Alaina YeeSenior Editor, PCWorld

Alaina Yee is PCWorld's resident bargain hunter—when she's not covering PC building, computer components, mini-PCs, and more, she's scouring for the best tech deals. Previously her work has appeared in PC Gamer, IGN, Maximum PC, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can find her on Twitter at @morphingball.

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The chip shortage might ruin Christmas if you don't shop soon

Supply chain issues mean that everything with a chip—and even other popular gifts without processors—could become even harder to find later this year.

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One cable or two for powering a graphics card? Here’s the answer

The internet says you must use two cables or else for GPUs with more than one PCIe power connector, spurring confusion among new builders.

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O11 Air Mini: Hands-on with Lian Li’s new airflow-focused case

The fun-sized version of 2018’s O11 Air may strongly resemble its O11 Dynamic cousins, but a few key features make it the better option for most DIY builders.

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Lian Li O11 Air Mini vs. O11D Mini: All the specs compared

The Air Mini may look like the Dynamic Mini, but they’re more cousins than siblings. We run through their details to help you choose between the two.

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Google, why do I have to hack my phone to keep it secure?

Think Microsoft’s lack of Windows 11 security updates for unsupported hardware is bad? It could be worse.

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How to secure your home Wi-Fi network and router

Following these instructions will help protect your home network from snoopers and would-be hackers.

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How many CPU cores do you have? How to check

Figuring out the number of cores inside your CPU is actually quite easy.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tip: How to get 3 years of access to hundreds of games for dirt cheap

You can save hundreds on an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription with this method. And if your timing is lucky, you'll pay even less to pull it off!

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6-core vs. 8-core CPUs: What's better for gaming?

More cores equals better gaming, right? Not necessarily. Here’s how it shakes out.

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No, wildfire smoke won’t kill your PC. But it might hurt it

Ash and soot from wildfire smoke can have harmful effects. Here’s how to protect your computer.

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Nvidia Broadcast v1.3 smooths out pain points in an already-awesome tool

The Nvidia Broadcast v1.3 update improves two key features and boosts system performance.

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How much RAM do you need in a laptop? Here's how to figure it out

The amount of memory needed in a laptop varies from person to person, making one-size-fits-all advice unhelpful. Use this guide to pinpoint what suits you best.

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Meshlicious killer? iBuyPower enters the SFF case wars with the Hyte Revolt 3

This mini-ITX PC case takes on the popular SSPUD Meshlicious and Cooler Master NR200 with some interesting quality-of-life features.

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Beware this new phishing attack that's after your passwords!

Microsoft has sounded the alert on email links that look legitimate, but actually lead to phishing sites that can trick you into sharing your password.

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How to troubleshoot a dead motherboard

Follow these steps to determine whether your motherboard is temporarily lacking power, or if its next destination is electronic recycling.