computers

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 How do you know you’ll end up with a reliable model, or one that will last you at least three years without feeling outdated?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.


How Businesses Need To Change The Way They Purchase PCs

We constantly encounter headlines about how tablets are killing PC sales. That doesn’t mean computers are disappearing from the workplace, but it does mean the way you buy them for business use will change dramatically. Here are some key issues to consider when doing that.


6 Essential Tips For First-Time PC Builders

Building a computer is the best way to get the perfect machine for your needs. We’ve shown you the basic steps before, as well as tips on beefing up your setup, but there are certain things most of us learn after screwing up and wasting a lot of time. Here are a few things you can learn from veterans’ mistakes.


How To Install OS X 10.8.5 On Your Hackintosh

Building a hackintosh — that is, installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware — used to require extremely restricted hardware choices and quite a bit of know-how. Now your options are vast and the installation process is fairly simple. With that in mind, this is our complete guide to building a hackintosh that will walk you through purchasing compatible parts, building your machine and installing OS X all on your own.