How-tos

How To Build a Quiet PC

In today’s article, we highlight the necessary steps and considerations for planning and building the quietest PC possible. Many people make the mistake of just buying a silent case such as Antec’s P101 Silent and expect pure silence. While the P101 Silent is an outstanding case and does eliminate the majority of internal noise, there is much more that needs to be addressed to minimize internal sound. Planning is essential and there are many factors that need to be determined. In this article, I will break down each component and identify how to reduce as much noise as we can. Read More

How-tos

How to Choose the Ultimate Gaming PC Case

More often than not the PC case is overlooked during a system build. So much time and money are spent selecting the best components you can afford that the budget tends to run a bit short. The last thing you want to do is install these beautiful, shiny new parts into something that just works. Choosing the best case can really make the whole building experience a joy where the wrong one can cause nothing but headaches. We’re going to run through some of the biggest pitfalls to avoid and case features that will make your life easier. A good case can span more than one system, a great case could be around for many years. In the end, spending money wisely now can save you money in the future! Read More

How-tos

Benchmark Buffet

Today we will again take a high-level look into the world of benchmarking: CPU and GPU benchmarks, benchmarking tools and much more. Specifically, we will be looking at thirteen point-scoring benchmarks listed at HWBOT.org as well as the more common Read More

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Editorials

Windows 8 Interface Problem Solved: Make Windows 8 Look Like Windows 7

Windows 8.1 is coming and it will have a Start Button. Except it’s not a Start Button! It is a Metro Button to sling you right back into the Windows 8 tile-based user interface! One can only imagine the frustration of average users finally managing to get away from the tile-based environment, finally seeing the familiarity of Desktop… only to click on the Windows 8.1 Start Button out of habit, and find out the hard way that it has been placed there to catapult them right back into the Metro interface they tried to escape from. Read More

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Cooling

Turn a High-Speed Gentle Typhoon Into a PWM Fan, Version 2.0

Highspeed Gentle Typhoons are wonderful beasties. They run at 300, 4250 and 5400 rpm but sound surprisingly quiet for those speeds. They draw their power from the PSU so they don’t burn out your motherboard. They even report their RPM with a dedicated line. All they lack is PWM. With PWM control our motherboards could tell these fans when to really crank, and when to be quiet. But take heart! Hiding in highspeed Gentle Typhoons are the reins to controlling these fans. I just bought a new highspeed Gentle Typhoon. Inside half an hour I can turn this wild critter into a docile PWM fan. Follow along with me and learn for yourself. Read More