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Useful Information for Building Your PC

There is a multitude of free information out there on what to buy, how to build, test and maintain your new rig. Here is a short list that I will be updating with suggestions.

Buy

PC Part Picker

Logical Increments AKA Falcon's Guide

144z Monitors' Guide

Graphics Card Hierarchy from Tom's Hardware

CPU Hierarchy from Tom's Hardware

Choose My PC

PSU Calculator

Build

Newegg Video Guides

LinusTechTips Holiday Budget Rig

NZXT Build Guide

A 5 year old builds a computer with her Dad

Ninite - Grab useful software all at once.

Test

Prime95 CPU Stress Tester

CPU-Z Monitoring Tool

NCIX Tech Tips Guide for Hardware Monitoring

Unigine "Valley" Benchmark Test

Maintain

I'm at a loss to populate this section. Will happily add some suggestions.

How to Clean your Computer from Newegg

6 years ago by QuietKerfuffle with 2 comments

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  • sarcasimo
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    This is a nice list! I think a Power Supply Calculator might be helpful as well in the buy section.

    As for physically maintaining a PC, keeping it clean of dust/hair/crud is important for maintaining airflow, and really all you need for that is a can of air and a shop-vac (Or if you're paranoid, an anti-static vacuum).

    When it comes to maintaining the OS, that's a bit more in depth, but just basic things, like keeping your OS patched, along with any third party software. (I'm looking at you Java and Flash) Keeping your drivers up to date.

    This might also be the place to add in a suggestion to use Ninite to grab software when the build is complete.