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New Graphics API’s And The Future Of PC Gaming

Lets face it: DirectX 11 and OpenGL are getting a little old. DirectX 11 was introduced with Windows 7 back in 2009, and OpenGL 4.0 followed a year later. In software years these technologies are now ancient, and the current crop of hardware that they are running was not even on the drawing board when […]


Performance Tuning Black Art: How to Short-Stroke a Hard Drive

Poll any group of PC enthusiasts and the majority will tell you that the quickest way to boost an aging computer’s performance is to swap out its HDD for an SSD.  Over the last couple years, solid-state drives have fallen in price to the point where they are now viable upgrade options for most consumers.  […]

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What Really Matters in Enterprise IT: Part I

Author Note:  Hi PCMech readers – Timo and I go back a long ways. In fact, we were roommates way back in college. Fittingly, he helped me build my first computer and introduced me to When he asked if I would be interested in writing some articles for PCMech, I couldn’t pass it up. […]

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Android Security: Permission Friendly Apps Review

The big security benefit of the Android operating system is that it forces apps to run inside a sandbox with limited access to system resources. Apps are essentially isolated from the rest of the system unless the user explicitly grants access permissions upon app installation. This restriction gives a high degree of transparency regarding the […]


Build Your Own PC

Introduction This tutorial is intended to assist you in building a basic PC. There are obviously a plethora of possible PC configurations and hardware that you could put into your new PC if you choose. But, what we are trying to do here is help you put together a basic PC. For this reason, we […]


Review: Is Google Fiber Worth the Hype?

Last week, Google announced that they will be bringing Google Fiber to four additional communities in the United States. Residents in Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham are next on Google’s list of expansion cities, and as a result, these residents might be curious just what Google Fiber is, how it works, and whether they should […]


Building a PC after 10 Years: Is It Still Worth It?

I remember building my first computer like it was yesterday: The year was 1999 – Intel’s fastest CPU was the Pentium III (with only a single core!) and AMD had just realized the Athlon (the first real contender to Intel’s Pentium line of CPU’s in many years). My family then was on its second PC […]

A Quick Site Status Update

Hi Everyone, I wanted to go ahead and take a minute and wish everyone a very Happy New Year and break the silence that has been present on the PC Mechanic homepage since October of last year. Just to update everyone briefly on the status of the site:  David Risley and I are currently in […]