computers

How Hot Is Too Hot For Your Computer To Run

You probably know that heat is bad for your computer, and you might even know how to monitor its temperatures. But how hot is too hot? Linus from Techquickie explains in this video.


Ask LH: What's The Best Way To Purchase A Desktop PC?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m looking at buying a decent desktop PC ($1500 or so is what I have budgeted). It will store a lot of files (photos, movies, music) and be used to edit my home videos, but I have no need for it to be a gaming powerhouse. I’d also like an SSD for the operating system.


Ask LH: How Do I Know When To Upgrade My PC Or Just Build A New One?

Dear Lifehacker, My computer is getting a little old. I built it myself, but I’m not sure whether it’s worthwhile to upgrade individual elements like my processor or video card or whether I should just start from scratch and build a new rig. How can I tell when it’s time to upgrade and when I should start over?


The Performance Benefits Of Discrete Video Cards (Even For Non-Gamers)

If you’re a PC gamer, you know that upgrading your computer’s video card will give you the best gaming performance boost. PCWorld argues, however, that a discrete graphics card belongs in most people’s desktop PCs — not just gamers.


The Important Things You Should Do When You Get A New Computer

You’ve just purchased a new computer. Nice! You’re probably excited to tear open the box and set it up, but there are a few boring-but-important tasks that will save you disappointment and even heartbreak (not to mention money) later. Here are a few key tasks you should perform whenever you buy a new PC.


Build A Hidden Kitchen Computer Into Your Pantry

A computer can make a great kitchen companion, serving up everything from recipes to music to a family calendar. If you’ve always wanted a computer in the kitchen, this hidden pantry computer may be just what you’re looking for.


Why Managing Phones Matters More Than PCs Or Tablets

Need more proof that we’re living in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) era, no matter what the official corporate policy says? Sales figures and forecasts from Gartner show that smartphones will continue to be the biggest-selling device platform for the foreseeable future, but tablets and PCs aren’t disappearing either.


What To Do When Your Water Cooling Leaks Inside Your PC

A few weeks ago, my worst computer nightmare happened right before my eyes: my water cooling loop exploded, drenching the inside of my computer. Luckily, nothing broke. Here’s how I salvaged all my parts (and how to keep this from happening to you).


Why I'm A PC Gamer

The new consoles may be making headlines right now, but I won’t be buying one. I haven’t bought one since the original Xbox. 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.


Computer Manufacturers Ranked: How To Pick A Laptop That Won't Fail

With so many options available, picking the right laptop can prove difficult. How do you know you’ll end up with a reliable model, or one that will last you at least three years without feeling outdated? While you can’t predict the future, you can use information from the past to figure out your best bet before you make your purchase.