Brad ChacosSenior Editor, PCWorld

Brad Chacos spends his days digging through desktop PCs and tweeting too much. He covers gaming and graphics for PCWorld, and spends his mornings running the news desk for PCWorld, Macworld, Greenbot, and TechHive.

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Don't panic about the new 'Prime' Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits

Researchers discovered new ways to trigger Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits, but existing software patches offer protection.

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Intel's latest graphics drivers can automatically optimize your games to play their best

Intel's new drivers add a game optimization feature to take some of the headache out of playing on integrated graphics.

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Ryzen CPUs explained: Everything you need to know about AMD's disruptive multicore chips

Here's everything you need to know about AMD Ryzen CPU prices, speeds, motherboards, and more, including Ryzen APUs and new X400-series motherboards.

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How to find your motherboard's Spectre CPU fix

Finding and installing Spectre CPU firmware updates for DIY PCs is complicated and involves updating your motherboard BIOS. Here's how.

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AMD Ryzen motherboards explained: The crucial differences in every AM4 chipset

Don't buy an AM4 motherboard for your AMD Ryzen processor until you read this.

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HP Omen 15 (2017) review: A good laptop that made some bad decisions

The 2017 HP Omen 15 is a strong all-around gaming laptop option, but choose your configuration carefully.

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How to protect your PC from the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws

Here's how keep your computer safe from the nasty Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws. The patches are coming fast and furious!

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Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the critical CPU flaws affect PCs and Macs

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs are very serious, and the fixes can create serious slowdowns in PCs, Macs, and other devices. Here's everything you need to know.

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How to check your PC's CPU temperature

Is your PC's processor too hot? Here's how to monitor your computer's CPU temperature, and lower it if needed.

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Graphics card prices are ludicrous. Here's how to keep gaming in the coin mining era

Virtually all graphics cards are selling for twice their suggested price—when you can find them—thanks to voracious coin miners. Here's how to keep gaming during these dystopian times.

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The best SSDs of 2018

The best SSDs can supercharge your PC. We review our picks for the best SSDs, and what to look for in an SSD.

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The $799 Surface Laptop makes Microsoft's sleek MacBook Air rival more affordable

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2 models slash starting prices by hundreds of dollars.

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How to build a PC: A step-by-step guide

Wondering how to build a PC? Our comprehensive guide can help you through the entire process, from installing the CPU and the Windows operating system, to proper cable management.

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How to build a powerful, portable mini-ITX Ryzen gaming PC

Here's how to build a powerful, 6-core mini-ITX Ryzen gaming PC that you can tuck under your arm for a LAN party.

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Don't build a gaming PC right now. Buying one premade can save you hundreds of dollars

It's much cheaper to buy a premade gaming PC than building your own computer, thanks to surging memory and graphics card prices.