Your computer’s been running slow, hasn’t it? I’m sorry to hear that, but it may be time to face the facts and find out whether your laptop is simply old and slow, or worse, infected with a malware. These threats are more common with increased age of the computer, and often dictate whether you might as well purchase a new system.
The chances of your laptop being infected by malware are probably lower than the chances that it’s just old and slowing down with the times. It is important to factor both possibilities but running a simple malware scan to find a definite cause isn’t a bad idea at all. Read more “Laptop Slowdown: Is It Malware or an Older System?”
It’s an exciting time to be a PC enthusiast. New computing and graphics processors are being developed in tandem at rates our ancestors couldn’t have foreseen. It feels like every year brings an exponential rise in the quality and power of what’s available. The International Consumer Electronics Show may have come and gone, but it brought with it a lot of tantalizing information about what’s to come throughout the year. Whether you’re planning on building your first computer or simply want to know which processors you should consider for your killer gaming rig, these are the system releases you should keep an eye out for when the holiday season rolls around.
Read more “5 Fresh Processors To Check Out This Holiday Season”
Main Event: New Components
Now that we’ve talked about what fits together, we can talk about which new components you should buy! This shopping list describes the essentials and why you’d need them, including CPU, motherboard, ram cards, video cards, the power supply, a hard drive or two, a cooler for the new components, a case to hold it all in, and maybe some extras if you need them(and if your wallet allows!). Read more “New Components and Your Selections”
Last time, we talked about your goals and constraints. Now that you’ve recognized and documented your goals, there are a few more rules that come into play. Just like the ratios of ingredients going into a cake, Form Factors are an essential part of fitting your build together. These new constraints will add the next level to your current mental picture of your setup, often making it better than before. Don’t be afraid of making changes, we’re still far from done in our series! Read more “Form Factors: Making Sure Your Parts Are Compatible”
First you must ask: Why am I here? The answer to this first question will be referenced throughout the series. It should become your project mission statement. You must keep this answer in mind through the whole process as you build a PC. The parts you select may make things difficult in the long run if you have conflicting goals. Is your old machine crapping out? Or just not keeping up at work? Read more “So You Wanna Build a PC?”