Liquid cooling used to be a scary thing for the uninitiated. It required lots of research, patience, technical know-how, and a little luck never hurt. These days self-contained liquid coolers are as comon as the cold, most of which don't require any maintenance. If you've been thinking about going down that road, check out today's top deal for a Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler for $65 with free shipping (normally $77; additional $10 mail-in-rebate). It's easy to install, great for small cases, and never needs refilling or priming.
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Imagine swapping out that 1TB mechanical hard drive that's been making grinding noises with a 2GB solid state drive. Talk about an upgrade! If your pockets are stuffed with enough cash and you can justify spending what's likely to be a small fortune on a 2TB SSD in 2.5-inch knickers, you'll have your chance in 2014. So says a leaked Intel roadmap outlining the company's SSD plans.
OCZ sells its SSD business to Toshiba, PC enthusiasts have stopped upgrading, and is AMD giving up on the FX platform?
Welcome to episode #215 of the No BS Podcast where we talk about nothing but gloom and doom for the PC industry. We begin with the recent sale of OCZ's SSD business to Toshiba, and what it means for current and future customers. We discuss the latest report from IDC which predicts PC sales will have declined by over 10 percent in 2013 because PC users have no reasons to upgrade. Finally, we consider the possibility of AMD abandoning the fight with Intel. We wrap up with our Editors' Picks and Gordon delivers a fiery sermon on a range of topics that includes Star Wars and e-mail.
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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Dirty online cheaters can ruin your night when you only have a limited amount of time to game, but did you really need to punch your monitor in a fit of rage? In the worlds of Ron Burgundy, "Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast!" Oh well, what's done is done. Turning a negative into a positive is today's top deal for an Acer S275HL bmii Black 27-inch LED Monitor for $190 with free shipping (normally $400 - use coupon code: [BFLGJLMNQT75]). It has an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 2 x HDMI and 1 x D-Sub connectivity, and built-in speakers when you're in a pinch for audio.
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Hopefully you've been taking advantage of all the deals out there during this holiday weekend. Now the question is, where do you put all those new parts? Well, one of your options is today's top deal for a Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra Gaming Super Tower Case for $160 (normally $220; additional $30 mail-in-rebate). This spacious chassis has 10 expansion slots, 8 cooling fans, and room for a second PSU.
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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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Moving to 64-bit could introduce big performance gains in some apps
Intel has a lot of catching up to do in the mobile space. The big dog on campus in mobile is ARM, which powers many of the smartphones and tablets currently available. One thing Intel is looking at to change the tide is 64-bit computing in mobile, which it demonstrated during an investor meeting. The demonstration consisted of an Android tablet with a 64-bit Atom processor inside based on Silvermont.
It's no secret that Intel fell behind in the mobile race. Even though Intel is the largest semiconductor company in the world, most smartphones and tablets run on ARM hardware. Intel chief Brian Krzanich told analysts and investors at a meeting this week that he's "a little embarrassed" at how he and his company "seemed to have lost our way" in terms of its mobile portfolio.
Panther 5SE is packed with server grade components in a portable form factor
You may want to put your Ultrabook in the other room and turn on SpongeBob before reading any further, we wouldn't want that system suddenly feeling inadequate. With Eurocom's Panther 5S3 Mobile Server, it's not a question of whether it can run Crysis, but can it pull its weight as an entire network server for 20 to 50 users? The answer to that question is "Yes" and you don't even need a server room do it.