According to reports released this month PC gaming was worth a whopping $36 billion in 2016, which means the trend that some CEOs once called “dead” is doing better than ever.
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A solid-state drive, or “SSD”, is much faster than a traditional hard disk drive (or “HDD”). SSDs have been around for awhile, but a new breed of SSD, called PCIe SSDs, are slowly starting to rise. But how are they different than normal SSDs?
With AAA titles like The Witcher III, Metal Gear Solid V, and Fallout 4 sweeping the game-of-the-year awards this month, you might be thinking it’s finally time you drop down some cash and upgrade that old hunk of junk currently wheezing its last breath underneath your desk.
Well fear not, because with our guide on how to build the best gaming PC in 2017, you’ll be hacking, slashing, and fragging your way through all the top titles in less time than it takes to say "60FPS".
After using the same DDR3 standard for eight years, RAM manufacturers everywhere have begun the process of rolling out their latest memory chips in the form of DDR4. But what benefits (if any) does DDR4 have over DDR3 in real-world applications, and are they worth the increased cost?
As consumers continue to shift their lives away from the desktop and onto their mobile devices, having an external hard drive that can you connect to without any cables is a convenient way to stash away photos, videos, and music you want to take with you on the road. But how do they work, and are they worth the increased cost over the more traditional external media solutions we’ve used until now?
Believe it or not, some of the best gaming PCs are under $1000. However, they face stiff competition from Microsoft and Sony, both who produce excellent gaming consoles for less than $500.
Thankfully, many of the top premade PC manufacturers have realized that in order to keep up with their living room competition, they must bring the cost of entry down to remain competitive. So, here are our picks for the 5 top gaming PCs under $1,000.
For years, pundits and publicist alike were chanting that PC gaming had finally met its match. That after years on top of the gaming world as the technologically superior option, consoles had finally caught up to the aging platform, and asserted their dominance as the go-to option for anyone who took their top score seriously.
Whenever anyone starts their search to find the best gaming PC 2017, the first thing they’ll do is try and compare whether or not it’s better to buy a pre built gaming PC, or simply build one themselves out of a hobgob of parts from Newegg or Amazon.
Right out of the gate; it’s not a secret that if you buy one of the best premade gaming computers rather than building one yourself, the price is going to be a bit higher. That said, costs have come down by quite a bit compared to when premade boxes, such as Alienware, first hit the scene. Why? Wholesale discounts and Chinese suppliers who have closed the gap between the DIY set and those who prefer to pay for everything to come in one plug-and-play package.
A few years back, Intel noticed that less and less people were as interested in buying desktop and tower PCs as they were during the roaring 90’s. As sales continued to decline for the dinosaurs of modern computing, the company decided to mix the best of both worlds up in a blender to see what came out the other side, and their new line of NUC computers are the result of that experiment.
So you’ve saved up for months but still can’t decide which kind of gaming rig is best for you? Do you need something that can stay with you wherever you go, or just want to get the most punch possible regardless of cost or portability?
If this conundrum has had you scratching your head for too long, check out our guide on the three main options available on the market today, and make the pick that’s right for you.
It seems going micro is all the rage these days. Custom PC builders continue to test the limits of how much power they can squeeze a small of a footprint.
You won’t find me complaining. Time and time again manufacturers like Origin, Northwest Falcon, and Digital Storm have proven that you don’t need to take up a lot of room to make a lot of boom. Now Velocity Micro is getting in the game. With an i7-4790K, 16GB of RAM, and a GTX 980 to boot, its new Raptor Z40 attempts to find the perfect compromise of price, size and power.
Starting at $1,099 ($2,699 as tested), the Raptor Z40 is Velocity Micro’s attempt to live up to the latter half of their namesake, without sacrificing the former. Will this compact computer prove the manufacturer has what it takes to battle in the increasingly competitive micro-PC battlefield?
With the Winter Steam Sale in full swing, there are a few questions that are fresh on the minds of PC gamers. What happened to the release of Steam OS? Why is Big Picture such an unstable mess? And when, if ever, will we see our first glimpse of Half Life 3?
This is what we get for depending on Valve to release a product on schedule.
First announced back in September of last year, Steam OS was on track to take the console industry by storm, closing the gulf that has existed between mid-range gaming PCs and their living room equivalents for too long.