System & Components

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 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

Buyer's Guide: 6 Killer Systems to Build Right Now

With the holiday season underway, our experts share parts lists for six pc builds for any budget. Whether AMD or Intel, our buyers guide has you covered. The goal of 2018 holiday buyer’s guide is to present a state of the union as to what a user should choose for processors, RAM capacity and speeds, motherboards, video cards, and power supplies. Read More

How to Configure Dell PowerConnect Switch

I recently purchased a Dell PowerConnect 5424 for my home networking needs and had a few issues getting it set up initially.
This post will guide you through how to connect to, configure, and access your PowerConnect from factory defaults. Read More

Rack Mounting 101

There are examples on the Overclockers Forums of people making use of a rackmount solution at home, but most people don’t fully understand the whats and whys of rackmounting. In this article, Adragontattoo and Thideras explain some of the basics behind rackmounting applications and limitations. Read More

Benchmark Buffet: Updated 8/24/11

Today we will 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 utilities used for overclocking and submitting scores to their system. Read More

Resetting SSDs to Factory Defaults in DOS

Resetting Solid State Drives (SSD) to factory default settings is a popular method of alleviating problems related to slow system responsiveness issues such as stuttering or slowdowns. This article is a quick walk through of the procedure for those still using early generation SSDs. Read More

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