply to laptops as well.



Computaters also specializes in PC-Based Digital Video Recorders. Our DVRs can be configured for any need and are the easiest in the industry to operate. Because they are PC-based, they can be used for simple four camera systems all the way to 32 camera systems and be accessed from remote locations over the internet. Our systems are expandable and affordable. For more information visit ccidvr.com


Our DVRs can also be used as Network Video Recorders