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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No sacrifices necessary: Be Quiet's Silent Base 802 has plenty of room for all your components

Need to build a PC with tons of storage and bulky high-end components? That's no problem for the Silent Base 802, a mid-tower case that has space for it all while keeping noise to a minimum.

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Isn’t local storage better for password database security? | Ask an expert

Cloud-based password managers strike some as a potential risk, but how bad is the danger?

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What’s the fastest solution for local or private game streaming? | Ask an expert

To have the best possible experience when streaming your games to your couch—or even remotely—you’ll need to focus on your network setup as much as your hardware.

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Another day, another data breach. Here’s how to see if you’ve been exposed

Email addresses, phone numbers, and birthdays are part of a new Facebook data dump—you'll want to protect yourself if you got caught up in it. Here are the steps you need to take.


Where should you buy monitor cables? | Ask an expert

Some stores charge usurious prices for quality cables, but Amazon is rife with questionable offerings. Here’s what we buy that’s both affordable and reliable.

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Essential tools for PC building: Don't get caught without these 10 items in your toolkit

You can assemble a PC with just a single screwdriver on hand, but having this lineup in your toolbox makes DIY much easier—especially if anything goes sideways.

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10th-gen Comet Lake vs. 11th-gen Rocket Lake: Which should you buy?

New Intel CPUs have historically replaced the previous iteration outright—but these days, you can realistically choose between, say, the Core i9-10900K and the Core i9-11900K. Here's which one to pick.

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Watch us build our 'Mirror Universe' RGB PC!

Last December, we built an awesome RGB gaming PC using Lian Li and AMD parts. Currently, those are hard to find—so we're building a version with rival components that ARE in stock.

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How much staying power will future CPUs and GPUs have? | Ask an expert

Many PCs with Sandy Bridge, Polaris, and Pascal parts still remain in active service. But given how fast new technology is developing, will future generations ever last as long?

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At what price does a console become better than a gaming PC? | Ask an expert

Today's painful component shortages add an additional layer to the usual advice.


Act fast! The Xbox Series S is in stock at Costco

Been struggling to get your hands on any next-gen gaming hardware? Act fast—the Xbox Series S is in stock at Costco

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Watch us build our 'unicorn' PC, live!

We've waited a long time to build with an AMD Ryzen 3 3300X.

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Is your VPN secure? How to make sense of VPN encryption

Encryption is only as good as how it’s configured. But while the details can be confusing, all becomes clear once you know how to sort the information. We explain how.


What’s the minimum CPU you need for a Chromebook? | Ask an expert

Web browsing and video calls aren't deeply taxing, but stick to these processor families for a pleasant experience on a Chromebook.

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Is a free VPN safe? 5 things to look for

Some free virtual private networks give away info you might not want known. Here's how to tell who guards your privacy and who doesn't.