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    When you build a gaming system, it should be all about frame rates. The reality, though, is that most people don’t have the unconstrained budgets to wring out the maximum performance a game can deliver.

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    A cooler PC will run smoother, faster and more quietly. Applying cooling components is fiddly, but worth doing. PC Advisor shows you how to liquid cool a PC.

  • How-Tos: How to overclock a desktop PC

    Overclocking used to be a dirty word, but with the two main desktop PC processor manufacturers now selling CPUs designed for speed-tweaking, it's now a tried-and-trusted upgrade. PC Advisor shows you how.

  • How-Tos: 5 More PC Upgrade Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

    As PCs get more powerful and easier to use, the challenges involved with upgrading them have remained about the same. For the novice, a hard drive upgrade can appear downright daunting. For more experienced tinkerers, the upgrade itself may be easy, but it's easier still to overlook factors that could streamline the whole process and better protect both the hardware and the data stored on it.

  • How-Tos: Benchmark Your PC

    Whenever you read a PC review or a component review, benchmark results typically accompany it. Such results are most often in the form of numbers, such as a score or a frames-per-second total. Sometimes they're relative, in that the result is posted as a multiple of some reference system or number.

  • How-Tos: Help Solve the Outlook 'General Failure' E-Mail Error

    Just over a year ago I wrote a post on fixing the "General failure" error that appears in Outlook when you click a link in an e-mail message. (The full error reads something like this: General failure. The URL was: "http://www.webaddress.com" The system cannot find the file specified.)

  • How-Tos: Save Money on Back-to-School Desktops

    If you're looking to buy a desktop for the new school year, and you're a student, a parent of a student, a teacher, or (in some cases) an alumnus, you don't have to pay full price. Plenty of computer manufacturers offer student discounts and education pricing--here are just a few.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a PC that can't download files

    My Packard Bell PC running Windows Vista is unable to download files. I've spent a lot of money on software to fix the problem, but it hasn't worked. I'm at a total loss!

  • How-Tos: PC Upgrades Almost Everyone Does Wrong

    Whether you're an experienced hand or a technophobic novice, chances are good that your last PC upgrade didn't exactly follow the industry's best practices. Many newbs flub upgrades through inexperience, but it's just as common to see a hardcore system builder throw caution to the wind while swapping out a CPU, snapping in some RAM, or swapping out a hard drive or graphics card. Whichever camp you fall into, cutting corners as you work on your computer puts it at risk of sustaining damage to sensitive components. In the worst case, you might even destroy the entire machine.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade the hard drive on a PC with a SATA 1 motherboard

    A reader wanted to know why the 1TB SATA 2 hard drive he was attempting to install in his PC wasn't being recognised. Unfortunately his PC's motherboard is SATA 1: but that doesn't mean you can't upgrade the hard drive on an old PC - here's how.

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot a slow booting PC

    I upgraded my PC's motherboard, CPU and hard disk. Windows 7 64-bit now takes four minutes to load. By booting into Safe mode, I found that it's hanging at Windows\System32\Drivers\ClassPnp.sys.

  • How-Tos: What to do when an online PC purchase goes wrong

    With the reports today that MESH Computers is in difficulties, many PC buyers will be concerned about making an online purchase, and what to do when it goes wrong. Here's how to protect yourself when an online purchase appears to have gone wrong.

  • How-Tos: How to spring clean a dusty PC

    If you allow your PC's case to get dirty over time, grime can clog the fans that keep the internal parts cool. Here's how to avoid disaster.

  • How-Tos: How to restore Windows without the restore CD

    When Windows misbehaves, restoring the operating system via your restore CD may be the last resort. So what do you do if you can't find the disc?

  • How-Tos: How to speed up your PC: 24 performance tweaks

    We look at ways to give your PC a definitive boost of power, covering hardware upgrades, software tweaks and networking tricks.

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot and fix Windows problems from afar

    Microsoft's web-based remote-access tools let you quickly fix Windows problems on far-away PCs. PC Advisor outlines how to use them.

  • How-Tos: PC Liquid Cooling System: Build It Yourself

    The components inside your PC generate heat. Your standard heat-sink-and-fan combo is usually sufficient for the average user, but when you push your components harder, they'll run hotter. If you want to overclock your PC to the bleeding edge, you'll want to build a liquid-cooling system for your PC to ensure that your precious components don't burn out.

  • How-Tos: How to turn wireless connectivity on or off in Windows 7

    Want to connect your Windows PC or laptop to a Wi-Fi network but you're having problems? Try checking that wireless connectivity has been enabled on your device. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows on an SSD

    My computer dual-boots Windows XP Professional and Windows 7 on two one-terabyte hard drives. The XP drive contains many programs that I use frequently, but it often reports problems with applications not responding properly. To overcome this, I bought a 128GB solid-state disk (SSD) on which I'd like to install XP Professional and a few selected programs. The new disk has a drive letter and is ready for use, but I'm not sure how to set about it.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade from Windows 98 and keep the same printer, scanner, software

    I'm keen to replace my Windows 98 computer, but I want to be sure that I can continue using my software and peripherals before I do so. I have an HP 940c printer, an Epson Perfection 1200 scanner, Fujifilm and Olympus cameras with software that's compatible with XP and Vista, plus Microsoft Office 2007. Will I be able to continue using these in XP or Windows 7?


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