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How to switch from Mac to PC, part 6: Which Mac users should do it

[ad_1] After spending close to 20 years as a Mac user, I decided to switch to using a Windows 10 PC. Over the past few months, we’ve gone over all the angles of this decision: In the final installment of this series, I’m going to discuss which kinds of Mac users should switch to Windows, and who should keep their Mac, and why. The grass isn’t always greener First, a confession: I was wrong about why I wanted to leave…

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Build a DIY Mac for Gaming

[ad_1] Fellow Macworld contributor Kirk McElhearn recently built a mini Hackintosh; that is, a generic PC styled like a Mac mini, on which he installed and ran macOS. This is a road I’ve gone down myself, way back in 2008, when I built my Frankenmac. As Kirk was building a relatively low-end Mac clone, and as Apple has ignored the high-end Mac Pro for so many years, I thought it’d be interesting to build a new high-end Frankenmac. Why build…

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How to build a PC: A step-by-step guide

[ad_1] AMD’s disruptive Ryzen processors and Intel’s new Core i9 chips have sparked a wave of interest in PC building, but some people still hesitate at the idea of crafting a custom PC. Don’t! Building your own PC isn’t some arcane art or esoteric skill that only the most hardcore of hardware geeks can pull off. In fact, assembling a DIY PC is pretty straightforward once you’ve settled on your parts list.  Rolling your own computer offers a number of advantages…

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We test AMD’s monster 1950X CPU

[ad_1] AMD’s 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen Threadripper 1950X ($999 on Amazon) is an angry Godzilla stomping his way through downtown Tokyo. Those puny 8-core, 6-core, and 4-core CPUs? They’re just tanks and army trucks to be punted across the city.  Yes, it’s that good. But before you buy, there’s a lot you need to know about what is arguably the most powerful consumer CPU ever unleashed upon mankind. Gordon Mah Ung/IDG AMD’s 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is arguably the most powerful…

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Speed up Windows 10: Tips for a fas

[ad_1] Your computer is slow. Annoyingly slow. You can add RAM, or buy a faster SSD, but that costs money. No, the first thing you should do is try to make Windows faster. Thus we present nine ways to speed up your Windows 10 PC without spending a dime. Be warned: There’s always a trade-off. More speed may mean less battery life, or even giving up a beloved program. You’ll have to decide what sacrifices you’re willing to make in…

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Best external drives of 2017

[ad_1] External drives are a vital piece of hardware for backing up your data or copying a project from your PC to take with you. Anyone who uses a desktop or laptop computer needs one. To help you sift through the stacks of external storage options, we’ve combed through our reviews of both external hard disks and SSDs to pick the top drives we’ve tested. We’ll also walk you through what you need to know to buy the best external…

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Vega 56, Vega 64, and liquid-cooled Vega 64

[ad_1] After months of teases and delays, the wait for Vega is finally over. First, AMD launched its flagship Radeon RX 64 lineup: the $499 Radeon RX Vega 64 and the $699 liquid-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64, which is only available as part of a convoluted “Radeon Aqua Pack” bundle. (Update: After the initial wave of availability, virtually all available air-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64 cards are only available in $599 Radeon Packs as well.) Then on August 28, the $399 Radeon RX Vega…

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Asus ROG Chimera gaming laptop: Specs, features, 144Hz G-Sync

[ad_1] Asus was the first company to bring 120Hz refresh rates to gaming laptops, and now it’s pushing even further for gamers who demand smooth performance at a fast clip. At IFA 2017, Asus revealed the ROG Chimera G703 laptop, a beast of a notebook with a blistering 144Hz, 1080p display made more buttery-smooth by Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. Asus didn’t say much about what you’ll find inside the 17.3-inch laptop, but Laptop Mag reports that it includes an unlocked Intel…

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ZenBook, ZenBook Flip, and more

[ad_1] The battle over thin and light notebooks flared back to life at IFA 2017 on Wednesday. Mere hours after Acer revealed the Switch 7 Black Edition, a 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable keyboard and dedicated graphics chips, Asus unleashed an army of svelte new ZenBook laptops equipped with Intel’s new quad-core 8th-gen Core CPUs and discrete Nvidia GPUs of their own. We loved the last ZenBook Flip that crossed PCWorld’s test bench, so let’s dig in! Asus beat the…

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Anker’s highly popular Bluetooth keyboard is just $14 right now

[ad_1] Anker’s highly popular Bluetooth keyboard is just $14 right now | PCWorld If you need a Bluetooth keyboard to start the fall season, Anker’s lower-end model is currently on sale at Amazon. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. By Ian Paul Contributor, PCWorld | Sep 1, 2017 11:10 AM PT Anker “);});try{$(“div.lazyload_blox_ad”).lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:false,onLoad:false,onComplete:false,timeout:1500,debug:false,xray:false});}catch(exception){console.log(“error loading lazyload_ad “+exception);}}); If your plan this fall is to survive school or work with only a tablet…

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The Full Nerd episode 30: Radeon RX Vega 56 review, Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs add more cores

[ad_1] In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Dan Masaoka talk about the release of AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56, and how the Radeon RX Vega lineup compares against Nvidia’s GeForce cards. It doesn’t really matter for the GTX 1070 or Radeon RX Vega 56, since you can’t buy either at anywhere near suggested pricing, so we dive into Radeon Vega 64 vs. GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti as well. After that, we dive into how…

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AMD Threadripper X399 motherboards: Specs, prices, features

[ad_1] For the first time in a long time, AMD is battling Intel for high-end desktop supremacy with its Ryzen Threadripper processors. Its chosen weapon? Cores, cores, and more cores, culminating in the monstrous 16-core, 32-thread Threadripper 1950X ($999 on Amazon). But cramming that much hardware into a chip means bigger chips, and bigger chips need bigger sockets. Enter the new AMD X399 motherboards. All X399 motherboards revolve around the gargantuan TR4 socket, and thus aren’t compatible with mainstream Ryzen…

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Budget PCs, 2-in-1s, ultrabooks, and more

[ad_1] Choosing the best laptop among the many options available is about to get a lot harder. Fall is coming—and so are a slew of new laptops. In fact, if you’re hunting for a new ultraportable, we recommend holding off on any purchases for the time being. Intel recently announced four 8th-generation Core i5 and Core i7 mobile processors that could result in a dramatic leap in performance in thin-and-light convertibles, 2-in-1s, hybrids, and traditional laptops. Announcements of notebooks with these chips have begun,…

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AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU launches

[ad_1] The third and final piece of AMD’s initial return to high-end desktops slide into place on Thursday, as the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X hit the streets, along with AMD’s Ryzen Pro processors. The Threadripper 1900X ($549 on Amazon) doesn’t offer an almost ludicrous number of threads, unlike its bigger brothers, the 12-core Threadripper 1920X ($799 on Amazon) and the 16-core Threadripper 1950X ($999 on Amazon). Instead, it offers 8 cores and 16 threads—similar to the core count in most previous…

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