Build your own Apple Mac

It goes against the Apple licence agreement, but making your own Apple Mac computer has spawned a huge underground community. Darren Yates reveals the best hardware for the job.

Multi-monitor gaming software worth considering

It’s never quite as simple as the dream. Nvidia’s Surround and AMD’s Eyefinity have their problems and even when these work there can be issues with HUD placement being out of place or the field of vision being woefully inadequate. Not to mention the limitations Surround and Eyefinity impose with both graphics cards and the…

What does Intel Haswell mean for the future of the PC?

The PC isn’t dying but you’d have to say it’s not doing too well. That’s the message from the first-quarter 2013 global PC shipment figures from market analyst IDC. Compared with the same period in 2012 this year’s first-quarter figures were down nearly 14% the largest drop in history and IDC has no qualms about…

How to improve gaming performance on your Linux machine

You’ll need this: Nvidia linux driver – Head to www.nvidia.com and download the latest driver (for info on AMD on Ubuntu see this page on BinaryDriverHowto) Custom kernel – We used Zen kernel 3.8.8-zen which can be found at gitbut. Now that Valve’s digital distribution platform is here for Linux along with a collection of…

How to build a gaming pc for $900

Performance on a budget One of our younger APC readers asked us about building a PC that would handle fast gaming and server work for under $900. While it’s easy to dismiss the idea as mission impossible it’s actually worth looking at the idea particularly when PC component prices are at or near all-time lows.…

Seagate’s new 5mm Ultrathin hard drive a game changer

Expect cheaper Ultrabooks in the next few months and tablets with massive PC-like storage down the track thanks to an astonishingly-thin 5mm 500GB mechanical drive announced by Seagate at the Computex computer show in Taipei this week. PC laptop and tablet makers ASUS Lenovo and Dell have endorsed the Laptop Ultra-thin HDD500GB drive and are…

Best apps for iPhone and iPad, March 2013

Spell Sword One of the finer retro hack’n’slashers.Price: $0.99 |  By: Everplay |  Store: App Store Currently sitting at the top of my must-play retro-inspired mobile app games of recent times list (yes I keep a lot of lists) is Spell Sword. There’s a great hectic action to this hack’n’slash that I find really compelling if heavily…