Maximum PC's Geek Holiday Gift Guide 2013
It's that time of year again where we get to pretend we're sharing with you gift ideas to show that special geek in your life just how much you care, but in reality, we all look at these guides and think to ourselves, "That's flippin' cool, I'm gonna buy that for myself!" Hey, there's no shame in that. There's some seriously cool swag for geeks out there, and if you're primarily interested in shopping for yourself, so be it -- go treat yourself to whatever floats your fancy on this list and re-gift Aunt Mabel's fruitcake to whoever it was you were shopping for in the first place.
If, on the other hand, you're truly interested in culling gift ideas for your Star Trek-loving boyfriend or bacon-obsessed girlfriend, well friends, you still came to the right place. Is he or she a fan of The Walking Dead? We've got you covered with a wide range of gift ideas, everything from canned unicorn meat (seriously) to a peripheral that will turn an iPhone into a handheld game console, to more traditional items like computer components.
We've separated our gift ideas into four different categories to make it easier to find exactly what you didn't know you were looking for. However, for best results, give each gallery a glance -- there's some seriously cool stuff in here and you don't want to miss out!
You know what you won't find in this guide? Console recommendations. Let the peasants debate over which is better, the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. We're part of the PC master race and we'll defend our platform of choice until the end of time. We're also always willing to invite new members into the fold, and what better way to do that than by gifting someone a pile of parts? From CPUs to GPUs and beyond, here's a look at some bang-for-the-buck PC parts and components that hit the price-to-performance sweet spot and would make great gifts.
*Note: Prices reflect time of print. They are subject to change.
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H strikes a good balance between being a full-featured motherboard and an excess luxury board. Overall performance of the board is competitive with pricier alternatives and you even get Sound Blaster algorithms and SLI/Crossfire support too. There have been reports of USB 3.0 issues, but ours has been fine.