computers

When RAM Speed Matters (And How It Affects Your Games)

The hardest part of building a computer is picking your parts, and RAM speed can be a little confusing. Does it actually matter? How does it affect the speed of your PC? Linus from Linus Tech Tips breaks it down for us in video form.


When Did You Get Your First Computer?

In the past, having a computer in your own home was a rarity. These days, computers are much more commonplace, but having one of your very own is still kind of special. When did you get your first?


Top 10 Ways To Beef Up Your Custom-Built PC

Building your own computer is the best way to get the perfect PC for your needs. Want to take your custom build even further? Beef it up with these 10 projects.


Ask LH: What's Up With My Computer Clock?

Dear Lifehacker, I recently bought a new laptop and it cam pre-installed with Windows 8. I’m still coming to grips with the different changes but it’s OK so far. My one major gripe is the clock. My laptop’s clock does not seem to keep time.


What Do You Miss About The Old Days Of Computing?

We have the internet in our pocket, and it runs on a tiny rectangular computer with more power and a higher-resolution screen than anything we could buy 25 years ago. But despite all these powerful machines no larger than a bar of soap, some things were better in the old days. What do you miss?


Ask LH: Does Brand Matter When I Buy Computer Parts?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m building my first computer using your guide, and I’ve been asking around on forums for help on picking the parts. I was using an AMD processor, but everyone keeps telling me Intel is better. Should I listen, or are they just fanboys? Does brand matter?


The Complete Guide To Building A Hackintosh [OS X 10.8.4]

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.


How To Save Money When Building Your Own PC

Computers are expensive, and every dollar counts if you’re building one on a budget. If you pick the right parts, shop in the right way, and use a few simple tricks, you can save quite a bit on that new PC.


Soluto Ranks The Best Laptops Based On User Experience

PC troubleshooting and reporting tool Soluto is taking all the information on its users’ crashes, blue screens of death and long boot times to report which laptops perform the best. If you need help knowing which which laptops are the least problematic for users, Soluto is the way to go.


Ask LH: How Can I Survive A Job That Makes Me Use Outdated Technology?

Dear Lifehacker, I just got a new job and everything’s great so far. But when I got my laptop, I discovered it’s an ancient hand-me-down from another employee! Even worse, it’s Windows XP! I asked about getting my work email on my phone, and they said they could get me a BlackBerry, since they don’t support iPhones or Android yet. Help, I feel like I’ve gone back in time!