Building My First Computer

My Experience Recently, I decided that the laptop that I had been using for 3+ years was no longer getting done what I wanted it to get done. So, I made the logical decision which was to buy another computer. This time, however, I decided to build my own desktop instead of getting a laptop. I’m well aware that laptops are deemed “better” because of their portability, but I wanted to try out a desktop. Admittedly, I am not a hardware guy, I decided that building my own desktop would be a good learning experience for me. I organized all the parts that I was getting on a site called PCPartPicker.com overall this site was very easy to use, even for someone who does not consider themselves a “hardware person”. The parts did not actually all make it to my house until about a week after I ordered them. Unlike some computer sites, like iBuyPower.com PCPartPicker links you to sites that sell the parts at the lowest price. That being said, you can imagine how many different sites you’ll end up by the parts from. About a week later, all of the parts were finally at my house, now I just needed to assemble the computer. With a few difficulties and a few hours, I had the computer together. I have been using it for about a week now, and I haven’t had any problems with it. I’m really happy with the computer that I have built, and I plan to upgrade it sometime in the next year so that it can last even longer. The specs of my...

The Rules of Rebooting/Shutting Down Your PC

Something I’ve noticed about a lot of end user’s is that they never turn off their PC, let alone restart it. Whether this is out of fear that it won’t reboot, or simply out of laziness, I do not know, but it is not healthy for the machine. Think of it this way: a human needs sleep to be able to function and think well. The less sleep you get, the less functional you are, and if you go days/weeks without sleeping, your mind becomes a complete mess. The brain is a lot like a biological computer, so if it needs rest, why wouldn’t your mechanical computer? A fresh restart a day is a good place to start, and then a complete shut down for every night isn’t a bad move either. You see, restart and shutdown are two very different things. Shut down is not to be confused with sleeping/hibernating. If you close your laptop, IT IS NOT SHUT OFF. To shutdown your PC, go into the Start menu, go to power, and select shut down. If the computer is frozen due to a virus or a crash, hold the physical power button for a few seconds to do a hard shut down, but only due this in EXTREME circumstances as a last resort. Sleeping/hibernating causes it to use minimal power but keeps it running for a faster start-up, while shutdown turns it off completely, causing it to use no power, and deals with issues such as overheating and hardware stress. But it doesn’t fix all problems. With Windows 10 especially, I’ve noticed that the longer your machine...

Should You Build Your Own PC?

Computers are expensive machines, but they’re also a machine that, more often than not, is as powerful as the amount of money you pour into it. A method that is becoming more popular is to simply buy the parts and build the PC yourself. This is good, and bad, for multiple reasons. It grants a lot of options for customization. One trouble I’ve always had is that stock and pre-built machines never have exactly what I’m looking for, and on the rare occasion that they do, they are generally fairly pricey. Building your own machine allows you to make it however you want, within certain parameters of course. It can also be cheaper. There’s a machine no longer on the market that was somewhere in the neighborhood of $3000 for the machine and a basic keyboard and mouse, but after some research, I discovered I could build a machine that was more powerful for about a thousand dollars less. I always say that with computers, you get the amount you put in, but in this case, you’d be putting in too much for too little. On the flip side, it isn’t easy. For an end user to with little to no knowledge on computers, there’s all the hassle of knowing what to buy so that everything is compatible, and that’s not even worrying about putting the actual machine together when you have the parts. If you’re starting to figure computers out, it might be worth a shot, but in my personal opinion, do not attempt liquid cooling unless you are experienced or a professional, because a soaked machine is nothing...

How to Speed Up Your Computer

How to Speed Up Your Computer Your computer has felt bogged down recently. It takes a few minutes to launch Windows, after your computer has already booted, it takes several more minutes to actually open up the programs that you want to use. Or, maybe your games don’t seem to be running as fast as they did when you first installed them. In this post, I’m going to offer 8 tips that could help speed up your computer. As we get farther into the list I’ll slowly start offering more advanced options for you to use. If are already proficient in the use of computers, you may already know a few of these tactics but you may be pleasantly surprised if you just go through the list. Uninstalling programs The first thing that you would want to look into is uninstalling unnecessary software from your computer. If you are on a Windows machine, you can reach the uninstall utility this way. Open your start menu. In your search bar, type “Uninstall”. Click “Uninstall a program” from the list that appears. (Note: You may see other programs labeled “Uninstall” do not click these, you don’t know what program it might uninstall.) Once the Uninstall utility is open, right-click and select uninstall on all the programs that you want to uninstall. (Note: Please make sure that you know what each program that you are uninstalling does, you don’t want to randomly uninstall a crucial program.) Done. Cleanup Your Disk Another option that you have is to run Window’s Disk Cleanup Utility. When you use a program, it creates temporary files that do not get deleted after you close the program. As...

Operating Systems Review

A computer is nothing without an operating system, and that operating system, or OS for short, shapes everything from how the computer looks to how and what it runs. As such, there are multiple different operating systems that have been created to complete different purposes. Here are some of the most popular, and what they’re good for, as well as their weaknesses. The most common and potentially the easiest to use is Windows, and most work and personal home computers run on it. Created by Microsoft, Windows was the operating system that started the GUI that included movable windows that displayed graphics and text. There are 26 different versions of this operating system, the newest being a free upgrade, potentially because the previous version was not as successful as Microsoft may have hoped, although the free upgrade had its own rocky start. Windows is a versatile system that can do just about anything, and is a PC gamer’s best choice out of available systems. Several years after Windows was released, Microsoft was challenged by who is now their main competitor, Apple, who released the Macintosh, or Mac, operating system. Although I personally don’t like Mac, it is not useless. Its synchronization with other Apple devices makes iPod/iPhone users’ lives easier, and has great photo, video, and music editing capabilities. It is not without limitations however, as a lot of software and games are not made to run on Mac, but this comes with its own benefits, as most viruses and malware will not affect a Mac’s system and core files. A lesser-known system, called Linux, is becoming more popular...

Should I Buy an HP Computer?

HP is one of, if not the leading computer manufacturer in the world. That being said, people can have differing opinions of the brand itself. I’m going to share my experiences with HP, and my overall thoughts about the brand. I have an HP laptop that I got off of my brother 2 years ago. It worked great; I could play my games, browse the internet, do school work and pursue my secondary passions. My opinion of the brand was very positive for a long time. That was the case, until this past summer; sometime in mid-June, I tried to turn on my laptop, all I got was a black screen. I tried all the things that the HP support site suggested: unplugging the battery, holding down the power button for 30 seconds to discharge static electricity, and I even tried replacing the hard drive; nothing worked. After some more research in web forums and even calling in to HP I figured out that the problem was with my laptop’s motherboard. So next I did what every logical person would do, I bought a new motherboard and tried to replace the existing one myself. After about an hour of praying, losing screws and disassembling my laptop I finally had the motherboard replaced. Success! The computer turned on and worked like a dream, I had successfully fixed my laptop! However, the story doesn’t stop there. Exactly 2 weeks later, I get the same black screen problem. Needless to say, I was furious; I emailed HP later that day. It took a few days of worrying and frustration but HP finally...