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.
When lifting heavy objects, it's important to bend at the knees with your feet shoulder with apart and lift with your legs. Keep your back straight and tighten your stomach muscles, too. This advice will prove valuable when your rid yourself of that color stained CRT monitor that you've been clinging to since before multi-core processors became the norm. You deserve a better monitor, and if you don't want to spend a fortune on a flat panel display, then have a look at today's top deal for a Dell E2414H 24-inch LCD for $145 with free shipping (normally $160 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWGP58]). This is a Full HD 1080 (1920x1080) monitor with a 5ms response time, 250 cd/m2 brightness, and D-Sub and DVI-D connectivity.
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It doesn't take a monster system to run Microsoft Office or surf the web, hence why we're starting to see so many small form factor (SFF) PCs as of late. One of the newest SFF rigs to emerge is the Asus Eee Box EB1037, which is a mini-desktop system that looks like a router but is a full-fledged PC build around Intel's Bay Trail platform with a Celeron J1900 quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz.
All-in-one cooling solutions have brought liquid cooling into the mainstream, both by reducing the cost of entry and making it altogether safer. It's also far less complicated to install a self-contained liquid cooler versus rolling your own. If you've always wanted to deviate from air and give one of these solutions a spin, then have a look at today's top deal for a Corsair Hydro Series H90 Liquid CPU Cooler for $75 with free shipping (normally $90 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWHW82]). This high performance cooler is armed with a 140mm radiator, easy-bend tubing that Corsair guarantees won't leak, and a simple mounting bracket.
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Nvidia in October of last year unveiled its G-Sync monitor technology intended to reduce stutter, lag, tearing, and other unwanted effects associated with synching a monitor's refresh rate with the GPU. The company's goal is to integrate G-Sync into third-party monitors, though for a limited time, Nvidia is offering a G-Sync DIY upgrade kit that works with (and only with) Asus's 24-inch VG248QE display.
Intel may have the overall lead in performance, but if you want to stick with AMD and build a badass system, you certainly have options. It starts with a rocking foundation, such as the object of today's top deal -- an Asus Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard for $175 with free shipping (normally $185). It's loaded with modern amenities such as USB 3.0 support, SATA 6Gbps ports, quad-GPU support, and the list goes on. It's also backed by a generous 5-year warranty from Asus.
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Do you feel the need, the need for speed? Sure you do, and if 1980s movies taught you anything, it's that you shouldn't wait too long to pull the trigger, lest things quickly spiral out of control, Goose dies, and you end up divorcing Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. Wait, what? We might have veered off course here a bit. Getting back on track, to satiate your need for speed, have a look at today's top deal for a Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB Solid State Drive for $195 with shipping for $1 (normally $200 -- use coupon code: [EMCYTZT5439]). This is one of the fastest 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps SSDs available with rated sustainted sequential read and write speeds of up to 540MB/s and 520Mb/s, respectively.
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Hey, life happens. Floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and even popcorn (Real Genius, anyone?) can wreck your belongings. Obviously your loved ones take top priority, but once you verify everyone's okay, it's time to assess the damage. Maybe you came up with a formula to cure the common cold and saved it to your PC, which is now a piles of ash. It's a good thing you took backing up data seriously and saved your important files to an external hard drive, which you keep at a different location precisely for these types of catastrophes. If you're not doing that, or if you need to shop a bigger storage device, check out today's top deal for a Seagate Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $115 with free shipping (normally $150 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWWP96]). It has a metal design, is fairly thin, and for your social media addicts, it has a feature tha allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your PC.
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