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Understanding Cache, latency and bandwidth

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Building a fast system I have been asked on numerous occasions from the people who buy a new computer that they just want a fast computer. Over the years, I have always struggled with the terms of what exactly makes … Continue reading

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Windows 7 Tips and Tweaks

Introduction Hi everybody, now that Windows 7 is becoming the platform of choice, and becoming a lot more mature etc. I would like to know of any cool tweaks / adjustments tricks that you do to your systems to get … Continue reading

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How to make a USB drive bootable

The following steps is required to make a USB drive a bootable drive and to copy a DVD / CD image on to it.  This is useful if you want to create a USB drive which you can use to … Continue reading

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Breaking the mythical 3GB barrier using 8 OCZ Vertex 3 and a RocketRaid 2720SGL card

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Introduction Friday morning, phone rang. “Skoups, we have a serious problem, we need speed and we need it now! The budget is between R20,000 and R25,000 (about $2000 to $2500) and we need the PC by Sunday latest.” My first … Continue reading

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Skoups wooden PC case build

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Introduction Despite recommending and reviewing several high-end cases for clients and friends, I have never really invested a lot of money or time in my own personal case. It has been several years since I even had something resembling a … Continue reading

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18TB SQL and File Server

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Introduction The following build was commissioned for running SQL as well as to act as an office’s main file server. Access to the SQL programs is via remote desktop whereas file serving is over the network. The brief for this … Continue reading

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Networking a house

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Ver2.1 I was recently asked to comment on designing and building a home network.  Most of the articles you will find on the internet originate from America and tend to favor either multi-million rand properties, or wooden cabins, neither which … Continue reading

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RAID

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Introduction Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, better known as RAID has been in existence for several years. The reasons why most people would consider using RAID is that they need faster data transfer speed from the drives, require redundancy, need … Continue reading

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Asus Sabertooth meet Seagate Cheetahs

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ASUS Sabertooth, X58, i7-950, SAS Cheetahs and SSD Nova The following build was commissioned for the purpose of doing video editing. The system will be used in a production environment with stability, uptime and performance being vital. The end users … Continue reading

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Rampage III Gene, i7-950@4Ghz and a GTX470 build

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The following is a build done with the requirement that the PC should be capable to last for, and play games for at least 3 to 4 years.  The system should be stable, and the end user doesn’t want to … Continue reading

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