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Mean and green: How to build a gaming PC that’s fast, quiet, and efficient

Gaming rigs don’t have to be big, noisy, power-sucking beasts. We've built one that treads lightly and kills softly.

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How to build your own Steam Machine today for $560

We built a diminutive PC gaming rig for roughly the same price as an Xbox One. Was it worth it?

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How to easily find drivers for Unknown Devices in Windows

Sure, you can rip your PC apart and eyeball troublesome hardware directly - but there's an easier way to find drivers for unknown devices.

How to restore your SSD to peak performance

SSDs slow down with use, but a secure-erase utility could work wonders for it.

How to avoid common PC building mistakes

Check socket compatibility. Organize the screws and cables. Install this before that. And read the manuals!

How to choose a USB hub

Need more USB ports for your PC? There are tons of hub options out there, but make sure you get this one particular feature.

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Learn to build a PC in under two minutes

Building a computer is a great way to get a custom configuration, save some money and have fun. In a how-to video, we'll show you how to build one in less than two minutes.

Overclocking: Why you should and should not do it

Arcticsid asked the Answer Line forum to explain overclocking, and why it is, or is not, a good idea

The proper care and feeding of SSD storage

Treat a solid-state drive like its mechanical cousin and you could end up in a world of pain. Here's how to handle these exotic beasts.

Keep it stable, stupid! How to stress-test your PC hardware

If you're not stress testing your new (or newly overclocked) PC hardware, danger may be lurking in its depths. Here's how to push your PC to its limits to ensure its stability.

Liquid cooling vs. traditional cooling: What you need to know

If you're pushing your PC to its limits, choosing the right cooling option can mean the difference between tearing through benchmarks or crashing and burning.

Top 10 tech upgrades to make your small business run faster

Here are 10 ways to give your small business an impressive return on your IT investment.

How to pick the best PC power supply

Here's everything you need to know about the electric heart beating at your desktop computer's core.

SSDs vs. hard drives vs. hybrids: Which storage tech is right for you?

Choosing the best storage drive for your PC has never been so complicated. We break down the differences between SSDs, good old hard drives, and genre-busting hybrid drives to help you make an informed decision.

Why can't 32-bit Windows access 4GB of RAM?

32-bit processors and operating systems, in theory, can access up to 4GB of memory. So how come Qasim Zaib's PC, with 4GB installed, only sees 3GB?