Build Your OwnFollow
If you ever plan to build your own PC, Tom's Hardware’s System Builder Marathon is a must-read. Our editorial team builds, tests, and evaluates PC systems at varying costs, using the components that we think maximize value. These components include motherboards, cooling devices, CPU platforms, chipsets, memory, cases, hard drives, networking and graphics cards and power supplies. For each build, we include performance benchmarks that include 3D games, audio and video compression, graphic design, image manipulation, and video editing. Our testing includes each configuration in its stock form and overclocked. Feel free to build along with us or watch patiently from the sidelines, because, remember—each of these systems are given away at the end of the marathon (don’t forget to enter!).
Reader How Tos: Build a PC for TV
Nov 9, 2002 - in Reviews
Arild Skullerud talks about his experiences building a PC for his living room. Can a PC combine the features of a digital VCR, MP3 server, and Internet TV? Sure it can, but at what cost?
Reader How Tos: Building For Stability
Nov 2, 2002 - in Reviews
Our second reader how to makes the grade. Tim Reynolds talks about his personal experience of building PCs, and the process he follows to try and keep things nice and stable.
Bridging The Flash Format Gap With Multi-Format Readers/ Writers
Oct 28, 2002 - in Reviews
With all of the various formats of flash media floating around, a multi-format flash card reader/writer is becoming a true ace in the hole. We take an in-depth look at a variety of multi-format flash card readers and try to strike a balance between performance and convenience.
Preview: ATI's All In Wonder 9700 PRO
Oct 2, 2002 - in Reviews
ATI introduces its new All In Wonder 9700 PRO, which is based on ATI's new DirectX 9 GPU, the R300. We bring you a first look at the features of this latest multimedia card.
Reader How Tos: A System To Convert VHS and 8 mm Tape To DVD
Sep 28, 2002 - in Reviews
If you wondered what it takes to get published on Tom's Hardware Guide, here's a start. Tom's Hardware reader Jim Tomlinson submitted this article, and we thought it would be a good idea to give our informed, enthusiastic, and very capable readers a chance to flex their knowledge online. Jim explains how he put a computer system together to make DVD movies from old VHS and 8MM videocassettes.
Building Your Own PC, Part 2: Assembly Step by Step
Sep 18, 2002 - in Reviews
In part one, we covered the components basics. Now, we are going to show both novice and advanced DIY builders how to assemble all of the components and put together a fully operational machine.
Building Your Own PC, Part 1: Know-How for Do-It-Yourselfers
Sep 4, 2002 - in Reviews
Novices needn't be scared of the insides of their PC. This guide provides the basics for the proverbial "dummies," though advanced users can also learn something.
How To Assemble The Ultimate Toolbox
Aug 20, 2002 - in Reviews
What an incredible selection of tools you have! You can assmble your Ultimate Toolbox and become more organized and productive. Having the right tool for the job can be difficult, but we help you get started with show you an example of the Ultimate Toolbox.
Whoohoo! A Mini PC That Goes To The Max
Aug 15, 2002 - in Reviews
This Shuttle Mini PC is a beauty: P4 power coupled with GeForce 4 Ti and DDR333 just blaze away. And you can hear a pin drop over the noise (or the lack thereof) from this little baby - who could ask for anything more?
How To Customize Your PC Case & Achieve Professional Results
Jul 24, 2002 - in Reviews
In this article we talk with a professional who makes his living constructing case mods. He offers us extensive insight into a rather complex subject and at the same time provides you with an awesome tutorial on how to correctly install a window into the side panel of your case.
How To Add Front - Mounted Ports To Your Case
Jul 11, 2002 - in Reviews
Based on your suggestions, we've decided to explore the best way to add ports to the front of your case. The hunt was perhaps more difficult that we first thought. We found one product that fit the bill and we will give you an in-depth look at the install process. We'll also look at a couple of other options that are worth considering, depending on your need.
Goodbye to Hulking PCs: Athlon Mini-PCs Set The Trend
Jul 10, 2002 - in Reviews
The new ultra-compact mini-PCs unshackle themselves from outmoded computer concepts and offer high performance, complete features and better ergonomics. We tested the Shuttle mini PC SS40 - a quiet system with a heat pipe. This Athlon-based system hits the mark.
The Third THG Video: Silent and Ice Cold
Jul 1, 2002 - in Reviews
Water cooling offers the best conditions for overclocking and a silent PC system. We show you how to build such a PC system, step by step. Accompanying the article is a brand new Tom's Hardware Guide video that you can download.
Windows Gaming In Linux With WineX 2.0
May 31, 2002 - in Reviews
We've talked about running Windows applications inside Linux, and now we'll look at the same for Windows gaming. WineX, from TransGaming Technologies, lets you run DirectX games in a Linux environment. We ran some benchmarks to compare performance too.
First Sightings: Three Early Samples of the GeForce4 Ti4600
Mar 4, 2002 - in Reviews
Boards based on the NVIDIA GeForce4 started shipping on the first day of March, and we have a first look at 3 GeForce4 Ti4600 cards from ASUS, Leadtek, and Creative.
Getting The Most Out Of Your TiVo
Feb 28, 2002 - in Reviews
Adding more storage space to your TiVo is almost as simple as adding a second hard drive to your PC. But it definetely wouldn't have been this simple if TiVo hadn't decided to use Linux for its operating system. Armed with two hard drives, the use of some freely available utilities, this article, and some free time, you, too, can get more recording time out of your TiVo.
Build Your Own Mini-PC For The Office
Jan 11, 2002 - in Reviews
Home-grown mini-PCs can be ultra compact and powerful, as proved by the Spacewalker kit that we tested. Could this be one of the new trends for 2002?
Under Closer Scrutiny: Dual BIOS From Gigabyte
Dec 7, 2001 - in Reviews
In our last test, the Dual BIOS function came up short on performance. Here, we examine the fine details.
How To Run Windows Inside Linux With Win4Lin
Dec 5, 2001 - in Reviews
Linux is ready to use, but for mere mortals there is one problem: A lack of applications. So, what if you could run some of those essential and basic Win apps, and still get to mess around with Linux? Win4Lin is one way to go.
The Battle Of The Consoles: From Atari's 2600 To Microsoft's Xbox
Dec 4, 2001 - in Reviews
A quick and dirty history of electronic gaming: console Vs. PC and back again. And who stands to make more from this battle: ATI or Nvidia?
Performance Matters: AMD Introduces AthlonXP Processor
Oct 9, 2001 - in Reviews
The wait is finally over. Today AMD is releasing its first desktop processor based on the 'Palomino' core under the name AthlonXP. The launch of AthlonXP is also marking AMD's step away from the usual clock frequency rating of processors to a new rating system suggesting 'relative performance'. I consider this the real big deal about today's launch. It requires a lot of discussion.
No Trip Without The Driver: An Excursion Into The Software Behind Today's Hardware
Sep 14, 2001 - in Reviews
Did you ever wonder why other computers run faster than yours, although they use similar hardware? We take a look at how today's graphics, chipset and storage drivers affect performance. The conclusions are shocking - if you forget to install one of them, your GHz system could be rendered lame. But don't worry, we provide you with links to the latest driver versions.
RAID Without Additional Hardware: Do It Yourself With Windows 2000
Sep 6, 2001 - in Reviews
Although IDE RAID controllers provide a cost-effective way of creating high-performance RAID storage systems, you can even do away with this piece of hardware by using Windows 2000 support for software RAID. We took a detailed look at this option and put several different configurations to the test.
The Printed Circuit Board Primer
Aug 10, 2001 - in Reviews
A fine printed circuit board (PCB) is a mixture of high art, and solid engineering. Here is a short primer on what goes into the making of a PCB, the terminology, and the features that enhance reliability, and lower cost.
DDR For AMD: 16 Boards With VIA KT266
Aug 8, 2001 - in Reviews
This is our monster test of VIA KT266 mobos - over 40 pages of data and analyses. We tested all the boards on the market, combing the globe for products to review - and we were certainly in for a few surprises.
Only the Best: 9 Athlon Motherboards With The AMD 760 Chipset
Aug 6, 2001 - in Reviews
More boards found their way into our lab, including the current reference board, MSI's K7 Master. All candidates run stable, so we focussed more on fine-tuning performance. Read on to find out which DDR motherboards are currently the best for Athlon.
Computex: Nvidia declares war on Intel
Jun 4, 2001 - in Reviews
It was subtle, but forceful. Nvidia, which has long tried to position itself as the next Intel, now has a product that puts the House of Pentium firmly in its sights.
Mobile 2.5 Hard Drive Systems: MD2-USB and MD2-FW1 from DataFab
Apr 26, 2001 - in Reviews
DataFab sells external storage systems both for USB and for Firewire, supporting 2.5" IDE hard drives at all capacities. Read on to find out the benefits and shortcomings of these storage solutions.
The Tom's Hardware Guide Power Box
Feb 19, 2001 - in Reviews
There is no doubt that the high-performance system we put together is hardly affordable by the majority of you, but you might still be interested in our Dream PC, powered by a chilled Athlon at 1,600 MHz. Tom's Hardware Guide's Power Box doesn't fear any high-end competition.
Do-It-Yourself PC System: CPU & Motherboard
Jan 15, 2001 - in Reviews
Many people are wondering if it's better to buy a complete PC or to build a system by oneself. Tom's Hardware has assembled a powerful $995-PC that is able to beat any wholesaler system at the same price. Part One of this article is dedicated to the processor, case, cooler and motherboard of this Tom's Hardware PC, and explains how you can build this system for yourself as well.