Not surprisingly, Microsoft is advising against using a registry hack that would allow Windows XP users to continue receiving security updates. Instead, Redmond advises upgrading to a newer OS. If you're finally ready to make the jump, check out today's top deal for Windows 8.1 64-bit OEM for $85 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [EMCPEHC23]).
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Top tier motherboard makers turn their attention to gaming laptop market
It hasn't been all that long since gaming laptops came down in price to pedestrian levels. Combine that with the fact that mobile is trendy right now and it's not hard to see why so many companies are interested in competing in the gaming laptop category. MSI has been making a name for itself with affordable (and well specified) models the past few years, but lest the company think about resting on its laurels, Asus and Gigabyte have decided to go gunning for MSI in the gaming laptop space.
If Sammy Hagar owns a PC, do you think he's piddling along with a mechanical hard drive? Not a chance! For you youngsters out there saying "Who?," the dude wrote a hit song about not being able to drive 55MPH, so you know these days he's rocking a solid state drive. You should be too, and you can do it without a rock star's salary. Have a look at today's top deal for a PNY XLR8 Pro 120GB Solid State Drive for $70 with free shipping (normally $130; additional $10 mail-in-rebate). This 2.5-inch drive puts the pedal to the medal and reads data at up to 550MB/s and writes data at up to 520MB/s.
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You don't take a flamethrower to a birthday cake, and if you're looking to fill that small nook in the kitchen with a TV, a 90-inch HDTV is probably overkill. By that same token, you don't need a 1500W PSU to power a modest PC that will spend the bulk of its time surfing the web and streaming video. Are you in that situation? Then check out today's top deal for a Corsair CX500M 500W Modular Power Supply for $55 with free shipping (normally $70 - use coupon code: [EMCPEWE25]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). There's a fair bit of power here -- enough to be SLI and CrossFire Ready, and it's also 80 Plus Bronze certified.
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"Hey mom, can I get a new graphics card?," Johnny asked. "What's wrong with integrated graphics?," mom joked back. "I'm kidding honey -- you're due for an upgrade, let's set your budget at $160." Johnny took the money and even feigned happiness with a forced smile, though in the back of his mind, he knew that wasn't enough loot to get a burly graphics card. Or so he thought. A few minutes on the web is all it took to turn his forced smile into a giddy grin. What did he see? He checked out today's top deal for the MSI N660 GeForce GTX 660 Graphics Card for $160 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [EMCPEWA44]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Johnny became even more excited when he read about the Twin Frozr III cooling solution, which is supposed to lower temps by 19 degrees and reduce noise by 12.9dB compared to reference. The Free Watch Dogs offer was icing on Johnny's cake.
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Nonstop talk of the future of PC hardware and gaming
The Maximum PC No BS Podcast is back for episode #223! We begin by introducing new Managing Editor Alaina Yee, and learn of her transition from OXM to Maximum PC. We then discuss Wolfenstein's crazy demanding system requirements, from an i7 CPU to eating up 50GB of storage, and what it may indicate for the future of PC gaming. Afterwards, we discuss new hardware features on the 9 series motherboards as manufacturers prepare for the upcoming Haswell refresh. We eventually touch on the future of enterprise storage in the wake of San Disk's new 4TB enterprise drive, and how SSD technology is rapidly advancing compared to traditional HDDs. Finally, we answer your questions, give you our picks, and sign off with tales from tech support in Gordon's rant.
Next generation Chromebook models boast all-day battery life
With Intel throwing its weight behind Google's Chromebook platform, get ready for a barrage of announcements based on its Bay Trail-M and 4th Generation Core i3 processor line. To kick things off, Asus just rolled out a pair of Chromebooks built around Intel's Bay Trail-M dual-core N2830 processor clocked at 2.42GHz. They include the 11.6-inch C200 and 13.3-inch C300.
One storage drive is enough, they said. So you bought five! One graphics card is also enough, they said. So you bought four! Air cooling will get the job done, they said. So you purchased a liquid cooling kit! Optical is dead, they said. So you purchased a Blu-ray burner! Now that you've gone above and beyond the status quo, where are you going to fit all those parts? Allow us to introduce you to today's top deal -- it's for a Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case for $150 with free shipping (normally $180 - use coupon code: [EMCPEPH39]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This towering chassis has a windowed side panel, a pair of hot swapt bays that work with 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives, USB 3.0 support, and can hold all the hardware mentioned above.
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How many movies have you seen where a guy or gal has broken into an office and is transferring files via USB as they nervously watch the progress bar hoping they don't get caught? If they would have used a USB 3.0 flash drive, they could have been in and out without all the suspense and unnecessary stress. Do you hear that, movie actors? Tell your friends about today's top deal for a PNY Turbo 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $98 with free shipping (normally $150 - use coupon code: [EMCPEPW86]; additional $10 mail-in-rebate). With read and write speeds up to 185MB/s and 135MB/s, respectively, you can spend less time stealing enemy secrets on woefully unsecured PCs and more time planning your next move!
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An early look at an Intel 9-Series motherboard from Asus
The motherboard market's been whittled down to a handful of players, one of which includes Asus, a top tier mobo maker. Always on the front lines of what's new and emerging, Asus has begun sending out samples of its forthcoming Z97-A motherboard based on Intel's new 9 Series chipset (Z97 in this case, obviously), which will support Intel's refreshed Haswell processor line.