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Guides for PC Maintenance

Warning!WARNING! These guides may deal with the removal or installation of electrical components and devices. When working with PC hardware, mistakes can lead to hardware failure or injuries. Use these guides at your own risk.

How to Optimize SSD for Faster Performance

Solid State Drives are fast. A lot faster than the traditional HDDs were have all become accustom to and fast enough even without optimization for the average user. But for a PC enthusiast there is no such thing as "fast enough", so here is a detailed guide with a few tweaks, tips, and tricks to maximize the performance of your SSD. View How to Optimize SSD for Faster Performance

Comprehensive List of S-IPS Based LCD Monitors

I am often asked for a recommendation on what type or brand of LCD monitor offers the best picture quality, to which I usually just suggest an LCD which uses an S-IPS based panel. This list goes a bit further and compiles all the S-IPS monitors currently available on the market. View Comprehensive List of S-IPS Based LCD Monitors

LCD Panel Technology Explained

There are many different panel technologies used in the production of LCD monitors. They range from budget TN panels to expensive, professional quality S-IPS and S-PVA panels. The average consumer usually has no idea what panel technology is used in their LCD. In fact, many power users are also unaware, simply because the panel type is rarely listed by the manufacturer in the monitor specifications. View LCD Panel Technology Explained

Guide To PC Cooling

Most components in a PC generate heat. The CPU and GPU usually generate the most heat and need to be properly cooled with the use of heatsinks, fans, and other PC cooling hardware. Check out this guide for the most common methods of cooling your components so they can operate at optimum efficiency and have a longer lifespan. View Guide To PC Cooling

Backlight Bleeding: An LCD Problem

The entire surface of an LCD is backlit from behind by a light source and the LCD blocks out the light that is not needed. Backlight bleeding occurs when this light is not 100% blocked allowing some light to "bleed" through the LCD causing spots of lighter areas on a dark or black background. View Backlight Bleeding: An LCD Problem

Upgrade Power Supply Guide

After upgrades are made to a PC or new components are added your power supply may not provide enough wattage to power all the devices in your PC. To test your power supply, simply power on and use as many devices in your PC possible. If everything works fine an no errors occur your current power supply is fine. If you encounter any problems with multiple devices running this means its time for a power supply upgrade. View Upgrading Power Supply Guide

Old and Obsolete Guides

  • The Budget Gaming PC - Buyers Guide
  • View Choosing A Computer Monitor - Are you interested in buying a new monitor? Then read this first to learn the difference between LCD and CRT monitors as well as what features and specs to consider before choosing either an LCD or CRT monitor. A monitor is the display device used to output the video that is processed by a video card. The most common PC monitor technologies are CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) and LCD (Liquid Crystal Display).