Category Archives: Hardware

Tt eSPORTS Poseidon-Z Mechanical Keyboard Review

In this post, I aim to give an objective review of Thermaltake’s Poseidon-Z Illuminated brown switch keyboard. It is a “budget friendly” entry level mechanical keyboard. Since this post is intended for an audience that is currently shopping for a mechanical keyboard, I will assume you are familiar with what a mechanical keyboard is and… Read More »

The Art of the Sub $200 NAS Build

For decades building your own computer has been a central experience among computer enthusiasts. There’s an indescribable satisfaction that comes with picking out the parts and assembling them into a full computer all by yourself. That same satisfaction extends itself when people decide to build their own network attached storage (NAS) if they’re not simply repurposing… Read More »

Raspberry Pi + Plex = RasPlex

I’m going to share with you a little gem I discovered recently that relieved me of all my digital media player headaches. That gem is of course, RasPlex – a Linux based distribution that is optimized to run Plex client software on the Raspberry Pi, a single board computer. For the layman, this is more or… Read More »

How to Build a Budget NAS Machine

Intel build AMD build Other parts, operating systems, and more reading Bonus build A small bit on RAID The failure debate Conclusion Similar to how building your own computer can be cheaper, building (or repurposing) a network attached storage (NAS) can save you a few hundred dollars as well. A NAS machine, or a computer… Read More »

My Quest for a Quieter Cooler

Introduction Whether you have an Intel or an AMD processor the fact remains that most stock coolers suck (not just air). They come with low quality pre-applied thermal paste, they’re noisy, and often times they just don’t dissipate heat well enough. For these reasons, I decided to upgrade my cooler. It’s not an expensive upgrade… Read More »

Can the Raspberry Pi 2 be a HTPC?

After having flipped through several Linux and Raspberry Pi magazines, it became apparent to me that there is no shortage of things to do with a Pi. While certain projects approach what some might consider gimmicky (a portable briefcase retro gaming kit), others have recognizable utility that will only become more apparent with time, like a… Read More »

Building a PC: Blending Budget and Performance

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant Type Item Price CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $62.99 @ Amazon Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $45.98 @ OutletPC Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 750GB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $34.99… Read More »

Building your first PC: Do’s, don’ts, and did nots

Around this time last year, I decided to upgrade my PC. It had been 5 years since I got my first desktop for school, and I found that a lot of my parts were becoming outdated and did not interface with newer parts I wanted for upgrades. So I decided to build my desktop myself.… Read More »