Little Bobby's upstairs wondering why his wireless Xbox connection keeps dropping out, his sister's in the next room waiting on her streaming tunes to finish buffering, and you're just wanting a reliable Internet connection. Did you skimp on a router? That blue-light special you picked up isn't so special, after all. A big boy router will offer up a strong signal so Bobby can stay in the game and his sister can belt out Katy Perry's playlist. Looking for one? Then check out today's top deal for a Netgear WNDR4300-100NAS N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router - Premium Edition for $90 with free shipping (normally $150; use coupon code: [EMCWVVX49]). This model has 128MB of RAM plus 128MB of flash storage so you can (optionally) flash it with third-party firmware, and it's loaded with other features like DLNA support, Time Machine compatibility, ReadyShare USB access, and the list goes on.
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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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If you're reading this from a high-end PC built with speedy parts sporting fancy features, thank a gamer (heck, you probably are a gamer). The PC gaming community is partially responsible for motivating component makers to push out increasingly powerful and feature-rich products -- you don't need DDR3-3000 support to run Microsoft Office, after all. The downside to this is that manufacturers often place a premium on products designed for gamers. That's why you should check out today's top deal for an MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard for $168 with free shipping (normally $188; additional $15 mail-in-rebate). It's marked down in price but loaded up with features like high-frequency RAM support, Killer E2200 game networking, high-end components, and the list goes on. Plus, it looks snazzy to boot.
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You have to hand it to ASRock for coming up with some funktastic designs lately, like its Z87 Extreme11/ac with a mind boggling 22 SATA ports and its Bitcoin mining boards with support for half a dozen graphics cards. Those are pretty crazy designs, though not everything ASRock builds is aimed at niche audiences. A solid example of that is today's top deal for an ASRock Z87 Extreme6 Motherboard for $150 with free shipping (normally $190 - use coupon code: [EMCWWWL32]). THis sexy slice of silicon is ready to rock the Haswell party high quality parts, a 12-phase power design, and support for overclocked DDR3 speeds north of 2933MHz, to name just a few features.
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Heat-assisted magnetic recording technology could increase HDD areal density to 4 terabits per inch
We've come a long way from when hard drives were measured in megabytes, and then gigabytes. Today the biggest drives are measured in terabytes, and while that probably won't change for a long time to come -- we're not quite on the cusp of the petabyte era -- owning massive capacity hard drives that dwarf today's offerings could be a commonplace practice in the next few years if Seagate's heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology lives up to the hype.
"They used to laugh at my tinfoil hat and my 'wild' conspiracy theories. But that was before Eric Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA's PRISM antics. Now we know, Big brother IS watching, and you won't catch me uploading senstive data to the so-called cloud. Time to stock up on hard drives. You feel me? If so, check out today's top deal for a Seagate Desktop 4TB 3.5-inch Internal Hard Drive for $153 with free shipping (normally $180 - use coupon code EMCWWWV22). It has 64MB of cache, a SATA 6Gbps interface, and free DiskWizard software to enable capacities above 2TB on legacy PC BIOS and Windows XP systems. Also, no satellite tracking chips -- I've taken one of these apart."
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What do you get when you combine a gripping narrative with fantastic animations and satisfying shooting? You get the topic of today's top deal -- Max Payne 3 [Online Game Code] for $6 with free shipping (normally $20). Max is as much a troubled soul as he was when we first met him, only this time he finds himself in Brazil with an advanced new Bullet Time and Shootdodge effects to play with. We reviewed Max Payne 3 when it came out and liked it for the most part -- it's easily worth a mere $6. If you're not digging it though, hit the link anyway for up to 76 percent off other Rockstar titles.
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We know it's hard, but the time has come to finally retire that beloved Barton rig that's served you so well. We too remember the feeling of popping in an Athlon XP 2500+ and effortlessly overclocking it to 3200+ speeds, but like Old Yeller, you know what the right thing to do is. So, what comes next? If you're willing to jump fences, we suggest giving Haswell a hearty handshake. It's easy to get started -- just click through to today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 4570 Haswell chip for $190 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code EMCWXVL33). This quad-core part comes clocked at 3.2GHz with 6MB of L3 cache.
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