How to Benchmark Your PC: Best Benchmarking Software (Free and Paid)

James
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Novabench, one of many popular PC benchmarking tools.

Benchmarking is the act of running a computer through a series of predetermined tests or program operations to assess its overall performance. With benchmarking, you can gauge the performance of your PC hardware to ensure everything is performing as designed. Think of it as putting your computer through a test that assigns a score, so that you can compare your hardware’s performance relative to other computers.

There are a variety of ways to benchmark a PC, with specific methods focusing on the PC as a whole, or specific components, such as the graphics card, CPU, or SSD. Broadly speaking, benchmarking methods fall into one of two categories: Synthetic or Real World.

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PC Build Success Story: Eric’s 1080p Gaming PC

All the parts before they became Eric's new PC.

All the parts before they became Eric’s new PC.

About 2 months ago, Logical Increments reader Eric decided it was time to build his first PC. He had wanted to build his own gaming PC for years, but he didn’t have the funds until getting his first job out of college. With the job secured, he said he finally felt confident to build a PC for himself after researching online and talking with other Logical Increments readers in the Disqus comments section on our homepage.

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Show Us Your PC Build!

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TL;DR: We enjoy seeing PCs that our readers build. If Logical Increments helped you build your computer in any way, we want to share your build story on our blog. Email us at contact@logicalincrements.com with your name and some photos of your build, and we’ll be in touch.

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The 4 Best SSDs in Newegg’s 4-Hour SSD Flash Sale: April 18, 2016

Today, you can get a 1TB SSD for $205.

Today, you can get a 1TB SSD for $205.

Update: The sale is over!

Newegg is hosting a 4-hour SSD flash sale today, featuring SSDs on sale for up to 35% off. We’ve looked through the list of deals and picked the 4 best.

This sale is going from 10 AM to 2 PM Pacific Standard Time (1 PM to 5 PM Eastern) on April 18, 2016. So, if you’re looking for a new SSD, act quickly!

(As we’ve said many times, buying an SSD is one of the most significant upgrade you can make to your PC’s overall performance.)

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The Ultimate Guide to Computer RAM

James

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RAM (short for Random Access Memory) is an essential part of every computer, because it holds all of the data your computer is currently using. Think of it as your computer’s short-term memory, whereas the hard drive is more like long-term memory.

Why is RAM important? How much RAM do you need, and how fast does it need to be? We’re going to answer those questions, and hopefully clear up some common myths about RAM along the way.

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