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the red hill guide

a gentle introduction

for the intelligent non-technician

20years on the web

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HARD DRIVES: How to choose them, and why it matters.

‘Hard drive performance has more effect on overall system performance than any other single factor.’

The CPU: Dogs, duds, and darn good ones.

A history of X86 CPUs, with particular attention to what really matters: price-performance.

The main board: The most critical part of your PC:

‘If you want to see how your favourite PC maker measures up, look at their motherboards. It is probably the easiest place to skimp on quality to save a few bucks.‘

Other stuff: Random notes from the workshop.
Glossary: Hardware terms explained in English.
Prices: How to buy from Red Hill.