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Feb 23

Networking Vid For Notebook Not Working

Posted by Vince Brooks in Untagged 

Vince Brooks
Been having a great time watching and learning from the videos posted here, but the L-3 Notebook vid does not seem to be functioning? Any Suggestions?
Feb 08

The Home PC Builder 2010 Videos are coming along nicely.

Posted by Admin2 in site news , Product Development


Everything is recorded with the exception of the Socket 1156 and AM3 sections of Installation Lesson 2.  Right now we're working on editing together Lesson 7 and 8 of the Internal Component Lessons.  All of the other Component Lessons are finished.  Next we will edit together the new Windows 7 installation and drivers installation videos.  We're dropping the Windows XP videos from the DVD and will put them online for free.  We will then record and edit together the Socket 1156 and AM3 video which shouldn't take more than a few days.

I'm confident the videos will be online in a few weeks and we will allow a pre-purchase of the DVDs which will be ready to ship a few weeks after that. 

Jan 21

Lesson 5 of the Core i5 and i7 Overclocking Videos is Online!!!

Posted by Admin2 in site news , Overclocking


Core i5 and i7 Overclocking Video Lesson 5 - OC to 3.7GHz

This is the final video in the series and shows how to overclock any Core i5 or i7 CPU up to 4GHz.  Technically our CPU didn't make it all the way there but the method is sound.  We also overclocked the memory from 1333MHz to 1483MHz.  

If you have 1600MHz RAM you're covered as well.  This video took a little longer to make than I anticipated.  It also runs about 10 minutes long than I expected.  

If you have any questions about anything in the video or if you want to know more about the process please email me or call toll free 866-508-1113.  If needed I will certainly change or add to the videos.

Tomorrow we are getting back to work on the 2010 Home PC Builder videos.  They are about half done and I expect them to be finished around mid February.

Jan 10

Overclocking Core i5 and i7 Video Lesson 5 is written, got the CPU up to 3.9GHz, almost 4GHz!!

Posted by Michael Cooper in Overclocking

Michael Cooper

Yes it is all written but my voice is not cooperating at the moment. I've had a cold for the last three days and I sound worse than usual :) I should have my voice back and Lesson 5 online by Friday.

The CPU is stable at 3.9GHz, but to get to 4GHz I had to max out the CPU Voltage to 1.4v and even with the new cooler the temperatures went over 100c. The CPU's safety kicked in and lowered the multiplier.  It would take a water cooler to get this CPU to 4GHz.  I don' t think the expense and trouble would be worth it for .1GHz.  

The Core i7 920 I have is one of the first, with Stepping 5, Revision C0/C1.  The more recent D0 stepping version of the Core i7 overclocks a little easier.  They came out around April of 09, so you may have that one and 4GHz won't be any problem for you.  I go over Steppings and Revisions in the video.  The Core i5 which is based on the more recent version of the Core i7 overclocks a little easier as well.

I'm taking all my medicine and drinking plenty of water.  I just wish I could taste my food.

Dec 31

Lesson 4 of the Core i5 and i7 Overclocking Videos is Online!!!

Posted by Admin2 in site news , Overclocking


Core i5 and i7 Overclocking Video Lesson 4 - OC to 3.7GHz

This video shows step by step how to overclock the Core i7 from 3.3GHz all the way up to 3.7GHz.  The process works for all Core i5 and i7 CPUs.  

At 3.7GHz the system became unstable so we used voltage increases to stabilize the overclock.  We also show some moderate RAM overclocking.

I will start shooting Lesson 5 tomorrow.  First things is to install the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev .2 CPU cooler.  The video will show installing it step-by-step, as usual.  Once its installed we'll compare it's cooling abilities, to the stock cooler.  This should bring the CPU temperature down, low enough to allow us to overclock the CPU to 3.8GHz and perhaps 3.9GHz, or even 4.0GHz.

Dec 29

Please Critique My Very First Build :)

Posted by David in Untagged 


Hey guys,

Happy Holidays,

If anyone with the knowledge of what makes a Super Gaming Computer, would you be so kind as to critique my choice of components? Air cooling, And is there any thing missing or would there be a better choice.  Also any compatibility issues ?  

The Case is a Corsair Obsidian 800D. It's not fancy But I love it! That's all I have at this point.

Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Bloomfield 3.33GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - *

ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer "Ultimate Gamer" choose 3Way SLI + PhysX at Real X16 X58 CEB Intel Motherboard / CPU-MOB-Combo Price: $1579.98 *

Antec TPQ-1200 1200W Continuous Power with PowerCache Technology SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular $309.99

3X Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $209.99
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD12GX3M6A1600C8 - $430.

X 2 Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $319.
LG Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner 8X Blu-ray Burner Model WH08LS20 - Retail $219.

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $166.

Xigmatek Intel Core i7 compatible THOR'S HAMMER HDT-S126384 CPU Cooler - $67.99

Estamated cost for this build + -           $3305.00 

Dec 28

Overclocking Core i5 and i7 Video Lesson 4 is recorded, got the CPU up to 3.7GHz!!

Posted by Michael Cooper in personal , Overclocking

Michael Cooper
It will probably take at least 3 days to edit the video together.   It shows overclocking from 3.3GHz all the way up to 3.7GHz with some memory overclocking as well.  It's Christmas for the boys, Ryder and Andrew, today so I won't get much editing done until tomorrow.  The boys have been at their fathers house.  He got them for actual Christmas this year.  They have tons of presents and we're going to do a Christmas pizza party after.
Dec 28

RE: I access to Forum Time limited?

Posted by Michael Cooper in Untagged 

Michael Cooper

It is unlimited.  You can always access the forums directly by going to after you join the site whether you have a current subscription to the videos or not.

Dec 27

I access to Forum Time limited?

Posted by David in Untagged 


Hello all,

This is my first build but unfortunately I will not have all my parts for another 2 months how will I be able to access the forum beyond  the CD I bought from Home PC Builder ?   Thank You.


Dec 23

Lesson 3 of the Core i5 and i7 Overclocking Videos is Online!!!

Posted by Michael Cooper in site news , Overclocking

Michael Cooper

Core i5 and i7 Overclocking Video Lesson 3 - OC to 3.2GHz  

This one is where most of the explaining about exactly how to overclock gets done.  It shows how to overclock on an Asus P6T Deluxe specifically.  It also shows where to find all of the overclocking related settings in the BIOSs of Gigabyte, MSI and EVGA motherboards.  

This video is locked down so only subscribers to the video lessons can watch it.  Just log in and you will see the video.  I'll put an abbreviated sample video online  tomorrow.

Please let me know if there is something you don't understand in the videos  so I can make them better. or 866-508-1113.  I'm always here to help and receive any helpful info from you.

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