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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Why is my computer slower than when I first bought it? Every computer slows down over time. But why does that have to happen? Well, computer slowdowns occur for hundreds of different reasons. In some cases, a slow PC is infected with dangerous malware. In other cases, the hard drive is simply filled with junk files and other unnecessary data. Sometimes, slow PC problems affect your entire PC. You might notice that it takes several seconds to switch between... Read more

The Science of Water Cooling (without too much science)

How does normal cooling work? In most PCs, internal components give off heat that is absorbed by ambient air and circulated out of the computer case while cooler air (from outside the case) is circulated back in. When you hear your PC hum, it’s usually (and hopefully!) the sound of several internal fans constantly circulating this air to keep your CPU, video card, motherboard and everything else at functional temperatures. When is normal cooling not enough? In most computers, air cooling is sufficient.... Read more

Basic PC Building Hints and Tips – May 2012

Check out SSD – Solid state hard drives are getting cheaper and their data-transfer times are amazing. While they cost about 4x as much per Gb of storage, once you boot into Windows in under-30 seconds you’ll see what the fuss is about. Don’t bother with more than 4Gb of RAM (unless your really need it) – 4Gb will handle most programs and games with no trouble. If you need more performance, make sure your video card or CPU aren’t holding... Read more

Top 5 Best Power Supply Buys – 2012

Often overlooked and under-appreciated, if it’s inside of your PC, it’s only working because your power supply is doing its job. Buying a new power supply may not be as sexy as picking out a new video card or quad-core, but it’s just as important. If you buy a bargain-brand supply, you risk all your connected components with even press of the power button; buy a supply without enough electrical ‘oomph’ and you’ll be trading it in when it comes... Read more

5 Great PC Extras

HGST Touro Mobile Pro 500GB USB 3.0 Price: $89.99 It’s sleek, it’s sexy and it hold all your most personal information. No, it’s not your little black book (though it does come in black): it’s the Touro Pro is a dual-purpose external hard drive. It can physically store up-to 500 Gb and includes 3 Gb free cloud-based internet storage (upgradeable to 25 Gb with a paid subscription). The Touro is USB 3.0 compatible and can transfer to and from your internal drives... Read more

5 Logitech Webcams for all Budgets – 2012

Need a new webcam? Check out our five recommendations from leading webcam manufacturer, Logitech, for every need and price range. (Pricing as collected from leading online vendors and retailers as of May 2012.) Logitech HD Webcam C310 Price: $29.99 Record and video chat in 720p for less than $30! This bargain-priced HD webcam from Logitech is light-weight, but not light on features: 5 Mp photo-taking, one-click Facebook/Youtube uploading, auto-dim/brightening to adjust for less-than-optimal lighting and a noise-canceling mic so your voice is as... Read more

Your 2012 Gaming PC – Under $1000

Need a couple suggestions to get started PC brainstorming-on-a-budget? Check out our recommendations for building a serious gaming machine without making your checkbook match your current frame rate. Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA Price: $130 (after rebate) Competition is fierce at this price-range for 1155-socket motherboards, but (with a little help from the rebate) the P8Z77-V is our choice. This is one mobo that expects, nay, demands, that you overclock your CPU; auto-overclocking features are built directly into... Read more

Wireless Upgrades for Gamers – 2012

A cluttered desk may be the sign of a busy mind, but it’s also a hassle (and where are you going to put your soda with all those cables in the way?) Get rid of those extra power cables, connections and cords with this assortment of great wireless PC accessories for the soon-to-be clutter-free gamer. Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Wrath Wireless Gaming Headset Price: $99.99 You’d be hard-pressed to find a better set of high-end wireless headphones for under $100. Featuring a... Read more

Best Gaming PC Accessories for 2012

Rosewill RTK-045 45 Piece Premium Computer Tool Kit Price: $21.00 You know it, you love it; you’ve found it in your X-Mas stocking at least one: the Rosewill 45-piece computer tool kit. It’s not flashy, but when you’ve stripped that last screw holding your case closed or need to trim your video card’s ‘low profile’ bracket to make it ‘really low profile’, your best friend is a set of tools designed to work with your PC. The kit comes with a reversible... Read more

Gaming PC for 2012 – Best Parts Deals

Radeon HD 6950 Price: around $200 The HD 6950 is the best value right now for serious gamers not looking to commit to overpriced bleeding-edge cards or SLI/Crossfire setups. Battlefield 3  looks great, Metro 2033 does, too; and what about Diablo 3, you say? Don’t take my word for it. (Don’t mind voiding your warranty? Learn how to overclock your 6950 to a 6970.) AMD Radeon HD 6950 specifications Core clock speed 800MHz Primitive rate 2 prim/clk Shader architecture VLIW4 Streamer processors 22 SIMD/1408 ALU Texture units 88 ROPs/Z-stencil 32/128 Frame buffer 2GB GDDR5 Memory Width/Speed 256bit,... Read more