C'mon, you know you want to. Why deprive yourself? We can see it in your eyes, you want it bad! We're of course talking about wanting to build a new PC, and we wholeheartedly support that decision. To get started, consider today's top deal for a Corsair Carbide Series 500R Arctic White Mid Tower Gaming Case for $100 with free shipping (normally $140; use coupon code: [EMCWVTJ45]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Amenities include USB 3.0, 2.5-inch drive support, and a multi-channel fan controller.
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We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that generic 350W power supply that came with your case is probably going to run out of gas (figuratively -- don't pour gas in your PC) trying to run your dream machine configuration. You're going to need something beefier and more efficient to power a high-end system. But like we said, we don't enjoy delivering bad news, so the good news is that today's top deal is for a Thermaltake Tough Power TP-750P 750W Power Supply for $70 with free shipping (normally $150; additional $10 mail-in-rebate). This PSU delivers 60A across a the +12V rail, is SLI and Crossfire ready, and 80 Plus Gold certified.
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Marshmallow cannon shoots 16-year-old prodigy straight into an internship at Intel
Most 16-year-olds probably spent their holiday vacation playing video games, hanging out with friends, cruising the mall, and doing whatever it is that teenagers do in their free time these days. Joey Hudy did something different. Hudy, who made headlines for wowing President Barack Obama with his marshmallow cannon in February 2012, attended Intel's New Hire Orientation (NEO), officially making him the Santa Clara chip maker's youngest person ever hired through the company's Corporate Internship Program.
You may have heard the news that Intel's going to launch its Haswell-E Series of desktop processors in the third quarter of 2014, and if you have the disposable income to drop a grand on a CPU, more power to you (literally and figuratively). If not, you'll need to look elsewhere for your next upgrade or build. A good place to start your search is today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge processor for $200 with free shipping (normally $225; Free Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn game coupon with purchase). This is a quad-core part clocked at 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) with 6MB of L3 cache and Intel HD Graphics 4000.
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Intel doesn't yet offer an 8-core processor for consumer desktop applications, but by the end of the year, that's going to change. The world's largest semiconductor company, despite being motivated to aggressively compete in the mobile market, is said to be readying the launch of 8-core Haswell-E chips in third quarter of 2014. If you're hoping to pick one as you send your Ivy Bridge-E setup into retirement, you'll want to start saving up now.
Forget about the so-called reality show on television , the real storage wars are the ones each and every participate in as we run out of space on your hard drive. Installing a new game means deleting an old one, and if you come home from vacation with a boatload of RAW image files, good lucking finding enough room on your HDD. One solution is to shuttle everything to the cloud, though we prefer to use that as a backkup and not a primary storage solution. Another solution is to buy a massive hard drive and be done with it. If that sounds like a plan, then check out today's top deal for a Western Digital Black Series 4TB Hard Drive for $240 with free shipping (normally $280; use coupon code: [EMCWVVX23]). In addition to oodles of storage, it also has a generous 64MB cache buffer and a 7200 RPM spindle speed, and is backed by a 5-year warranty.
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Revisiting the top tech headlines of the past year
Another year is in the books and you know what? The PC isn't dead! Not that we ever thought our beloved platform was ever in jeopardy, though you wouldn't know it if you listened to analysts and market research firms predicting all kinds of gloom and doom for the desktop. We're happy to say the sky didn't fall, and as we look ahead to 2014, we're more excited than ever about all the advances in technology -- 3D printing, wearable computing, and advances in storage are just some of the things gaining momentum as we head into the new year.
Before we look too far down the road, however, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on some of the biggest news stories of 2013. We've put together a list of the most popular happenings of the past year based on a variety of factors including traffic, reader engagement, and of course editorial discretion. Some are included here because of their lasting impact on the industry, and others because they piqued the interest of you, our readers, and sparked lively debates.
Ready to get nostalgic with us? Then off we go as we relive the top 13 news stories of 2013!
Think all wireless routers are essentially the same? Like most other hardware, features and performance separate one router from another, and the one you choose can be the difference between getting the Internet service you're paying for, or not. One model that's definitely up to the task is the topic of today's top deal -- it's an Asus RT-N66U Dual Band Wireless N900 Gigabit Router for $125 with free shipping (normally $170; Free 5-port gigabit switch w/ coupon code: [EMCWVWL23]). Dubbed the "Dark Knight," this router rose to the top of our Best of the Best list when we reviewed it back in 2012, earning a perfect 10/10 score. It's range is incredible, it's fast, the antennas are upgradeable, and it even supports DD-WRT.
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Back in the days of mythology, Zeus ruled the world with a mighty fist, and it didn't hurt that he could wield lightning at will. Well guess what? So can you, and without the fear electrocuting yourself! Just take advantage of today's top deal for an MSI N780 Lightning GeForce GTX 780 graphics card for $530 with free shipping (normally $550; additional $30 mail-in-rebate; Free 3 games with purchase). Strike your opponents down with a shockingly fast card and add to your games collection in one fell swoop!
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Google and Intel have been sharing similar strategies for a while now, though that might be getting ready to be taken to the next level. Reports from Bloomberg indicate that Google is considering constructing their own ARM-based servers.