Don't-Miss Component Stories

How to Make Your Windows PC Boot Faster

Looking to slash your Windows PC's boot time to the bone? We'll show you how we made one system boot 30 percent faster--without any hardware upgrades.

How to Build a Powerhouse PC Worthy of Sandy Bridge Extreme Edition

If you're willing to pay for premium components, it's easier than ever to build a performance PC that can handle games, movies, and heavy-duty audio/video editing with ease. Just follow our expert's step-by-step guide to assembling the ultimate dream machine.

How to Build a Compact Gaming PC

Here's how to build a high-performance gaming system in a small box, suitable for carrying to LAN parties or gaming in small spaces.

How to Build a Compact, Energy-Efficient PC

Here's how to build a space-saving, energy-saving computer that will be ideal for either small offices or living rooms.

5 More PC Upgrade Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Upgrading your computer can be easy enough for most people. But it's not without its pitfalls. Here are five common upgrade mistakes that even experienced users make.

How to Benchmark Your PC

Looking to maximize your PC's performance or troubleshoot a problem? First, you'll need to master the art of benchmarking.

Make S'mores Inside Your Desktop PC

You can use your PC for gaming, video processing, and Web surfing. How about for cooking?

Upgrade Your Motherboard

If you want to keep your PC current, sooner or later you’ll have to replace your motherboard. Here’s how to make that process fairly painless.

Upgrade Your CPU

Upgrading your desktop PC's processor--whether the CPU in question is from Intel or from AMD--might sound intimidating, but it’s an easier (and cheaper) way to boost your system’s speed than you think.

5 PC Upgrades Almost Everyone Does Wrong (and How to Do Them Right)

Upgrading your PC's hardware can be easy, but there's a right way and a wrong way to do each task. Here are five upgrades that most users do a half-baked job on, and tips to help your upgrade go flawlessly.

Overclock Your CPU, GPU, and RAM

Looking to upgrade your PC performance on the cheap? Overclocking your components is free, easy, and safe--if you do it right.

My CPU Is Overloaded

Jim Richmond asked why his CPU is running at 100 percent, slowing down his PC to a crawl.

How to Upgrade Your Graphics Card

Give your desktop PC more oomph by swapping in a new graphics board.