You had the foresight to pick out a case with a side window so you could show off your parts and epic cable management skills, now you need components worth gawking at. A solid foundation that's both sexy and well equipped is featured as today's top deal -- Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard for $160 with free shipping (normally $190; use coupon code: [EMCWVXR34]). This is a high-end board decked out with gold plated audio hardware, Killer E2200 networking, and a host of other features.
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If you're new to the DIY PC scene, congratulations, you got to skip right over the era of expensive parts. Need an example? In 2006, the going rate for 1GB kit (2x512MB) of performance DDR2-1066 RAM was around $250. Egads, right? This hobby is much more accessible now, as evidenced by today's top deal for an 8GB kit (2x4GB) of G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 for $50 with free shipping (normally $75). At that rate, you might as well pick up two kits. These modules come timed at 9-9-9-24 and sport custom heatspreaders.
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How much RAM do you really need? The answer depends on a number of factors, though you can safely assume you'll need more than 640K. It never hurts to go big, especially when you can do so without robbing a bank. Such is the opportunity presented by today's top deal for a G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB DDR3-1333 Memory Kit for $105 with free shipping (normally $140). These are tightly timed modules (9-9-9-24) with unique looking heatsinks. Need even more? Go hog wild and pick up two kits!
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Storage is a bit like cash, in that it never hurts to have a little extra lying around. Also like cash, the more storage you have, the more ways you find to utilize it. Maybe you're tired of deciding which vacation photos get to stay and which get deleted because you're running out of room, or perhaps your SSD nearly full. There's the cloud, and be sure to say 'Hi' to the NSA while you're up there. Alternately, today's top deal is for a Western Digital Blue 1TB Hard Drive for $60 with free shippping (normally $100 -- use coupon code: [PREBLKFR83]). This bare drive sports a SATA 6Gbps interface, 7200 RPM spindle speed, and 64MB of cache.
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If you live in the midwest or any other part of the country where it gets snow each winter, then you've seen the first snowflakes of the season by now. That can mean only thing -- time to stock up on games and hole yourself up in your warm and cozy home or apartment! No need to blow your wad of cash on a single game, though. Today's top deal is for a Bioshock Infinite Game Download for $12 with free shipping (normally $40). In addition, several other titles by 2K Games like Borderlands 2 and XCOM Enemy Unknown are on sale for up to 80 percent off, making this an ideal time to stock up on the gaming necessities for the winter.
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Three fan design boasts 14 percent better cooling performance
NVIDIA swiped the fastest single-GPU crown from AMD with the launch of its GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card (tough to argue with the benchmarks), but why stop there? Gigabyte decided to kick things up a notch with its GeForce GTX 780 Ti Overclocked Edition, an OC'd version of NVIDIA's reference speed demon outfitted with a Windforce 3X cooling solution consisting of "Triangle Cool" technology.
Heading into the weekend, Gigabyte announced the launch of its latest gaming motherboard, the G1.Sniper Z87. Gigabyte made the announcement at Blizzcon 2013, one of the biggest U.S. gaming events of the year. It's a fitting place to unveil the G1.Sniper Z87, which combines aggressive looks with high-end hardware like an AMP-UP audio feature and Killer E2200 networking.
Fun fact: StarCraft II set a record for fastest-selling strategy game of all time by moving 1.5 million copies in two days. The number of copies sold would double to 3 million by the end of its first month of availability. The spawned an expansion pack and third-party periperhals, such as today's top deal for a Razer Spectre StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm Gaming Mouse for $25 with free shipping (normally $50 - use coupon code 1105GAMES31). What the Spectre briings to the tablet are button force adjustments, APM lighting system, 1000Hz ultrapolling, and a customized look.
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One of the best deals in PC gaming hardware right now is the GeForce GTX 780. That's because Nvidia aggressively slashed the suggested retail price last week, but don't think the only cards you get are those vanilla reference SKUs. Have a look at today's top deal for an EVGA ACX Cooler GeForce GTX 780 Graphics Card for $495 with free shipping (normally $510 - use coupon code NVEXCLS96; additional $10 mail-in-rebate). EVGA's ACX Cooler sports a custom two-fan cooling solution and comes overclocked to 967MHz (1020MHz boost). Be sure to check out some benchmarks we posted of a stock clocked GeForce GTX 780 a few months ago when the suggested retail prices was $650.
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The doctor tackles Proprietary Connectors, Gremlins, PCIe Lanes, and more
Hey Doc, I currently have an Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0 running dual XFX Radeon 7970 Black Editions in CrossFireX. That's dual–PCIe 2.0 x8 mode. Would the new Asus Sabertooth 990FX/Gen3 R2.0 give me any advantage in gaming? I mostly play first-person shooters like Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed 3, and the like. I searched the web and it’s a toss-up for little to no gain. Also, will the Sabertooth actually run dual-x16 in the PCIe 3.0 slots? I've read conflicting reports on the net. AMD fanboys want to know the truth!
Note: This feature was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of the magazine.