If we woke up today only to find that we'd somehow been transported back 15 years to 1999, we'd be talking about Nvidia's first GeForce-branded graphics card, the GeForce 256 (NV10). In fact, Nvidia marketed the card as having the world's first GPU since it was the first to integrate a geometry transform engine, dynamic lighting engine, 4-pixel rendering pipeline, and DirectX 7 features onto the graphics chip. Returning to the present day, we're still talking about Nvidia's GeForce cards, only today's variants are much more advanced. One of them is also the topic of today's top deal -- an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Graphics Card w/ ACX Cooler for $517 with free shipping (normally $600 - use coupon code: [EMCPHHP24]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate and Free Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with purchase). This card has 2,304 CUDA cores and 3GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit bus -- stats that would have sounded like gibberish 15 years ago.
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Between owning a tablet, smartphone, desktop PC, laptop, and whatever else, it can be tricky managing your data on so many devices. That's where a good backup solution comes into play, and if you're looking for a portable device to keep all those photos and videos save, then check out today's top deal for a Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0 Blue Portable Hard Drive for $60 with free shipping (normally $90 - use coupon code: [EMCPHWB52]). Seagate's drive and accompanying app works with mobile devices, and with the built-in USB 3.0 port, you can trasfer data quickly.
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Do you know what Aerosmith, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra all have in common? They've all gone Platinum! You can too, if you pick out the right power supply. If you want to be able to tell your family and friends you've finally gone Platinum, then check out today's top deal for a Seasonic 760W 80 Plus Platinum Modular Power Supply for $100 with free shipping (normally $155 - use coupon code: [EMCYTZT5732]). This is a fully modular unit with a silent fan control switch, durable Japanese Grade A capacitors, a single +12V rail (63A), and of course 80 Plus Platinum certification.
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Can't get enough hell raising fun on your PC? There's a solution, and it's the same for anyone who feels obligated to keep the Black Soulstone out of the hands of Malthael -- you know, that creepy Angel of Death who's always up to no good. The solution is to check out today's top deal for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls for $33 with shipping for $1 (normally $40 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWGW72]). The expansion releases on March 25, 2014, giving you a month to celebrate having secured a copy at a discount before it's time to save the world.
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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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You can tap and poke and swipe your monitor all you want, if it doesn't sport a touchscreen panel, all you'll get is a bunch of fingerprints and smudges while Windows 8.1 stares blankly at your futile attempts to navigate the OS. If you'd like to change that, check out today's top deal for a Samsung S24C770 24-inch USB Multitouch Monitor for $350 with free shipping (normally $400 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWHB48]). In addition to touch support, Samsung's panel features a sliding-tilt stand that adjusts up to 55 degrees.
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Time is running out for Windows XP users, support for which is scheduled to expire in April. It's been a good, long ride, but now is the time to seriously think about and OS upgrade. You have options, including today's top deal for Windows 8.1 64-bit (OEM) for $80 with free shipping (normally $90 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWHF46]). Windows 8.1 improves upon Windows 8 with a boot-to-desktop option, resizable tiles, and lots of other tweaks.
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Protip: Exotic cooling isn't necessary to maintain acceptable temps and a stable PC. Air cooling has been around since the Paleozoic era (or thereabouts) and today it does an effective job on CPUs, often at a reasonable price. Take for example today's top deal for a Cooler Master Hyper T4 CPU Cooler for $25 with free shipping (normally $30 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWHG36]). This air cooler has four direct contact heatpipes and is capable of pushing 24-70 CFM (give or take 10 percent).
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Ranking the most and least reliable hard drive brands
Cloud backup firm BackBlaze has posted some interesting data over the course of the past couple of months, including one in which the company talked about estimating the life expectancy of hard drives. Turns out such a task is tricky business even for a firm that keeps over 25,000 HDDs spinning at all times. BackBlaze also posted data suggesting that enterprise drives might actually be less reliable than consumer HDDs, but neither study really answered the question the company is most frequently asked -- which drive should a consumer buy? If failure rate is the only concern, BackBlaze says Hitachi is the most reliable HDD brand around.
Want to give your system an immediate speed boost? It's easier than you think if you're still rocking a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). Swap it out for a high performance solid state drive (SSD) and you'll breathe new life into your machine. Towards that end, check out today's top deal for a PNY XLR8 Pro 2.5-inch 240GB Internal SSD for $160 with free shipping (normally $180 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWWD24]; addtional $30 mail-in-rebate). This drives offers transfer rates of up to 550MB/s for sequential reads and up to 520MB/s for sequential writes, as well as random IOPS of up to 85,000!
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