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The Best Drive For Your PC.
     Sat, Jan 13 2018 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Every drive has a purpose, and it is important to use the right drive for the job. Let us show you how to choose the best drive using the WD drive colours!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

RAM Matters: How Much Do You Need for Gaming?
     Sun, Dec 24 2017 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Measuring the impact that RAM capacity has on gaming is harder than it sounds because of all the factors at play. However we've tested different hardware configurations to determine how much memory is truly useful for gaming from 4GB up to 32GB.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

OCC's Recommend Holiday Build Guide
     Wed, Dec 13 2017 | 7:40P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”This build guide is focused solely gaming and getting the best "bang for the buck" so to speak. A byproduct of this are things like RGB lighting and color theme builds go out the window due to budget restraints. On the low end, every dollar saved from an unnecessary, flashy setup can be put to better use. However, nothing is set in stone and you are free to adjust and spend a few dollars more to purchase things more to your liking. But whatever changes you make, just be sure it is compatible. If you unsure, feel free to hit up the OCC forums and ask for help. On that note, I am not loyal to one brand, but my lists do consist of parts I would buy myself instead of putting together a list of the cheapest possible combinations. I also avoided rebates due to needing to pay more up front. Since I opted out of the rebates, you will find better hardware for a similar price if you are willing to fill out the paperwork. I also listed alternate choices for most of the parts, so if something is out of stock or if you have a distaste for a certain brand, the option is available to choose.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Guru3D PC Buyers Guide Winter 2017
     Mon, Dec 11 2017 | 5:43P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are pleased to offer you our PC Buyers Guide! This is the 2017 Winter Edition and it outlines a set of recommendations for products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig. We have four different system recommendations and something special to choose from so read all out it after the break.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

IR Repeater USB DIY Guide
     Mon, Dec 11 2017 | 5:42P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is time to solder again on OCinside.de today. With an IR repeater you can place your HiFi equipment and the TV receiver in a cabinet or even control the PC or HTPC with IR receiver via the infrared remote control in another room. This new IR-Repeater is designed as an USB Edition, so that you don’t need a battery as power source, but can use it directly on an USB port. All components for soldering the new IR-extender are available as an inexpensive kit in the OCinside.de Fanshop. So heat up the soldering iron and enjoy reading and soldering.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

Christmas 2017 Mega Worldwide Giveaway
     Sun, Dec 10 2017 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's this time of the year again folks so our annual Christmas Worldwide Giveaway is once again live......This time we have 18 prizes for starters but expect more until the end....For more info check the link as usual....Good luck to all !
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

Top Tech Gift Ideas For Black Friday Shoppers
     Fri, Nov 24 2017 | 8:18P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are almost to the end of yet another wonderfully innovative year in technology. The non-stop innovation of the tech sector has presented us with products and services that deliver more horsepower, lower power consumption, and smaller form factors that deliver more value and features. The tradition of Black Friday began with retail merchants feverishly working over the year to pull their bottom lines out of the "red", and utilizing the US Thanksgiving long holiday weekend to bolster sales and revenue. For 65 years value seeking consumers in the U.S. have been looking forward to today. While most Americans are recovering from excessive levels of tryptophan and many people around the world are putting up their holiday decorations, it’s Black Friday, the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season...
  FULL STORY @ MANAGE

 
"high-end" cord cutting scenario
     Sat, Nov 04 2017 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Now that cord cutters and frugal millennials are harming the cable industry's bottom line, things have changed and the lack of live premium content is a thing of the past. Multiple companies, including traditional television providers as well as newcomers, have started to offer subscription-based streaming television. These services offer access to the real-time live feeds of national and regional cable networks."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know
     Mon, Oct 09 2017 | 4:01P | 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.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Pairing CPUs and GPUs: PC Upgrades
     Sun, Oct 08 2017 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
How bad is bottlenecking these days? Well, that all depends on how bad you are at pairing hardware. Any experienced system builder will tell you it's important to build a balanced system, especially if you want the best bang for your buck.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

The Definitive Ethereum Mining Performance Article
     Thu, Sep 28 2017 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ethereum cryptocurrency mining benchmarks... a fight to the mining death between AMD and NVIDIA's best GPUs!"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Upgrade My PC Please! Episode 3: Core Hi Five!
     Fri, Sep 22 2017 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Brayden's 'Oldy McOld' gets his prize and a new lucky reader gets a free Ryzen 5 1600 CPU. Welcome to Episode 3 of Upgrade My PC Please! Once again we have five PCs all in need of various upgrades, with your vote you can decide who gets a free upgrade.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

The Ultimate RGB Build: The Hardware
     Fri, Sep 22 2017 | 1:45P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"So I’ve been using the same PC as my main gaming / video editing rig for what seems like forever. When I built it not much thought really went into it, it was just available parts that I had laying around. The system itself has a Core i7-3970X, ASRock X79 Extreme4-M motherboard, 16GB of DDR3, a GTX 580, which was updated to a GTX 1080 recently, and a few SSDs. All of this was inside the Thermaltake Supressor F31 case, not really much to look at when you walk into the office. To this day that PC still kicks ass and in most cases is more than sufficient, but now that we are doing a lot of 4K video editing I felt it was time for an upgrade. Also we wanted to build something that looked totally badass! That is when the idea for the Ultimate RGB Build was hatched. We’ve said 2017 is the year of RGB so why not build a system with all RGB components? So we’ve compiled a list of awesome components and are ready to get this build started! This is part 1 of the build where we will go over the hardware used and why we selected it."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Upgrade My PC Please! Episode 1: The First 5
     Mon, Sep 18 2017 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Upgrade My PC Please! gives viewers the chance to have their PC upgraded for free. Watch the video for all the details about the first 5 PCs, check out our recommendations, and help us deciding who is the most deserving of receiving our proposed upgrade package.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

How to Squeeze the Most Out of Your iPhone's Battery
     Mon, Sep 18 2017 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Scientists have made plenty of battery breakthroughs in the lab in recent years yet we're still waiting for that revolutionary, game-changing advancement to trickle down to the consumer space. Stretching a phone's charge to the absolute limit is a top priority and today, we're going to share some tips to help you get the most mileage out of your iOS device.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Project Build Iris – Part 2 @ LanOC Reviews
     Sat, Sep 09 2017 | 4:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So last week I went into detail on the case, power supply, and the fans I went with in Iris. Those are cool, but it’s the components inside that determine how fast the computer is going to be. So today I’m going to go over the “go fast” goodies so to speak. I will talk about the reasoning on the motherboard and CPU and what else is going with it. Considering that my wife ends up playing more games than I do, making sure this build was extremely fast was important. I don’t need her getting angry at me when her games don’t work!
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
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  18. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
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  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
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  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  26. Firewalls and Internet Security
  27. Firewall Setup and Configuration
  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
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  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
  34. How to Install: Intel Socket 1366 CPU and Heatsink
  35. How to Install: Intel Socket 1155 CPU and Heatsink
  36. How to Install: AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
  38. How to Fix Homesite Design Mode to Work in WindowsXP/ Vista
  39. How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  41. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  42. Installing Windows Vista
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  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
  49. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  57. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  59. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
  61. Remote Access to Computers
  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
  64. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
  67. Stopping Spam
  68. Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
  69. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  70. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  71. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  72. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
  73. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  75. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  76. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  77. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  78. Website Hosting With Apache
  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
  80. Windows XP Command Prompt
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