"Credit score business Equifax revealed Thursday that 143 million people were compromised in a cyber attack. Social security numbers and other personally identifying information were accessed."
I would honestly keep an eye on my credit report after acknowledging this cyber attack. It's interesting how highly private data can be easily obtained by criminals these days. Security comes first! Specially when running a huge business. IT budgets need to be considered and even reconsidered. A constant yearly increase in the IT budget of a company is key to surviving and keeping your data secure, that will also definitely boost overall business production.
A group of hardware enthusiasts with Gigabyte recently demonstrated the potential of Intel’s X299 platform as it relates to overclocking. At Computex, Gigabyte hosted an X299 OC gathering that brought together nearly half a dozen of the world’s top enthusiasts including the company’s own senior overclocker, HiCookie.
Utilizing liquid helium at -250° Celsius, the team was able to push Intel’sCore i7-7740K CPUto 7,500MHz (multiplier of 75 and a bus speed of 100MHz) on a Gigabyte X299-SOC Champion motherboard. A 16GB kit of Corsair Vengeance LPX 4,333MHz memory was also used, as was a Corsair AX 1500i power supply.
The Power of Ryzen!
After years of anticipating their release, it’s hard for me to believe that AMD’s Zen-based Ryzen CPUs only arrived a month ago. Frankly, I’ve never seen so much drama unfold so quickly in the tech community — what an exciting time to be a PC enthusiast!
As we begin to recover from the roller coaster ride that was Ryzen 7, we now have Ryzen 5 to address. Getting the ball rolling, AMD has announced four models in its more affordable series, including a pair of six-core CPUs as well as two quad-core models.
The 1600X is configured similarly to the Core i7-6800K and stands as the flagship of AMD’s Ryzen 5 family, boasting six cores and 12 threads with a base clock frequency of 3.6GHz and a boost speed of up to 4GHz. Like all Ryzen CPUs, the 1600X is unlocked, but we wouldn’t necessarily expect to squeeze much more out of the stock settings given what we’ve seen from Ryzen 7.
AMD actually announced four Ryzen 5 CPUs last month. Two of them are quad-cores with SMT (simultaneous multithreading): The $169 Ryzen 5 1400 and the $189 Ryzen 5 1500X. The last two are six-core chips with SMT: The $219 Ryzen 5 1600 and the $249 Ryzen 5 1600X.
In conclusion, buy it! Performs better while costs significantly less, close to half off. In addition, the reviews and benchmarks we are seeing are just impressive.
You should also check out the Benchmark against the new Intel i5 7th Gen:
Super fast build, I was even able to run Overwatch game on low graphics and it wasn't bad at all. I can run Photoshop very smoothly as well.
Specifications are as follows:
7th Generation Intel i5-7500
Gigabyte H270M-D3H with latest Intel chipset
Fractal Design Case
EVGA 400w Power Supply Unit
120GB PNY Solid State Drive
4GB DDR4 2133 Memory
Make sure you pick the latest parts. The first and main component we'll look at is the Processor (CPU). The most expensive part. As of now, Intel makes the best ones out there. AMD can be a choice in the near future.
i3, i5 or an i7 the latest 6th generation Intel chip is super fast and very capable. Having an i3 with a decent Video Card will allow you to play almost any game on high video settings if that's the power you need. You can always spend the extra money and go for an i5; faster for single and multitasking processing power. i7 would be for a lot of multi-core usage. Prices go for $110,$210, and $320 respectively.
After picking a 6th generation CPU, we now know its socket type is LGA 1151. This means we need to look for an Intel Motherboard supporting that socket. Preferably the latest chipset which would be the Z170, H170, or Q170. I personally have been using Gigabyte motherboards for a while and it has proven great reliability and performance. A good priced one would currently be the GA-H170M-D3H for $90. If your budget allows you, the GA-Z170X-Gaming 6 would be a great option too.
Most users don't realize how much faster a computer would be with a Solid State Drive. A nice setup for every user would be a 120 GB SSD for the Operating System + Programs and another traditional Hard Disk (1TB goes for about $45). This will allow setting up scheduled backups to make sure all your data is always backed up. Note: SSD's are very cheap now.
A Memory module should be DDR4 with 2133 or 2400 MT/s. 4 GB or 8 GB would be a good start, you can always easily add more later.
You don't need to buy a Video card since now it comes integrated with the CPU, unless you plan on Gaming/Designing or Video Editing. There is a link that compares updated Graphics Card benchmarks. A decent one goes between $100 to $160. Depends on how heavy the system will be on the GPU (Graphical Processing Unit).
If you haven't picked up a Video Card a 400 Watt Power Supply would be good enough. Corsair, Antec and EVGA makes good priced power supplies. 600+ Watt would be if you have a video card. You can always Google search "PSU Calculator" and find out how much Watts will your System consume.
After Having the main components of a computer, you can now shop for a Case and CD-Drive. There are plenty of cases out there, just make sure you get the proper size, depending if you are going with a video card or not. ATX should be the size you are looking for.
Let us now if you have any questions.
A lot of I.T gurus agree that Linux is the most powerful Operating System out there. Linux is used by lots of big companies for its reliability, security and almost limitless power.
My favorite distro for browsing, simplicity and basic learning would be Linux Mint. You can really achieve almost anything on it. I recommend reading an article that will guide you with the Linux basics or terminal commands.
Gparted - Used to partition hard drives
Kali Linux (Penetration Testing, requires some practice and reading)
EasyRE (Great tool to fix boot issues with Windows, had great success with it)
Parted Magic (Awesome all in one Linux distro that includes Partitioning, Cloning, Rescue, and Erasing)
VMWare vSphere Hypervisor (Best Virtualization solution for servers/workstations out there. Offers free license!)
I'll be adding more useful distributions soon!
Follow the steps below on how to use CloneZilla to clone your old hard drive to a new Solid State Drive for a significant performance boost.
You will need a USB flash drive (1 GB is more than enough) and a way to connect your SSD. Basically you need to have both drives connected to the same computer. Another necessity if you are using a laptop for this process would be an adapter like this one here. It enables you to connect the SSD to your PC. If you have a desktop computer, you don't need this adapter. You can use the SATA cable that's being used to connect your CD Drive to the motherboard. Don't forget the power source connector from the power supply.
Software and downloads required:
CloneZilla (From CloneZilla pick the file type to be ISO.)
1. Start Universal USB Installer
2. Select the Linux Distribution to be CloneZilla, then select the downloaded ISO file.
3. Select your USB drive (Everything on it will be erased, backup your USB if you need to)
4. Connect the USB to the desired computer after shutting it down. Now we need to access the Boot Menu or BIOS on the device. To do so, you need to Google lookup your laptop model/make with the keyword "Boot Menu boot key" or if you are using a custom build PC, you need to look up the motherboards model/manufacturer. You should be able to find it, let us know if you don't!
5. Once at the Boot Menu select the only USB flash drive connected. Usually has the name of the USB drive manufacturer.
7. Now you have a cloned SSD, all you have to do is replace it and start up the computer.
You can lookup the model with the keyword "replace hard drive" using Google or YouTube. I'm sure you will find plenty of videos and how-to's specific to your system.
Everything will be exactly the same except your PC will run FIVE times faster! Windows is constantly reading from the hard drive to run the operating system, everything you see on the monitor is being accessed from the hard drive. SSD average read speeds are about 550 MB per second opposed to the old HDD which runs about 100 MB/s.
We all run into difficulties we face in the I.T world, let us know if you have any questions. I'll be more than happy to troubleshoot.