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Registration Issues Why do I need to validate my email? I never got my email validation email. I forgot my password. What should I do? How do I change my user name, email address, and password?   Using The Site How are forums, articles, and product reviews different? Do you have tutorials on using the site? Where is my forum signature? What are subscriptions? What is the difference between the Rich Text Editor and the BB Code Editor? If I read something that violates the site rules, what should I do? Why did I receive... read more

GPU and CPU power connections

Is the connections we are making, bad for our devices? A mistake like this can cost you a lot of money. A GPU is a “Graphics Processing Unit”, it is located in the video card. A CPU is a “Central Processing Unit”, it is located on the main board. I, at one time had a lot of questions about there power connectors, their current rating, the cross compatibility, jumper wires and unorthodox looking configurations, and what adaptors are safe to use. I did a lot of research and found conflicting answers. I looked at how reputable the source was, and how often I saw other... read more

The Truth About FPS

2nd Revision Purpose:Now that I am being quoted on the internet and approaching 90,000 views... I find some of my typos and grammar appalling, I have gone back and edited some content and fixed some glaring mistakes. I took feedback from here and Reddit and attempted to appease certain more knowledgeable readers who were definitely correct. There were some ideas, especially with the math, that implied concepts that weren't apparently picked up to readers so I have added an addendum where I thought it would best illustrate implications.I have also been told this article... read more

The final answer to the controversial PCIe x16 version compatibility.

I will attempt to once and for all solve this controversial question about whether PCIe slots are 'REALLY' backward compatible or not. All the information I am providing are from official sources and by that I do not mean some random 'So called' local experts. They were collected from official various motherboard and graphic card manufacture's technical staff and personal testing, experimenting and experience. Let me start by telling all of you how I came about doing all this research and finally got a valid answer to it. It all started when I was researching for a new... read more

Windows 7 Install Optimization Guide For Ssds Hdds By Sean Webster

Sean's Windows 7 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs Why I created this guide: I originally made this for myself, family and friends, but since most of the guides here are getting out if date and are lacking information I decided to share it here. I have spent hours upon hours, even days researching, testing, and validating the information you are about to read over. This guide meant to help anyone with a SSD/HDD install and optimize their Windows 7 installation. I've spent hours upon hours looking up info and reinstalled Windows 7 over 100 times now,... read more

About VRMs & MOSFETs / Motherboard Safety with high-TDP processors

      The original discussion thread for this article is located at [CLICK HERE]. As the new OCN Articles system is open and editable by anyone, please feel free to correct any mistakes possibly made in this article. -xd_1771, original writer You will see me often warning users about VRM setups (i.e. STOP, get another motherboard and NOT THIS ONE) because your setup choice is not safe. Since I'm tired of waving my arms and screaming at people about mosfets/VRMs in every related thread I see, I've decided to complete this write up. A local PSU guru once... read more

Windows 8 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs By Sean Webster

Sean's Windows 8 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs Why I created this guide: Well, because of all the positive feedback I got from my Windows 7 Install and Optimization Guide I decided to make one for Windows 8! This guide meant to help anyone with a SSD/HDD install and optimize their Windows 8 installation (Windows 8 consumer preview atm). I am currently using Windows 8 in virtual machines, I am pretty new to the new OS design so I will constantly update this guide for everyone's benefit as I learn more. If you would like me to put up a video on a... read more

Intel Core i3 vs Core i5 vs Core i7: Gaming Performance with GeForce GTX970

Test System [CPU] Intel Core i7 4790K [GPU] Gigabyte GTX 970 mini-ITX [MOB] Gigabyte Z97-D3H (F7 bios) [RAM] G. Skill Trident X 4GBx2 DDR3 @ 2400 MHz 10-12-12-31 2T [HSF] Noctua NH-U12S Windows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1 GeForce 355.82 CPU's Tested Core i5 and Core i3 were all simulated using Core i7. Hyper Threading and active core count was configured in the BIOS. Turbo was disabled for all CPU configurations. Core i5 - Core i7 with Hyper Threading disabled Core i3 - Core i7 with Hyper Threading enabled but 2 cores disabled Take note that Core i3 4160K is... read more

Capacitor Safety In Power Supplies

We've all heard it at least once. "Dude, don't open up that power supply, the capacitors will shock you and you'll die! You have to unplug it, flip its switch twenty times, leave it out overnight, then you can open it up; but don't forget to wear rubber gloves and to say the special shock-warding chant!" It's a tiresome myth, perpetuated by CRT repair technicians and overzealous nervous ninnies. While capacitor safety is very important, when it comes to consumer power supplies life is a lot simpler than what this myth would lead you to believe. A capacitor (or "cap"... read more

Do's and Don'ts of Computer Building.

Feel free to comment with suggestions. If you want to help me maintain / edit this article pm me. DO's • Touch something metallic before you handle anything hardware related. You don't want any static buildup to discharge onto your fragile motherboard. When installing in the case, plug in the psu and leave the switch off to ground the case as well. • Align the CPU, PSU, RAM, Cooler, and everything else the right way. (If you have 2 sticks of RAM and there's 4 slots it doesn't mean they go next to each other. Make sure they're in the right slots) • Use about the size... read more

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