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Build a Great Media-Editing PC, Part 1: How to Choose Your PC Components

In this seven-part series called "Build a Great Media-Editing PC," we take you through the entire process of building your own powerful computer. In this video, we show you how to choose the parts for your new desktop.


Overclocking for Newbies

Overclocking your processor can give your PC a significant speed boost--but you have to be careful. Here's how to overclock your system's processor without frying it.

Geek 101: LCD and Plasma Basics

HDTV and computer monitor technology can be confusing to the uninitiated. We clear the air with this primer.


Tweak Your Graphics Card for Gaming

Here's how to make your games look gorgeous and run smoothly--using nothing but your AMD or nVidia graphics card control panel.

How to Update Your BIOS

Updating your BIOS can cut boot times, fix compatibility issues, and improve overall performance--or brick your system if you do it wrong.

How to Replace Your CPU

A processor upgrade can breathe new life into an old PC.

Green Computing: The Good And The Bad

It's easy being green, thanks to eco-friendly hardware and software.


Geek 101: A Graphics Card Primer

Are graphics options confusing? Don't know how much graphics card you need? Start here.


How to Resurrect a Crashed Hard Drive

Recover data using the freezer and Frisbee tricks and more.

Power-Saving Tips for Your Home Theater

HDTVs are energy gluttons, but you can help them consume less.


How to Buy a Netbook

The netbook market is new, and constantly in flux. In this netbook buying guide, we explain what models are available to you today.


'How to Build a PC,' the Interactive Geek Tech Video

Anyone can show you how to build a PC from scratch. We're going to let you pick your path through PC construction through the use of an interactive YouTube video!


How to Spot a Technology Money-Waster

These ideas sound like they'd save you some dough, but they'll end up costing more than you'd expect.

Is My Power Supply Powerful Enough?

While planning to buy a new, custom-built PC, Pinkston32 asked the Answer Line forum if a 750-watt power supply would be sufficient.


Quadruple Your Fun (and Productivity) With a Four-Monitor System

Think dual-display systems are the bee's knees? This quad-head setup will blow your mind.