Articles By Loyd Case

How to build an energy efficient gaming PC

Are you a gamer with a big electricity bill every month? Are you looking to build a great gaming PC that doesn't sound like a jet engine every time you start playing Diablo

Published on: May 25th, 2012 Loyd Case

Dell Inspiron 14z: good performance, awkward design

I wanted to like the Dell Inspiron 14z when I first opened thelaptop's lid. Alas, love at first sight faded to “let's just befriends” in short order. The Inspiron 14z--Dell sent us a

Published on: October 12th, 2011 Loyd Case

How to set up a Windows’ network in your home office

Households are increasingly becoming multiple-PC homes. And as people add extra PCs to a home, they naturally want to share files between those systems. Typical multi-PC households also tend to have different operating

Published on: April 7th, 2011 Loyd Case

HP Envy 17, a sleek alternative to the desktop

HP's design philosophy when it comes to the Envy series of laptops is to borrow liberally from Apple's MacBookline, then add some of its own flavor. The Envy 17 is no exception. At

Published on: September 20th, 2010 Loyd Case

How to fix your home-office PC on your own

Building a PC is a little like walking a tightrope without a net. Okay, it's not quite that dangerous, but unlike buying an off-the-shelf system, you have to be your own tech support

Published on: August 3rd, 2010 Loyd Case

Overclocking tips – boost your processor speed, while avoiding the risks

Overclocking refers to pushing your computer components harder and faster than the manufacturer designed them to go. The initial pitch is seductive: Buy a slower, lower-cost CPU; juice up the clock speed; and

Published on: June 29th, 2010 Loyd Case

Lenovo ThinkPad W510 a desktop replacement for graphics pros

Sometimes size does matter. You'd never describe Lenovo's Thinkpad W510 as "thin and light." It's a bulky, heavy beast--a laptop with a 15.6-inch, LED backlit display that weighs as much as some 17-inch

Published on: June 1st, 2010 Loyd Case

How to create a great home-office network

Home networking is never as simple as merely connecting device A to device B. This guide will walk you through the jargon of setting up a home network. I'm focusing on PC networking

Published on: May 13th, 2010 Loyd Case

How to swap your laptop’s hard drive for a fast solid state drive

Solid-state drives are all the rage. Since SSDs have no moving parts, they're more rugged and shock-resistant than standard hard drives--which makes them perfect for laptops that get bumped around a bit. They

Published on: April 5th, 2010 Loyd Case