Blog entries Blog entries Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:43:06 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.3 Home PC Builder 2014 videos are almost complete! <p>We have the first 3 Computer Setup videos done and they are online. &nbsp;The sample videos are still the 2012 version but if you log in you'll get the 2014 versions.</p><br/><p>The last video is the SLI and Crossfire video. &nbsp;We'll be shooting it for the next few days and plan to have it edited and online in the next week. &nbsp;</p><br/><p>After that we will start burning the 2014 DVDs and get them in the mail to all those who have ordered a copy!</p> Admin2 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:39:22 +0100 site news Product Development The Parts lists are updated! <p>Prices haven't changed much since the last update. &nbsp;We upgraded the CPUs and motherboards on the $250 Upgrade, $500 and $800 Computers to the latest Socket 1150 models. &nbsp; We changed the recommended SSD models to the new most popular/best performance for the money models. &nbsp;</p><br/><p>You can find the main parts list here</p> Admin2 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:31:43 +0100 site news Hardware All Parts Lists have been Updated! <p>RAM prices have gone up, especially at the high-end. &nbsp;The rest of the prices were pretty stable. &nbsp;We upgraded the CPU on the $1800 and above lists to the latest Ivy Bridge-E Core i7. &nbsp;We also included the new R9 video cards from ATI (AMD) in the lists. &nbsp;</p><br/><p>You can find the main Parts List page here.</p> Admin2 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:47:56 +0100 site news Hardware Parts lists Updated! <p>RAM prices have crept up slightly. &nbsp; We updated the CPUs on the $250 upgrade through the $1200 computers. &nbsp;We also went pretty wild with the video card choices on the $2300 computer. &nbsp; The Cooler Master Centurion 5 case we have recommended for here has been discontinued. &nbsp;We changed it to a very well priced Cooler Master HAF case. &nbsp;Other changes were pretty minor.</p><br/><p>You can find the main Parts Lists page here.</p> Admin2 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 04:26:48 +0100 site news Hardware The Parts List have been Updated! <p>RAM has gone up in price but is still reasonable. &nbsp;The higher end SSDs have gone up a little as well but are still a great deal at just over $1 per GB. &nbsp;We upgraded the AMD CPU on the $800 Computer. &nbsp;The rest of the changes were minor price changes and replacements for discontinued models. &nbsp;You can find the main Parts List page here.<br /></p> Admin2 Wed, 15 May 2013 15:12:10 +0100 site news Hardware We've updated the parts lists <p>We upgraded the AMD CPU for the $800 and above computers to the latest 8 core model which now runs at 4GHz out of the box. &nbsp;The video card on the $800 computer is upgraded to a 650 Ti. &nbsp;RAM prices are up a little but still very cheap. &nbsp;Other changes were to replace discontinued models with current ones.</p><br/><p>You can find the main Parts List page here.</p> Admin2 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 23:36:42 +0100 site news Hardware The Parts Lists have been updated <p>Prices for components were down overall as usual. &nbsp;We changed the Intel CPU model on the $250 Upgrade and $500 Computers to the next model up, G850 (2.9GHz) to G860 (3.0GHz). &nbsp;We updated the SSDs on the $1800 and above computers to the latest models from OCZ and Crucial. &nbsp;I prefer the OCZ Vertex 4. &nbsp;It has better write speeds and doesn't slow down when handling compressed data.</p><br/><p>The rest of the changes were to replace discontinued models. &nbsp;You can find the main ... Admin2 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 19:29:14 +0100 site news Hardware The Parts Lists have all been updated <p>Prices overall have stayed about the same. &nbsp;A few parts up and a few down. &nbsp;The only changes made were to update the video cards in the $1200, $1800 and $2300 Computers to the latest generation of cards. &nbsp;7000 series for ATI (AMD) and 600 series for Nvidia.</p><br/><p>You can find the main Computer Parts Lists Here</p> Admin2 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:06:08 +0100 site news Hardware The Parts Lists have been updated! <p>Hard drives and solid state drives continue to come down in price. &nbsp;RAM prices have leveled off at what is an all time low. &nbsp;CPU prices dropped slightly as well. &nbsp;The only change we made was on the $1200 computer. &nbsp;We changed the CPU from a 2nd gen Core i5 to a 3rd gen Core i5 3570K along with the motherboard of course. &nbsp;</p><br/><p>You can find the main&nbsp;Parts Lists page here.</p> Admin2 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 03:05:49 +0100 site news memory Hardware hard drives CPU The Home PC Builder 2012 DVDs are on their way to us! <p>They are scheduled to be delivered on Thursday, June 14th. &nbsp;It has taken longer than usual to get these DVDs completed and duplicated. &nbsp;We will continue to offer free online video access for those waiting for the DVDs to be delivered.</p> Admin2 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 07:00:00 +0100 site news All of the Build your own Computer Parts Lists are Updated! <p>Hard drive prices are finally starting to go down. &nbsp;1TB hard drive prices have dropped $30 in the last two months. &nbsp;It will take longer for the prices to get down to the pre-flood levels but they will get there. &nbsp;The rest of the changes were price fluctuations and replacement of discontinued parts with newer, faster, better versions. &nbsp;</p><br/><p>On the video card front the 2 GPU cards are gone from stores. &nbsp;Single chip Nvidia GTX580's and ATI (AMD) Radeon HD 7970's are t... Admin2 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:27:55 +0100 video cards site news Hardware hard drives We've updated all of the parts lists <p>We changed the recommended CPU for the $250 upgrade and $500 computer from a Socket 775 CPU to a Socket 1155 Pentium G850. &nbsp;This brings even the basic computer up to a point where in the future you could upgrade to a quad core, Core i7 CPU. &nbsp;The motherboard and RAM changed as well to&nbsp;accommodation&nbsp;the CPU change. &nbsp; The rest of the changes were to replace discontinued models and the usual price changes, mostly down.</p><br/><p>You can find the main Parts Lists page here.&n... Admin2 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 02:20:32 +0100 site news Hardware All parts lists are updated. Hard drive prices have nearly doubled! <p>We've gone through and updated all of the parts lists. &nbsp;We changed the CPU, motherboard and RAM on the $1800 and up computers to the new&nbsp;Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz LGA 2011 Six-Core CPU. &nbsp;We also upgraded the video cards on the $2300 computer to the latest 2 chip model cards from Nvidia and AMD (ATI).&nbsp;</p><br/><p>&nbsp;There were of course prices changes, mostly down with the exception of &nbsp;hard drives. &nbsp;In the past 2 weeks prices for hard drives have almost doubled. ... Admin2 Sun, 27 Nov 2011 21:16:00 +0100 site news Hardware New Bulldozer/Zambezi CPUs from AMD are available. <p>They are pretty hard to come by. &nbsp;I'm not sure if AMD just didn't ship very many or there really &nbsp;are tons being sold. &nbsp;The good news is that they perform pretty well.&nbsp;Not as well as an Intel's current CPUs but pretty well.&nbsp; The high end AMD model FX 8150 (8 core) is close in performance to Intel's Core i5 2500K (4 core). &nbsp;</p><br/><p>Benchmark has a well rounded and fare review</p><br/><p>The even better news is that the procedure to overclock these new CPUs... Admin2 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 03:24:57 +0100 All of the Computer Parts Lists are Updated <p>We added a SSD section to the $1200 and up computers and upgraded the AMD CPU on the $800 computer to a quad core model. &nbsp;The rest of the changes were replacements for discontinued models and price changes, mostly down.</p><br/><p>You can find the main Computer Parts Lists page here.</p> Admin2 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 19:16:48 +0100 site news Hardware I just Updated all the Computer Parts Lists <p>There were a lot of price changes, as per usually, mostly down. &nbsp;One thing I noticed that is just baffling. &nbsp;On the $1800, $2000 and $2300 lists it is cheaper to get 12GB of RAM than 6GB of RAM. &nbsp;We replaced a few discontinued models and on the &nbsp;$800 computer we upgraded the video card from a 6850 to a 6870.</p><br/><p>You can get to the main parts list page here.&nbsp;</p> Admin2 Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:47:21 +0100 site news Hardware The SSD and RAID videos are Online Now! <p>The videos are intended to teach anyone how to setup a SSD or SSD RAID array in their computer. &nbsp;SSD or Solid State Drives are much faster than hard drives and greatly improve your experience using your computer. &nbsp;Using a RAID setup with SSDs can improve speed even more.</p><br/><br/>Lesson 1 - SSD and RAID Basics<br/>Lesson 2 - Other Features of SSDs and RAID<br/>Lesson 3 - SATA and RAID Configuration<br/>Lesson 4 - Finding Drivers and Installing Windows<br/>Lesson 5 - Installing Drivers, disabling Defrag... Admin2 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 05:03:00 +0100 software Product Development All Computer Parts Lists have been updated <p>As usual most of the prices went down, &nbsp;between $1 and $20 since the last update of the lists. &nbsp;The only changes were updating a few of the motherboards and the recommended DVD burner. &nbsp;AMD is set to release the new Bulldozer CPUs, which will run on socket AM3+, very soon. &nbsp;We changed out the AMD motherboards to the socket AM3+&nbsp;equivalents&nbsp;of the socket AM3 motherboards that were in the lists. &nbsp;The LG burner that was in the lists has been discontinued. &nbsp... Admin2 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 04:03:25 +0100 site news The RAID and SSD Videos are coming along nicely <p>We've got most of the video shot with Lesson 3 through 5 close to being finished. &nbsp;Lesson 1 and 2 are similar in format to the Internal Component video lessons from the Home PC Builder 2011 videos. &nbsp;They are pure information. &nbsp;We're planning to have all 5 videos on the site and available for members to watch by the end of July. It will take about week after that to get them on DVD. &nbsp;</p> Admin2 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 07:00:00 +0100 site news Product Development Hardware The Computer Parts Lists are All Updated <p>This month it was mostly price changes. &nbsp;Some a few dollars and some $10 and $30 changes. &nbsp;The only changes to the hardware in the lists was the video card and case recommendations in the $250 Upgrade and $500 Computers. &nbsp;An Nvidia 9500GT was replaced with a Radeon HD 5670. &nbsp;The cost went up about $20 but I think its worth it. &nbsp;The 5xxx series supports DX11 and can play all the latest games, just with all the bells and whistles turned off. &nbsp;The case was replaced ... Admin2 Thu, 19 May 2011 04:15:07 +0100 site news