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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?

How to set up a child's first PC

Eventually, your kid will want—and need—a computer. But they’ll still need a parent’s guidance and protection. Start with the right programs—and the right rules.

Essential tools for building, repairing, and upgrading PCs (and other electronic devices)

Using the right tools can mean the difference between a satisfyingly successful project and a regrettable disaster.

Build this killer AMD-based Windows 8.1 PC for less than $1000

Forget about Intel; this powerful PC build packs AMD hardware under the hood.

How to move to a new PC (Spoiler: Don't clone)

Tristan asked if he should transfer everything to his new laptop by cloning the old PC's hard drive

Advice from an Apple tech: Got a Mac? Get a Dremel!

Does your computer toolkit include a Dremel? It may seem extreme, but a Dremel tool can be handy in a dire situation.

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How to build a killer Windows 8.1 gaming PC for under $1000

A new OS calls for new hardware, at an affordable price.

What to do if your PC shuts down and automatically reboots

Norman Barrett's PC is "stuck in a boot loop." When he tries to start it, it continually reboots and starts over.

Avoid common PC building mistakes

A few key details can trip up even seasoned geeks when assembling their own PC. Here's a handy guide to mistakes you can easily avoid.

How to find out if your RAM is defective

Kleyou asked the Answer Line forum for advice about a misbehaving computer that likely has memory issues

Connect your PC to your HDTV, and control it from across the room

Peter asked me for the best way to connect a PC to an HDTV, and, once connected, how best to use it

Why you may want a desktop instead of a laptop

Patrick Moore asked the Laptops forum about the advantages of going with a desktop computer

Yes, you can still upgrade to Windows 7

Arcticsid knows he can't continue using Windows XP. He asked the Windows forum about upgrading to Windows 7 rather than Windows 8.

Is AppleCare worth it?

Some swear by Apple's extended warranty plan, AppleCare. Others just swear when talking about it. So it is worth the money or not?

on macworld.com