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You Probably Only Need Two Or Three Fans In Your Computer

When you build a computer, your case probably comes with a couple fans, with room to expand. But do you need to? The folks at Linus Tech Tips decided to find out.

Ask LH: Which 4TB Hard Drive Should I Buy?

Hi guys, I really need to buy a new hard drive — but I am torn between the choice of a WD Black 4TB which is currently $309 on PC Case Gear or a Toshiba 4TB, which unfortunately they have stopped selling but other sites I think still do. However Toshiba also have the X300 series but I haven’t found any reviews on them. I was wondering if possible if you could do a comparison on them regarding performance and their pricing?

Ask LH: Should I Upgrade My PC Piece-By-Piece Or All In One Go?

Dear Lifehacker, My current desktop is on its last legs and I’m looking at upgrading. I bought it in 2008, so it’s definitely time to move on! The problem is I’m on a very tight budget. I was wondering if you had any advice on whether I should upgrade my components in increments, or try to save up and buy the whole thing in one go?

CloudReady Installs Chromium OS On Nearly Any Computer

Chrome OS isn’t quite as bad as it used to be. If you’ve got an old computer lying around that could use a refresh, CloudReady lets you install Chromium OS (the open-source variant of Chrome OS) on most computers.

'It's Not My Job To Plug Things In' And Other Nightmare IT Stories

Working in IT is no picnic. You’re overworked, over-stressed and overwhelmed by an onslaught of stupidity from Luddite customers and colleagues. We recently asked our readers to share their worst experiences from the front lines of IT. Your stories were so terrifying that we may need to wipe and reboot our brains to recover. Here are some of the worst.

Consoles Vs PCs: Why I'm A PC Gamer

I haven’t bought a console since the original Xbox back in 2001. Why? I already have a gaming machine with better graphics, a better controller and more flexibility… and it didn’t cost much either. I’m talking, of course, about a PC.

How Voice Recognition Technology Actually Works

At Apple’s recent World Wide Developer Conference, one of the tent-pole items was the inclusion of additional features for intelligent voice recognition by its personal assistant app Siri. The latest version of Siri for iOS 9 makes it possible to make casual, undetailed commands while looking at contextual information on your iPhone. Here’s a brief overview of machine-learning algorithms and how it relates to language.

Touchscreen Laptops Are A Battery Drain, Even With Touch Disabled

You probably already know that a touchscreen laptop is more expensive than the non-touch version. But there are other, non-monetary premiums you have to pay for the touch capability, including a bigger drain on your battery.

Kogan Is Selling A $359 Windows Laptop

Netbooks might be a long-forgotten trend in our tablet-centric world, but there’s still a place for a device with a keyboard that can run standard Windows apps. Kogan’s new Atlas Laptop has somewhat basic specifications, but a basic price too: $359 (plus $19 for delivery).

Hide Valuables In A Secret PC Tower Drawer Made From An Old Bay Drive

Having a drawer built into your computer can be a great way to use an empty 5.25″ bay slot. If you have an old 5.25″ bay drive — like a CD or DVD drive — you can make your own drawer and disguise it.

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