Pros and Cons of Building Your Own PC

If you’ve ever been in the market for a custom PC, you’ve probably considered building your own. But is building your own gaming PC really a good idea? Or is it better to just stick with the pre-built machines that are likely to give you a well-rounded experience? In this article, we are going to discuss the pros and cons to building your own custom computer so that you can make an informed decision. Let’s get started. What are the Pros to Building Your Own Custom PCs? There are many reasons why you might want to build your own PC. It’s…

New GeForce GTX 1080 is Here – AND IT’S AWESOME!

New GeForce GTX 1080 is Here – AND IT’S AWESOME!

Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce the immediate availability of the brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics card, the first of NVIDIA’s highly anticipated Pascal family of GPUs. We’ve been lucky enough to get to test the GTX 1080 for about a week and so far just like the press, we’ve been blown away by the performance and efficiency of this truly amazing GPU. Whether you’re using it for gaming or other video intensive applications like media creation or 3D, we’ve never seen a card that can rival the GTX 1080 and quite honestly, I can’t remember ever seeing…

How to Extend the Battery Life on Your Laptop

It’s extremely frustrating when your laptop runs low on battery and you don’t have a backup. Maybe you forgot your power adapter or perhaps you’re in the middle of a meeting and can’t exactly get up to plug in your computer. You make all the necessary adjustments and hold on for dear life. Maybe, just maybe, you can make it through without your battery – oops – nevermind. As technical and wonderful as our electronic devices grow, they are still limited by their battery life. Some of the best laptops on the market today only have 4-5 hours of battery…

Configuring the Best Day Trading Computer

Configuring the Best Day Trading Computer

For the experienced day trader, milliseconds can mean the difference between gains and losses. But what makes the best trading computer? Lucky for you, we have nearly 20 years of experience building some of the fastest, most reliable PCs specifically for day trading and we’re willing to share some of that knowledge. Read on to learn more. GPU capable of multiple displays – for most traders, multiple displays are a must for tracking various indices and markets in real time. To drive them, you’ll need at worst a mid-range graphics card like the GTX 960 which by itself can handle…

HDMI vs DisplayPort vs DVI vs VGA

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]Most motherboards and discrete video cards these days come with a variety of video outs, allowing you to connect to just about any display still available. But what’s the difference in these connections? Given the option, what’s the best way to connect your PC to your display? Read on to learn more about HDMI vs DisplayPort vs DVI vs VGA. VGA (aka D-Sub) We’ll start with the oldest of the group. VGA (Video Graphics Array) is an analog video connection identifiable by its blue port and 15-pin connector that was originally introduced in 1987. Because it maxes out…

Is it OK to Buy a Refurbished Computer?

When browsing the internet for your new workstation PC, you may come across the term “refurbished.” What does this mean? Why is refurbished technology cheaper? What’s the difference between used and refurbished? In this article, we are going to talk about what it means to buy a refurbished gaming computer, how you can enjoy a lower price point and why refurbished is not the same as used. As a matter of fact, some tech experts agree that refurbished can be better than NEW! What is a Refurbished Computer? First of all, what does it mean to buy a refurbished computer?…

USB 3.1 vs Thunderbolt 3

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup] These days, it seems like there’s always a new I/O port on the horizon. Not surprising considering the high bandwidth lives we all lead. Two of the connections announced in the past year or so are now starting to show up on newer motherboards – USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3. They seem pretty similar, right? Let’s go over USB 3.1 vs. Thunderbolt 3. So what it USB 3.1? We’ve covered the confusion that is the current USB landscape here on this blog before, but essentially, USB 3.1 is the successor to USB 3.0. Its benefits include data…

Our new line of High Performance Computing

Our new line of High Performance Computing

Today, I’m excited to announce the official relaunch of our High Performance Computing category. For those of you unfamiliar with High Performance Computing (also called GPU computing or parallel computing), it’s the computation of complex calculations by breaking them up into smaller ones, simultaneously run on the many cores of a GPU or multiple GPUs. By spreading out these applications over thousands of cores instead of two or four, certain calculations can be sped up exponentially. There are hundreds of applications for High Performance Computing including data mining, medical imaging, media creation, quantum chemistry, weather forecasting, numerical analysis, and many…

The 10 Commandements of Computer Care

The single best way to care for your gaming computer is to provide it with routine care. Basic software and hardware maintenance is easy to perform and extends the life of your computer. Let’s take a look at the 10 commandments of computer care for your workstation PC. 1. Install Antivirus Software Antivirus software is responsible for catching viruses in spammy downloads and fishy websites. Some programs are free, while others cost around $50-$100 per year. Even if you choose to pay for the software, it’s still far less than what it would cost to have to restore your system.…

How Fast Does Your PC Need to Be?

Fast is good. People like fast cars. Fast weight loss. Fast foods. Fast is also ideal when discussing technology. People are willing to spend more to get fast devices that allow for seamless gaming, web browsing, streaming music and movies or uploading photos. But how much power do you really need in your PC? Are you paying for speed that you don’t need? If you’ve ever heard of Moore’s Law, it’s probably being referenced in the following way: Every 1-1½ years, computing power roughly doubles. Over the last several decades, this prediction has been found to be pretty accurate. Consider…