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Pick the perfect motherboard with these 5 tips

Choosing the right motherboard might seem confusing, but this guide can help you shop smart.

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How to update your PC's BIOS

Updating your BIOS can cut boot times, fix compatibility issues, and improve overall performance--or brick your system if you do it wrong. But with recent attacks on UEFI, an out-of-date BIOS can leave your PC vulnerable.

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How to watch TV on your PC

There are several ways to watch live TV on your PC, some much easier than others. We walk you through your options.

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How to overclock your PC's CPU

We'll show you how to tweak your PC's settings in order to wring extra performance from your CPU, and avoid a costly upgrade.

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How to buy the perfect PC case

PC cases come in all shapes, sizes, and features—from fully loaded ATX towers to bare-bones small form factors. This guide will help you find the best PC case for your needs.

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How to install (or replace) a case fan

Your PC needs to stay cool to keep working at its best. Here's how to install a fan for a new build, or to replace a fan that has stopped working.

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How to tell what kind of RAM you have

There are several easy ways to learn more about your system's memory.

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Does your laptop feel sluggish? Try these 9 things before you give up

Don't ditch that aging laptop until you try these speed-boosting tricks first.

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How to protect yourself from the new Microsoft Office hack

A step-by-step guide to make sure Office's Protected View is keeping you safe from the latest attack.

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11 ways to open Command Prompt in Windows

If you want to execute a task from the command line in Windows, you first have to open Command Prompt. Here are 11 ways to do that.

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Here’s the nicest way to wake up, courtesy of your Google smart display

The sunrise alarm on a Google Nest Hub can gently wake you with a warm glow and a refreshing alarm tone, while also raising the lights in your bedroom.



How to turn on AMD's Smart Access Memory for faster gaming performance

With the right AMD hardware, you can unlock extra gaming performance with a quick trip to the BIOS.

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How to set up your PC's fans for maximum system cooling

Keep your PC components as cool (and fast) as possible by setting your fans up the right way.

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How to keep your PC cool for best performance

Keep your gaming PC cool with these tips on how to lower the temperature.

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How to get the Windows 11 beta

Microsoft has released the first official beta of Windows 11. Here's how to get it, either via Windows Update or a downloadable ISO file.