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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.

Windows 8 buying guide: How to buy the best laptop, desktop, tablet, or hybrid

Windows 8 works on them all. Here's how to buy the best one for you.

How to avoid common PC building mistakes

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

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.

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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.

Building a computer in less than two minutes

Building a PC is a great way to get a custom configuration, save some money and have some fun.

Build the ultimate Windows 8 home-theater PC for under $500

Forget about Roku, Chromecast, or any other set-top trick: The best way to control your home theater is still with a PC. Here's how to do it for cheap.

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

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?

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How to add USB 3.0 to your desktop PC

The latest external hard drives offer USB 3.0 connectivity, but older desktops don't. Here's an easy and inexpensive remedy.

12 easy PC tasks you should be doing (but aren't)

The excuses end here! Get your PC into tip-top shape by performing these 12 simple tweaks.

Make your PC kid-friendly with four custom operating systems

Parental controls are outdated. Make your PC fun for all ages using operating systems designed specifically for tech-savvy tykes.

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.

How to build your own Steam Box today

Valve Software believes the future of PC gaming leads to the living room. But why wait for its Steam Box when you can build your own?

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.