Is your smartphone nearly as big as your computer monitor these days? Give it a couple of years and you might not be able to tell one of the other. That is, unless you upgrade your monitor. One option to consider is today's top deal for an Asus VE278Q 27-inch Full HD LED Monitor for $200 with free shipping (normally $240 - use coupon code: [EMCPCPW29]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). It has a fast 2ms response time, 10,000,000:1 ASCR (Asus Smart Contrast Ratio), 300 cd/m2 brightness, built-in speakers, and robust input options (DisplayPort, HDMI, D-Sub, and DVI). Should something go wrong within its 3-year warranty period, Asus will cover shipping both ways as part of its Rapid Replacement program.
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After spending all that time putting your system together and strategically routing the cables, it's time to pick an OS. Otherwise, you'll spend long days staring at the BIOS screen -- not so fun. Lucky for you, today's top deal is for Microsoft's Windows 8.1 64-bit OEM for $85 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [EMCPDHD97]). Windows 8 caught quite a bit of flack when it first came out, though with the Windows 8.1 release and subseqent updates, it's slowly but surely becoming more friendly for power users.
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Neuroscientists have found that playing video games can actually increase your brain size. And in a separate study, it was found that gamers are more educated and social than non-gamers. So, if you were looking for reasons to justify a graphics card upgrade, 'You're welcome!' Now that you've determined it's acceptable imperative to your health and well being to upgrade your GPU, check out today's top deal for an MSI R9 280 Gaming Video Card for $200 with free shipping (normally $230; additional $30 mail-in-rebate). This puppy barks with 1,792 stream processors, 3GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit bus, Twin Frozr IV cooler, and factory overclocks.
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MSI joins iBuyPower's customizable OptiBoost program
Your options for configuring a name brand gaming laptop from iBuyPower are expanding. As part of what iBuyPower is calling its Optiboost program, select notebook makers are teaming up with the boutique builder to offer customizable laptops. iBuyPower kicked off its Optiboost program last month with Gigabyte, and now MSI is joining the program with five different laptops to choose from.
MSI is riding high on demand for its gaming motherboards
Competition is downright fierce in the motherboard market where only a handful of players remain. It's the reason why a price war may break out, which in turn could help motherboard makers sell more units. We're not talking about thousands of mobos -- MSI is hoping to ship 7 million branded motherboards in 2014, up from 6 million in 2013. In addition to engaging in a price war, MSI is benefiting from increased demand for its gaming boards.
When the speed limit says 65MPH, you go 70MPH. Would you like that order supersized? You better believe it. And when you go shopping for a new TV, you skip over the 55-inch models and jump straight into the "Holy cow, that's ginormous!" section of the store. Because of those reasons, we won't waste your time showing off a mid-tower or small form factor chassis. Instead, today's top deal features a CM Storm Stryker Full Tower White Gaming Case for $140 with free shipping (normally $155 - use coupon code: [72HRCMP84]). Put on your big boy (or girl) pants because this a big case for big builds. It's also a thoughtful one -- there's a handle on top to make it easier to transport.
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Your next motherboard purchase may be cheaper than you anticipated
The motherboard market has already whittled itself down to just a handful of key players (remember when DFI was an enthusaist brand?). That's made the landscape hyper-competitive, and with new chipsets and processors prompting upgrades and new builds, motheboard makers are reportedly reducing prices. There's speculation that this might be just the beginning of what ends up being a price war.
We get it, saying 'goodbye' is never easy, especially when it's to an old system that's served you so faithfully through the years. Case in point -- your Pentium 4 Northwood build from a decade ago has been quite the trooper (and overclocker), but it's time to move on. Same goes for you Barton folks -- you're not going to play Watch Dogs on that aging system. You can, however, play Watch Dogs (and any other modern title) on a current generation sytem built around today's top deal -- MSI Z97 MPower LGA 1150 Intel Z97 Motherboard for $190 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [EMCPEGP92]). It has eight SATA 6Gbps ports, six USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports. and several other goodies.
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Hey, your mechanical hard disk drive served you well, and for that, it deserves respect. Give it a fist-bump as you pull it out of your system en route to retirement (or as a secondary drive). We know, it's hard to say goodbye, but it's oh-so-easy to say hello to today's top deal for an OCZ Vertex 460 240GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Drive for $120 with free shipping (normally $150; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Armed with 19nm MLC NAND flash memory and a Barefoot 3 M10 controller, this drive pushes sequential read and write speeds up to 540MB/s and 525MB/s, respectively. Yeah, it's like that.
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These all-in-one machines don't rely on wimpy integrated graphics for gaming
Whether it's little Billy headed off to college or dad needing a new rig for his office, space saving designs seem to be the popular choice these days. The all-in-one (AIO) form factor is especially popular right now, and luckily there are companies that are focused on delivering high-end hardware inside these machines. Meet MSI, which just unveiled three different size AIO machines for gamers, starting with the 21.5-inch AG220.