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    by Published on November 7th, 2016 11:10 AM  Number of Views: 1485 
    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 05:00 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 March 20th, 2011 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Graphics Cards

    A computer graphics card is an expansion card used to generate output images to a display, usually a PC monitor. Many graphics cards also offer additional functions such as FireWire, TV output, accelerated rendering of graphics and the ability to connect more than one monitor. The basic chipset in the motherboard of a PC is adequate for normal usage: word processing, surfing the Internet and e-mailing, for example, but a ...
    by Published on September 26th, 2010 09:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Processors,
    3. Motherboards
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    Warning: Overclocking is something you do at your own risk. Intel does not officially support overclocking. Overclocking will void the warranty of your CPU. Then again, so does adding new CPU coolers and thermal paste.

    Overclocking is becoming more common since it's a good way to alleviate CPU bottlenecks. Thankfully, overclocking on P55 based motherboards is not an extremely difficult task as you are about to see. For this guide, I am using the EVGA P55 FTW motherboard, Intel Core i5 760 and G.SKILL ECO 2 x 2 GB DDR3 1600 CL7 memory. Many of these terms and strategies apply to X58 overclockers as well.

    Here is a good diagram of the architecture of Lynnfield (LGA 1156 quad core) processors. Unlike previous architectures, Lynnfield has both the memory controller and PCI-E controller.

    Here is the architecture
    by Published on September 24th, 2010 09:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Cooling
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    Fans are becoming more and more necessary for modern computers. They're used to simply move air through the computer or cool specific components. What more people should realize is that not all fans are the same, and it is a wise choice to select high quality fans that last long, fit your noise tolerance and provide enough airflow for your needs. In this thread I'll make recommendations on fans to choose from, but first lets go over some terms you should know.

    Terms and Abbreviations

    RPM - Revolutions per minute. Measure of the complete rotations completed by the motor hub/fan blades. The higher the RPM, the more air movement but noise also increases. A more powerful motor is needed to achieve high RPM reliably, therefore motor noise might also increase.

    CFM - Cubic feet per minute. Measure of the speed of air movement. Higher means more airflow, but increased RPM leads to increased CFM, therefore higher CFM fans will also be more noisy. The design and amount of fan blades affects CFM as well.

    DBA - Decibels. ...
    by Published on June 19th, 2010 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Graphics Cards
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    Word of caution!

    This MAY damage your video card, OR void your warranty. Neither myself nor GND-Tech is responsible for any damage that MAY occur to your graphics card.

    What is the purpose?

    First, be sure to have a very good reason for flashing your BIOS as this is not a casual way of modding a graphics card. BIOS modifications can be used to overclock, modify voltage and memory timings, change manufacturer info, and MANY other options. In a nutshell, BIOS modding is a permanent way to alter the settings on your card. If the changes you are going to make are not going to be permanent, then this is not for you. Use software such as RivaTuner instead.

    What will I need?

    To flash a video card's BIOS, you need several things. First, (besides a good reason) two programs. NiBiTor and NvFlash. These can be downloaded from here:

    The latest version can be downloaded here:
    NiBiTor: http://www.mvktech.net/component/opt...einfo/id,3208/ ...
    by Published on May 8th, 2010 03:30 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Processors,
    3. Cooling

    Aftermarket CPU cooling solutions are often skipped, since both Intel and AMD include their own heat sink. While it is true that the stock heat sink will do for stock CPU clocks, many of us have the urge to overclock, especially if your CPU is bottlenecking your graphics solution. Aftermarket CPU heat sinks can be purchased for a low price, and they're much better than the standard cooling solutions.

    There are many choices when it comes to third party CPU cooling solution. You have a variety of brand names such as Arctic Cooling, Cooler Master, Prolimatech, Thermalright, Thermaltake, Zalman, and much more. Many CPU coolers differ in construction and functionality. So here I will go over the basics and help you choose a good product.

    What Should I Look for in a CPU Heat Sink?

    A good construction is a must. CPU heat sinks are comprised of several key components.

    Base - The base of the heat sink is placed directly onto the CPU, absorbs the heat from the CPU, and the heat is then carried away by heat pipes. The base is usually made of copper, since copper isn't very expensive and it conducts heat exceptionally well. Silver conducts heat even better, but you won't find a heat sink that has a silver base.

    You want a base to be as flat as possible, so that it can make the best contact with the CPU. You don't want the base to have a rough surface, it will harm performance. A flat, smooth, and shiny surface is what you want.

    Many heat sinks are starting to use HDT technology. HDT stands for "heat-pipe direct touch". With this design, there is no solid base. The base is actually just the heat pipes of the cooler, but flattened around the base. The heat pipes function as the base. This design ...