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Build A Great Rig With HotHardware's PC Components Buyer's Guide
     Sat, Nov 30 2019 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Welcome to HotHardware's PC Component Buyer's Guide, where we help prospective system builders pick out just the right collection of components to build the rigs of their dreams -- or at least the rig which makes the best use of your budget. We've picked out the best bang for the buck in processors, graphics cards, storage, and more in an effort to assemble some truly drool-worthy gaming PCs at a variety of price points. From top to bottom, rest assured that we've done the hard work of balancing price and performance in a way that gets the most performance possible from a given budget...

Beginners Guides: Hard Drive Data Recovery
     Tue, Sep 17 2019 | 2:25P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Killed a hard drive without backing up? Deleted your babies first photo and already emptied the recycling bin? Not to worry, you can probably recover your data with the help of this guide from PCSTATS.

"The loss of factory hard drive capacity seems to be an increasingly common occurrence with very large capacity (ie. 1TB) hard drives, but it's not specific to any one hard drive manufacturer. It can happen to brand new drives or existing hard drives full of data. In either case the data portion of the drive isn't generally affected. If a new or existing hard drive in your computer suddenly pops up with a capacity of 32MB, or another value equally small compared to the true drive size, don't freak out, the data should still be there."

The Best CPUs 2019
     Sat, Sep 14 2019 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since our last update new CPUs have hit the market from both sides, though AMD still dominates our recommendations. After all the extensive testing you are familiar with, TechSpot's CPU buying guide will help you with a few easy recommendations you can trust and follow.

Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide
     Sat, Aug 24 2019 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Currently covering 1,243 workstation and server CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 20 different specifications for each and every workstation or server CPU. In this update, we added 10 AMD EPYC server CPUs, and 269 Intel Xeon server and workstation CPUs.

Intel Core Processor Number Guide
     Sun, Aug 11 2019 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel Core processor number system changes with every generation, including the new 10th Gen Core processors. In this guide, we will share with you exactly what those letters and numbers mean!

How CPUs are Designed, Part 3: Building the Chip
     Tue, May 28 2019 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this third installment we explore how the physics of how transistors work, how their individual components are built in silicon, and how they are connected to create useful circuits and chips. How do you transform a pile of sand into an advanced processor? Let's find out.

TechTip: Dell Inspiron and the Incompatible SSD ?!
     Wed, May 08 2019 | 8:43P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Just thought I'd share this TechTip with the PCSTATS readers and hopefully save someone else a little bit of time. While attempting to add a second SSD into a Dell Inspiron today (to act as a cache drive) Intel RST rejected the drive as "Incompatible" - the drive wouldn't even show up under Device Manager / Disk Management.... odd. I've never heard of a SATA SSD being incompatible, but Dell is nortoriously proprietary with devices. For example, I had to buy a special proprietary SATA power cable just to hook the drive up! Silly Dell.

Anyway tried the following steps unsuccessfully:
 - on another computer, deleted the partitions on the SSD and recreated one new partition in NTFS
 - on another computer, deleted the partition and left the drive unmounted.
 - in the Inspiron BIOS, changed it from Legacy Boot to UEFI... nope
 - in the Inspiron BIOS, attempted to change things from ACHI to RAID, but the Inspiron doesn't even support a RAID setting (this a common suggestion on Dell's user-driven support forums).

The SSD worked just fine in another computer, so this was all a bit perlexing.

It turns out the REAL problem was the format of the partition table: MBR vs. GPT! The SSD was previously set up as an MBR disk (Master Boot Record) and what Intel RST was complaining about when it said "Incompatible" was easily fixed by converting the SSD from MBR to GBT (GUID Partition Table) on another computer, using Disk Management.

After making the change to GPT, the SSD was installed into the Dell Inspiron, the drive was recognized, mounted and formatted for use. Problem solved!


How CPUs are Designed and Built
     Tue, Apr 30 2019 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We all think of the CPU as the "brains" of a computer, but what does that actually mean? What is going on inside with the billions of transistors to make your computer work? In this new four-part mini series we'll be focusing on computer hardware design, covering the ins and outs of what makes a computer work.

Make a household fusion-powered
     Thu, Apr 25 2019 | 3:33P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our own Colton Westrate invested $65,000 to make his household fusion-powered. Join him as he tells the story from the beginning and shares every juicy detail he possibly can.

Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know
     Sat, Mar 30 2019 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many hardcore computer users might consider themselves above learning new tricks, but there are always new ways to sharpen your skills on the PC and we bet that you will find at least one useful thing here that you didn't know before.

Export Putty Session List
     Mon, Mar 11 2019 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Export Putty Session List Export Putty Session List I don't know about you, but I tend to work from a number of different computers, most of them Windows. Well, when the time comes that I have to either migrate system settings or configure a new device, Putty settings is always something that seems to get lost in transition. With a little search and destroy, I found a way to easily migrate your Putty Session list for import on another device.

Guru3D Winter 2019 PC Buyers Guide
     Thu, Feb 21 2019 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's that time of year again, when I finally emerge from the maelstrom that was the end of 2018, CES 2019, and the release of Radeon VII. This article has been 'ready' for a fair while, but the rapidity of events in early 2019 has led to several not insignificant revisions over the course of the last six or so weeks.

Beginner's Guide To Twitch Streaming
     Mon, Feb 04 2019 | 1:43P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Do you want to be the next Ninja? How about the next Dr Disrespect? Maybe you want to try out your stand-up routine on random Internet strangers before hitting up the local comedy club. Whatever the case may be, streaming to Twitch, or another similar platform, can seem like a daunting task at first. Thankfully this doesn't have to be the case, and we are here with the first in a series of articles dedicated to getting you up and streaming. While this guide will focus on setting up your system to go live on Twitch, many of these steps can be repeated at other sites like YouTube and Mixer. This being part one, we will go over the very basics of streaming games, and if you follow this guide, you could be up and streaming in record time."

Building a Gaming PC Right Now is a Good Idea
     Fri, Jan 25 2019 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What a difference a year makes. It was about this time last year that we discussed why building a gaming PC was a bad idea, but thankfully a lot has changed since. You may recall, DDR4 memory and graphics card prices were through the roof a year ago. GPU availability was quite poor and on top of all that, we were at the end of a few product cycles. Fast forward a year, what's changed?

How to Find Your Original Windows 10 Product Key
     Thu, Dec 20 2018 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For a long time Windows PCs (OEMs) came with a product key sticker with your license info, but now manufacturers are storing this license within the machine's UEFI/BIOS, so the information is retrieved and applied automatically. Furthermore, your Windows license can now be tied to your Microsoft account. Let us explain.

Ever Wondered How Those Computer-Controlled Christmas Light Displays Work?
     Mon, Dec 17 2018 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Depending on where you live, you've likely seen a house with crazy flashing Christmas lights that change color and dance to music. Almost every neighborhood or town has "that one house" that goes all out for the holidays each year. In my neighborhood, that house is mine.

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