Maximum PC - Features http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/31/feed en Black Friday Deals 2014 Round Up http://www.maximumpc.com/black_friday_ads_2014_round <!--paging_filter--><p>We love this time of the year, as it affords us an excuse to stuff mounds of moist turkey and other delicious fixings down our gullets (while only feeling semi-guilty about it), houses and neighborhoods are dressed up with decorative lights and lawn ornaments, kids are suddenly on their best behavior in hopes of earning heaps of toys, and the sales -- oh, the sales!</p> <p>It starts with <strong>Black Friday</strong> and continues with Cyber Monday. If you're like us, you don't have any intention of heading into the city on Black Friday only be shoved, stepped on, and perhaps even <a href="http://youtu.be/oHulRDk__ko?t=31s" target="_blank">punched in the jejunum</a> by rapid shoppers making a mad dash toward the electronics section to score a discount on what little stock might be available. Why go through all that nonsense when you can shop deals from home?</p> <p><em>Note: We focused mostly on PC hardware deals. For more gadget-oriented deals, visit our sister site TechRadar for more&nbsp;<a title="black friday" href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/black-friday-deals-1272737" target="_blank">Black Friday</a> and&nbsp;<a title="Cyber Monday" href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/cyber-monday-deals-1272798" target="_blank">Cyber Monday</a>&nbsp;deals.</em></p> <p><img src="/files/u69/blackfriday_2014.jpg" alt="Black Friday 2014" title="Black Friday 2014" width="620" height="412" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Original Image Credit: Flickr (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettneilson/5194974009" target="_blank">Brett Neilson</a>)</span></p> <p>As we've done for the past several years, we're scouring the web for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on PC parts and other electronics we think might be of interest. Just scroll to the category that interests you and click your way through to an awesome deal on that upgrade you've been waiting to make.</p> <p>The format will be the same as last year -- Black Friday deals will be labeled with "(BF)" next to the link and we'll tag Cyber Monday deals with "(CM)" in the same manner. As deals expire, we'll cross them out but leave them clickable (it never hurts to double check, right?).</p> <p>For the most part, we'll focus on deals that don't require a mail-in-rebate, though we won't omit them entirely. The ones we include will have an asterisk next to them.</p> <p>Finally, we will be continually updating our list of links, so check back often, especially as some deals have a tendency to sell out fast. Also, if you know of a deal that should be included, feel free to share it in the comments section below.</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/amazon_box_3.jpg" alt="Amazon Box" title="Amazon Box" width="620" height="414" /></p> <p>We're giving Amazon it's own category because from Monday, November 24 through Black Friday weekend, the online retailer will be running new deals as often as every 10 minutes. Prices will be valid at select times and while supplies last.</p> <p>You'll find these deals at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/blackfriday?tag=mpcedit-20" target="_blank">www.amazon.com/blackfriday</a>.</p> <h3>CPU/Processors</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/haswell_0.jpg" alt="Haswell" title="Haswell" width="620" height="448" /></p> <p>AMD FX-6350 Vishera 6-Core 3.9GHZ Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113327&amp;Tpk=19-113-327?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$110, Newegg (BF)</a><br />AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113285&amp;Tpk=19-113-285?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$120, Newegg (BF)</a><br />AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4GHz (4.2GHZ Turbo) AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284&amp;Tpk=19-113-284?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$150, Newegg (BF)</a><br />AMD FX-8370 Vishera 8-Core 4GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113374&amp;Tpk=19-113-374?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$170, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i7 4790 Haswell 3.6GHz Quad Core: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116987&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-ProcessorsDesktops-_-19116987-S1A1A" target="_blank">$289 (coupon code: EMCWWHF22), Newegg (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i5 4430 Haswell 3.0GHz Quad Core: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116895&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-ProcessorsDesktops-_-19116895-S1A1B" target="_blank">$175 (coupon code: EMCWWHF23), Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>RAM and Digital Media</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/corsair_vengeance_3.jpg" alt="Corsair Vengeance" title="Corsair Vengeance" width="620" height="414" /></p> <p>Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226337" target="_blank">$152, Newegg (BF)</a><br />GeIL Evo Veloce Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144615" target="_blank">$125, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Adata XPG V1.0 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211861&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$80, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Adata XPG V2 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2400: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211772&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$76, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Kingston 4GB DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239312&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$40, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226394&amp;cm_re=mushkin_enhanced_blackline_16gb-_-20-226-394-_-Product" target="_blank">$119, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180&amp;Tpk=20-233-180&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$73, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233538&amp;Tpk=20-233-538&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$140, Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>Storage</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/pny_optima_480gb.jpg" alt="PNY Optima 480GB SSD" title="PNY Optima 480GB SSD" width="620" height="386" /></p> <p>Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Black: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178435&amp;Tpk=22-178-435?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Red: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178438&amp;Tpk=22-178-438?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Blue: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178437&amp;Tpk=22-178-437?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Silver: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178436&amp;Tpk=22-178-436?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB 64MB Cache, SATA 6Gbps, 3.5-inch Hard Drive: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236604&amp;Tpk=22-236-604?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$130, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178501&amp;Tpk=22-178-501&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$145, Newegg (BF)</a><br />WD Elements 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236807&amp;Tpk=22-236-807&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$111, Newegg (BF)</a><br />PNY Optima 480GB SSD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178742&amp;Tpk=20-178-742&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$160 (after $20 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a></p> <p><em>Click the next page for graphics cards, motherboards, PSU deals, and more!</em></p> <hr /> <h3>Video Cards</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_front.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980" width="620" height="280" /></p> <p>Sapphire Tri-X OC Radeon R9 290: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202080&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$270 ($250 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127773&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$330 ($300 after $30 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />MSI Radeon R9 270X R9 270X Gaming: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127761&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$160 ($140 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />MSI Radeon R9 280 Gaming 3G: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127789" target="_blank">$185 ($155 after $30 MIR), Newegg (BF)*<br /></a>MSI R9 270X Gaming: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127794" target="_blank">$150 ($130 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte G-Sync Support GeForce GTX 750: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125510&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$105 ($90 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127789" target="_blank"><br /></a>EVGA G-Sync GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified Kingpin Edition: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487037&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-DesktopGraphicsCards-_-14487037-S1A5D" target="_blank">$520 ($490 after $30 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a></p> <h3>Motherboards</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/asus_x99-deluxe.jpg" alt="Asus X99-Deluxe" title="Asus X99-Deluxe" width="620" height="439" /></p> <p>ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157503&amp;Tpk=13-157-503?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$108.79, Newegg (BF)</a><br />MSI X99S MPOWER ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130793" target="_blank">$230, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 ATX AMD Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131851&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$135 ($120 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />ASRock Z97 Extreme4 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157503&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$128.79 ($108.97 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Asus X99-A ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132261&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$235, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus Z97-E ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132287" target="_blank">$129, Newegg (BF)</a><br />MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130769&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$140 ($125 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128709&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$135 ($120 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />ASRock Z97 Pro3 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157508" target="_blank">$90 ($80 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />ASRock FM2A88X-ITX Mini ITX AMD Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157464" target="_blank">$89 ($79 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)</a><br />ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157501&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$115 ($100 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H ATX Intel Motehrboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128707&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$150 ($130 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte GA-G1.Sniper Z97 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128706&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$140 ($120 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Asus Z97-Pro ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132116&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$153, Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>Cases, Power Supplies, and Accessories</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/cm_haf_xb_evo.jpg" alt="Cooler Master XB EVO" title="Cooler Master XB EVO" width="620" height="410" /></p> <p>Antec NeoECO C 620W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$60 ($35 after $25 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Rosewill Stallion Series 500W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182044&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$40 ($25 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Raidmax Cobra 400W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152052&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$25 ($15 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Modular: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153198&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$90 ($70 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Thermaltake 850W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153205&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$120 ($100 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Rosewill Stealth Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147232" target="_blank">$60 ($50 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Cooler Master Cosmos SE Case: <a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/149ee8e75e818475" target="_blank">$120 ($80 after $40 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Cooler Master N600 Case: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119298" target="_blank">$80 ($50 after mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Cooler Master HAF XB EVO: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119265" target="_blank">$90 ($70 after $20 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Cooler Master Silent Pro M2-1000W Power Supply: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171076" target="_blank">$130 ($90 after $40 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099" target="_blank">$35 ($30 after $5 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a></p> <h3>Desktop Systems</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc.jpg" alt="Origin PC" title="Origin PC" width="620" height="516" /></p> <p>CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme H710 Desktop PC Intel Core i7 4790K, 8GB DDR3, 2TB HDD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229495&amp;Tpk=83-229-495?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$800, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Dell i3647-1846BLK Desktop PC Celeron G1840 (2.8GHz), 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883156310&amp;Tpk=83-156-310?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$300, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Dell Inspiron Small Desktop: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-3646-small-desktop/pd?oc=fddont7101h" target="_blank">$200, Dell (BF)</a> - starting at 8AM EST Nov 28<br />AMD FX-6300, 8GB DDR3, Radeon R9 270X, 1TB HDD, 14X Blu-ray Writer, Windows 8.1: <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/" target="_blank">$839, iBuyPower (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i5 4460, 8GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 750 Ti, 1TB HDD, 14X Blu-ray Writer, Win 8.1: <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/" target="_blank">$899, iBuyPower (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i7 5820K, 8GB DDR4, GeForce GT 740, 1TB HDD, 14X Blu-ray Writer, Win 8.1: <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/" target="_blank">$1,199, iBuyPower (BF)</a><br />Up to $200 off + free shipping + free games + free 4-year warranty: <a href="http://www.digitalstormonline.com/holiday-promotion.asp" target="_blank">Free Upgrades, Digital Storm (BF)</a><br />Free shipping + Up to $150 Amazon gift card + game codes + Elite Gaming peripherals: <a href="http://www.originpc.com/promotion/2014/black-friday/" target="_blank">Origin PC (BF) + (CM)</a></p> <p><em>Click the next page for laptop, tablet, game deals, and more!</em></p> <hr /> <h3>Notebooks/Utrabooks/Ultrathins/Convertibles</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_6.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="620" height="297" /></p> <p>Asus C300MA-DB01 Chromebook Intel Celeron N2830, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB eMMC, 13.3-inch: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231756&amp;Tpk=34-231-756?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$200, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus ROG GL551JK-EH71 Gaming Laptop: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232195&amp;Tpk=34-232-195?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$880, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus Transformer Book FLip TP500LA-EB31T 15.6-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop, Core i3 4030U: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232188&amp;Tpk=34-232-188?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$449, Newegg (BF)</a><br />HP 250 G3 (G4U96UT#ABA) 15.6-inch Notebook, Intel Core i3 3217U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Win 7: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834258964&amp;Tpk=34-258-964?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$360, Newegg (BF)</a><br />HP 350 G1 (K4L54UT#ABA) 15.6-inch Notebook, Intel Core i5 4210U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834259734&amp;Tpk=34-259-734?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$440, Newegg (BF)</a><br />HP EliteBook 840 G1 14-inch Ultrabook, Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 180GB SSD, Windows 7: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834257686&amp;Tpk=34-257-686?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$600, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Lenovo Y50 (59426157) Gaming Laptop: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834317542&amp;Tpk=34-317-542?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$1,000, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Surface Pro 3 Core i5: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/buy" target="_blank">$100 Off, Microsoft Store, (BF)</a><br />Surface Pro 3 Core i7: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/buy" target="_blank">$150 Off, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Surace 2: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/buy" target="_blank">$150 Off, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15-3531-laptop/pd?oc=fndoc3001b" target="_blank">Dell, $190 (BF)</a> - starting at 12AM EST Nov 28<br />Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-11-3147-laptop/pd?c=us&amp;cs=19&amp;l=en&amp;s=dhs&amp;~ck=mn" target="_blank">$350, Dell (BF)</a> - starting at 8AM EST Nov 28<br />HP Stream 13 Signature Edition Laptop, 13.3-inch, Intel Celeron N2840, 2GB RAM: <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/HP-Stream-13-Signature-Edition-Laptop/productID.309174500" target="_blank">$199, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Vizio 15.6-inch Thin + Light Ultrabook: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1602495/vizio-156-in-thin-light-ultrabook-laptop.jsp" target="_blank">$1,170, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus, 13.3-inch QHD+ Touch, Core i5: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/pcs/NP940X3G-K06US" target="_blank">$1,100, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus, 13.3-inch QHD+ Touch, Core i7: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/pcs/NP940X3G-K04US" target="_blank">$1,500, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Apple 21.5-inch iMac, intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-21-5-imac-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive/2680419.p?id=1219075853336&amp;amp;skuId=2680419" target="_blank">$900, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Microsoft Surface 2, Nvidia Tegra 4, 2GB RAM, 32GB, Magnesium: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/microsoft-surface-2-32gb-magnesium/2147025.p?id=1219070148389&amp;amp;skuId=2147025" target="_blank">$300, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Toshiba Radius 2-in-1 15.6-inch Touch Laptop, Core i7: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/toshiba-radius-2-in-1-15-6-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-satin-gold/6129127.p?id=1219191180245&amp;amp;skuId=6129127" target="_blank">$700, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />HP Pavilion 17.3-inch Laptop, Core i5, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavilion-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i5-4gb-memory-750gb-hard-drive-natural-silver-ash-silver/9065377.p?id=1219389051972&amp;amp;skuId=9065377" target="_blank">$400, Best Buy (BF)</a></p> <h3>Mobile Handheld Devices</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/shield_tablet.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield Tablet" title="Nvidia Shield Tablet" width="620" height="397" /></p> <p>HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet: <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/HP-Stream-7-Signature-Edition-Tablet/productID.308781500" target="_blank">$99, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Asus ME70C-8G-BK Intel Atom Z2520 1GB LPDDR2 RAM, 8GB eMMC, 7-inch Tablet, Android 4.3: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232192&amp;Tpk=34-232-192?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$90, Newegg (BF)</a><br />iView SupraPad i700-8G 7-inch Tablet, Intel Atom, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 8GB, Android 4.4: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834757022&amp;Tpk=34-757-022?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$50, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Lenovo Miix 2 11.6-inch 2-in-1 Tablet, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Windows 8.1 with Dock: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834317595&amp;Tpk=34-317-595?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$450, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Lumia 830 FitBit Bundle: <a href="http://www.att.com/global-search/search.jsp?App_ID=HOME&amp;autoSuggest=FALSE&amp;tabPressed=FALSE&amp;q=Lumia+830+#!/Shop/Wireless/Wireless%20phones%20&amp;%20devices/" target="_blank">$99, AT&amp;T (BF)</a><br />Dell Venue 7 3000 Series Tablet: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/dell-venue-7-3740-tablet/pd?oc=ftcwt01" target="_blank">$100, (BF)</a> - starting at 6PM EST Nov 27<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 16GB: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-galaxy-tab-pro-8-4-16gb-black/3715001.p?id=1219093181535" target="_blank">$200, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 16GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-T330NYKAXAR" target="_blank">$200, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 16GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-T530NYKAXAR" target="_blank">$250, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 16GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-T800NZWAXAR" target="_blank">$400, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Wi-Fi 32GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-P6000ZWVXAR" target="_blank">$500, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 32GB Wi-Fi: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-P9000ZKVXAR" target="_blank">$600, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Nvidia Shield Tablet 32GB LTE + Half Life 2 + Half Life 2 Episode 1 + Portal: <a href="http://shield.nvidia.com/promotions/" target="_blank">$399, Razer (BF)</a><br />Nvidia Shield + Carrying Case + Glossy Black Armor: <a href="http://shield.nvidia.com/promotions/" target="_blank">$199, Razer (BF)</a></p> <h3>Monitors</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/dell_monitor_0.jpg" alt="Dell Monitor" title="Dell Monitor" width="620" height="523" /></p> <p>Dell P2314H 23-inch IPS: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260148&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$190, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Samsung SD300 Series S24D300HL 23.6-inch LED Monitor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001911&amp;Tpk=24-001-911&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$110, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Samsung S24D300H 24-inch LED Monitor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824022019&amp;Tpk=24-022-019&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$120, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Samsung S22C300H Translucent Red Gradation 21.5-inch LED Monitor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001796&amp;Tpk=24-001-796&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$110, Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>Games and Software</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/codaw.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="620" height="350" /></p> <p>Minecraft for Xbox 360: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1540108/minecraft-for-xbox-360.jsp" target="_blank">$21, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Lego Star Wars Complete Saga Wii: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1540096/lego-star-wars-the-complete-saga-for-nintendo-wii.jsp" target="_blank">$26.33, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Battlefield 4 for PC: <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/deals/sale/blackfriday-sale" target="_blank">$15, Origin (BF)</a> - hit the link to save up to 75 percent a whole bunch of PC games on Origin<br />NovaBACKUP Professional 16.5: <a href="http://www.novastor.com/en/landing/black-friday/deals/site" target="_blank">$30, NovaStor (BF)</a><br />NovaBACKUP Server 16.5: <a href="http://www.novastor.com/en/landing/black-friday/deals/site" target="_blank">$200, NovaStor (BF)</a><br />NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16.5: <a href="http://www.novastor.com/en/landing/black-friday/deals/site" target="_blank">$350, NovaStor (BF)</a></p> <h3>Printers and Routers</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/netgear_nighthawk_x4_0.jpg" alt="Netgear Nighthawk X4" title="Netgear Nighthawk X4" width="620" height="462" /></p> <p>D-Link Wireless N300 Gigabit Cloud Router: <a href="http://www.kmart.com/d-link-wireless-n300-gigabit-cloud-router/p-020W008573296001P?Sid=IDx20100622x00003a&amp;srccode=cii_5784816&amp;cpncode=37-4364263-2&amp;redirectType=SRDT" target="_blank">$20, Kmart (BF)</a><br />HP OfficeJet 6100 Wi-Fi Color Inkjet Printer: <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=2372707&amp;sku=H24-30346" target="_blank">$60 (after coupon: OIC146983), Tiger Direct (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Printer Xpress M2070FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-M2070FW/XAA" target="_blank">$100, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Printer Xpress C1860FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-C1860FW/XAA" target="_blank">$300, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Printer Xpress M2885FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-M2885FW/XAA" target="_blank">$250, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Xpress C460FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-C460FW/XAA" target="_blank">$200, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Netgear Nighthawk X4 Router + Motorola SB6141 Cable Moden: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122617&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-WirelessRouters-_-33122617-S1A6D" target="_blank">$280 (coupon code: EMCWWHF77), Newegg</a><br />HP Deskjet 2544 Wireless All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-deskjet-2544-wireless-all-in-one-printer/8336009.p?id=1219325222527&amp;amp;skuId=8336009" target="_blank">$27, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Canon PIXMA MX472 Wireless All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/canon-pixma-mx472-wireless-all-in-one-printer-black/3854006.p?id=1219093974754&amp;amp;skuId=3854006" target="_blank">$45, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />HP Envy 4500 Network-Ready Wireless e-All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-envy-4500-network-ready-wireless-e-all-in-one-printer-black/8949452.p?id=1218956269709&amp;amp;skuId=8949452" target="_blank">$50, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Epson Expression Premium XP-610 Small-in-One Wireless All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/epson-expression-premium-xp-610-small-in-one-wireless-all-in-one-printer-black-blue/1483083.p?id=1219052237013&amp;amp;skuId=1483083" target="_blank">$60, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />HP Photosmart 6520 Wireless All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-photosmart-6520-wireless-e-all-in-one-printer-black/6541303.p?id=1218755599302&amp;amp;skuId=6541303" target="_blank">$70, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />HP Officejet Pro 6830 Network Ready Wireless e-All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-officejet-pro-6830-network-ready-wireless-e-all-in-one-printer-black/8010007.p?id=1219306470558&amp;amp;skuId=8010007" target="_blank">$100, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />HP Photosmart 7525 Wireless All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-photosmart-7525-wireless-all-in-one-printer/9199108.p?id=1219398339437&amp;amp;skuId=9199108" target="_blank">$100, Best Buy (BF)</a></p> <h3>MISC</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/xbox_one_4.jpg" alt="Xbox One" title="Xbox One" width="620" height="187" /></p> <p>Sceptre X325BF-FMDR 32-inch LED 1080p HDTV: <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/SCEPTRE-X325BV-FMDR-32-LED-Class-1080P-HDTV-with-Ultra-Slim-Metal-Brush-Bezel-MHL/25059349" target="_blank">$189, Walmart (BF)</a><br />Microsoft Xbox One w/ Assassin's Creed Bundle: <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=9269256&amp;sku=MF5-102671157" target="_blank">$350, Tiger Direct (BF)</a> - $335 after <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/campaigns/include/events/2014/TD_Discount/satisfy-your-sweet-tooth.asp?SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&amp;cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&amp;utm_source=Linkshare&amp;utm_medium=Affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=Es5Ekr9eEBk&amp;AffiliateID=Es5Ekr9eEBk-XUNQ0UmhSHVy5_NbL31Zeg" target="_blank">coupon</a><br />Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Beats-Powerbeats-2-Wireless-In-Ear-Headphones/productID.304664600" target="_blank">$180, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1711371/beats-studio-wireless-over-ear-headphones.jsp" target="_blank">$342, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Beats Mixr On-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1623478/beats-mixr-on-ear-headphones.jsp" target="_blank">$200-$225, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Beats Studio 2.0 On-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1624653/beats-studio-20-on-ear-headphones.jsp" target="_blank">$270, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Vizio SB4021M-B1 40-inch 2.1 Channel Home Theater Sound Bar w/ Wireless Subwoofer: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1590604/vizio-sb4021m-b1-40-in-21-channel-home-theater-sound-bar-with-wireless-subwoofer.jsp" target="_blank">$130, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Toshiba 50-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1748820/toshiba-50l3400u-50-in-1080p-120hz-led-hdtv-with-smart-tv.jsp" target="_blank">$550, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Apex 19-inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV w/ DVD Player: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1585243/apex-19-in-720p-60hz-led-hdtv-with-dvd-player.jsp" target="_blank">$110, Kohls (BF) - November 27-28 only</a><br />Lego Star Wars Stormtrooper Alarm Clock: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-638116/lego-star-wars-stormtrooper-alarm-clock.jsp" target="_blank">$21, Kohls (BF)</a><br />LG 49-inch Class LED HDTV: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889005961&amp;ignorebbr=1&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$390, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Changhong 42-inch Class 4K ULtra HD LED TV: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889624008&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$400, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Microsoft Xbox One w/ Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/microsoft-xbox-one-console-assassins-creed-unity-bundle/8439032.p?id=1219339616396&amp;amp;skuId=8439032" target="_blank">$330, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Sony PlayStation 4 500GB Bundle, Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-playstation-4-500gb-black-friday-bundle-black/8637183.p?id=1219365658942&amp;amp;skuId=8637183" target="_blank">$400, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Nintendo Wii 32GB + Super Mario 3D World + NintendoLand + Super Smash Bros., DK Country: Tropical Freeze: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/wii-u-with-mario-3d-world-super-smash-tropical-freeze-nintendo-land/9999237800050006.p?id=pcmprd236600050006&amp;amp;skuId=9999237800050006" target="_blank">$360, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Google Chromecast + 2 Months of Hulu: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/google-chromecast-hdmi-streaming-media-player/9071056.p?id=1219013308425&amp;amp;skuId=9071056" target="_blank">$24, Best Buy (BF)</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/black_friday_ads_2014_round#comments black friday 2014 cyber monday deals discounts electronics features gadgets Hardware online shopping pc sales Features Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:56:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28868 at http://www.maximumpc.com How to Take Great Video Game Screenshots http://www.maximumpc.com/how_take_great_video_game_screenshots_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/tombraider_2014-10-28_22-24-52-18.jpg" alt="Tomb Raider" title="Tomb Raider" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" /></span></h3> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">A primer for the budding artist in all of us</span></h3> <p>We’ve been cataloging amazing video game screenshots in our monthly <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/graphics_porn" target="_blank">Graphics Porn</a> feature, so we figured it’s about time we gave a quick primer on how to take stellar screenshots in your favorite games.</p> <p>This goes beyond Print Screen and Paint. We’re not talking about hastily snapped screens of hilarious moments in Team Fortress 2 or a particularly well-designed cutscene. We do, however, consider utilities like Cheat Engine essential to the process.</p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Tools of the Trade</span></h3> <p>The first thing you’ll need is an application that’ll let you capture screens while in a game. There are an endless number of ways to grab screenshots, but we’ll just talk about two in this guide: Fraps and Steam. They’re both widely available, well known, and support uncompressed capture.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.fraps.com" target="_blank">Fraps</a> has been the tool of choice for a long, long time. It’s simple and offers a variety of options for both still and video capture of games. At $37, it’s not exactly an impulse buy, but it offers in-game capture to BMP, JPG, PNG, and even TGA files. If you’re not willing to shell out your hard-earned cash, skip over the free version—it adds watermarks—and opt for Steam instead.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/2014-10-28_21-27-41.png" alt="Fraps" title="Fraps" width="616" height="379" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>PNG is our file format of choice for screenshots.</strong></p> <p>If you’re using FRAPS, head on over to the Screenshots tab and pick a screen-capture hotkey—Mouse4 or Mouse5 works great. Set the Image Format to PNG—JPG works fine if you’re happy with compressed images—and you’re ready to get snapping. By default, Fraps should overlay an FPS counter on the top left corner of your screen. Move it by pressing F12, but keep it visible because it offers a visual indication of a successful image capture.</p> <p>On the other end of the spectrum is <a href="http://steampowered.com" target="_blank">Steam</a>. It’s an indelible part of the gaming world and the Steam client has become an integral part of any respectable gaming setup. Fortunately for screenshot takers, it also includes an easy way to capture images in game.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/2014-10-28_20-47-58.png" alt="Steam In-Game Settings" title="Steam In-Game Settings" width="600" height="475" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Steam isn't just a game distribution platform, it's also a game capture utility.</strong></p> <p>Pop open the Steam Settings window, head to the In-Game tab, and select a screenshot hotkey. Make sure you’ve checked the “Save an uncompressed copy” box to get the highest quality results. Enabling visual or audio notifications—“Play a sound” and “Display a notification”—is an easy way to make sure that you’re actually getting screenshots when you press your hotkey.</p> <p>Next, you’ll need some games to capture. Anything at all will work, although the videogame photography community only supports certain games—we’ll talk more about this later. The latest and greatest aren’t always the best options since it’s not all about graphical fidelity.</p> <p>Perhaps the most important tool that’s not directly related to the images being created is Cheat Engine (CE). Despite it’s name, CE is a memory scanner, hex editor, and debugger that gives video game photographers the ability to manipulate games. Ever wish you could just stop time in a game? With Cheat Engine, you can. Before you go off and download it, make sure you download the application in archived form to avoid bundled crapware—here's the <a href="http://cheatengine.org/download/cheatengine64_NoSetup.rar" target="_blank">direct link</a>. The default download link available on the <a href="http://cheatengine.org/downloads.php" target="_blank">Cheat Engine site</a> bundles the utility with OpenCandy-recommended software.&nbsp;</p> <p>Many screenshot photographers also make use of mods and visual tweaks to squeeze the most out of their favorite games. We’re not going to cover them in this guide, but feel free to add any visual tweaks or in-game content as you see fit before heading into the game to grab screenshots.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Setting up the Moment</span></h3> <p>Unless you’re happy with taking screenshots from the default point of view, Cheat Engine—and user-created tables—allows you to manipulate the in-game camera, time, and sometimes other features like the field of view. Keep in mind that Cheat Engine could very well trigger anticheat software used by multiplayer games, so do your own research before attaching Cheat Engine to the process of a game with something like VAC or Punkbuster. We can't accept liability for banned accounts or other problems associated with running Cheat Engine.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/2014-10-28_21-50-25.png" alt="Cheat Engine 6.4" title="Cheat Engine 6.4" width="400" height="387" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>It's called Cheat Engine, but we're not using it to cheat.</strong></p> <p>To get started, open up CheatEngine.exe and download a Cheat Engine table that’s compatible with your game. Again, not all games are supported. Technically savvy people like <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_august_2014_cheat_technical_officer_jim2point0" target="_blank">jim2point0</a> have to actually create these tables with more than a bit of hard work. The <a href="http://www.deadendthrills.com/forum/categories/game-specific-guides" target="_blank">Game Specific Guides section</a> of the DeadEndThrills forum is a great place to start.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/2014-10-28_21-56-20.png" alt="Process List" title="Process List" width="261" height="392" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Scroll through the list of processes to find the game you're capturing.</strong></p> <p>When you’ve got everything ready, hit Ctrl+O and select the table you downloaded. Start up your game, go to File, and click Open Process. Scroll through the list and look for the line containing your game—keep an eye out for the game’s icon or name. Hit Open and Yes when prompted to “Keep the current address list/code list?.”</p> <p>The specific controls will vary depending on the creator of the table. The <a href="http://www.deadendthrills.com/forum/discussion/240/guide-tomb-raider" target="_blank">Tomb Raider guide</a> created by jim2point0 uses F1 to toggle camera coordinates, F2 to toggle FOV changes, and F4, F5, and F6 to toggle time on and off.</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF /> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>JA</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> 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--><!--[endif] --><!--StartFragment--><!--StartFragment--><!--EndFragment--><!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Some Cheat Engine tables allow for the removal of the HUD. Other times, you’ll need to edit configuration files to get rid of the ugly bits that sit between the camera and your scene. Here’s an example of a config tweak that removes the HUD and crosshair from <a href="http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3100550" target="_blank">Bioshock Infinite</a>. Fortunately, jim2point0 has a <a href="http://www.deadendthrills.com/forum/discussion/146/guide-bioshock-infinite" target="_blank">Cheat Engine table</a>&nbsp;for Infinite that includes toggles for the HUD along with God mode, slow motion, and a few other useful tweaks. Your mileage may vary from game to game, but resources exist for most popular games.</p> <p>Here are two photos we captured in Tomb Raider to demonstrate the drastic effect that Cheat Engine manipulation can have on the screenshot-taking process. The end result isn’t a masterpiece, but it’s a pretty clear departure from the screenshot taken at base FOV and the default camera.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/tombraider_2014-10-28_22-25-18-35.jpg" alt="Tomb Raider without CheatEngine" title="Tomb Raider without CheatEngine" width="600" height="338" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The intial scene without any Cheat Engine adjustments applied.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/tombraider_2014-10-28_22-24-52-18_0.jpg" alt="Tomb Raider with Cheat Engine" title="Tomb Raider with Cheat Engine" width="600" height="338" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The final result after freezing time, adjusting the FOV, and pulling out the camera.</strong></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Once the Deed is Done</span></h3> <p>When you’ve got everything set up and ready to be captured, hit your screenshot hotkey and revel in a job well done. Most times, you wont get what you wanted on your first—or even your second—try, but keep at it and you just might see your screenshots on <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/graphics_porn" target="_blank">Graphics Porn</a>.</p> <p>Already a seasoned screenshot pro with some tips to share? Drop them in the comments below!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/how_take_great_video_game_screenshots_2014#comments Cheat Engine Graphics Porn jim2point0 screencap screenshots Tomb Raider Features How-Tos Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:19:57 +0000 Ben Kim 28803 at http://www.maximumpc.com Best Search Engine: Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo Compared! http://www.maximumpc.com/best_search_engine_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/search_scuffle.jpg" alt="Search Scuffle" title="Search Scuffle" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />Which search engine is the best?</h3> <p>The web has grown from a single website in 1991 (<a href="http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html" target="_blank">World Wide Web Project</a>) to <a href="http://www.internetlivestats.com/total-number-of-websites/" target="_blank">more than a billion unique host names</a> today. Around three quarters of those are inactive sites—parked domains and the such—but that still leaves over a quarter of a million sites. If you visited 10 different websites each day, it would take you roughly 70 years to get through them all, and that's only if no more sites are added. Yeah, fat chance of that happening!</p> <p>Now imagine having to crawl each website, catalog the content, and then memorize the URL of each one so that if someone asks where they can find information about Siamese cats or what to do if stung by a scorpion, you can rattle off a list of appropriate URLs. Even Rain Man would be intimidated with such an impossible task.</p> <p>Not to worry, there are better ways to the surf the web. Whenever we need to look up something online, we simply type our query into a search engine and wait for the results. On a high-speed connection, you can expect thousands and even millions of results in under a second—that's pretty miraculous, when you think about it.</p> <p>Google is the only search engine that's generally accepted as a verb, as in, "Hey Bob, did you ever get around to Googling the honey badger video I told you about?" However, it's not the only search engine in town. Microsoft's Bing and Gabriel Weinberg's DuckDuckGo are two of the more popular alternatives, and like Google, each wants to be your go-to search engine.</p> <p>Is one better than the other? That's a great question, so we set about tackling it by comparing the three competitors.<strong> </strong>We came up with several categories that are relevant to today's search queries, and then had each of the candidates show us their stuff. Hit the jump as we separate the contenders from the pretenders!</p> <h3>Accuracy</h3> <p>Determining accuracy is arguably the single most important aspect of evaluating a search engine, so we decided to jump right into the thick of things. Unfortunately, this is also the most challenging category, as it requires a fair amount of subjective analysis. With that in mind, we tried several different queries to see if any of the search engines stood out with more relevant results to what we had in mind.</p> <p>We started off easy by searching for the time in Ecuador. All three search engines came back with the correct time, though only Google gave us the result before we were finished typing, let alone had a chance to click the search button.</p> <p>This was followed by a search for Rowland High School, which is actually John A. Rowland High School, though we figured dropping the "John A." at the beginning shouldn't be problematic. And it wasn't. All three found the school in question, though DuckDuckGo opted to post a Wikipedia summary and an advertising link at the top of the results, whereas both Google and Bing plopped the school's homepage URL at the top. Bing did slightly better by also including a Facebook link on the first page -- Google made us go to the second page for it.</p> <p>We tried several other searches, including the copying and pasting of a line from a recent article on our website. All three sites found the correct article, though only Google highlighted the line in the summary underneath the URL. Bing and GoGoDuck both didn't include the line in the summary. Why does this matter? If you're looking up an article based on a quote that stands out for whatever reason, only Google's presentation lets you know that it's found the correct URL before clicking through.</p> <p>Switching our attention to breaking news, it was pretty much a wash between all three, even with only just minimal information. On the same day that a man armed with a small knife tried breaking into the White House, we performed a simple search for "White House" and all three came back with relevant news links for the breaking story.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/duckduckgo_whitehouse.jpg" alt="DuckDuckGo White House" title="DuckDuckGo White House" width="620" height="525" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Image and Video Search</h3> <p>Evaluating image and video search results is a little easier than analyzing general accuracy—either a search engine finds the media you're looking for or it doesn't. We took off the gloves and starting with a search for "Shizzle vs Razer." It's an old video this editor posted of his cat taking swipes at an electric razer. It's also an obscure video, but one that we know exists, and only <a href="https://plus.google.com/photos/+PaulLilly/albums/5660546444139262705/5660546446776794226?pid=5660546446776794226&amp;oid=%2BPaulLilly" target="_blank">Google dug it up</a>. Clicking on Google's Videos tab also brought up a bunch of other videos with either "Shizzle" or "Shaver" in the title—DuckDuckGo and Bing found none whatsoever.</p> <p>Image searches were a little more evenly matched between the three. Whether we were searching for computer parts like the GTX 980 or new wallpaper by looking up the Celtics dancers, all three came back with current and relevant images. Interestingly, only Google sprinkled in a heavy dose of performance graphs when looking up the GTX 980.</p> <p>Google and Bing separate themselves from DuckDuckGo because they offer some advanced options for looking up media. Both allow you to filter image results by license, time it was posted, size, and other criteria. However, Google eeks out a victory for its "search by image" tool. See that camera icon placed at the right of the search field? You can click it to look up sites that are using an image—just plug in the image's URL or upload the actual image. This can be handy in tracking down the image's owner to request permission to use it, or to look up your own photos to see if anyone's infringing on your copyright.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/google_images.jpg" alt="Google Images" title="Google Images" width="620" height="525" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: Google</strong></p> <h3>Layout and Features</h3> <p>Once again, DuckDuckGo is the lame duck of the bunch. The search engine's primary draw is privacy, and while there are some settings you can tweak, its overall layout and feature set isn't as robust as either Google or Bing, making this category a two-combatant fight.</p> <p>Google's layout is straightforward; when searching for something, you can fine-tune your results into web, shopping, images, news, videos, maps, books, flights, and apps. Bing offers a similar set of options, though not quite as many. Microsoft's search engine also falls short in the shopping category—Bing no longer has a dedicated shopping tab. Instead, product results are integrated into search, though you typically have to look up a specific model to have any luck. Google, on the other hand, makes it easy to look up an item and then sort by price.</p> <p>Google also wins when it comes to looking up flight information. Both Google and Bing make it easy to search for flights, but when you click on the calendar to look at dates, only Google shows you the different prices for each day of the month. This eliminates the guessing the game of picking out a date and hoping that it returns a cheaper result than the last one you looked at.</p> <p>One feature in Bing's favor—and it's a potentially big one—is Bing Rewards. It's mostly gift cards that you can earn simply by using Bing as your go-to search engine, such as $5 at Amazon or Applebees. Yes, Bing is essentially bribing you, but we're okay with that.</p> <p>If earning gift cards is important to you, Bing is the only way to go. Otherwise, Google is the victor here.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/google_flights.jpg" alt="Google Flights" title="Google Flights" width="620" height="525" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: Google</strong></p> <h3> <hr /></h3> <h3>Privacy and Security</h3> <p>A big reason (and maybe the only reason) you might be familiar with DuckDuckGo is because it prioritizes privacy over all else. Google is big on integrating your online identity with its services, including search, and knows what you've searched for, when you searched for something, and other personal details. You'd do well to familiarize yourself with <a href="http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/" target="_blank">Google's privacy policy</a>.</p> <p>Bing is a little better when it comes to privacy, but you're still not anonymous—Bing holds onto IP addresses for six months and retains cookies and other cross-session identifiers for 18 months, according to the company's <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/privacystatement/en-us/bing/default.aspx" target="_blank">privacy statement</a>. Microsoft also has sections explaining how it uses your personal information and reasons why it shares that info.</p> <p>DuckDuckGo is different. It doesn't collect or share personal information, it doesn't know who you are, and there is no way for the search engine to tie your searches together, according to its <a href="https://duckduckgo.com/privacy" target="_blank">privacy page</a>. DuckDuckGo doesn't store your IP and no cookies are used by default. All this privacy comes at the expense of certain features—Google's integration with your social profile is quite good—but in terms of staying anonymous, DuckDuckGo is clearly ahead of the other two.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/duckduckgo_privacy_0.jpg" alt="DuckDuckGo Privacy" title="DuckDuckGo Privacy" width="620" height="525" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: DuckDuckGo</strong></p> <h3>Easter Eggs</h3> <p>There's no denying that Google has a sense of humor and likes to have fun. The company demonstrates this time and time again, whether through its creative doodles (including interactive ones) or by dropping Easter eggs from time to time. Have you ever tried searching for "<a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=do+a+barrel+roll&amp;oq=do+a+barrel+roll" target="_blank">do a barrel roll</a>" on Google? How about "<a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=askew&amp;oq=askew" target="_blank">askew</a>"? Whether it's searching through Google's <a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-hacker" target="_blank">hacker interface</a> or seeing what search results <a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&amp;ion=1&amp;espv=2&amp;ie=UTF-8#q=google+in+1998" target="_blank">looked like in 1998</a>, there are plenty of tricks and fun stuff to discover in Google.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/google_barrel_roll.jpg" alt="Google Barrel Roll" title="Google Barrel Roll" width="620" height="525" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: Google</strong></p> <h3>And the Winner Is...</h3> <p>If you're keeping score at home, then you already know that Google takes this contest by winning three of the five categories and notching a tie in another. By that token, Google has the best search engine of the bunch, and while it's the one we use most often, we're willing to concede there are valid arguments in favor of the other two.</p> <p>For privacy advocates, DuckDuckGo is a solid search engine that lets you surf the web without leaving behind a bunch of bread crumbs for Uncle Sam or anyone else to follow. Your ISP still knows what you're up to, but at least the sites you visit are being kept at arm's length.</p> <p>If you like earning free stuff, Bing is the best option for its rewards program. It's also a very good all-around search engine with accurate and fast results, it's just not as good as Google in the grand scheme of things.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/best_search_engine_2014#comments best Bing duckduckgo feature Google Privacy search engine Security News Features Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:46:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28585 at http://www.maximumpc.com How to Download YouTube Videos http://www.maximumpc.com/how_download_youtube_videos_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154280/clipgrab_mpeg4_quality.png" alt="YouTube " title="YouTube" width="260" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Four different ways to download your favorite clips</h3> <p>Streaming YouTube videos can quickly eat up your precious cellular data plan. In fact, most people don't watch videos on the go because of limited data plans. A way around this is to download videos onto a PC, then copy them to your mobile device. We’ve rounded up four ways to download YouTube videos and chosen our favorite of the bunch.</p> <h3>Kibase</h3> <p><strong>Step 1:</strong> Go to <a title="Kibase" href="www.kibase.com" target="_blank">www.kibase.com</a> and click <strong>YouTube Downloader</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 1" href="/files/u154280/click_on_youtube_downloader_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/click_on_youtube_downloader.png" alt="Step 1" title="Step 1" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 2:</strong> On your YouTube video, right click, then select <strong>Page Source</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 2" href="/files/u154280/right_click_and_click_on_view_page_source_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/right_click_and_click_on_view_page_source.png" alt="Step 2" title="Step 2" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 3:</strong> Select and copy all the HTML text (Ctrl+A to select the text and Ctrl+C to copy it).</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 3" href="/files/u154280/select_all_and_copy_the_html_text_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/select_all_and_copy_the_html_text.png" alt="Step 3" title="Step 3" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 4:</strong> Paste the text into the white box labled <strong>Step 2</strong> and then click <strong>Submit</strong>. Your video will begin downloading to your computer as an MP4 file. <em>Note: To change the format of the video, uncheck the Start Downloading the video file automatically when it is ready box before you click Submit.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><a class="thickbox" title="Step 4" href="/files/u154280/copy_the_text_into_step_2_box_then_click_submit_and_your_video_will_be_downloaded_as_an_mpeg4_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/copy_the_text_into_step_2_box_then_click_submit_and_your_video_will_be_downloaded_as_an_mpeg4.png" alt="Step 4" title="Step 4" width="600" height="338" /></a></em></p> <p>You will then be moved to a new page showing you different format options you can choose from.</p> <h3>Keepvid</h3> <p><strong>Step 1:</strong> Go to <a title="Keepvid " href="www.keepvid.com" target="_blank">www.keepvid.com</a> and copy and paste your YouTube link into the search bar.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 1" href="/files/u154280/keepvid_1.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/keepvid.png" alt="Step 1" title="Step 1" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 2:</strong> You will be prompted to download Java for Windows, if you don’t have it already installed on your computer.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 2" href="/files/u154280/java_installer_for_keepvid_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/java_installer_for_keepvid.png" alt="Step 2" title="Step 2" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 3:</strong> Your browser will ask if you want to run Java on www.Keepvid.com; click Run This Time.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 3" href="/files/u154280/click_run_this_time_to_run_java_so_you_can_download_the_youtube_video_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/click_run_this_time_to_run_java_so_you_can_download_the_youtube_video.png" alt="Step 3" title="Step 3" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 4:</strong> You will be given a set of resolutions and formats to choose from. Select the one you want, and the video will begin downloading. Note: The blue download button leads you to an ad for freeware, so don’t click it!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 4" href="/files/u154280/keep_vid_pic_2_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/keep_vid_pic_2.png" alt="Step 4" title="Step 4" width="600" height="461" /></a></p> <h3>Clip Grab</h3> <p>Okay, some of this guide will be pretty obvious. In short, you’ll need to download the .exe and navigate through the installer, dodging freeware prompts.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Step 1:</strong> Go to <a title="Clip Grab" href="www.clipgrab.com" target="_blank">www.clipgrab.com</a> and click <strong>Free Download</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 1" href="/files/u154280/download_the_exe_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/download_the_exe.png" alt="Step 1" title="Step 1" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 2:</strong> The first piece of freeware that you’ll be prompted to install is <strong>Conduit</strong>. Click <em>I do not accept</em> and then click Next.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 2" href="/files/u154280/click_do_not_accept_as_conduit_is_adware_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/click_do_not_accept_as_conduit_is_adware.png" alt="Step 2" title="Step 2" width="600" height="337" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 3:</strong> The next adware you’ll be prompted to install is <strong>PureLeads</strong>. Again, click <em>I do not accept </em>and then click Next.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 3" href="/files/u154280/click_do_not_accept_so_you_dont_install_pureleads_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/click_do_not_accept_so_you_dont_install_pureleads.png" alt="Step 3" title="Step 3" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 4:</strong> Double click on Clip Grab and launch the program. Once it’s launched, copy your YouTube link into the search bar in the Search Tab.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 4" href="/files/u154280/copy_the_url_into_the_search_bar_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/copy_the_url_into_the_search_bar.png" alt="Step 4" title="Step 4" width="600" height="338" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 5:</strong> Click the Downloads tab to pick and choose what video format and resolution you want for the video. Next, click Grab This Clip and your video will begin downloading.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 5" href="/files/u154280/copy_the_link_url_and_then_select_which_format_you_want_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/copy_the_link_url_and_then_select_which_format_you_want.png" alt="Step 5" title="Step 5" width="600" /></a></p> <h3>Freemake</h3> <p>There is a ton of freeware bundled into Freemake, so watch out. It's not hard to accidently install a random add-on or an extra toolbar.</p> <p><strong>Step 1:</strong> Go to <a title="Freemake" href="http://www.freemake.com" target="_blank">www.freemake.com</a> and click the green Download Now link to download the .exe file.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 1" href="/files/u154280/freemake_aa_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/freemake_aa.png" alt="Step 1" title="Step 1" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 2:</strong> Select your language and click <strong>OK</strong> to continue the installation process.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 2" href="/files/u154280/freemake_2_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/freemake_2.png" alt="Step 2" title="Step 2" width="600" height="338" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 3:</strong> Click <strong>Custom installation</strong> (advanced) and uncheck Install Search Protect.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 3" href="/files/u154280/deselect_adware_options_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/deselect_adware_options.png" alt="Step 3" title="Step 3" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 4:</strong> Click <strong>Custom installation</strong> and uncheck the Install <strong>PureLeads </strong>box.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 4" href="/files/u154280/deselect_pureleads_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/deselect_pureleads.png" alt="Step 4" title="Step 4" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 5:</strong> Click <strong>Custom installation</strong> and uncheck the Install browser plugins (Chrome, Firefox) box.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 5" href="/files/u154280/select_if_you_want_plugins_in_firefox_or_chrome_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/select_if_you_want_plugins_in_firefox_or_chrome.png" alt="Step 5" title="Step 5" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 6:</strong> Select the drive to install Freemake on and then click Next to begin the installation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 6" href="/files/u154280/click_next_to_install_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/click_next_to_install.png" alt="Step 6" title="Step 6" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 7:</strong> Launch Freemake and copy a YouTube URL to your clipboard using Ctrl+C. After this, you can select the video format you want to download the video as, by clicking on the different formats on the bar at the bottom of the application.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 7" href="/files/u154280/freemake_interface_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/freemake_interface.png" alt="Step 7" title="Step 7" width="600" /></a></p> <p>We’ve used all of these methods to download YouTube videos, and we like Kibase the best, as it’s easy to use and it requires no extra installation of add-ons or .exes. A close second would be Keepvid because it only requires a Java for Windows installation. The other two download methods, Clip Grab and Freemake, use .exe programs to snatch your videos from YouTube. They also come with extra freeware you’ll need to navigate through, which is annoying, but they do allow you download YouTube videos a few different formats that Kibase and Keepvid don’t offer, which include AVI and WMV. Again, if you don’t want to deal with .exes or downloading any extra installers to your PC, then Kibase is the way to go.&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/how_download_youtube_videos_2014#comments clip grab download YouTube videos freemake how to keepvid kibase News Features How-Tos Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:08:06 +0000 Chris Zele 27390 at http://www.maximumpc.com Feets-on with the Hendo Hoverboard (Video) http://www.maximumpc.com/hendo_hover_board_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>The hover board is here and we've ridden it</h3> <p>Ever since I saw Back to the Future Part II in 1989, I’ve had dreams of riding a hover board. Twenty-five hover board–less years later, I had lost all hope of ever getting my feet on one, that is, until now. The hover board is here, and I have ridden it.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dYfMvQ1-gkA" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Check out our feet-on impressions of the Hendo Hoverboard in the video above.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Created by California-based company Arx Pax, the <a title="hendo hoverboard" href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/142464853/hendo-hoverboards-worlds-first-real-hoverboard" target="_blank">Hendo hover board</a> uses a magnetic field architecture to transmit electromagnetic energy. One downside here is that it needs a metal surface to hover.&nbsp;</p> <p>As someone who skates and enjoys digging his wheels into the ground to carve out the asphalt beneath me, I must admit that the hover board is much harder to control, since there are no wheels that grip anything. The board hovers almost an inch off the floor, and trying to turn on it generally leads to you falling off. The hover engines are also surprisingly loud. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154082/hendo_hover.jpg" alt="The board hovers roughly an inch off the ground." title="the hendo hoverboard" width="640" height="428" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Hendo Hoverboard currently hovers a little under an inch off the ground.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>In the grand scheme of things, however, the Hendo hover board is really just a proof of concept for a much more ambitious endeavor. The real deal here is what the technology can offer to the transportation sector, particularly trains. Arx Pax tells us that unlike the Maglev trains in Japan and Germany, its technology is much cheaper and much more maneuverable. So maneuverable that vehicles should be able to turn on a dime.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to transportation, Arx Pax sees its hover engines being used to one day levitate buildings. The company asserts that this could be used to protect structures in areas that are prone to earthquakes.</p> <p>It remains to be seen whether any of this will end up panning out as intended, but the company will soon be selling a white box developer kit with four hover engines that users can experiment with, for $200. If all else fails, hopefully we get some hover parks out of this.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hendo_hover_board_2014#comments arx pax back to the future 2 hendo hover board hoverboard magnet marty mcfly maxium pc News Features Web Exclusive Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:49:23 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28892 at http://www.maximumpc.com 44 Pictures that Defined BlizzCon 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/44_pictures_defined_blizzcon_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/blizzcon_2014.jpg" alt="blizzcon 2014" title="blizzcon 2014" width="150" height="266" style="float: right;" />New games, awesome cosplay costumes, and more</h3> <p>BlizzCon 2014 marked the 8th annual event for Blizzard and it was arguably the company’s biggest one yet.&nbsp;</p> <p>After 17 years, the company finally revealed an entirely new, original IP in multiplayer team-based shooter <a title="overwatch" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzard_announces_team-based_shooter_%E2%80%9Coverwatch%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">Overwatch</a>. In addition to that, we got to see more from other upcoming titles such as StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void and Blizzard’s MOBA, Heroes of the Storm.</p> <p>Of course, with a plethora of awesome PC games comes awesome PC hardware and we saw some really cool stuff from Intel, <a title="rosewill" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_rosewill_intros_viper_atx_mid-tower_case_and_rgm_1100_gaming_mouse_video914" target="_blank">Rosewill</a>, <a title="turtle beach" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_turtle_beach_offers_300_heroes_storm_official_headsets_early_sale_video800" target="_blank">Turtle Beach</a>, <a title="hp omen" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_we_check_out_hp_omen_gaming_laptop_intels_booth_video_2014" target="_blank">HP</a>, <a title="steelseries" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_steelseries_showcases_siberia_elite_world_warcraft_edition_headset_video220" target="_blank">SteelSeries</a>, <a title="lenovo" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_we_go_eyes-_lenovo_horizon_2s_tabletop_aio_pc290" target="_blank">Lenovo</a>, <a title="gigabyte" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/blizzcon_2014_gigabyte_shows_new_brix_gaming_pc_and_top_tier_x99_motherboard_2014">Gigabyte</a>, and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>And it wouldn’t be Blizzcon without some of the best cosplay costumes you’ve ever seen. &nbsp;We’ve taken a bunch of pictures of these cosplayers and can't quite recognize all of them so if you know any that we don't, feel free to let us know in the comments below!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/44_pictures_defined_blizzcon_2014#comments blizzcon 2014 cosplay costume diablo heroes of the storm maximum pc overwatch StarCraft Warcraft Gaming News Features Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:25:45 +0000 Jimmy Thang 28865 at http://www.maximumpc.com Mining for Mods: Half-Life 2 http://www.maximumpc.com/mining_mods_half-life_2_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/halflife2.jpg" alt="HL2" title="HL2" width="200" height="130" style="float: right;" />We take a look at the FakeFactory Cinematic Mod</h3> <p>It is not often that a sequel, in any entertainment category, is able to follow its critically acclaimed predecessor successfully. Yet that is what Half-Life 2 was able to accomplish, and in style. Released in 2004, it was the showpiece for Valve’s new <a title="10 Best Source Engine Games" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/10_best_source_engine_games_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Source engine</span></a> and has been praised for its story, graphics, physics, and gameplay. However, the Source engine has been around for ten years, and Half-Life 2 is looking dated when compared to today’s graphics.&nbsp;</p> <p>Enter the FakeFactory Cinematic Mod. The mod replaces all of Half-Life’s low-res textures with high-res ones and enhances the game’s old maps with HDR, bloom effects, color correction, new props, and dynamic shadows. But the mod goes even further than just updating the game's graphics, it even enhances or replaces the Half-Life 2 soundtrack and provides HD character models.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5-nWlUk0b2Q" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">In order to use the FakeFactory Cinematic Mod, you'll have to download a bit over 9 gigabytes, or more, of files. Once downloaded, you will need to make sure that Half-Life 2, Episode One, and Episode Two are installed and that you've started them up to generate the required files needed for the mod to use. In addition, you'll also need to install the Source SDK, Source SDK Base 2006, and Source SDK Base 2007.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="Gif" href="http://i.imgur.com/7053T7a.gif?1" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u166440/hl2_gif_002.jpg" alt="Half-Life 2 001" title="Half-Life 2 001" width="600" height="334" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Click on image for animated GIF</strong></p> <p>If you decide to download the files separately, then you will need a program like WinRar to extract the files. In our case, we downloaded everything off of the torrent client, which made the process much easier. But before we did anything, we had to close Steam. With Steam closed, we then clicked on the Setup.exe file, which informed us that 44.5GB of space would be needed and that the files would need to be installed in Steam’s “Common” folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common).&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="Gif" href="http://i.imgur.com/3j3qw6s.gif?1" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u166440/hl2_gif_004.jpg" alt="Half-Life 2 002" title="Half-Life 2 002" width="600" height="339" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Click on image for animated GIF</strong></p> <p>The setup process took about 30 minutes and, once it was done, we had to look for the CM2013 folder that was located in the “Common” folder. Inside the CM2013 folder are shortcuts to use to start Half-Life 2, Episode One, and Episode Two. The same folder contains the Cinematic Mod Configuration Tool, which provides options to enable bloom effects, force preload of NPC resources, and other graphics-related features. There is also the Character Pimper, which lets you decide which HD character models you want to use in the modded version of HL2.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="Gif" href="http://i.imgur.com/1C6ketw.gif?1" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u166440/hl2_gif_003.jpg" alt="Half_Life 2 003" title="Half_Life 2 003" width="600" height="357" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Click on image for animated GIF</strong></p> <p>When we finished installing and setting up the mod, we launched Steam and clicked the newly made shortcuts to start up Half-Life 2. The results were impressive. The HD textures popped with more detail, and additional touches here and there really fleshed out the look of the game. We were especially impressed with the enhanced lighting and bloom effects, which had richer colors and better illumination. Even the game's water effects had been improved.</p> <p>HD NPC models are great, with sharper definitions, more details, and are completely optional. The mod's Character Pimper provided us with some choices when it came to individual characters such as Alyx, Barney, and the G Man. There's also a bulk option for civilians and the Combine.</p> <p>Scripted sequences in Half-Life 2 were also touched up, changed, or the pacing sped up or slowed down. As you'll see in the video, the same scripted sequences didn't line up.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="Gif" href="http://i.imgur.com/cckUJO1.gif?1" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u166440/hl2_gif_005.jpg" alt="Half-Life 2 004" title="Half-Life 2 004" width="600" height="339" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="Gif" href="http://i.imgur.com/cckUJO1.gif?1" target="_blank"></a><strong>Click on image for animated GIF</strong></p> <p>However, despite the impressive graphics, improved NPC models, and changes to scripted sequences, we experienced some performance issues during our playthrough. The game stuttered, which you'll see examples of in the video provided, from time to time, and there was also screen tearing. Not to mention that while the mod wanted to give the game a darker look, we thought it went too far, which dampened the impact of the visual enhancements for us. To top it off, we weren't wild about the HD models available for Alyx Vance, which, as stated before, are optional. That's a real shame, considering she's one of our favorite gaming characters of all time, and a <a title="25 of Gaming's Greatest Sidekicks" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/thanks_buddy_25_gamings_greatest_sidekicks"><span style="color: #ff0000;">great sidekick</span></a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"><a title="Gif" href="http://i.imgur.com/ixZScSd.gif?1" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u166440/hl2_gif_001.jpg" alt="Half-Life 2 005" title="Half-Life 2 005" width="600" height="337" /></a></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Click on image for animated GIF</strong></p> <p>But while the increased darkness can be lessened by upping the gamma, the enhanced lighting then becomes a bit too much. So, when playing Half-Life 2, you might have to make comprises on how dark or bright you want the game to be. Otherwise, the FakeFactory Cinematic Mod, despite the issues, brings with it some impressive visuals and is a great way for fans of the game to enjoy it with updated graphics.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/mining_mods_half-life_2_2014#comments FakeFactory Cinematic Mod graphics Half-Life 2 Half-Life 2 mods hl2 mods pc Steam Valve Features Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:21:29 +0000 Sean D Knight 28822 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD's Mantle vs DirectX: The Benchmarks http://www.maximumpc.com/pitting_amd%E2%80%99s_mantle_against_direct3d_11_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u166440/pvzgw_001.jpg" alt="PvZGW" title="PvZGW" width="200" height="113" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>How does Mantle stack up against DirectX in certain games? Find out here!</h3> <p>AMD has been partnering up with as many video game developers as it can to incorporate its Mantle API. From Crytek to Robert Space Industries, AMD is slowly making the rounds. Games such as Battlefield 4 and Thief allow users to switch from DirectX to Mantle while other games are expected to incorporate the API at some point.</p> <p>With Mantle, AMD claims that it boosts a game’s performance for both low and high-end GPUs. Albeit, when it comes to high-end GPUs, the boost isn't as big. Curious, we decided to see how well Mantle stacks up to DirectX by playing games that support it. For now, there is only a small selection of games: Battlefield 4, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, Thief, and the latest Mantle introduction, Sniper Elite 3.&nbsp;</p> <p>In order to get the best results, we made sure, when possible, to benchmark the same section of each game with the same graphics settings. For the testing we used a PC with an AMD Phenom II X4 965 processer, 8GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon R9 280 graphics card.&nbsp;</p> <h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u166440/bf4_001.jpg" alt="Battlefield 4" title="Battlefield 4" width="600" height="338" /></p> </h3> <p>To help us record our results, we had to rely on benchmark demos or in-game benchmarking tools. Normally, we would use FRAPs, which would record real-time FPS and then provide us with the minimum, maximum, and average numbers, but the problem is that FRAPs is programmed for DirectX 11 and does not support Mantle just yet. The only software that will show FPS numbers is D3DGear. Unfortunately, it doesn’t record results like FRAPs does.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Luckily, most of the games that support Mantle come equipped with either their own benchmarking demo or benchmarking tools. With that said, let's take a look at the benchmarks!</p> <h3><span style="color: #000000;">Battlefield 4 DirectX 11 vs Mantle</span></h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u166440/bf4_avg_fps_001.jpg" alt="BF4 fps chart" title="BF4 fps chart" width="600" height="338" style="text-align: center;" /></p> <p>First up was Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 4. We cranked the graphics settings up to High at 1920x1080 resolution, and then ran the same section of the game across both APIs. We decided to compare the first 30 minutes of the singleplayer campaign to use as our test scenario. We felt that Chapter 1 of BF4's singleplayer campaign was a good test as it went from an urban setting to more wide open vistas filled with gunfire, explosions, and fire to put both APIs through their paces.</p> <p>Looking at the graph, you can see that there was a difference between both playthroughs. For the most part, both tests went smoothly though, with Mantle, we experienced some brief stutter in the gameplay. Despite that, Mantle still pulled ahead with an 11.8FPS advantage between it and DirectX 11.&nbsp;</p> <h3><span style="color: #000000;">Sniper Elite 3 DirectX 11 vs Mantle</span></h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u166440/sn3_avg_fps_001.jpg" alt="Sniper Elite 3" title="Sniper Elite 3" width="600" height="293" /></p> <p>Sniper Elite 3 was recently updated to support Mantle and with it came a new benchmark demo. With settings on Ultra at 1920x1080 resolution, we launched the demo. The demo is set up to showcase many of the game’s various scenes. It was replete with long distance views, lighting and shadows, close-up views of objects and terrain, a truck full of enemy NPCs with the wheels kicking up dirt, capped off with an exploding vehicle blowing up in slow motion.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u166440/sniper_elite_3_001.jpg" alt="Sniper Elite 3 001" title="Sniper Elite 3 001" width="600" height="338" /></p> <p>But as we saw with Battlefield 4, Mantle had a slighter higher average FPS than DirectX 11 with a 13.6 FPS advantage.</p> <h3><span style="color: #000000;">Thief DirectX 11 vs Mantle</span></h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u166440/thief_avg_fps_001.jpg" alt="Thief fps Chart" title="Thief fps Chart" width="600" height="386" /></p> <p>Unlike the previous games we have tested, which all took place in broad daylight, Thief's game features a lot of nighttime excursions. We set the graphics to Ultra High at 1920x1080 resolution and took to the rooftops, An interesting thing about this game is that it comes with its own benchmarking system designed to compare both APIs.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u166440/thief_screenshot_001.jpg" alt="Thief screenshot 001" title="Thief screenshot 001" width="600" height="321" style="text-align: center;" /></p> <p>So we ran the benchmark for DirectX 11 and Mantle. the demo is a sequence that runs through the town at night, while it is raining, with various NPCs walking around and interacting with each other. It is a simple enough sequence that was able to put both APIs through their paces. And, just like the previous two games, Mantle scored higher than DirectX 11 with an 11.5 FPS advantage.</p> <h3><span style="color: #000000;">Star Swarm DirectX 11 vs Mantle</span></h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u166440/swarm_screenshot_001.jpg" alt="Swarm Stress Test" title="Swarm Stress Test" width="600" height="304" style="text-align: center;" /></p> <p>Now if you want to really stress test both APIs, then definitely take advantage of the Star Swarm Stress Test. It is a free, real-time demo from Oxide Games that showcases the developer's Nitrous engine. Set in space, Star Swarm pitches thousands of fighters and ships into constant combat. For the demo, there were around 4,000 ships constantly firing lasers, exploding, and more.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u166440/star_swarm_stress_test_benchmarks_002.jpg" alt="Star Swarm Benchmarks" title="Star Swarm Benchmarks" width="600" height="392" /></p> <p>The demo itself lasts for six minutes and we made sure to have the resolution set to 1920x1080 and the graphics on its highest setting which was labeled Extreme. And it certainly lived up to that name. Star Swarm made both APIs struggle and have convulsions. When the camera panned around to show thousands of ships fighting simultaneously, the FPS dropped into the single digits and the game slowed to an unbearable crawl.&nbsp;</p> <p>But as you can see from the results, Mantle was able to handle the stress test better than DirectX 11 with a 16.3fps advantage.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u166440/pvz_2014-10-07_19-12-56-09.jpg" alt="PvZ Garden Warfare" title="PvZ Garden Warfare" width="600" height="338" /></p> <p>Now we come to Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. Unfortunately, while the rest of the games include their own in-game benchmarking tools, PvZ does not. So there is no way to accurately gain any results when we run it with Mantle. Until PopCap Games adds in some benchmarking tools, or software like FRAPs finally supports Mantle, we will have to skip it for now and come back to it later.</p> <p>The same goes for future games that will support Mantle. We’ll be testing them and updating our story here so stay tuned for more games and more results!</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Sean on&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a><span style="font-style: italic;">, </span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a><span style="font-style: italic;">, and </span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/pitting_amd%E2%80%99s_mantle_against_direct3d_11_2014#comments amd battlefield 4 Direct3D 11 mantle Mantle API Mantle benchmarks Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare thief Gaming Features Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:38:19 +0000 Sean D Knight 28641 at http://www.maximumpc.com 15 Games We Recommend for Halloween http://www.maximumpc.com/15_games_we_recommend_halloween_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u166440/zombie.jpg" alt="Zombie" title="Zombie" width="200" height="177" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Turn off the lights and get scared with these games</h3> <p>October is finally here and it's time to consume enormous amounts of confectionaries without the usual guilt, even if it is accompanied by a bit of nausea. Leading up to Halloween, it is hard not to get into the mood by watching scary movies (<em>Exorcist</em>, anyone?), listening to spooky songs (how about the Marilyn Manson version of “This Is Halloween”?), or maybe reading a story or two by Edgar Allen Poe.</p> <p>Yet, while there are plenty of great books, movies, and music that suit the ghoulish atmosphere perfectly, we feel that nothing compares to the experience of playing a scary video game. Whether it's fighting off zombies, dealing with the paranormal, beheading zombies, fighting aliens, shooting zombies, encountering all kinds of monsters, and trying to survive zombies, there's a good selection of nightmarish games to choose from.</p> <p>Naturally, there are many MMOs and multiplayer games that will sometimes have Halloween events such as World of Warcraft, Team Fortress 2, League of Legends, and Dota 2, but for our list, we decided to choose titles that don't shoehorn Halloween elements into their gameplay.</p> <p>So here are 15 games, in alphabetical order, that we recommend you check out and play during the Halloween season.&nbsp;</p> <p>What games do you like to play during the month of October?</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/15_games_we_recommend_halloween_2014#comments 15 games for Halloween Alan Wake Alice: Madness Returns Alien Isolation Amnesia Bioshock dayz dead space Don’t Starve doom 3 F.E.A.R. 3 halloween left 4 dead 2 Metro 2033 Redux natural selection 2 October outlast Project Zomboid scary Features Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:22:59 +0000 Sean D Knight 28770 at http://www.maximumpc.com Rig of the Month: Visible Contrast http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_visible_contrast_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/mosquito_nzxt_h230_primochill_lrt_liquid_dsc00693-w1600.jpg" alt="Visible Contrast" title="Visible Contrast" width="250" height="188" style="float: right;" />The slickest side panel you've ever seen</span></h3> <p>If you look closely at the thumbnail, you'll see what looks like the Windows Start Menu overlaid on some computer parts. Your eyes aren't deceiving you. This month's <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_roundup_2014#slide-0" target="_blank">Rig of the Month</a></strong> is centered around an incredibly basic, but undeniably awesome idea.&nbsp;Chris “Mosquito” Albee from <a href="http://themodzoo.com" target="_blank">TheModZoo.com</a>&nbsp;installed an LCD panel—minus the backlight—into the side of a white NZXT H230 case. The result is simply incredible.</p> <p>It's not the most practical idea, but it looks spectacular and makes us want OEM cases with embedded LCD screens. Chris says that the modded display is transparent when displaying white pixels and can act as a regular case window if needed. Lighter colors are still slightly see-through and the combination of light and dark creates a stunning effect. This contrast between opaque and transparent was the inspiration for the mod's name: Visible Contrast.</p> <p>"One fun use for the transparent LCD panel is the ability to use a utility like Rainmeter to overlay usage and temperature data directly over the various components of the case," Chris says. "It’s also a pretty cool conversation piece as well in its own right; especially when you have a black and white video looping on it."</p> <p>Inside the case, an Intel Core i7-4770K running at 4.8GHz sits alongside 16GB of G.Skill Sniper RAM, an MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost, and a terabyte of total storage. After some internal modifications, Chris also managed to stick a 240mm radiator inside to support a custom water cooling loop for the CPU.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Have a case mod of your own that you would like to submit to our monthly feature? Make sure to read the rules/tips&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_roundup_2014" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;and email us at&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="mailto:mpcrigofthemonth@gmail.com" target="_blank">mpcrigofthemonth@gmail.com</a>&nbsp;with your submissions.</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_visible_contrast_2014#comments case mod Chris Albee lcd ModZoo Mosquito nzxt Rig of the Month rig of the month Visible Contrast Features Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:46:43 +0000 Ben Kim 28735 at http://www.maximumpc.com