Upgrading & Expanding a PC

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How to Figure out What to Upgrade on Your Computer for Video Editing

If your computer’s able to run Windows 7 with its 3-D graphics and transparent windows, then your computer can probably stand up to the rigors of video editing. Still, you can speed things up and make [more…]

How to Create a Portable Hard Drive from a Computer’s Old Hard Drive

You can remove your old computer’s hard drive, slip it into a small case, and turn it into a portable hard drive, all for the cost of the case (usually under [more…]

How to Install an Internal Dialup Modem in Your Computer

Installing an internal dialup modem on your computer is a wise investment. Internal modems cost less than half the price of external modems, and they’re usually better quality. Plus, you can’t lose an [more…]

How to Install a Network Adapter in Your Computer

If you own a deadbeat computer that lacks a network adapter, you can install an adapter yourself. The fastest and cheapest adapters — either wired or wireless — come on PCI cards that slide into a slot [more…]

What to Know Before You Upgrade PC Memory

Your computer’s motherboard sports slots into which memory is plugged. What’s important is how those slots are filled with memory; you can’t just plug memory into the motherboard willy-nilly. [more…]

Upgrade the Memory in Your PC

If your PC is running slow, it may need a RAM (random access memory) upgrade. Most programs assume that your computer will have at least 2 GB RAM. If you have less then that or you are trying to run programs [more…]

Set the Number of CPUs to Speed up a Slow PC

Your PC may have a multi-core processor or multiple processors. Confirm that Windows is taking advantage of the extra processing power and, if not, fix it. This utility is available only in Windows 7 and [more…]

Ten Top Upgrades for Your Existing PC

If you'd rather boost the performance or capabilities of your existing PC than spend the contents of your wallet or purse on a new computer, here are ten suggestions for upgrading a PC with the latest [more…]

Your PC's Processor: The Foundation of Your Gaming PC

Where do you start when shopping or planning a rock-solid gaming machine? The real brawn behind any high-performance PC depends on the Big Three: your CPU, system memory, and graphics card. These are the [more…]

Should You Overclock Processors for Gaming PCs?

Today's gamers often turn a typical CPU or GPU into a hot rod processor with overclocking . . . instead of adding a supercharger, they use a technique called overclocking to make a processor work harder [more…]

How to Install External RAM

Every motherboard has a maximum amount of memory it can support. You can install the maximum amount by filling up all the motherboard’s memory banks (sockets) with modules of the right type. If you’re [more…]

Sound Card Features to Look for When Upgrading

When you are considering upgrading your computer's audiovisual components, the first consideration is your PC’s sound card (naturally). You need to know what to look for when comparing sound cards. [more…]

Graphics Card Features to Look for When Upgrading

Having a terrific graphics card isn’t all about blasting aliens to kingdom come. A fast 3D video card can speed up the display of digital video and even the operating system eye candy provided by Windows [more…]

How to Install Sound and Video Cards

Installing a sound card or video card is much like adding any other adapter card to your PC. If you’re installing a sound card, make sure that you connect the audio cable from your DVD-ROM/Blu-Ray drive [more…]

USB Port Comparison for Upgrading Your PC

You might think that all USB ports are the same, but they’re not. In the beginning, only USB 1.x was available. Sure, USB 1.x was a fine little port (easy to use and requiring no configuration) but only [more…]

FireWire Port Comparison for Upgrading Your PC

The FireWire 800 version B port — which can pump 800 Mbps between your PC and an external device — began showing up on Macs in the first months of 2003. This port is now available for any power-user PC [more…]

eSATA Comparison for Upgrading Your PC

eSATA is a popular connection standard for high-performance external hard drives. Although less-known (and quite a bit slower) than USB 3.0, eSATA is appearing more often these days on consumer-level PCs [more…]

Thunderbolt Ports for Upgrading Your PC

Thunderbolt is the the latest port on the block — and like the more common USB and FireWire, appearing first on Macs and then on PCs. Thunderbolt ports offer downright incredible transfer speeds: the newcomer [more…]

Consider USB Hubs When Expanding Your PC

If your PC already has FireWire or USB ports, but they’re already all taken, you don’t need to install an adapter card to provide your computer with additional portage; you can buy a hub instead. [more…]

How to Install a Port Card

Here’s where the original modular design of the IBM PC (all those many, many moons ago) comes in handy. If your computer didn’t come with eSATA, Thunderbolt, or FireWire ports, you’ll find that adding [more…]

How Virtual Memory Works on Your PC

Pseudo-RAM called virtual memory actually exists on your hard drive rather than as memory modules on your motherboard. Modern operating systems (Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, Unix, and Linux) all use [more…]

What to Look for When Expanding Your PC's Storage Space

When you decide to take the plunge and add storage space to your PC, you need to separate the good specifications from the gobbledygook. Today’s PCs use Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics [more…]

Internal versus External PC Storage

You should use an internal hard drive whenever you don’t need to share the drive among multiple computers, or take your drive with you while traveling; your PC has an additional open drive bay, or you’re [more…]

How to Add a Second Internal Hard Drive

For most current PC owners, the easiest method of adding more hard drive space is to add a second hard drive to their systems. There are three very good reasons for this: [more…]

Which Type of RAM Should You Buy to Upgrade Your PC?

If you’re considering installing a new motherboard and CPU on an older PC, double-check that the new motherboard will use the same RAM type and speed as your current motherboard. Review the different types [more…]

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