Core Components opens
Han opened Core Components on Washtenaw near Arborland in early October in the hope that other people will let him tear their computers apart and put them back together, too. Han, thirty-four, was born in Detroit, but his family moved to Ann Arbor when he was two, and he's lived here ever since. He never had any formal computer training, but his natural aptitude made going into information technology a no-brainer. He's been working in IT in some capacity since the early 1990s, first with Borders and most recently at the U-M Medical School, where he still works full time while getting his new business off the ground.
Han does computer upgrades and optimization and services all makes and models. But if he had his choice, he'd rather build computers from the ground up. He estimates his custom-built computers cost about 15 percent more than an equivalent brand-name machine, but he thinks that in the long run, his customers get a lot more for their money.
"The number one thing is, I use all standard retail components," he says. "Companies like Dell or Hewlett-Packard use proprietary components, so if something goes wrong, you need to buy the part from Dell. With mine you can get a replacement part anywhere."