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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.

Reader Q&A: Fix IE, Replace Parts, Customize Icons

Readers need help with mysterious Internet Explorer crashes, choosing PC components, and customizing Windows folder icons.


When Replacing Faulty Components, Don't Feel Obligated to Stick with the Same Make and Model

If a computer part dies on you, you might think your only option is to replace it with the exact same thing. In most cases, you have plenty of other choices.

Hardware Speed Boosts for Your PC

Which hardware upgrades do the most cost-effective job of turbocharging your PC? We ran tests on various combinations of upgrades to find out.

Build a 3D Home Theater PC With Sandy Bridge

Follow our advice to construct your own 3D-ready home theater PC based on Intel's newest CPU line.


PC Repair Rip-Offs: Don't Get Gouged by Fix-It Services

When your PC needs a tune-up, upgrade, or overhaul, don't fall prey to the tech shop's worst deals. Here's the truth about computer repair services.

32 vs. 64: What Bit Windows?

Ericuse165 asked the Windows forum which is better: the 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 7

How to Build Your Own PC, Part 3

In the final installment of our three-part series on building a PC from scratch, we show you how to install the hard drive, optical drive and the graphics card.

How to Build Your Own PC, Part 2

In part two of our three-part series on building your own computer, we show you how to install the computer's CPU and RAM.

How to Build Your Own PC, Part 1

In part one of our three-part series on building your own PC, we show you how to connect the power supply and insert the motherboard in your new computer.

Convert Your Vinyl to Digital

Ferenc Hutterer asked about digitizing his phonograph collection


How To Troubleshoot Your Home-Built PC

You’ve built your new PC, but something’s not right--and you don't have the luxury of a manufacturer's warranty or tech support line. Here’s how to fix problems with your do-it-yourself PC.