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The RAM Disk Guide Rev. 3.0.
     Mon, Jan 26 2015 | 2:50P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The RAM disk has been around since the 1980s, but it has never been popular due to the high cost of computer memory. It is now making a comeback, partly because RAM is now cheap and plentiful and partly because solid state drives (SSDs) are fast replacing hard disk drives as the storage medium of choice. SSDs are not only much faster than hard disk drives, they are silent and virtually impervious to vibration and shock. The downside though is their limited lifespan. That's where the RAM disk comes in - it allows the user to reduce wear and tear on the SSD by shifting some of the work to it. There are, of course, pros and cons to the RAM disk, and this guide will guide you through it all. On top of that, we will teach you how to make full use of your RAM disk.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

20 of the Worst PC Setups
     Wed, Jan 14 2015 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I’m sure at some point you had a bad PC setup. Maybe moving into a new place, waiting for a new desk to arrive or you just ran out of room. I can remember my horrible PC setups from when I was living at the dorms in college. If you have ever ventured over to the Shitty Battlestations sub-reddit you will find a lot of horrible PC setups. We will are going to pick 20 each month and feature them as 20 of the Worst PC setups for that month. Here are some of the bad ones from August!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

this year's last System Guide update
     Mon, Dec 29 2014 | 6:18A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Join us for this year's last System Guide update, in which we've fine-tuned our picks for your eleventh-hour Christmas shopping needs. This holiday edition also features a new wildcard build, the Cuboid, and tips on how to evade the specter of planned obsolescence—for now.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

A Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line
     Sun, Dec 28 2014 | 1:18A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Do you think of the command line as an antiquated leftover from the past, or an old fashioned way of interacting with a computer? Think again. In Linux, it is the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks. In this article, we will explore the basics of the Linux command line, including directory navigation, file/directory operations, and more.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Google Chrome uses DirectWrite for font rendering
     Sat, Dec 27 2014 | 8:18P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The latest version (37) of Google Chrome uses DirectWrite for font rendering on Windows PCs. DirectWrite is a DirectX API made for the purpose of high-quality, resolution-independent text rendering. On paper it sounds great, but some people might not like the new fonts appearance (blurry text on some websites). This guide will show you how to disable DirectWrite."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Tablets, Smartphones, Laptops
     Wed, Dec 24 2014 | 3:41A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It feels like only yesterday that we were whipping up last year’s holiday gift guide, but somehow a full year has passed and we’re staring yet another winter in the face. Don’t fret, though — just because you haven’t prepared for this season doesn’t mean that you’re hung out to dry. As the technology behind smartphones, tablets, and laptops has evolved over the past twelve months, we’ve collected the best and brightest in order to shape your gift buying. Regardless of whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one (or both), it’s a great time to be in the market. From budget products to flagship device, your options have never been so diverse--or powerful...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Home Server Build Part 3 - The Context
     Wed, Dec 24 2014 | 1:07A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In parts one and two, we basically spec'd and built a basis for a Home Server. In reality, other than plans to use it as a Server, it is currently just a desktop PC with RAID SSD's and a lot of RAM. We have had the server up and running now for some weeks and it has performed flawlessly. The 2 tests HDD's are running quiet and cool, thanks to the 120mm case fan blowing fresh air over them and they are delivering content on demand while storing all our critical information. But now, it's really time for the context of the build.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESLAVE

 
Creating a Multi-Installation Operating System Capable Flash Drive
     Sun, Dec 21 2014 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Would you like to have all your Windows installers on one flash drive? Today Tyler provides us with a guide on doing just that."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

making your PC as energy efficient as possible
     Wed, Dec 10 2014 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although PCs have steadily grown more energy efficient over the last few years, there's still room for improvement. We tried to find out how you can make a Haswell system as efficient as possible. We first tried using different components, then attempted tweaking various (BIOS) settings, and finally tried undervolting.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Installing Windows 8.1 and General System
     Mon, Dec 08 2014 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week we took some time and built a sub-$400 system that was to be dedicated to gaming with the SteamOS, a Steambox if you will. Later in the week, we took a look at the SteamOS, what it takes to install it, and a look at some of the capabilities of the SteamOS. While the SteamOS has some potential for gaming, there are just a number of things holding it back at this point. The two biggest issues I see the SteamOS facing right now are lack of games support, and the lack of additional features. The complete steam library consists of over 9000 game titles which is quite a few games, the SteamOS & Linux however, support only 1495 games at this point. Unfortunately, many of the games that aren’t supported are the more popular series like Call of Duty (love it or hate, it’s a popular series). The hardware that I used for the Steambox looks pretty solid per the specifications, but there is limited testing that I can do in the SteamOS and Linux. I was able to run the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark in the SteamOS article here, but that was about it. So to test the hardware I’m going to toss on a Windows 8 install and run the system through an array of gaming benchmarks.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

GIGABYTE X99-Gaming G1 Motherboard Overview and Overclocking Guide
     Sat, Nov 29 2014 | 10:07A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Do you have the GIGABYTE GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI (Intel X99) motherboard or considering buying it? Steven goes into detail and tells us all about it here."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Building A Gaming PC For Under $400 With SteamOS @ Legit Reviews
     Sun, Nov 16 2014 | 10:35A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the past few months I?ve been hearing some buzz about the new SteamOS from, you guessed it, Steam. Since both of the current generation console systems are available for ~$400, we wanted to see what type of budget gaming PC we could build for $400 with the SteamOS.  Read on to see how our Steam Box budget build uses and watch us assemble the system."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

TweakTowns Ultimate Windows SSD Performance Installation Guide
     Mon, Nov 10 2014 | 7:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
TweakTown`s Ultimate Windows SSD Performance Installation Guide delivers essentials for optimum performance from your Windows based SSD installation."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Everybody Can NAS, a Beginners Guide to OpenMediaVault
     Wed, Oct 15 2014 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NAS is the acronym for ‘Network Attached Storage’ and that is just what it is. Storage that is directly attached to your network, thereby allowing you to access its content from all your smart devices. In this article I’ll take you along the road of setting up and configuring your own NAS, even for a small wallet. It sounds so simple and it is. But it is also something that can make your every-day digital-life a lot easier and more enjoyable. Having a NAS in your household allows you to have a centralized storage for all your backups, media files and documents. This again gives you the ability to easy access them from all your devices, may it be your smart TV, your phone or tablet, your computers or game consoles and what else comes to mind. Some of the first words that scare most people away from setting up a NAS themselves are ‘linux’ and ‘network’. While it might not be something you have experience with, I guarantee it’s all very easy and quick to do.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

News: TRs September 2014 System Guide
     Sat, Sep 20 2014 | 11:05A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We`ve updated our System Guide to include Intel`s new Haswell-E processors, the associated X99 platform, and DDR4 memory. The new guide also features AMD`s new Radeon R9 285 graphics card, plus the usual tweaks to account for the latest pricing and availability changes."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Where is the Startup Folder in Windows 8.1?
     Wed, Sep 17 2014 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ok, we all know that a lot of things have changed in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 from the “Good Ol’e days”. While poking around pointlessly this morning, I started to wonder where the Startup folder had gone… and is it still used at all. If you are looking for the “new” Startup, go to ...
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

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