Buying Computer Parts: What To Say And Do

In order to build a computer, you’re going to need to buy some parts — that much is obvious. Everyone wants the best "deal," but what do we really mean when we say that? If you seek out the lowest prices through a resource like Pricewatch, you’re bound to come up with some unbelievable prices […]

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RAM: Comparing Price and Performance

I’m often asked if it’s worth the extra money to buy RAM that runs at higher frequencies or has a low CAS latency rating. My answer has usually been "no," with few exceptions; that’s based on some initial testing that I did on Corsair XMS and some less expensive brands. But recently it seems the […]

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RAID Demystified

RAID is a technology that is quickly becoming more prevalent in the computing world today. What was once confined to the corporate world has now penetrated the home user market. You can hardly find a new motherboard these days that doesn’t include some form of integrated RAID. So what is RAID and what is it […]

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End Of The New Age Of Robber Barons

Technically the term “Robber Baron” refers to two separate but related definitions: that of the late 19th century unscrupulous businessman, and that of the feudal European landed nobleman who regularly robbed those who passed through his lands. Both describe the same situation: using unethical means to acquire unearned wealth. But let’s take it one step […]

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Realistic Performance: How Fast Is Fast Enough?

When selecting computer parts for a new system build it’s easy to go over budget by telling yourself that you need more performance. Performance is a funny word; while it retains the same basic meaning across all contexts, it refers to totally different types of results. When we think of performance in an automobile we […]

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Dispelling Common Computer Myths

Nothing spreads faster in this industry than a good old fashioned myth. How many times have you heard that a certain motherboard is "unstable" or that you shouldn’t buy new hardware because "it hasn’t been out long enough?" Few people in this world have a firm understanding of the full range of capabilities that our […]

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The Difference Between GNU/Linux Distributions

A lot of people have heard of GNU/Linux (more commonly referred to as just “Linux”) and are having trouble finding out what the differences are between different versions — or distributions — that are available. This article will outline the differences between several popular GNU/Linux distributions and similar operating systems. What Is GNU/Linux? In the […]

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So You Want To Try Linux?

There are many reasons why you might want to try the GNU/Linux operating system: perhaps because you are curious, or because you don’t want to pay for Windows anymore, because you want to be out of the mainstream, because your friends use it, because your boss says you’re switching over to it and you have […]

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