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How we built a tiny home theater PC with Intel's NUC

Intel's "Next Unit of Computing" platform provides everything you need for a competent entertainment PC in an extremely small package.

Build a killer Windows 8 gaming PC for under $1,000

How we assembled an inexpensive gaming rig that delivers solid frame rates and is poised for future upgrades.

Build a speedy Windows 8 PC for under $500

With the Windows 8 launch just around the corner, you may need a hardware upgrade to prepare for the new OS. We show you how to build a fast, Windows 8-ready system you can be proud of that won’t break the bank.

How to Choose a New PC Case

We'll show you how to find, buy, and build in a brand-new PC chassis.

How to Build a PC for Photographers

The ideal PC for digital photography minimizes workflow hassles while maximizing performance and capacity. Here's what to look for.

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PC Building Best Practices: Software

In the second part of our PC building best practices series, we outline a number of issues that can arise when you're configuring and installing software on a newly built PC.

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How to Benchmark Your PC for Free

To thoroughly evaluate a PC's performance, you need to use multiple tools and utilities specifically designed to tax each major component. We show you which tools to use, describe how to get results that are reliable and repeatable, and explain what all those numbers mean.

Top Ten Factors for Choosing a Gaming PC

When you're shopping for a gaming system, consider our ten rules of thumb before you pull out your wallet.

PC Building Best Practices: Hardware

Building a PC can be a frustrating endeavor. In the first installment of a two-part series on PC building best practices, we outline hardware-related pitfalls to watch out for when you're assembling your dream system.

Why You Don't Need to Work in an Office Ever Again

With the help of a few high-tech tools, you can run a real business without ever stepping foot in an office.

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How to Build an Energy-Efficient and Quiet Gaming PC

Building a system that maximizes game performance is easy; doing it while keeping power consumption down is harder. Here's how you can build your own, and make it whisper-quiet to boot.

How to Troubleshoot Your PC: A Hypochondriac's Guide

Does your PC act as though it's about to die? Don't panic! We explain why the most common problems happen and what to do about them.

Motherboard Port Guide: Solving Your Connector Mystery

Numerous connectors and pins live on your motherboard. We take you on a tour of the most commonly used slots, connectors, and pinouts.

PC Tips: Use Sleep Mode to Save Money, Skip 'Safely Remove'

Learn why using Sleep Mode is a smart idea and why selecting Safely Remove before unplugging a USB drive isn't strictly necessary.

How To Make Your PC Distraction-Free

Whether you're weak-willed or a consummate multitasker in need of a little productivity boost, these apps and tips will help you stay focused on the task at hand.

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