Archive for Category: "Hardware"

Fellowes AutoMax Shredders Allow For Auto-Destruct Sequence

Fellowes AutoMax Shredders Allow For Auto-Destruct Sequence

You don’t have to be a Starship captain to set up your own Auto-Destruct sequence. You just have to get your hands on one of the new revolutionary Fellowes AutoMax shredders — without the fuss of codes or retina scans.

Pre-Spring Tech News March 2, 2013

Pre-Spring Tech News March 2, 2013

In Seattle, that doesn’t happen so much… spring gradually sneaks up on you like a Mother Nature Ninja and hits its peak around June.

Troubles of Building With AMD FX-4170 (Part One)

Troubles of Building With AMD FX-4170 (Part One)

I bought the shiny new FX-4170 processor Asus M5A78L-M LX motherboard, 8 gigabytes of RAM, used an Antec 650W PSU out of a side build, purchased a motherboard, and put it all together. And (drum roll, please), got nothing. Nada. Zip.

Don’s Picks: Six Wi-Fi adapters that get the job done

Don’s Picks:  Six Wi-Fi adapters that get the job done

One of the quickest things to die off is your internal Wi-Fi adapter. These delicate little fellows seem to bite the dust almost as quickly as laptop RAM does. Your internal components expand and restrict with the amount of heat that builds up inside the tiny space that is in most cases, causing parts to die.

CPU Socket Guide 2012

CPU Socket Guide 2012

We are going to give you all a grand tour of the latest sockets and their most compatible processors. It makes building a new gaming or work rig so much easier if you don’t have to return a motherboard or processor for a refund and order a new one.

Most Read Articles of the Past Decade

Most Read Articles of the Past Decade

While we get a lot of traffic from articles about heatsinks, cases, motherboards and other PC hardware, there are just some articles that just shoot past all of the others and really stand out. Listed here are the most popular OCModShop articles from the past decade.

How PC Fans Work

How PC Fans Work

Computers and other electronics produce heat, and they need to be cooled.  Most electronics depend on fans or some other type of blower to move air and cool the system.  This cooling could be in the form of direct heat removal, as blowing air over a hot component (such as a heatsink), or ambient conditioning […]

What To Look For in a Used Computer or Laptop

What To Look For in a Used Computer or Laptop

Nowadays desktops and laptops are much more durable and dependable that they were just five years ago. Therefore, buying a used or refurbished computer is becoming more of a trend. Suppliers replace their computers on average every 6 months and companies frequently upgrade their equipment. Buying one of these used or refurbished computers can save […]

Verbatim BD-R and BD-RE BluRay Media Review

Verbatim BD-R and BD-RE BluRay Media Review

Let’s face it: DVD is on the way out as a data storage medium.  Don’t believe me?  Do you remember when writable CDs were all the rage?  I do, and I have a receipt for the $1000 2x drive to prove it. Once writeable DVDs became affordable, they were the backup medium of choice, and only […]

Products that aren’t so great after all

Products that aren’t so great after all

We review many products here at [OC]ModShop, and try to be as honest as we possibly can.  Sometimes we review a product that gets very high marks initially, but then we discover things about them that would make us re-think what we’ve stated about it.  Either we discover something unexpected about the product, we find […]

How Surge Protectors Benefit Laptop Computers

How Surge Protectors Benefit Laptop Computers

Electrical power spikes can be devastating to any electronic device, but the damage to a laptop computer can be even more significant to its owner because of the potential for lost information and reduced productivity. Safeguarding laptop computers with a surge protector (also called surge suppressors) is one simple and inexpensive way to lessen the […]

Build a PC that Doesn’t Suck for $300

Build a PC that Doesn’t Suck for $300

Starting off building a lower budget gaming system is a great option. I have a budget of $300-$350. Remember that you can always upgrade your hardware anytime you get the money to do so. This article is for those who want a gaming system but can not afford the high price hardware that is out […]

Fiber Optic Continuity Testers Explained

Fiber Optic Continuity Testers Explained

What is a fiber optic continuity tester? Fiber continuity tester is also called fiber optic continuity checker. It is the simplest visual test of a fiber optic cable link. To function properly, a fiber optic cable link must be “continuous”, meaning no breakage, either within the fiber cable or in the fiber connectors, should exist. […]

Tips to Organize Your Server Room

Tips to Organize Your Server Room

If you are looking to get your server room organized in 2008, there are a few key steps to keep in mind while you are going through the process. Your server room houses valuable information for your business and the safety and security of your equipment should be of top concern. In addition, the equipment […]

GPU vs CPU

GPU vs CPU

Work or Play – Everyone expects their monitor to instantly refresh.  They demand that the graphics to be lightning fast as well as ultra-realistic.  Of course that also needs to be wrapped in a low-cost, environmentally kindly system.  When all of this doesn’t come together we’re a little concerned. Photo Source — Paramount “Mayday! Mayday!” […]

Building the Perfect Keyboard

Building the Perfect Keyboard

There have been lots and lots of keyboards over the years, and most of the fancier ones try to enhance usability or implement some new feature that we can’t live without.  Most of the time designers guess wrong, and implement a useless set of features, or take away things we have finally become used to.  As […]

Playstation 3 Hardware FAQ

Playstation 3 Hardware FAQ

1.1 – WHAT IS THE PLAYSTATION 3? The PlayStation 3 (PS3) is the third major console release in Sony’s PlayStation line of game consoles. The original PlayStation (PS1, or “PSX” for a while until Sony released a different console with that abbreviation), was a state-of-the-art game console when it was released back in 1995. It […]

RAID 1 has some benefits of RAID 0

RAID 1 has some benefits of RAID 0

RAID 0: Also commonly known as a stripe set (as it provides no redundancy, one of the useful parts of RAID) data is broken into blocks by the controller or the software and alternating block sent to each disk in the array. By doing this, sustained transfer rate is increased. However, as this has no […]

Pinnacle’s Home Video Stuff at CES 2008

Pinnacle’s Home Video Stuff at CES 2008

Personal and personalized video content is not only more precious to people, it is quickly becoming the entertainment of choice as consumers buy and use lower-cost, high-performance camcorders; video-enabled cameras; web downloads and video-to-go personal media players (PMPs). To put the fun back into video production and content distribution/sharing, Pinnacle Systems continues to expand the […]