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.

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…

What you need to know about Haswell Lynx Point chipset

The Haswell CPU platform will be accompanied by a new Series-8 chipset otherwise known as the platform controller hub (PCH) codenamed Lynx Point. This will initially include the Z87 and H87 parts aimed at enthusiasts and mainstream system builds respectively followed by a budget H81 chipset to replace the old H61 model later in 2013.…

Intel Haswell CPU: How it works

Haswell is a continuation of the previous-generation Ivy Bridge’s 22nm production process with changes across the three key areas: core CPU performance iGPU improvements and power consumption reductions. We’ve included tables here covering information on the specific CPU models we’ve found so rather than talk about specific chips we’ll look at the architecture and mention…

All you need to know about Intel’s Haswell chip

  Haswell is a small country town in the US state of Colorado. Its entry into the IT lexicon due to Intel’s determination to avoid trademark issues by using location names instead appears at a critical time in the computing landscape. With Microsoft’s collection of Windows 8 hybrids convertibles and all-in-ones failing to excite and…

Arduino Masterclass Part 2: Build an LED weather station

Our APC weather station using an Arduino Uno R3-compatible board. Project-specific parts You’ll need the standard parts (Arduino board breadboard wires pliers and so on) along with these extras: DHT11 temperature/humidity sensor 7 x 330-ohm/0.5W metal film resistors 3 x 4.7k-ohm/0.5W metal film resistors 2 x BC337 NPN transistors 2 x LTS543R or FND500 common…

Make your own Windows home server OS

 Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug on Windows Home Server (WHS) is interesting to say the least. It’s decided to fold the OS into the new Essentials version of its upcoming Windows Server 2012. You can read about the move in the company’s product PDF at tinyurl.com/779nytz. Basically Microsoft reckons WHS saw best use among…

Need a motherboard to accompany your new Ivy Bridge chip?

As with any new Intel launch the arrival of the Ivy Bridge third-generation Core i processors comes with a confusing plethora of new motherboard chipsets known collectively as Intel Series 7. For once this isn’t a mandatory upgrade with Ivy Bridge surprisingly compatible with older Series 6 boards yet this incremental platform upgrade does bring…

Ivy Bridge CPU buyer’s guide

The CPU market for desktops has pretty stable and well-signposted demarcation lines these days – Intel chips outclass AMD’s Bulldozer on raw processing while AMD offers noticeably better 3D-ready integrated GPUs. But as always there isn’t just one choice of Intel chip if you want to go in that direction. At last count there were…

ASUS X501A-XX036V – The minimum spec for decent computing now the most affordable ever

The spec that we consider the absolute minimum for acceptable computing (Intel Core i3 processor 4GB RAM 500GB) is now the most affordable ever inside an ASUS laptop selling for $477 at Harvey Norman this weekend. What’s more the laptop is surprisingly good looking for a machine selling under $500. It looks almost Mac-like with…