hardware

The Best GPU Upgrades For Every Budget

Getting the best performance for your GPU dollar can be a tricky proposition. From high end to more affordable models, we have put together a list of the best upgrades.


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).


How To Decide When To Upgrade Your Hardware

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is not a sensible policy when you’re dealing with crucial IT gear. Follow these basic guidelines to ensure you’re getting the maximum value from your equipment while minimising risk.


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.


How To Turn Your PC (Or Other Device) Into A Retro Arcade With Lakka

If you’re looking for a fun way to use an old PC, Lakka can turn it into an amazing retro gaming machine. This easy setup doesn’t require any advanced Linux knowledge, and you can even use the controllers you already have lying around. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making your own all-in-one retro arcade in no time.


Clean The Dust Out Of Your PC's Video Card With This Video Guide

Computers get dusty. It’s a fact of life. They’re easy to clean, but a few parts — like the video card — may require a deeper shining once in a while. The folks at LinusTechTips show us how to clean the dust bunnies out of your GPU for fast, cool and quiet performance.


Five Best Small Form Factor PCs

If you’re looking for a computer that can fit anywhere and do almost anything, a small form-factor PC is your best bet. The best ones offer power and portability, make the right compromises, and still come in at a good price. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations and suggestions.


Ask LH: Should I Defragment A Hybrid Drive?

Hi Lifehacker, I just bought a new Seagate 1TB SSHD. I’m wondering whether or not this hybrid drive can be defragmented, as I have been seeing some very conflicting answers when Googling.


What Kind Of PCs Will Your Business Buy In 2015?

We live in a world where most employed people own a smartphone, but that doesn’t mean that we’re ready to abandon computers in the workplace just yet. What do statistics suggest will be the dominant trends in PC purchases for business this year?


The Temperature Difference Between Stock And Aftermarket CPU Coolers

When you build a PC, your processor usually comes with a small cooler — but people often recommend upgrading to a large aftermarket cooler for cooler, quieter operation. How much does it actually help? The folks at Linus Tech Tips put three coolers to the test to find out.