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    by Published on December 21st, 2017 03:00 AM
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    2. Motherboards,
    3. Processors
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    Intel has recently released Coffee Lake, which includes the 8th gen Core i3/i5/i7 processors and the Z370 motherboard platform. Supplies are still low, so not everyone has theirs yet. Luckily a couple of us here at GND-Tech managed to buy a Core i7 8700k early for retail price, allowing us to bring you this article!

    Overclocking Coffee Lake is hardly any different than Kaby Lake/Skylake or Haswell and the related HEDT models. You will want a decent Z370 motherboard, as lower end motherboards often lack overclocking ability or proper VRM cooling. The hardware used for this guide is listed below:

    • Motherboard: ASUS Maximus X Hero Z370 Wi-Fi AC
    • RAM: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 CL16
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 8700k delidded
    • Processor Cooling: EK Phoenix MLC 360mm


    As usual for Intel, only models ending in 'K' such as the Core i7 8700k are overclockable, and you will want to delid your CPU especially ...
    by Published on December 20th, 2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Technology
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    A Home Theater PC (HTPC) is bar none objectively the best way to watch movies, TV, any video in the best possible quality, much like how a PC is bar none the best platform for gaming. Throw away or sell your consoles and standalone blu-ray players, and get started with an HTPC if you haven't already! While an HTPC with low end hardware won't have significant benefits in picture quality, the unparalleled functionality more than makes up for it. But in this article, we focus on the configuration and capabilities of a high end HTPC.

    "Why an HTPC?"

    Some might ask why bother setting up an HTPC opposed to using a standalone player, game console, or smart TV. A smart TV still has its place as a media center, but game consoles and standalone blu-ray disc players are completely useless in every single facet. The reasons to use an HTPC are:


    1. Less devices
    ...
    by Published on July 9th, 2017 04:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Processors,
    3. Graphics Cards,
    4. Power Supplies,
    5. Motherboards,
    6. Cases,
    7. Memory,
    8. Technology,
    9. Gaming,
    10. Hard Drives,
    11. Cooling
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    It is time for our yearly gaming PC building guide! This time we have numerous categories based on budget. For each PC build we exclude operating system, peripherals, and display, since those are all things you may or may not have already plus not every operating system choice costs money (Linux distros).

    Our choices are by no means the only ones, but these featured PC builds will help get anyone started. We are using Newegg as our point of reference since they charge no taxes for most states. Prices fluctuate of course, so our listed prices are not necessarily final.

    Right now, GPU prices have skyrocketed once again due to demand for cryptocurrency mining. Because of this, we have omitted ...
    by Published on January 20th, 2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Cases
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    The computer case is often an overlooked aspect in PC building. It is not uncommon for one to question the value of a $200 case, or even a $100 case. The case is the enclosure of the entire PC, and whether the subject is aesthetics, ease of assembly and configuration and expansion, functionality, cooling, or noise, the chassis is extremely important.

    In this article we will talk about the importance of a case on these aspects of a computer and more, and then recommend several cases based on price and form factor (e.g., ITX, mATX, ATX). The case industry is evolving before our eyes, and some cases are clearly superior to everything else in their price ranges or even above.

    Let's start by addressing the question, "What to look for?" on the next page.



    What to Look for in a Computer Case?

    The computer chassis is very important for many reasons, listed below.

    • Functionality and Expansion: You need a case that can support the hardware you desire. If you want to use multiple graphics cards, many storage drives, or lots of liquid cooling components, you need a case that can fit them and conveniently support their installation, removal, and expansion. Start small and grow into a bigger, more powerful PC? You need a case that can support the expansion, say from one graphics card to two or more, or from one 240mm all-in-one liquid cooler to a custom loop with two 360mm radiators. This all depends on the case.

      There are other aspects to functionality as well. Perhaps you need a transportable PC with hot swap bays for quick, easy removal of storage drives. Perhaps it needs a lockable side panel as well. You'd then need a case that is appropriately sized, with an easy way to carry it, and with hot swap bays and a place to secure the side panels with a lock.

      Or maybe you want to build
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    As computers are becoming an important part of lives, any kind of data loss can be stressful for the computer users. Hardware failure, virus attacks are most common factors of data loss but data recovery software free can retrieve all the data from failed or crashed hard drives and virus affected CDs.



    Have you accidentally lost any important files or data from your computer? Is your computer affected by virus, worm etc? ...
    by Published on November 7th, 2016 12:10 PM  Number of Views: 2148 
    1. Categories:
    2. Processors,
    3. Graphics Cards,
    4. Power Supplies,
    5. Motherboards,
    6. Cases,
    7. Memory,
    8. Gaming,
    9. Hard Drives,
    10. Cooling
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    Hello everyone, today we present you with a new type of article here at GND-Tech. We're debuting the first of a series of Build Recommendations that we plan on updating every few months or so to keep up with the ever increasing pace of new technology and hardware.

    We're breaking the series down into four categories. The categories are Budget, Mid-Range, High End and Infinite Budget. Keep in mind, we are not sponsored so there is no bias to be found here, but that unfortunately means we cannot afford to actually buy all these components and ...
    by Published on November 7th, 2016 06:00 AM   
    1. Categories:
    2. Graphics Cards,
    3. Peripherals,
    4. Monitors,
    5. Sound,
    6. Technology,
    7. Gaming
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    Complacency caused by lack of competition, corporate greed and poor decision making, low market demand due to ignorance, are all just a few reasons why certain computer hardware industries are so behind the times. In this article we will explore which computer hardware industries are lagging behind so badly, and discuss where they could and should be by now. We will be looking at industries relevant to PC gaming, so this is an article for gamers.



    We talk a lot about monitors and display technology in general here at GND-Tech. Display technology in general is not where it should be, but computer monitors have it the worst. To those without much knowledge in this area, it would be beneficial to first read this.

    Brief history lesson: LCD technology is what totally replaced CRT. This brings up the first issue; this shouldn't have happened. LCD taking over for lower end markets is fine, but it's not really suitable for any enthusiast gaming or movie/TV watching. A much better technology was proposed to succeed CRT, and that was FED or Field Emission Display. SED, or Surface-Conduction ...
    by Published on December 8th, 2015 09:11 AM
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    2. Technology
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    Old-school gamers know a thing or two about getting extra points, whether it was Ms. Pacman getting to the fruit in the middle or someone activating a “Sugar Crush” on Candy Crush Saga with 15 moves still left.

    Savvy gamers know about all the ways to get bonus points for the things they buy and the games they play, too. Reward programs are great for giving ...

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