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February 13, 2015

Review: MSI Z97 Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Motherboard

All Around sub-$200 Gaming Motherboard

For those who’ve been closely following the Z97 launch these past couple weeks, you’ll know that it hasn’t been anywhere near the smoothest chipset launch in Intel history. Despite Intel’s NDA set for May 11, we’ve literally known practically everything about Z97 for months and almost every motherboard maker has been either leaking their own products or breaking some sort of NDA to get their products some early media coverage.

With Intel’s NDA now expired and Z97 chipset based motherboards now rolling out at major retailers (with Intel’s new Haswell Refresh CPUs following suit), today [...]

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January 3, 2014

Review: ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini-ITX Motherboard

High Performance in a Bite Sized Package

With Intel’s focus shifting towards power efficiency rather than maximum performance at all costs, it’s becoming increasingly unnecessary for gamers and enthusiasts to purchase bulky and cumbersome giant cases with giant motherboards with tons of cooling capacity. This is why over the past couple generations of Intel CPUs, a number of motherboard manufacturers have begun embracing the mITX formfactor, which has traditionally been reserved for low power systems.

With that said, today we’ll be reviewing out the ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard, which as you may expect is a mITX formfactor motherboard based off [...]

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February 13, 2015

Best Gaming/Streaming/Recording PC Build Under $2,000 [March 2013]

Build an Awesome Livestreaming PC to Show Off Your 1337 Gaming Skills!

Live game streaming and pre-recorded game compilation videos have become extremely popular these days with the massive explosion of video streaming services such as YouTube and, so this month’s build will be focused on a reasonably priced gaming computer that can handle game streaming, game recording, video editing, and of course 1080p gaming as well.

Care to check out what we’ve come up with? Let’s find out!

Gaming/Streaming/Recording Computer Build Component Summary – Budget: $2,000 CPU Intel Core i7-3770K $321 Motherboard Gigabyte [...]
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August 30, 2012

Kingston Technology Makes HyperX red a Permanent Addition to Product Line

Press Release Demand Grows After Success as Limited Edition Offering Aggressive Red Heatspreader, High Performance, Affordably Priced

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced HyperX® red memory as a permanent addition to the entry-level, high performance HyperX blu product line. The vibrant red colored heatspreaders allow greater heat dissipation to help maintain optimal system performance. HyperX red is for entry-level gamers, system builders, PC modders and mainstream consumers looking for stylish, high-performance memory upgrades at reasonable prices.

HyperX red is Intel® XMP ready and is available in [...]

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August 16, 2012

Kingston Launches the HyperX Predator, Goes Extra Aggressive on the Heatspreaders

Press Release

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the launch of the new Kingston® HyperX® Predator. The new high-performance DRAM module complements the HyperX product range with the fastest speeds, lowest latencies and highest capacities. HyperX Predator is aimed at extreme enthusiasts and overclockers looking to push their systems to the maximum with the fastest speeds and highest performance hardware.

With its new heatspreader, HyperX Predator offers a more aggressive design, which accompanies the look and design of the latest PC hardware, and provides great heat dissipation to optimize memory [...]

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August 12, 2012

Raidmax Agusta Case Review

Designed by Earth Federation Forces

Most computer cases these days follow a fairly standard formula. They are often rectangular in shape with the interior housing the the power supply mount at the bottom, the motherboard tray in the center, and the tower of drive bays to the right side. Some cases deviates from this style a little, but they’re often subtle changes in appearance.

Since there’s little deviation from this tried and true layout, when Raidmax announced the Agusta a couple months back, I was really interested in seeing what they had to offer. Unlike many cases on the market, the Agusta has two unorthodox design features that make it quite [...]

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August 19, 2017

Best Ivy Bridge Gaming PC Build Under $1,200 or $1,300 [July 2012]

As most of you may expect, I typically get a couple requests a month asking about computer builds. Whether it be if a certain one is good, a certain one isn’t, or simply a request for a PC to fit within a certain budget, I get them. So, today I’ll be sharing the best gaming PC build that I think falls under probably one of the most requested computer builds out there – the gaming PC/computer build around or under $1,200-$1,300.


Budget: $1,200 – $1,300


CPU – Intel Core i5 3570k

For our Ivy Bridge gaming computer, we’re going with Intel’s Core i5 3570K. Equipped with excellent performance, [...]

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June 23, 2012

SilverStone Grandia GD08 HTPC Case Review

Nothing Quite Like It…

Home theater PCs have always been a popular niche PC and it’s not difficult to understand the appeal of having one. Imagine a typical AV stack these days. You’ve got your AV receiver, you’ve got your DVD/Blu-Ray player, you’ve got your cable/satellite box, maybe a separate PVR unit, a game console or two, and maybe even a hard drive or two with a media player device. That’s a lot of stuff.

Now if you think about it, with the exception of the AV receiver and maybe the cable/satellite box, a typical PC can do all of that and more – given that the proper hardware is purchased. That said, one thing about PCs is [...]

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July 30, 2012

OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD Review

Back to Indilinx for a New Vertex

OCZ’s Vertex series have always been OCZ’s most popular high performance consumer grade SSDs. First introduced in 2009, the original Vertex shook the storage industry by becoming one of the most popular SSDs on the market. Being the first SSD to introduce the Indilinx Barefoot controller, OCZ surprised the market when it demonstrated that SSDs did indeed have a brilliant future. While riding the wave of the Vertex’s success, OCZ then introduced the Vertex 2. Featuring the then relatively new Sandforce controller, OCZ proved that with newer technology, faster, more affordable SSDs were possible. By now, practically everyone had [...]

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June 2, 2012

Affiliate Reviews Roundup – June 2, 2012

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How NVIDIA GeForce GRID Will Change Video Games @ Benchmark Reviews

G-Cube V-Track 310 Wireless Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews

Cooler Master ARC Macbook and iPad Stand @ Benchmark Reviews

CoreRise Comay Venus Pro 3 SSD @ Benchmark Reviews

Icron USB Ranger 2211 Range Extender @ Benchmark Reviews

Cooler Master ARC Macbook and iPad Stand @ Benchmark Reviews

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OCZ Releases Agility 4 SSD at Record Low SSD Prices For a New Release @The SSD Review

Comay Venus Pro 3 240GB SSD Review @The SSD Review

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