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July 2012 Issue

In the PDF archive of the July 2012 issue you can find:

  • Operation Upgrade: We Overhaul Three Aging PC's
  • LCD Roundup 
  • Virtual Machines: Find out which free VM software is the best
  • The List: Eight frustratingly proprietary storage formats
  • Head to Head: Western Digital WD TV Live vs. Zotac Z box Nano HTPC.
  • Build It: We put the long-awaited Ivy Bridge to the test in an $1,888 rig
  • The latest hardware reviews
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June 2012: Try Windows 8 Now For Free

June Issue 2012

In the PDF archive of the June 2012 issue you can find:

  • Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680 GPU
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview
  • Ivy Bridge Review
  • The List: Eight of the best tech commercials of all time
  • How To: Access your media remotely
  • Build It: We construct a small but mighty, microATX gaming rig thats powered by Kepler
  • The latest hardware reviews

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How to Build a Small Gaming PC

This small gaming PC isn't as wee as our Wee Ass-Kicking Machine, but it kicks more ass

Way back in December 2010, we built an awesome Mini-ITX gaming rig dubbed the Wee Ass-Kicking Machine. It featured a Core i7-870 CPU, a GeForce GTX 460 GPU, 4GB of DDR3, a 1TB hard drive, and a 120GB SSD—all crammed into a Silverstone SG07 chassis not much larger than a shoebox. The total cost? Around $1,600 (at the time).

It’s, uh, been a while since then, though, and I thought it was high time we built another Mini-ITX gaming rig. This one’s not quite as small, but it’s got a lot more oomph. We’re using the BitFenix Prodigy, which has room for a full-size ATX PSU, scads of hard drives, and even a 240mm radiator (if you swing that way), while still being small enough to be lugged around by its convenient carrying handles.

Bitfenix

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May 2012: Build a PC on Any Budget

May issue

In the PDF archive of the May 2012 issue you can find:

  • Build a PC on Any Budget
  • Windows 8 on ARM
  • Cloud Services Showdown: Google vs. Amazon vs. Microsoft vs. Apple
  • Alienware X51 PC
  • How to Encrypt Your External Drive
  • Head to Head: Razer Naga vs. Mad Catz Cyborg M.M.O. 7
  • And Reviews of the Latest Hardware

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