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New PC Builders! A Listing of Some of the Best PC Mod Sites On the Web.

To the new PC builders out there, welcome. The custom PC world is a vast one but make sure you don't get screwed over on hardware prices. Over the course of the past few years, I've personally compiled a list of my favorite PC mod sites. If a site is listed here, that means I've personally experienced their service and have rated their customer support, product listings, and/or shipping policies highly. I hope this listing helps guide you throughout your PC modding experience. Sites you can find almost anything on: FrozenCPU Performance-PCs Xoxide Micro Center Fry's... read more

MSI’s “MSI Z77 MPower Overclocking Giveaway” Full T&Cs

MSI’s “MSI Z77 MPower Overclocking Giveaway” OFFICIAL RULES Sponsored by Heir Audio(“Sponsor”). NO ENTRY FEE. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Promotion begins at 9:00:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) September 17, 2012 and ends at 4:59:59 PM PT October 02, 2012 (the “Promotion Period”). 1. Eligibility: The MSI’s“MSI Z77 MPower Overclocking” GiveawayPromotion (the “Promotion”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, aged eighteen (18) or older as of the date of entry, who have an active e-mail account and Internet access. Employees of... read more

AMD Mantle, CPU Bottlenecks, CPU Limitations, and You!

Intro: I recently got into a discussion that was extremely one sided (everyone hates me) in a Mantle thread. It is no surprise, this type of thing happens all the time, but seeing as the group I talked to were primarily AMD users and because I have a blue CPU and two green GPUs, it makes it next to impossible to actually discuss things. People on both sides stick their fingers in their ears and go "lalalalalalala". This article is not for you if you are one of those types. It is quite frustrating when people throw tech buzzwords around like "bottleneck" and "VRAM... read more

Understanding How Computers Use Electrical Power: A Brief Explanation

        Please Note: This is a copy of the thread I posted in October 2012. It has been copied to the Articles section, as this is a more appropriate section for it.   Understanding How Power is Used in a Computer Hello fellow OCN’ers! Due to a rather large number of threads that I have read recently regarding power supplies, various components and their power draw, and questions on power distribution, I have decided to do a writeup on the ways that power is used in a computer. For the sake of this article, I will be using 120volt United States standard... read more

Building a computer does not have to be expensive!

Aside from fear, one of the excuses that I keep hearing from people as to why they don't want to build a computer is that it is expensive. They do their research online and get inspired by these stunningly beautiful computers, then they find out that they cost about two months paycheck and that's the end of it. I have been building computers for quite a while and it saddens me that people would shy away from building their own rig because of the price, when there are other avenues to secure the parts that they need. So where do you get cheaper parts? I am a cheapskate... read more

Differences Between On-board Sound & A Soundcard

  • by Simca

This thread is designed to help point out the differences between on board sound and a sound card. I see this as being a stickied thread or at least a thread that can be shared with those that need convincing or an opinion/reason to go sound card rather than stay with on board. The Rules: Feel free to extend your opinions on the matter, but before you post, I strongly suggest you take out your sound card or external DAC and listen to on board again to see the difference. Give it 1-3 days for it all to sink in then you may return to your dedicated sound card. Post what... read more

Headphone Buying Guide

When most people buy a pair of headphones, they only consider price and style. These are important, but there are many other aspects to consider when buying a pair of headphones. Today we will be looking at some of these things and hopefully in the future this will allow you to make a well-informed purchase. Here are a few things to consider: Comfort: Often people buy headphones without even thinking about the comfort. If you plan to wear the headphones a lot, then comfort is an important factor. Quality headphones should allow you to focus on the music and forget that... read more

Ultimate Gaming Heaven

  • by Amar

as all of are already aware of the Ps4 and Xbox one and maybe even Wii u unless you have been living under a rock. We also know their specifications(for X-One and PS4) and maybe even the OS of Ps4(some variant of FreeBSD), the consoles share very similar hardware to a PC, which is modified to some extent for consoles. But there is a darker horse in the race, the yet unknown contender, Steam Box(Valve), nothing is confirmed about it except one it's a PC(Linux) So what do we get from this? All consoles are based on PC(same hardware and more or less the same OS)... read more

Intel's Maple Crest 330 Series Promotion Contest Terms & Conditions

Intel’s “Overclock Intel Maple Crest 330 Series SSD Promotion” OFFICIAL RULES Sponsored by Intel Corporation (“Sponsor”). NO ENTRY FEE. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Promotion begins at 12:00 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) June 8, 2012 and ends at 12:00 AM PT July 20, 2012 (the “Promotion Period”). 1. Eligibility: The Intel’s “Overclock Intel Maple Crest 330 Series SSD Promotion” Promotion (the “Promotion”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, residents of Canadian provinces and territories excluding... read more

How to remove smoke odor from components

Hey guys, I'm sure many people on here have bought stuff from other users from other websites as well as ebay. If you weren't careful, you might have dealt with a smoker, just like I did. I bought my 560Ti for $120 on ebay, not knowing the seller was a smoker. When the package arrived, this disgusting smell was coming from the box. Nevertheless, I plugged it in the PC and it worked fine. However, the fan was blowing the smell all over the room. I decided to get rid of the smell by taking apart the cooler and washed it with soap, then let dry outside. Then I took a... read more

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