Recently, Creative has announced their latest soundcard aimed at audiophiles and music enthusiasts. Priced at a rather expensive $300, the new Sound BlasterX AE-9 packs some unique, ultrapremium features including an DAC, removable opamps, breakout box, and a dedicated power supply which will help reduce the pesky digital interference and white noise emitted from your system’s electronics.
Powering the Sound BlasterX AE-9 is Creative’s staple sound chip, the Sound Core 3D audio processor. In addition to this, it also features replaceable operational amps which can be swapped out depending on the end user’s audio preferences. According to Creative, the [...]
Welcome to our Best Gaming Workstation PC Build Under $2,000 build guide! In this article, we’ll be showing you all the components you’ll need to put together a workstation that can not only handle serious work, but also play as well.
The gaming workstation build today will be focused building an excellent gaming PC that can handle games on large, high resolution monitors such as 1440p, 1600p and 4K as well as handle workstation productivity applications such as photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling, video encoding, CADD, and more. This build today will have a budget of $2,000 and have a focus of creating a top notch gaming workstation build [...]
At E3 2017, Creative launched a new gamer oriented internal soundcard, the Sound Blaster X AE-5.
As with all of Creative’s new sound products, at the heart of the Sound Blaster X AE-5 is Creative’s quad-core Sound Core 3D audio DSP. The Sound Core 3D chip is then paired with a Sabre 32 Ultra DAC making it capable of delivering up to 32-bit, 384kHz playback with a 122dB DNR (Dynamic Range). The Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 is also the first soundcard to feature dedicated amplifiers for each headphone audio channel. This allows the Sound BlasterX AE-5 to support even ultra high end audiophile headphones with an impedance of 600Ω.
To ensure top sound [...]
Last year, I reviewed the Creative Roar 2 portable wireless speaker which has quickly become my favorite Bluetooth speaker of all time. Along with great sound quality, the Creative Roar 2 is portable, has a long battery life, is an extremely good looking speaker, and is a good value for the price. Since then, Creative has released the next generation of their Roar speakers, the first of which is the Creative iRoar launched early last year.
Following up on the iRoar, Creative also launched a miniaturized version of the iRoar, creatively titled the Creative iRoar Go. The new Creative iRoar Go promises the same powerful [...]
Welcome to Custom PC Review’s Best Gaming PC Builds! If you’re looking to build a new computer to play all the latest games, but you’re unsure of what parts to buy to create the optimal build at a certain price-point, we’re here to help.
Below you’ll find four builds sorted by budget of what we think will help create the best and most powerful gaming PCs for the price. Each piece of hardware in each build is hand-picked by our staff through consideration of a multitude of criteria such as price, performance, reliability, and cost. Furthermore, hardware recommend for our builds all have either been reviewed by us or is well known and highly [...]
Welcome to our Best Gaming Workstation PC Build Under $1,500 build guide! In this article, we’ll be showing you all the components you’ll need to put together a workstation that can not only handle serious work, but also play as well.
This gaming workstation build today will be focused on building a PC that can comfortably handle games at 1080p or 1440p as well as handle workstation duties such as photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling, video encoding, CADD and more. For this build, we’ve set a budget of $1,500 to create an excellent gaming workstation build that’s not only fast, powerful and quiet, but also within budget as [...]
Late last year, we put together a $1,200 custom gaming PC build which was very popular among the readers, but with new hardware releases over the past few months, we decided to once again put together a new build with the latest components. Our goal for this month’s build is once again put together a system with the greatest amount of performance for running all the latest games at mid to high settings at 1080P, 1440P, or 1600P without compromising style or going overbudget.
Let’s take a look at how we did!
Best Gaming Computer Build Component Summary – Budget: $1,200 CPU Intel Core [...]
Lately, we’ve had quite a few readers ask about 4K and VR gaming builds and honestly we’re not that surprised. With PC hardware powerful enough to support VR coming down in price, VR headsets now readily available for purchase, and more importantly a ton of awesome awesome VR games available and on the way, VR gaming has seen quite a bit of growth this year and it’s projected to grow exponentially in the next few years as well. Similarly, 4K gaming has seen some massive growth as well especially as prices on 4K monitors have gone down quite a bit in price over the past year with a number of monitors such as [...]
One of the most popular builds on our site is the gaming workstation, a hybrid build that’s both great at games yet also is able to pull double duty for workstation activities such as video editing, photoshopping, and even 3D modeling. This makes sense as computers are so versatile that it only makes sense to have a single PC that’s capable of not only playing games, but for doing work as well.
Our budget this month is $1,500 which means we’ll have a relatively high end build although it’s not quite as high end as your maxed out $2,500 build. That said, this build should easily play all your games at the highest [...]
With summer ending quickly, fall just around the corner and along with it the biggest game releases of the year, gamers are looking to upgrade or build an entirely new Gaming PC that can easily run their games without a hiccup. This month, we’ve put together a Mid-Range Gaming PC for $1,200 which will include everything you need to play the latest and greatest games coming out this season.
Let’s take a look at how we did!
Best Gaming PC Build Component Summary – Budget: $1,200 CPU Intel Core i5-6600K Motherboard MSI Z170 SLI-PLUS Memory Patriot Viper 4 16GB (2x8GB) [...]