Category Archives: Building

Comparison list of various laptops and PCs

Updated for 2024 Random PCs and laptops I have used in the past for work and play: Dell Latitude 7490 Lenovo Legion 7 16″ WQXGA IPS, 500nits, 165Hz – AMD 5800H 3070 1TB SSD 16GB Ram Lenovo LOQ (16″ AMD) with RTX 4050 MSI Codex R Gaming Desktop (Dec 2023) Specifics: MSI MAG FORGE 100R Case Intel i5-13400F 10-Core (6P+4E) / 16-Thread Processor ARGB Fan CPU Air Cooler MSI PRO B760-VC WIFI Intel B760 ATX Motherboard 16GB (2x8GB) DDR5 5200MHz

Cloning HDD OS to new SSD

Upgrading from a HDD to a SSD (or from slow SSD to fast SSD) is one of the most effective options for increasing PC/laptop/Mac performance. However, one of the most common questions I hear is how to preserve the existing OS and data from the old drive, or how to make sure a new OS install goes well. Here are some options: Windows cloning/restore options: Clone from the existing drive to the new drive I really like True Image 2016, but

Lenovo X220 (X230, X240) disassembly & SSD upgrade guide

Please find below photos showing Lenovo ThinkPad X220 disassembly and mSATA SSD upgrade. WiFi is also easily upgradeable (make sure to get whitelisted card or modified BIOS) Lastly, 2.5″ SSD is upgradeable without even opening up the case 😉 NOTE: I recommend the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD for the mSATA SSD. This drive costs < $90 at Amazon with free shipping. For the 2.5″ drive I recommend a larger SSD like the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB which is roughly $160 on Amazon.

Yoga 2 Pro SSD Upgrade [HOWTO]

Please see photos below, with these simple steps you can upgrade to a faster and higher-capacity mSATA drive. NOTE: I used a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD for the upgrade. This drive costs < $90 at Amazon with free shipping. Performance has been exceptional and the 500GB and 1TB drives also work well with the Yoga 2 Pro. 🙂 TIP: Click any photo for a larger view.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 14″ SSD & RAM upgrade [photos]

NEW UPDATE: all photos are now posted at the bottom of the page! My top upgrade recommendation for the Y700 is up the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD. The upgrade is easy and the performance is EXCELLENT 🙂 Notes: -There are no screws under the rubber feet, do not take them off 🙂 +RAM is Samsung M471A1G43DB0-CPB 8GB PC4-17000R DDR3-2133 2Rx8 SODIMM Laptop Memory -m.2 slot does not come with a screw for securing a new m.2 SSD +Once bottom cover is off, HDD

Building my new gaming PC

I built this bad boy gaming PC to play Battlefront with my friend Kevin. It has a i5-2500K CPU and a GTX 960 video card, 512GB SSD and 16GB of RAM. This was a photo taken in the garage while I was building the PC. It was using a super old temporary power supply without the video card being fully powered. Since then I have upgraded to a much nicer PSU. The cooler is recycled as is as many components