RAID your hard drives

Don’t go out and buy the latest largest hard drive to store your piles of data. Do get the most value out of your existing drives by adding them to a RAID array. You can join an array of drives of any sizes to create a huge volume. You can even install Windows on a […]

Use SLI

Don’t buy the top of the line video card. Do buy two older GPUs and SLI them. If you’ve got an ATI chipset you’ll need to shop for CrossFire compatible video cards. Let me crunch some numbers for you: You can buy a GeForce 8800GTX with 575MHz core clock and 1800MHz memory speed for around […]

Build your own computer

Don’t buy a crappy eMachine or a Dell. Do build your own computer. Or at least choose a prebuilt model that has flexible and upgradeable components. Newegg.com has a small selection of barebones machines but they look kind of lame. Just buy a good case, a decent motherboard, and a power supply with at least […]