GamersNexus has been a staple of our RSS feeds for more than a decade. The site has quickly become a must-read for anyone looking to build a PC, especially a gaming PC. And in addition to running that enterprise, Editor-in-Chief Steve Burke has more recently become a staple of our weekly viewing, too, as he helms GamersNexus’ equally popular YouTube channel.
It doesn’t take a lot of time to realize thatGamersNexus clearly shares a lot of DNA with the Orbital HQ. In every video, Burke and his team both inform and entertain, skimping neither on technical jargon nor opportunities to create useful Reddit memes. By now, GamersNexus videos have focused on everything from putting PCs from Walmart through genuine technical paces to emptying (literally, emptying) a tube of thermal paste on a poor CPU. You’ll learn useful info every time, even if it’s what new parts not to covet.
“I think we made it pretty clear in the video, but if someone is trying to build a PC and wonders, ‘Hmm, how do I apply thermal paste?” they type in ‘thermal paste,’ they click on this video, and then they watch five seconds and go, ‘Oh, I get it. I don’t need the rest of this tutorial,”‘ Burke told Ars in our recent Personal History interview. “Otherwise they’d have a pretty messy CPU socket, I think.” (Burke, by the way, suggests the best way to actually apply thermal paste is just by making a quick X. “It allows me to get CPUs up to 5GhZ, 6GhZ, no problem.”)
In our 25-minute chat above, Burke is generous with the liquid nitrogen, shares tips for making successful how-to videos, and fields troubleshooting questions on everything from all black wiring to handling dead bugs in the power supply. Come for the discussion of CPU fans, stay for learning why component jargon is the one true universal language.