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The 6 Best Free Programs for Stress Testing Your PC

James
Your build is complete, but can is it cut out for the job?

Build complete, but can it handle the stress?

Very few things in life are more satisfying than assembling all the parts to a new PC, hitting the power button, and watching it boot up properly.

But even if your build starts up and seems to work without problems, you might want to make sure all the components are fully functional. Does your graphics card pump out pretty pictures at the level promised by the manufacturer? Does your RAM operate consistently for hours on end? Does your CPU process the desired number of ones and zeroes under intense loads without overheating?

To answer these questions, we turn to stress testing: Making sure that all of your parts can handle the work that they’re designed to do (or overclocked to do). They might be fine under normal use, but you want to know that they’ll be able to handle heavier tasks down the road, such as high-end gaming or media editing.

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How to Build a PC for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and VR Gaming

James

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As we approach the Q1 2016 release dates for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, many PC gamers are wondering how to best prepare their computer for VR gaming, while others are planning new builds from the ground up. We would know: Every year, more than a million visitors come to our website looking to build the best PC for their budget, and an increasing number of them ask us about VR headsets.

We just published a Guide to Building a PC for Virtual Reality. (Click the link to see the real guide.)

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What is a Graphics Card? How Do You Choose a Good One?

If you’re anything like us, then the graphics card is your favorite part of a computer. Graphics cards let your computer do awesome things like super complex computations, physics processing, and most importantly, producing shiny graphics in games.

So, what is a graphics card, and how do you figure out which one you should buy?

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Black Friday 2015: How to Get the Best PC Part Deals

Black Friday crowds

We’re often asked: When is the best time to build or upgrade your PC?

In the U.S., the best time to buy new PC parts is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Outside the U.S., you may do better with the next best: holiday season sales.

And while some might find excitement in the classic Black Friday imagery of shoppers camping out and then making a mad scramble for the electronics department, we at Logical Increments prefer to stay at home and capitalize on mega discounts the more civilized way: Glued to the internet, mashing F5 on our browsers and searching for the best deals.

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What is a CPU, and How Do You Find a Good One?

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We recently posted a new video on our YouTube channel about CPUs and how to find a good one. It’s the first video in a series explaining the various components of a PC. The goal is to give people a slightly deeper understanding of each component, and give some practical advice on how to pick out the right components for you.

Here’s the video:

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Why You Should Buy an SSD, and How to Find a Good One

Jack Winn

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Not long ago, there weren’t many options for storing data on your computer. Standard mechanical hard drive disks (HDDs) have long been the de facto choice, but a different type of storage drive is becoming much more popular: the solid state drive (SSD). Solid state drives bring a wealth of improvements over standard HDDs, so let’s take a moment to understand why many PC builders are now choosing SSDs for their primary data storage solution.

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The PC Builder’s Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014

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Over the years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have made this the best time of year to be a PC builder.

And while some might find excitement in the classic Black Friday imagery of shoppers camping out and then making a mad scramble for the electronics department, we at Logical Increments prefer to stay at home and capitalize on mega discounts the more civilized way: Glued to the internet, mashing F5 on our browsers and searching of the best deals.

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League of Legends System Requirements and Recommended Builds

James

Averaging more than 60 million players each month, League of Legends is the most-played computer game in the world. Thankfully, it’s also a game that doesn’t need extreme amounts of computing power to run.

But how powerful of a PC do you need to be to play League at a fast framerate and high resolution? Beyond that, what kind of PC would you need to play League triple monitors or at 4K resolution? This guide will take an in-depth look at the computer hardware necessary to play League on everything from minimum settings up to crazier multi-monitor setups or extremely high resolutions.

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