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I built a $2000 custom gaming PC

How we built one and how you can, too<p>Building your own Windows desktop has many advantages over buying one pre-built. You can get parts suited exactly to your needs, which can also potentially lead to cost savings. You can get a customized look that’s unique to your PC. You don’t have to deal with …

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This homemade literary quote clock is the best way to recycle an old Kindle

Paper books aren’t the only kind you can recycle<p>Recycling old gadgets is always a good thing, and hardware hacker Jaap Meijers may have come up with the best use for an old Kindle yet: converting it into a clock that (fittingly) tells the time through literary quotations, via <i>Gizmodo</i>. And better …

How to take a picture of the moon that doesn’t look like a tiny, white blob

Taking a good picture of our little satellite pal is harder than it seems, but a little prep makes a big difference.<p>The moon is a photographic tease. It hangs up there in the sky, all big and bright. Then you try to take a picture of it and you get a pathetic white blob floating in a sea of digital …

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Philips Hue Sync coordinates your smart lights with your computer

Your lights can "dance" to the beat of the music or mimic the lighting on screen.<p>Earlier this year, Signify announced new integrations for its Philips Hue bulbs that included a Hue Sync app to automatically coordinate your lights with whatever you're doing on your computer. Now, the free Philips …

How to choose the best smart TV for your viewing habits

Weigh your options and make the right decision.<p>The right smart TV can vastly improve your home entertainment, filling your living room with on-demand content from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and other streaming companies. But choosing the perfect set for your viewing habits means deciding on the …

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How to find the best 4K TV for your space

Or, why HDR is a bigger deal than 4K.<p>There has never been a better time to buy a new TV. Huge 4K sets are cheaper and look finer than ever. Perhaps more important, there are finally a few new technologies that make upgrading from your old set worth it: HDR (high dynamic range) video and a wider …

17 Affordable Items for a Man’s Apartment from a Recent Walk Through Ikea

Outfit your place, save money, and no one will ever know you bought it from Ikea.Check out 17 Affordable Items for a Man’s Apartment from a Recent …

How To Find the Best LED Christmas Lights for Your Home

LED Christmas lights are here to stay. They offer the benefits of low energy consumption and no heat, but can you live with the color?<p>In 2006 the Capitol Christmas tree was adorned with 100 percent LED lights, and the following year the Christmas tree at New York's Rockefeller Center went LED. Yes, …

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We're all about simplicity and efficiency—especially when it comes to situations that can easily spiral into frustrating ordeals. Like traveling. …

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9 Closet Hacks That Will Help You Dress Better

Use these simple techniques to tame your wardrobe in 30 minutes or less.Check out 9 Closet Hacks That Will Help You Dress Better on Primer.

71 Home Interior Picks Under $500

Get a well-designed home you can be proud of – on a budget no one will believe.Check out 71 Home Interior Picks Under $500 on Primer.

8 Terrific Roof Top Tents That Make Camping a Breeze

Roof top tents assemble in seconds, which allow you more time around the campfire and less time fiddling with tent poles.<p>Roof top tents (sometimes just RTT) are more popular than ever, due to their convenience and an abundance of overlanders and adventure seeking campers. Securely attached to a …

Build a Washer and Dryer Platform to Add Storage and Save Your Back

There are many benefits to raising your laundry room appliances.<p>A simple platform to raise your washer and dryer off the ground is a simple project with plenty of rewards. You'll get a more stable surface that will reduce vibration, extra storage if you build in some drawers, and ergonomic benefits …

These Ingenious Window Inserts Will Slash Your Heating Bill

The Indow Window inserts can be installed in minutes, and the insulation improvement is significant.<p>On freezing cold winter days, my wife does this endearing thing where she walks around the house wearing a full-length parka with a big, furry hood. I ask her if she's going out. "Maybe," she says. …

A DIY Air Filter For Your Shop That Anyone Can Build

Improve your workshop and indoor air quality with this easy-to-make air filter.<p>Improving workshop air quality is a concern for everyone—who wants to breathe in all that sawdust? So anything we can do to remove dust and particulates from the air is a step in the right direction. This DIY air filter …

These Are the Most Expensive Car Brands to Maintain

It's not just what you pay to roll it off the lot. It's what you pay to keep it rolling, period.<p>YourMechanic.com has a great look at something everyone should consider when buying a car—how much it'll cost to maintain. The site, which specializes helping people find mechanics who can come to …

11 Ways To Upgrade Your Home for Under $100

Even tiny upgrades can have a big impact on your quality of living. Her are some of the best home improvements that can be done on a budget.<p>Home improvement projects don't have to stall when you are on a budget. There are plenty of upgrades you can do for under $100 that are worth every penny and …

12 Outdoor DIY Projects To Start Building Now

Warmer weather is here, so there's no time to waste. Get started on these spring DIY projects and enjoy them all summer long.<p>Spring is the perfect time to prepare your home for the hot summer months and start all of those DIY projects you put off during the winter. Some of our favorite spring …

Build This Stylish Tripod Camping Stool That Looks Great Anywhere

From the campsite to the park, this tripod stool slings over your shoulder and is at the ready for your next break.<p>Folding tripod stools are a dime a dozen, but these mass-produced pieces of metal tubing with a plastic canvas seat are throwaway products with no soul. You can build your own stools …

Secret DIY Gun Compartment Hides Behind a Mirror

Gun safes are great for securing firearms, but not so great when you need quick access. This gun compartment doubles as a living room mirror, which hides them in plain sight.<p>Home firearm storage mostly consists of safes and ugly cabinets. This DIY secret gun compartment doubles as a living room …

How to Make Stainless Steel House Numbers That Your Neighbors Will Envy

Instead of settling for store bought numbers you can make your own modern numbers using stainless steel screws.<p>House numbers can be a great design element for the front of your home, as long as you don't get too cute so they remain legible for EMS, fire trucks, and FedEX. Fortunately, these bold …

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How to Hide a Hanging TV's Unsightly Wires for Less than $15

Tuck those ugly cables and wires behind your wall for a cleaner look.<p>After spending big money on your beautiful new television and hanging it on the wall, you don't want loose cords and cables ruining the aesthetic. Luckily, there's simple fix that just about anyone can do, and it's dirt cheap to …

10 Secrets to Saving Even More Money at IKEA

It's known as the cheapest furniture store in the biz — but you should still shop with a strategy.<p>Swedish meatballs! RASKOG carts! Crazy-cheap picture frames you didn't even know you needed! It's easy to get swept up in the excitement of IKEA and fill your cart with 264 things you hadn't planned on …

12 Packing Tips That Will Change Your Life

HGTV star David Bromstad helps us break them down.<p>Whether you're going home for the holidays or taking a much-needed vacation, there is travel—and thus the <i>ever-daunting</i> task of packing—in your future.<p>Because every last inch of suitcase real estate counts, and you don't want to wrinkle your …

Good Luck Trying to Fold a Paper Airplane As Rad as This Airbus A380

When was the last time you saw a paper airplane with seats?<p>You can fold some pretty impressive and sophisticated paper airplanes out of a single sheet of paper, but once you get some cardstock and a razor blade involved, you've opened up a whole new world of complexity. That's what paper plane …

Strange Transforming Gate Is As Awesome As It Is Useless

That's probably not going to keep anyone out.<p>Sometimes you don't want a big, nasty, iron-barred gat on your shed or garage. I get it. They're ugly! So why not pick out an alternative like this nifty transforming gate with hinges along the middle? Maybe because it's worse than useless.<p>Sure, gates …

How To Get the Best Rental Car Every Time

When traveling, what you drive matters just as much as where you sleep at night.<p>Consider this: Whenever you plan a trip, you spend hours poring over the details. The right hotel location and amenities. Which airline to fly. Restaurants, excursions, nightlife. Yet after you've done all of that, you …