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This Video Explains How Performance Degradation Happens In Your Gaming PC

When you first get a new graphics card, your games run buttery smooth. Over time, you might start to notice that it doesn’t run as well, even on the same games. What gives? This video explains what causes performance degradation over time.


Top 10 PC And Workspace Upgrades You Can Do In An Afternoon

A substantial PC upgrade, or even a better workspace, doesn’t have to be a huge project that drains your time and energy. If you can order the parts, there are several worthwhile improvements you can make that will pay off big when it’s time to work (or play). Here are some of them.


Ask LH: Should I Upgrade My PC Piece-By-Piece Or All In One Go?

Dear Lifehacker, My current desktop is on its last legs and I’m looking at upgrading. I bought it in 2008, so it’s definitely time to move on! The problem is I’m on a very tight budget. I was wondering if you had any advice on whether I should upgrade my components in increments, or try to save up and buy the whole thing in one go?


Ask LH: Should I Buy A PC Or A Laptop For Gaming?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a $1000 budget and I like gaming, but I have no idea if I should buy a laptop or a PC. I don’t know what specs I need to be able to play this year’s games on normal quality. Please help! From PRS.


Ask LH: What Batteries Will I Need For The Steam Controller?

Dear Lifehacker, I am patiently awaiting the release of the Steam Controller for PC gaming and have just found out it runs on AA batteries (how annoying!) I know next to nothing about battery types as this would be the first product I need that requires them. What should I be looking for to maximize my gaming and stop me running to the shops to buy batteries in the fistful?


How Laptop Graphics Cards Compare To Their Desktop Counterparts

Laptop video cards are a bit misleading in their names. You might think the GTX 980M is comparable to the desktop’s GTX 980, but the performance is actually quite different.


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.


Briefly: Crazy Cosplay, Cheap 1TB HDD, George R R Martin Slams Fans

Brief news items for Lifehacker readers, including: the craziest cosplay from Anime Expo 2014, George R R Martin says “f*ck you” to doomsayer fans, how PC enthusiasts are like dog owners.


Netbooks Rapidly Grabbing Notebook Market Share

It’s well-recognised that notebook sales are now outstripping desktop PCs, but within the notebook category, netbooks are also claiming an increasing chunk of the market.


Top 10 Computer Hardware Fixes And Upgrades

If desktop or laptop parts have died or seen better days, you’ve got a friend. All of your Lifehacker editors—and many helpful net denizens—have upgraded or repaired faulty systems, and we’ve rounded some of their helpful tutorials.


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