It wasn't very long ago when you'd need a stack of cash to even think about owning an IPS (In-Plane Switching) monitor. That's not to say all IPS monitors are affordable, but certainly some are, especially if you're not shopping in the 30-inch category. Case in point is today's top deal for an Asus VS239H-P Black 23-inch IPS Monitor for $154 with free shipping (normally $170 - use coupon code: [EMCPHWG25]; addtional $10 mail-in-rebate). This monitor sports a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, 5ms (GTG) response time, and D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI connectivity.
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Gigabyte will try to surpass Asus as the No. 1 motherboard player (in terms of shipments)
Top tier motherboard makers Asus and Gigabyte continue to dominate the mobo market just as they did in 2013, but only one can take the top spot. It was a close race between the two last year, and it could be another photo finish this year, with Gigabyte expecting to ship over 5 million motherboards in the first quarter. If so, that could give Gigabyte an early lead over rival Asus.
Does ARMA 3 bring your system to its knees? What about Cryss, Tomb Raider, or any of the other titles featured in our list of the most demanding games? That's the great thing about PCs -- you can upgrade whenever the need arises. When it comes to gaming, the GPU is the most important component. That said, check out today's top deal for an Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Graphics Card for $489 with free shipping (normally $520 -- use coupon code: [EMCPHPC88]; Free Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with purchase). This card is equipped with Asus's DirectCU II cooler with a rather large 10mm heatpipe instead of a conventional 8mm heatpipe. It also has a backplate and high end components for stability.
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One of the items Asus unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month was its upcoming VivoTab Note 8 tablet. Apparently there were a fair number of buyers waiting for this slate -- Microsoft began offering the VivoTab Note 8 online for $329 over the weekend and it now shows as being out of stock. That's pretty impressive, assuming Microsoft didn't start off with just a small quantity.
It's time to put that Prescott system out to pasture. Sure, it was a good run, but in order to get with the times, you have to pull it off life support and give life to a new rig. Don't have a big budget to play with? You could try going with AMD this time. One route is to start with today's top deal for an Asus M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 ATX Motherboard for $80 with free shipping (normally $90 -- use coupon code: [EMCPHPD39]). This board has modern day amenities like a UEFI BIOS, SATA 6Gbps ports, USB 3.0 support, and the list goes on.
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Asus and Google are quickly becoming BFFs. As you already know, Asus is the one that builds Google's 7-inch Nexus tablet, and earlier this week, Asus announced plans to release a Chromebox starting at $179 in March. Google has now taken the higher end version -- the one with a Core i7 processor -- and is targeting businesses with a Chromebox bundle that's supposed to make videoconferencing easy.
When you try to play high-end games on integrated graphics, everything appears choppy. When everything appears choppy, you get your eyes checked. When you get your eyes checked, your optometrist says your vision is fine. When your optometrist says your vision is fine, you start to think you're crazy. And when you start to think you're crazy, you check yourself into a mental institution. Don't check yourself into a mental institution -- get a discrete graphics card instead. Need help choosing? Check out today's top deal for an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Dual FTW w/ ACX Cooler Video Card for $515 with free shipping (normally $555; additional $20 mail-in-rebate; Free Assassin's Creed 4 w/ purchase!).
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Thirty inches. 2560x1600 resolution. Four million pixels. That was the gold standard in PC displays, but it's just been blown away. Welcome to the wonderful world of ultra-high-definition visuals. With this outrageous $3,500 flat screen, Asus is giving us our first taste of 4K resolutions. It might just be the next big thing in PC graphics. Can it possible live up to the hype?
Note: This article originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of the magazine.
The expansion pack Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is just around the corner, but in the meantime, there are plenty of quality games to occupy your free time. Of course, your gaming experience is directly tied to your GPU, and if it's been several years since you've upgraded your graphics card -- or were left weeping after testing your aging GPU against our list of The 10 Most Graphically Demanding PC Games -- now is a good time to shop something new. There are a lot of options out there, including today's top deal for an MSI Gaming N760 GeForce GTX 760 Video Card for $250 with free shipping (normally $270; additional $10 mail-in-rebate). This card brings all the gaming goodness of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 760 architecture and pairs it with MSI's top shelf construction consisting of military class components (all parts are MIL-STD-810G certified).
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Asus has revealed that it is releasing its own Chromebox. With a starting retail price of $179 the small, compact device, measuring 4.88x4.88x1.65-inches, will give users access to Google’s web services and web store.