PC gaming is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, but most people still use their machines as utilitarian web and email access points rather than a platform for video games. But even if your computer has all the graphical power of a sedated hamster, there are plenty of great options for gaming. What You’ll Need RELATED: 10 Alternatives to Steam for … [Read more...] about The Best Games for Your Low-Power PC or Laptop
Anti-exploit programs provide an additional layer of security by blocking the techniques attackers use. These solutions can protect you against Flash exploits and browser vulnerabilities, even new ones that haven’t been seen before or patched yet. Windows users should install the free Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit program to help secure their web browsers. Unlike … [Read more...] about Use an Anti-Exploit Program to Help Protect Your PC From Zero-Day Attacks
A repeater sits within range of your Wi-Fi network and “repeats” it, extending your Wi-Fi coverage farther than your router could alone. If your Wi-Fi only covers one half of your house, a repeater placed in the middle of your home can extend your Wi-Fi to the rest of the building. There are three ways to do this: The best way, which is buying a repeater for … [Read more...] about How to Turn a Windows PC Into a Wireless Repeater
The Xbox controller has become the gold standard for PC gaming. It works out of the box better than just about any controller on the market, and if you plan on gaming with a controller, you should get one. Sure, mouse and keyboard are still king, but PCs are all about choice and flexibility. Controllers are the best option for many types of games, including platformers, racing … [Read more...] about Why You Should Get an Xbox Controller for PC Gaming
If you hear a distinct “clicking” or tapping coming from your PC, it’s probably worth investigating. Let’s take a look at some problems that can cause your PC to make a clicking noise. PCs make a lot of sounds. Some of them—like the hum of an optical drive spinning up or whine from a coil—are pretty normal. Others, like cracking or … [Read more...] about Why Is My PC Making a Clicking Noise?
Ask any PC tech person how to make your computer faster, and almost every one of them will tell you to defrag your PC. But do you really need to manually trigger a defrag these days? The quick answer: You don’t need to manually defragment a modern operating system. The longer answer: let’s go through a couple scenarios and explain so you can understand why you … [Read more...] about Do I Really Need to Defrag My PC?
A solid-state drive, or “SSD”, is much faster than a traditional hard disk drive (or “HDD”). SSDs have been around for awhile, but a new breed of SSD, called PCIe SSDs, are slowly starting to rise. But how are they different than normal SSDs? SSDs use internal flash chips to house your files, while HDDs use a physical, spinning disk to keep … [Read more...] about What Is a PCIe SSD, and Do You Need One in Your PC?
Building your own desktop isn’t as difficult as it looks—it’s often called “LEGO for adults.” And while that phrase might be a bit condescending (adults can enjoy LEGOs too, ya jerks), it’s not wrong. Even so, the sheer breadth of choices, options, and compatibility issues can be intimidating, especially for a first-time builder. Here’s … [Read more...] about The Best Online Tools to Help You Build Your Next PC
Computer processors have a massive design flaw, and everyone is scrambling to fix it. Only one of the two security holes can be patched, and the patches will make PCs (and Macs) with Intel chips slower. Update: An earlier version of this article stated that this flaw was specific to Intel chips, but that isn’t the whole story. There are in fact two major vulnerabilities … [Read more...] about How Will the Meltdown and Spectre Flaws Affect My PC?
Keyboards aren’t designed to play games…but most PC games are designed to be played on keyboards. It’s an interesting bit of evolutionary dissonance in the world of PC gaming, from back when people actually worked on computers and games were a secondary consideration. But there’s an alternative to this. Not controllers; that’s an import from the … [Read more...] about PC Gamers, Give Left-Handed “Gamepads” a Try