Make your Computer Whisper Quiet

Article by Pierre Zarokian

 

Have you just built a brand new gaming PC only to find that as soon as you play any games, it starts sounding like a helicopter? With standard cooling, most computers are noisy when they are running on full load. This is because the stock cooling solutions which come with Intel or AMD CPUs are normally noisy and relatively inefficient. Improving your computer’s cooling system can make it run cooler and quieter.

Indeed, there is now a big market for silent computer cooling solutions. There are even entire online retailers which specialize in providing everything that you need to make your computer as quiet as possible. The following provides some tips on how to make your computer run as quietly as possible.

1. Clean the Computer. You may have noticed that older computers tend to be noisier than newer ones. This rarely has anything to do with the age or the specification of the computer. More often than not, it is due to a buildup of dust inside the computer. An excessive amount of dust forming inside a heat sink and on the fan blades adds a thermal layer which causes fans to run faster than they would otherwise need to. Regularly cleaning your computer will keep it running cooler and quieter. It will also prolong the life of your hardware. Cleaning the inside of a computer can be done using cans of compressed air or even a vacuum cleaner.

2. Acoustic Dampening. Some retailers sell acoustic soundproofing kits which you can fit to the inside of the case. You can also make this yourself without too much trouble, but you will need to take care to purchase the right type of material. Many materials may help to deaden the sound, but they can also cause your computer to run hotter by absorbing and building up heat. Some high-end cases designed specifically for the quiet PC market already have some acoustic dampening built in, but these can be prohibitively expensive.

3. Replacing Fans. Stock cooling solutions tend to be very noisy when a computer is running on full load. If you want to have a quiet PC, you will almost certainly need to avoid using the stock heat sink and fan which comes with any new CPU. Replacing a CPU fan does not have to be expensive and a new fan can normally be installed in a matter of minutes. You can also purchase silent case fans and graphics card coolers. For case fans, you may want to go for one which has a built-in speed control.

The above three factors contribute to about 95% of all the noise a computer makes, and if you follow the tips, you can easily make it whisper quiet, possible with no investments, as well!

About the Author: Pierre Zarokian has Computer Science degree and writes for Search Engine Journal. You can also read Pierre Zarokian’s Articles at Visibility Magazine.

5 Computing Tips That Will Stay Relevant

Article Submitted by: Pierre Zarokian

With rapid advances in technology and computing these days, hardware seems to get faster while operating systems acquire new features as well.

Yet there’s computing advice that continues to remain relevant as it was 10 or 20 years ago. So, here is a list of 5 tips that can be considered as timeless advice for users:

#1: Use the internet to find solutions to system errors or other problems

There’s every chance that you will find users who have had the same errors or issues if you type the error message in Google. An excellent alternative when the help resource at your device manufacturer’s site is of no assistance.

#2: Back everything up

Don’t get caught with just one copy of files. Back them up as well as backups for these back up files as well. Some of the options to do this consist of the use of external hard drives and a cloud storage device.

#3: Keep Your Software up-to-date

While it might seem annoying when you receive those ‘Software Update’ notifications, the benefits of keeping your software up-to-date can be added functionality that the software has to offer as well as security patches that can prevent data loss and crashes.

#4: Say ‘No’ to cookies

Look for the ‘Do Not Track’ feature on your browser and enable it. This will prevent website from installing cookies in your browser which will also track your movements on the Web.

#5: Don’t depend on your battery

Don’t depend on your laptop or tablet’s battery to work for forever but instead carry your power cables with you or invest in secondary and backup options.

About the Author: Pierre Zarokian is a tech geek. He is also the CEO of a leading reputation management company. Connect with Pierre Zarokian at Facebook.

 

External Hard Drives: The Ultimate Buying Guide for the Novice

Summary: External storage drives can save the most important data if a fatal crash were to occur to your computer or laptop.

If you’re like most people, you’ve been slowly accumulating photos, video, music, and other data on your computer. Maybe you have numerous files for clients that carry sensitive data. Or, you might have 5,000 digital photos sitting in numerous files on your desktop. Either way, this media takes up precious space on your computer and needs to be allocated properly. External hard drives are the solution, and if you’re in the market for one, this guide will help you get the ball rolling.

Back Up Your Computer

Leaving content on a computer without backing it up is a definite no-no. For one, your computer will begin to slow down over time. And another, you risk losing everything in the event of a catastrophic hard-drive crash. A $3000 computer doesn’t mean you’re completely safe from crashes, it can occur to anyone at anytime.

Choose What Type You Want

There are essentially two different types of external hard drives: solid state drives (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD). SSDs, while extremely fast, can be extraordinarily expensive. And, the higher the capacity, the more you’ll have to fork over. On the other hand, you have HDDs which are half the price but don’t have the exact speed that an SSD has. Although an SSD is much safer, an HDD also works, as long as you aren’t reckless with it. If durability is truly a concern, look for external drives that boast ruggedness. These drives are reinforced with a variety of materials to increase the overall protection of your drive. Take a look at the various models and see what fits your budget and preference the best.

Distinguishing between i3, i5, and i7 Processors

When you finally decided to buy a new computer and eventually gather the necessary amount of money to do so, you still have to face the complex denomination of the computer processors provided by Intel.

The innovation of these products brought along serious changes in the denomination of processors hence a lot of questions arise from simple user regarding the characteristics of i3, i5 and i7 processors and making the correct distinction between them.

The main differences between these three processors are to be found by analyzing their number of cores, available memory, built-in processes and clock speed. The problem is rooted by the discrepancy between the values of these characteristics and the numbers included in the denomination of models.

The essential information everyone should know is that i3 processors have 2 cores, i5 processors can have either 2 or 4 cores, while i7 processors can have up to 6 cores, all of these being determined by the model one uses. In order to correctly identify the actual clock speed of a processor, one must be aware of actual number of cores the target processor has. Therefore one must multiply the number of cores with the specified clock speed to understand the real hierarchy between these three models. To make it crystal clear, this is the explanation for the fact that an i7 with a 1.7 GHz clock speed and 4 cores has a better performance (and is more expensive) than an i3 with 2.7 GHz clock speed and 2 cores.