Posts Tagged ‘ cooling ’

The Power Supply Problem

Problem…what problem?

I wanted to take some time today to touch on the very important topic of power supplies (PSU’s), what to look for and what to avoid. Part of the reason there even is a problem stems from the fact that your computer’s power supply isn’t something most people see as contributing to system performance…or so you’d think. Another key thing that factors into the power supply “problem” is the fact that the market is so over saturated with power supplies that are for lack of a better word, shit. Continue reading

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Case Modding and You

This is a little bit of a different topic for some and possibly something that might not normally cross your mind. The idea of modding one’s case is something that many people will dismiss as a useless waste of time or more trouble then it’s worth. Typically I find that the people offering this “criticism” are the same people who will purchase a system from a company such as Dell or HP, never having any intent of cracking it open to have a look-see. There’s nothing wrong with this at all, I wouldn’t expect my parents to be interested in the internal aesthetics of their PC but I wish that many of the nay-sayers out there would keep their mouths shut. There are many reasons to look into modifying your PC, some are purely aesthetic while many offer very tangible benefits. Continue reading

Get Your Rig Wet

My first custom water cooling loop

Water cooling is something that even today is seen as a crazy alternative to cooling ones computer. Five to ten years ago this stigma was much more justified but today, today this very interesting hobby suffers from uneducated criticism more then anything. Like any other enthusiast level product there can be a number of reasons not to get involved, but I feel that the potential advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages. It is often thought that the only (somewhat) practical reason to bother with water cooling is to overclock. While this is often true, there are still a number of alternative motives to keep in mind. Continue reading