Build-Your-Own Computer Part 10: The Operating System

The choice of operating system in a new computer build can be a difficult one, especially when more then one modern version of Windows is out. Even if you know what version of the operating system to buy, you may be wasting a lot of money buying the wrong copy. Let's talk about some of the options out there...

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 9: Cooling

Ever considered putting your own computer together? The cooling solutions you choose can have a dramatic effect on your computer's longevity and reliability. From case fans to processor cooling to temperature monitoring it's hard to know what to choose. The first thing you...

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 8: Graphics Card

Ever considered putting your own computer together? The graphics card can be a difficult choice because there are hundreds of options. What is GDDR5? Do most computers have PCI-E 6 pin? Is the built-in graphics processor good enough for gaming? The best...

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 7: The Hard Drive

Ever considered putting your own computer together? The hard drive isn't as easy a choice as it once was. Do you want a magnetic drive? SSD? Hybrid drive? The choice can make a HUGE impact on the real world performance of your computer. The first thing...

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 6: The RAM

Part 6 of Build Your Own Computer. Learn all about RAM, an area where people sometimes get confused. Do memory timings matter? Is faster memory or higher bandwidth memory more important? What about heatsinks and head spreaders? The first thing you should know...

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 5: The Motherboard

In part five of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the right motherboard for your needs. The motherboard is critically important since all of your devices and parts plug into it. How do you choose...

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 4: The Processor

In part four of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the best processor for your needs. Learn what the major difference between Intel and AMD is and why one may offer you a significantly better value then the other. The most important thing...

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 3: Optical Drive

In part three of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the best optical drive for your needs. Learn the ins and outs of choosing a Blu-ray burner and what software you may need to purchase to allow you to play videos.

Build-Your-Own Computer Part 1 – Case

In part one of our Build-Your-Own Computer series, learn how to select the best case for your needs. It might sound like a simple component but there is more then meets the eye on cases. What layout, size and cooling options will make a big difference to...