Tag Archives: motherboard

Signs of CMOS Battery Failure

The word CMOS is an acronym for “complementary metal oxide semiconductor”. The CMOS battery is a small, round battery that lets you store the day, time, and month on your computer. It allows you to shut your PC down for an extended period of time and still have the correct time and date in place when you use your PC again. More importantly, the CMOS battery stores the BIOS settings of your computer. The BIOS enables us to identify what hardware is on the system and what device drivers to use. When the CMOS battery is weak, the BIOS loses data and the computer can start to malfunction. Let’s take a look at a few signs of a CMOS battery failure. read more

The Noob’s Guide to Building a Gaming Computer: 5 Tips to Help You Avoid Mistakes on Your First Build

Since starting Elite Gaming Computers, I’ve seen a number of simple mistakes that a lot of first-time builders make. Most first-time builders have a steep learning curve and so it’s only natural that a lot of them will make these silly mistakes.

However, making a silly mistake is a pretty big thing when building a computer. It could mean the difference between frying your computer and getting a system that works well for a long time. And, so it’s important that you make sure you have a solid understanding of how to avoid this problems. read more

Upgrading your PC: The bare bones

Many PC users are starting to see the benefit of upgrading, rather than replacing, a PC system these days, thanks in part to the economic situation but also the increase of tech-savvy users who want to tinker and work on their machine. More information than ever before is now available for those wanting to learn more about computers, especially with the release of smaller systems like the Raspberry Pi. Here, we’ve put together a quick guide to the main components of your PC – and what to look out for if you decide to switch. read more

Do I Need a Sound Card?

Whether you are building a computer or buying a new desktop, you may ask yourself the question, “Do I Need a Sound Card?“. Generally, pretty much all motherboards these days have an on-board sound card. The on-board sound cards are usually pretty decent. So, you may wonder why anyone would purchase a separate sound card. Well, there are a few reasons why you may want a stand alone sound card.

Sound Quality is Much Better With a Sound Card

The most obvious reason is that a good, stand-alone sound card will provide much better quality than a built-in sound card. If you play any type of games on your PC, a good sound card will make the experience much better. You will really notice a difference when it comes to directional sounds as dedicated sound cards do a great job with these. Also, if you watch high quality video, a sound card is worth having. One other situation in which you may want a better sound card is if compose or even listen to a lot of music. If you are an audiophile, then a dedicated sound card is a must have. read more