hardware

Ask LH: What Matters Most When Buying A Cheap PC?

Hi Lifehacker, I am in the market to buy a cheap PC for home use. I’m looking for something inexpensive, but am having a hard time understanding the jargon PC stores are throwing at me. What should I really be looking for?


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.


The Difference Between NVIDIA SLI And AMD Crossfire

Running two graphics cards in your computer can sometimes be a good way to boost your graphics power, but there are a few critical differences between NVIDIA and AMD when it comes to dual graphics. Linus from Techquickie breaks it down.


Build A Cheaper, Customisable Alternative To Apple's Mac Pro

Apple’s Mac Pro, the sleek and shiny trash can from outer space, is certainly a feat of engineering. It also costs $4000. If you want to build a comparable machine yourself, you can save a lot of money by going with a Hackintosh.


The Specs To Look For In A Workstation Computer

For everyday computer use, processing power is rarely a consideration anymore, but when you’re looking at a workstation system for more advanced technical tasks, all those specifications become vital. These are the features you should look for.


Solid-State Drives: Everything You Need To Know

Adding a solid-state drive (SSD) to your computer is simply the best upgrade at your disposal, capable of speeding up your computer in ways you hadn’t thought possible. But as with any new technology, there’s plenty to learn. Here’s everything you should know about your SSD, whether you’re interested in upgrading or just like to know the ins and outs of your hardware.


The Most Common Smartphone Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Dropping your phone and cracking the screen can completely ruin your day. While most handsets aren’t built to be repaired, you can fix many problems with the right tools and a little know-how.


Build The Perfect Media Centre For $600

Chances are your home theatre system is a mess, with multiple devices hooked into it your TV (Blu-Ray player, laptop, digital tuner and the rest). Here’s how I rolled all those devices into one awesome media centre that costs less than $600 to build.


Clean Your Computer In A Minute A Day

Keeping a clean and tidy computer is a good idea — no one likes a crusty, speckled monitor or keyboards littered with so many crumbs the keys crunch when you press them. The folks at Apartment Therapy have a quick guide to cleaning your keyboard, mouse, and display in a minute every day.


A Beginner's Introduction To Overclocking Your Intel Processor

If you want to squeeze every last ounce of processing power out of your new computer or ageing system, overclocking is a great — if slightly nerve-racking — option. Here are some simple guidelines for safely overclocking your processor.