While Vista’s more modern Aero GUI improves the look of Vista over its predecessors, it also changes the requirements of the operating system. That change, however, is not always negative. So should you turn Windows Aero on?The battle between Aero and Classic comes down to your computer hardware.
The announcement of the 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive seemed like a boon to a company that has seen its reputation fall flat against more aggressive competitors. Instead, the drive’s firmware problems set off a chain reaction of drive failures.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in PC security, then an encryption program is a must. Luckily, it is easy to find free encryption programs capable of providing a high degree of security. In fact, freeware encryption software is superior to programs that must be purchased.
A PC is a number of different pieces of hardware and software working together to allow you to perform tasks like surfing the internet and creating spreadsheets. The structure that allows these simple tasks to happen is complex, but can be broadly understood through five levels of abstraction.
The Core i7 isn’t the only thing new from Intel. The X58 chipset, the only option currently available for Core i7 processors, is also new. This means that prices are relatively high, but there are good deals to be found if you choose carefully.
You’ve followed all the steps. You know the best products and you know how buying them will improve your PC. The time to part with your money has finally come. But there is one last step to remember – finding the best places to make your purchase.
Computer hardware is a complex market, and upgrading your PC requires research as a result. Reading hardware reviews may not be exciting, but you’ll be rewarded by the fastest PC upgrades possible.
Over time, PCs seem to feel slower. Part of this is due to new applications and technologies, which always seem to be more demanding than the old ones. But a lack of proper maintenance can also sap performance from your PC. Luckily, there are numerous ways to restore your PC’s former glory.
The name of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows, is derived from its most recognizable feature, the window. But what is a window, exactly, and how did the window come to be the defining trait of a modern operating system?
In mid to late 2008, rumors emerged that Nvidia 8-series GPUs were failing at an unexpectedly high rate. These rumors were later confirmed by Nvidia. How bad is the problem, and what can you do if you have an 8-series GPU?
Upgrading your PC can save you a lot of money, but for the best results, you’ll need to target your upgrades. Depending on how you use your PC, there are some upgrades that are more important than others. Targeting your upgrades to fill your needs means better performance with less cash.
Benchmarking a computer is a good way of quantifying its performance. Unfortunately, the best Benchmarks tend to be expensive, making it difficult to justify their purchase. There are some free benchmarks available, however, and they can provide all the tools most users will ever need.
The Phenom II seems to have proved itself a competitive product, capable of keeping up to the Core 2 Quad. But when building a new computer, it is also important to consider the price and quality of the motherboard and RAM. Here, AMD has an edge.
With surprisingly little fan-fare, the new Phenom II has arrived. Can it compete with Intel’s Core 2 Quad, let alone the i7s?