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Beginners Guides: Understanding and Creating Batch Files
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:40A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this Beginners Guide, PCSTATS is going to walk you through one of the simplest but potentially most powerful ways to customize and simplify the management of your computer: batch files. These text files are easy to create, and only as complex as you want them to be, but they can perform many useful operations from file backups to system configuration quickly and automatically.

At their simplest, batch files are text files which execute one or more command prompt commands in a specific order. The power of a batch file lies in the way that it allows you to combine multiple commands into one batch file 'program' and customize the way that each command operates.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Beginners Guides: Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:40A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like a lot of the people in the computer hardware journalism business, many of us here at PCStats got our start working tech at a computer store. Now if you've ever done technical support, you know the inherent difficulty of trying to troubleshoot a problem over the phone, especially when the customer is a computer novice. A lot of our work on the various Beginner's Guides can be directly attributed to our desire to make everyone's life easier by providing basic computer know-how in an easy to access form both here, and in the PCstats Newsletter.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Beginners Guides: Windows Command Prompt
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:40A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in the heyday of text-based operating systems like Unix and DOS, the command prompt was the operating system, and not knowing how to use it meant that you could not really use your system without someone experienced in computing holding your hand. This was the era of computing clubs, when getting to grips with your computer required some serious devotion and learning. When the most successful graphical operating systems, the various Apple Mac and Windows incarnations came along, they triggered a massive increase in the popularity of computers by simplifying the whole process of using them. No longer did users have to memorize reams of commands in order to simply configure and navigate around their computers.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Beginners Guides: Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:31A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The hard drive is the single most important device behind the mass acceptance of personal computers in the home and workplace. The ability to save significant amounts of data within a computer itself, rather than being forced to place it on external media finally fulfilled the potential that the PC had never quite lived up to, at least as a business tool. Hard disk storage ability has increased massively since the early days of the technology, and will likely continue to increase in the future as drive's cost per megabyte of storage drops equally fast. Unfortunately, the underlying technology of hard drives has changed little in the years since their invention, meaning that their essential weakness still exists. The simple fact is that hard disks are mechanical devices with moving parts, and as such, will fail eventually and inevitably.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Beginners Guides: 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:31A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PCSTATS has a little present for you this week - a massive Tech Tip guide for Windows; 101 useful and sometimes spicy Tweaks and Tips that you can use to improve your clunkly PC! Some you might know, some you might not, but guaranteeded there is a lot of interesting advice in this guide. From Beginner's Tech Tips to registry tweaks, it's all present and accounted for. This list is presented in two sections. The first is composed of tweaks and tips you can implement using options already present in the Windows XP interface. The second is composed of Registry tips which require the use of the REGEDIT program. Instructions are included, so read on, and enjoy!.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

DIY Guides: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket 1366 CPU
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:31A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel accomplished a couple of noteworthy things with its Core i7 socket 1366 processor formfactor, the most noteworthy was integrating the memory controller directly onto the CPU die to substantially reduce the complexity of the motherboard. Major architectural changes were also brought about by the Intel Core i7 family of processors, but like the socket LGA775 Intel Core 2 Duo processors that preceded it, the Core i7 is a pinless chip. Removing the vulnerable and delicate interface pins from the bottom of a CPU make possible increasing pin densities that complex CPUs demand. It also increases the complexity and risk involved in installing one of the new socket LGA1366 processors into a motherboard.
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Exploring CPU Performance in Vista vs. Windows 7
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:31A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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The bottom line is that Microsoft Windows Vista quickly developed a ridiculously bad reputation - Ford Pinto bad. Droves of early adopters retreated back to the safe confines of old but reliable Windows XP, and laptop manufacturers even offered "downgrade options." Microsoft doubled its efforts to make Windows 7 its salvation, and Win 7 has largely succeeded in that regard. While most of the attention has been directed at Win 7's improved user interface, there are still several questions about its performance on older computer systems. The CPU landscape has changed dramatically from 2006 to 2010, and while it wasn't uncommon to be using a single-core CPU four years ago, it's next to impossible to find a processor with less than two cores nowadays. Quad-core CPUs and HyperThreading have entered into the lexicon and a lot of software is now written to take full advantage of current multi-threaded chips.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

 
ASUS HD 6950 DirectCU II
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
More and more Radoen HD 6950 cards different from the reference design appear on the market. ASUS places a rather extravagant model in the shelf. A triple-slot cooling solution and 4 DisplayPort connectors are on offer. HT4U.net presents how such a monster cooling impacts reality.
  FULL STORY @ HT4U

MSI 890FXA-GD65 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today we get the chance to check out a full featured motherboard without all of the bloat. The MSI 890FXA-GD65 motherboard with AMD’s 890FX chipset offers a whopping 10 USB ports, 2 of which are USB 3.0. It also includes support for SATA 6GB/s and is AM3+ ready, for those looking to buy the processors coming out later this year. This affordable motherboard is easy to overclock with the provided software and will surely give you your money’s worth. Read on further to get the fully detailed review."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

OCZ RevoDrive X2 100GB PCI-E Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“OCZ is no stranger to creating some of the fastest solid state drives available. We know this from our reviews of the original RevoDrive and the Vertex 3 drive. Today OCZ has sent us their X2 version of the RevoDrive, which is to be faster and available in larger capacities. It boasts max speeds of 740MB/s read and 720MB/s write and capacities of up to 960GB. If you are a person that always needs to have some of the fastest components available in your system then the RevoDrive X2 is for you. Let’s see if it will become the fastest solid state drive we have tested to date!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 Xtreme Video Card
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new GPU is labeled as an Xtreme model why we don’t know because it still carries the reference clocks. Maybe it is extreme because of it pretty attractive price point. The card comes bundled with a new look cooler that resembles the ones on some of the Sapphire 6xxx series. Because the card can be overclocked to great levels with the TriXX software application could be another reason to label the card extreme.
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS

Zalman Z9 Plus Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Sat, Apr 30 2011 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's been a good two-and-a-half years since we've taken a look at a Zalman chassis, so with the announcement of the ~$69 Z9 Plus, we were eager to get one in and see how it compared to the current fleet of sub-$100 offerings on the market. With that, let's see what the Z9 Plus gives us aside from its good looks and focus on efficient airflow
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Exclusive Review
     Sat, Apr 30 2011 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In the middle of 2010 I received some concept art from the Xigmatek Rep and was asked to keep the images and information confidential. This information has been very hard to keep quiet, but somehow I managed to achieve the task. If you have purchased a large PC case in the last 12 months, it's time to look for the receipt and try to return it. Your case is weak and you will no longer want it after seeing the Xigmatek Elysium. The Elysium is that rare product that has a value that far outperforms its price. With a 200 USD MSRP, this review could be published with the price, a specifications / features list and a handful of pictures and no one would complain (other than the competition). It's going to be fairly difficult to keep this article on the Elysium's features and not dedicate eight pages to the price point that is insanely low for what you are getting. While doing my final check in with Xigmatek, I asked them to raise the price to 300 USD and send me the extra 100 Dollars, because I know you would spend that kind of money on what I have to show you today."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Thermaltake V9 BlacX Mid-Tower Case
     Sat, Apr 30 2011 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thermaltake has been a well-known competitor in the computer case market for custom builders for about 10 years now. Covering all price points in the market, Thermaltake has a full lineup of cases to choose from. Our previous experiences with Thermaltake's cases, power supplies, and other various components has been very positive and that keeps us on the lookout for new things from them.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Firefox 4
     Sat, Apr 30 2011 | 4:00P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The browser wars continue to rage with Microsoft, Mozilla, Google and others all keen to have us use their products, and theirs alone, to access the wonders of the Worldwide Web. New versions are appearing thick and fast with, in March this year, two significant new releases—the first from Microsoft with Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) closely followed by Firefox 4 from Mozilla a mere week later. We’ve already reviewed IE9, now it’s the turn of Firefox, with a look at just what version 4 of the Mozilla browser has to offer.”
  FULL STORY @ BUSINESSCOMPUTINGWORLD

Enermax Hoplite Case Review
     Sat, Apr 30 2011 | 12:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier this year Enermax announced new models in their case range and one of those was the Hoplite, a mid-tower model which is aimed at enthusiasts and gamers who are looking for a high level of build quality and features on a reasonable budget. Today we have one of those cases on our test bench so let's see how it looks."
  FULL STORY @ ENERMAX

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Samsung ATIV Book 9-Lite NP915S3G-K01 13.3-inch Touch Screen Notebook Review
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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player Review
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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Installing a socket LGA1156 Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor into a fresh motherboard as part of a new PC build can be intimidating step, particularly if you've never worked inside a computer before. PCSTATS received a few emails from novice readers on this subject, so we thought it worthwhile to lay out the steps for you in this Beginners Guide.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Jul 27 | Motherboards
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF.
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Learn how to use your computer better, master the internet while protecting yourself, and know what to do when your hard drive kicks the bucket.

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  2. 101 Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP
  3. 104 Killer Tech Tips for Windows XP
  4. 99 Performance Tips for Windows XP
  5. 99 Windows Vista Performance Tips
  6. Annual PC Checkup Checklist
  7. Assembling Your Own PC
  8. Back up and Restore Data in WinXP
  9. Browser Hijacking and How to Stop it
  10. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
  11. Burning CDs and DVDs
  12. Cloning WindowsXP
  13. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
  16. Creating MP3 Music Files
  17. Decrypting Lost Document & Zipped File Passwords
  18. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
  19. Diagnosing Bad Memory
  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
  21. Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit
  22. Encryption and Online Privacy
  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  26. Firewalls and Internet Security
  27. Firewall Setup and Configuration
  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
  31. Hard Drive Data Recovery
  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
  34. How to Install: Intel Socket 1366 CPU and Heatsink
  35. How to Install: Intel Socket 1155 CPU and Heatsink
  36. How to Install: AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
  38. How to Fix Homesite Design Mode to Work in WindowsXP/ Vista
  39. How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  41. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  42. Installing Windows Vista
  43. Installing Windows XP
  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
  49. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  57. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  59. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
  61. Remote Access to Computers
  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
  64. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
  67. Stopping Spam
  68. Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
  69. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  70. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  71. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  72. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
  73. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  75. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  76. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  77. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  78. Website Hosting With Apache
  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
  80. Windows XP Command Prompt
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