Category Archives: Tech

PC*Base: Building a sub $400 PC

One thing I often hear from people when I talk about building a PC is expensive it is.  They tell me that Best Buy will sell them a PC cheaper than I can build one.  In some cases this is true, but the parts in cheap store-bought PC’s are usually sub-standard.  I’ve put together a list of products that you can buy from Microcenter that come out to less than $400.   If there isn’t a Microcenter near you, you can find similar (and sometimes better) deals at Newegg or TigerDirect.  I plan on updating this list over time as things get cheaper or parts go on sale, so remember to look back here if you want to build a cheap PC! Continue reading PC*Base: Building a sub $400 PC

PC*Base 6 – CPU's

The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the brains of the operation.  Without getting too technical, the processor does just what the name says.  It processes all information it receives.  While this is one of the most important choices you will make when deciding to build a PC, there aren’t that many choices compared to everything else you could buy. Continue reading PC*Base 6 – CPU's

Microsoft Surface RT Hands-On

Earlier yesterday I went to a Microsoft Kiosk to try out the Microsoft Surface RT.  After about 30 minutes of demoing multiple units I decided it just wasn’t ready for prime time.  I’ve been using Windows 8 since the Developer Preview was released over a year ago.  It has been my main operating system ever since. Even though Microsoft’s new hardware platform is running a variant version of Windows 8, it just doesn’t have much below the surface. Continue reading Microsoft Surface RT Hands-On

PC*Base #5 – Motherboards

The Motherboard is probably one of the most important choices you will make when buying PC parts. You plug all the parts into your motherboard, and the motherboard controls them all.  Back in the day these things were super complicated.  While they are more complex today as far as capabilities go, they have been made a lot simpler to use and assemble. Continue reading PC*Base #5 – Motherboards

PC*Base #3 – Cases

In previous weeks I’ve written about different parts, and how to look for what you’re buying.  Now it’s time to finally start looking at specific hardware.  We’re starting with cases because it’s the base for everything you do.  Since everything goes inside the case, and you will have to stare at it, picking out a good one is pretty important.
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PC-Base #2 – Researching Parts

In Part 1 of the PC-Base series we covered some basic knowledge on computer parts.  In part 2 I will cover how best to research the parts we will be discussing, where to get the best deals, and how to get the best support when something goes wrong.  As the series continues I’ll be referring back to these sites when I refer to part information.  Continue reading PC-Base #2 – Researching Parts