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How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Five: Tweaking Your New Computer

Now that we've put our computer together, setup the BIOS, and installed Windows, it's time to get down to the business of tweaking our new computer. In the final installment of this series, I'm going to cover the basic configuration and software tweaks that you should use to keep your computer safe, secure, and running at peak performance, and a few tweaks to make Vista easier to use.

How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Three: Getting the BIOS Ready

So you've picked out the parts you want, and put the computer together... so now we need to power it on and start setting things up. Sure, you could drop your install cd in the drive, but you'll have better luck if you check a few BIOS settings and run some tests first, both of which we'll cover here.