Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Overclocking is a great way to get more from your processor and give your PC an extra boost. However there are a few things to keep in mind when overclocking and I’ll explain them today. Firstly your processor must be unlocked so that the speed at which it runs (often in Gigahertz) can be edited within the BIOS. To find this out you’ll need to do some research for your computers specification and its processor. Once you’ve found out what processor you have you will need to check if it is unlocked to do so. If your processor is able to be overclocked then that’s great however increasing the speed at which your processor runs at is going to cause an increase of temperature and we don’t want to burn our processor so it will no longer work. When over clocking be careful to only add around 0.2-0.4 gigahertz onto the speed. We don’t want to go crazy and add 1-3 gigahertz as this will require chemicals such as liquid nitrogen to be cooled. You will also need a better cooling system. If you’re currently using a stock fan and heat sink which, chances are, you probably are, then you need to purchase a better one online or even a liquid cooled solution. These aren’t too expensive and will really keep your processor safe. So yeah, these are just a few precautions to take when overclocking your processor guys because everyone wants a boost from their computer’s speed but not everyone wants an unusable PC. As always thanks for listening and don’t forget to subscribe to our youtube channel for more videos.
So, you’re thinking of building a PC from scratch? Well this is actually a great idea as you can decide every last detail you want for your computer and the configuration. This is also a lot cheaper than buying from the store because when you buy a pre-built computer, you’re not only paying for all the parts but you’re paying the brand for their labour and reliability. Building a PC is actually pretty easy and with a little knowledge which I can give you in this video, I’m sure you can do it without any problems. So first off there are a few essential things needed when building a PC, obviously you will need a case to house all the parts you put into your PC. Next, a processor to make the computer function and carry out tasks. Not forgetting some RAM to accompany this processor. You will also need a Hard Drive or SSD so that you have somewhere to save your operating system and files onto. You will need a cooling system to prevent your processor from overheating, although most processors come with a stock fan which works great if you don’t plan to overclock. Lastly you need a Power Supply Unit to power all your parts. So first off, the case! The case can be any size or shape as long as it is the right size for your motherboard and power supply brick. It also has to have enough bays in case you want to have more than one hard drive or SSD. The processor can be any type as long as it corresponds to your motherboard’s chipset which it will say on the specification. Any RAM can be used for your build and any capacity as long as your motherboard can cope with it, it will also tell you how much RAM your motherboard can take on its description, also don’t forget to get the right type “e.g DDR2, DDR3”. Your hard can also be any capacity but bear in mind that an if you buy a superfast SSD which can transfer data at 6 gigabits per second and you have a motherboard which doesn’t support 6GB/s then you won’t get the results you’re paying for. So again, check your motherboards details. If buying a hard drive you’re probably going to want it to be at around 5400rpm or 7200. Any slower may cause problems. The cooling system can again be anything you choose, you may buy a water-cooled system or a simple fan and heat sink. Some processors may come with a stock fan which often works great unless you’re over clocking which will cause your processor to get hotter and your stock cooling system may not be able to keep it below a certain temperature. This is why it is important to buy a good cooling system when overclocking, refer to my other overclocking video for more information about that. Anyway, kind of off topic there, lastly you will need a power supply to power all these parts, you need to ensure that the ports it has will power everything you have bought. For example if you buy a hard drive or optical drive which is IDE then you need an IDE power connection instead of SATA. This will not make a difference for RAM and processor because these are powered via the motherboard and most power supplies come with a 24-pin motherboard power port. So, all these parts will give you a functioning computer but if you need to do things such as read/write discs, you will obviously need an optical drive which is similar to a hard drive but this is not essential to your build. I do plan to do a custom build soon and I’ll upload a video of that on my channel for you guys, however right now I do not have the funding and cannot buy parts but if you can donate money or parts that’d be awesome and I’d give you a shout-out on one of my videos & I’d make a video unboxing whatever you gave me or helped me buy. Thanks for reading guys, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
So, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on the hackintosh subject & people have been asking me “what is a hackintosh?” Well for those of you who don’t know, a hackintosh is a non-apple-certified machine which will run Mac OS X operating system. So this operating system can be Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and the trick to getting these to run on YOUR machine is to have the compatible hardware. I say “hardware” however not all hardware has to be compatible, mac operating systems will work with any hard drive or SSD & also any RAM sticks that (of course) have to fit and work with your motherboard. The case of your desktop machine obviously doesn’t affect the operating system or functionality; just make sure all your parts fit inside. Also the heat sink or water cooler for your CPU will not matter. As for the things which MUST be compatible, you need to have a compatible Processor, A compatible motherboard and Graphics card. The majority of you probably have your graphics card built in with your motherboard unless you’ve bought a separate one, these on-board graphics cards will sometimes work so make sure you find out the Specs of your machine before getting ready to install a Mac Operating system onto it. Now the one thing mac operating systems will not agree with is AMD processors, this is a strictly Intel only type of thing. If you have an Intel processor then you may have an Intel On-board Graphics card which is perfectly fine, the newer versions of these on board graphics cards such as “Intel HD 3000, Intel HD 4000 & Intel HD 5000” will work fine with mac operating system. However if, like me, you have an Intel HD 2000 graphics or even Intel HD 1000, this will not work for you so you will have to buy a separate COMPATIBLE graphics card from the net for around $70-150. I bought one which was $95 and it works great. So, to conclude, if your graphics card that you already have is not compatible, it doesn’t mean replacing your whole PC or motherboard, just purchase a graphics card & add it on, there’s a tutorial for that on my channel. Next subject is the motherboard, if your motherboard is not a Gigabyte motherboard then there’s a good chance it won’t be compatible. I have a Foxconn motherboard and had to purchase a new gigabyte motherboard for around $100. If you already have a gigabyte motherboard then that’s great! Check online to see if your specific model is compatible. There’s a list of compatible motherboards on tonymacx86’s web page which I’ll have in a link in the description. So they’re a few changes you can make to your current PC in order to make it compatible for a Mac operating system. However there is another road to go down, you can BUILD your own PC from scratch, this will ensure all your hardware is compatible but this may also not be very cost effective. If you’re looking to build a PC check my other video on PC builds and all the parts you’ll need and how to fit them together. Of course though, you’ll need to make sure all the parts you buy for your build are compatible with the mac operating system so again, check tonymacx86’s web page in the description to see custom builds. I do plan to make a custom build myself to show you all but I just don’t have the funding for that right now and can’t afford the parts, if you’re willing to help that’d be awesome and I’d make a video thanking anyone who donates any money or parts for my build. With all that said and done, I hope I haven’t confused you too much and as always, thanks for reading.