PC Base 8 – Monitors

pc-base flame river bgEveryone knows what a computer monitor is at this point.  You’re probably looking at one right now as you read this.  If you have ever looked into buying a monitor you will have noticed a great difference in price between them all.  In this article I’m going to explore why some monitors are far more expensive than others, and if you are actually getting what you pay for.  Continue reading

PC Base 7 – RAM

Sorry for the delay, but Hurricane Sandy left me without proper internet access for a week.  This week we are taking a look at RAM (Random Access Memory).  RAM is basically the short-term memory function for your PC.  When your PC starts thinking about something, or runs an application, it puts it all in RAM so it can access it faster than it would if it kept all of that information on the hard drive.  The more RAM you have, the more apps your PC can run concurrently.

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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

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