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.
The DRAM market is a pretty volatile so you might as get while the getting is good. Take for instance today's top deal for a kit of G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1866 Desktop Memory for $149 with free shipping (normally $165 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWWC46]). It's a fast frequency kit with tight timings (9-10-9-28) and plenty of capacity to handle a high-end system. If you're really heavy into content creation and/or other tasks that consume RAM like a pack of cats at a catnip buffet, pick up two kits for a total of 32GB!
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Intel may have the overall lead in performance, but if you want to stick with AMD and build a badass system, you certainly have options. It starts with a rocking foundation, such as the object of today's top deal -- an Asus Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard for $175 with free shipping (normally $185). It's loaded with modern amenities such as USB 3.0 support, SATA 6Gbps ports, quad-GPU support, and the list goes on. It's also backed by a generous 5-year warranty from Asus.
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Do you feel the need, the need for speed? Sure you do, and if 1980s movies taught you anything, it's that you shouldn't wait too long to pull the trigger, lest things quickly spiral out of control, Goose dies, and you end up divorcing Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. Wait, what? We might have veered off course here a bit. Getting back on track, to satiate your need for speed, have a look at today's top deal for a Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB Solid State Drive for $195 with shipping for $1 (normally $200 -- use coupon code: [EMCYTZT5439]). This is one of the fastest 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps SSDs available with rated sustainted sequential read and write speeds of up to 540MB/s and 520Mb/s, respectively.
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Given our druthers, we'd all have three 4K monitors strung together to a monster PC capable of gaming at 12K. Just thinking about it gets us all hot and bothered. Reality is the ultimate buzzkill, which in this case is the cost of such a setup. So, if you've come to the conclusion that you're not destined for 4K (or 12K) at this time and simply want an affordable Full HD 1080p monitor with an IPS panel, then check out today's top deal. It's for an HP Pavilion 27xi 27-inch IPS Monitor for $234 with free shipping (normally 260 -- use coupon code: [HPTNPCTJN2014]). It has a high-quality IPS panel, 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and three connectivity options (D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI).
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As it turns out, today's systems need more than 640KB. Much more. We can all agree on that (as would Bill Gates, who adamantly claims he never said otherwise), though the exact amount depends on what you use your system for. A good sweet spot for a modern system is 8GB, which meshes well with today's top deal for a kit of G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2x44GB) DDR3-1333 Desktop Memory for $64 with free shipping (normally $75 -- use coupon code: [EMCXWXN37]). This dual-channel kit runs tight at 9-9-9-24-2N and features stylish heatspreaders.
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The heat of battle can bring out some colorful language. Don't get us wrong, we're prone to dropping f-bombs in the of battle, but the barrage of obscenities that come from opponents probably don't need to be blared through your speakers for the whole family to hear, especially in the wee hours of the morning. That's a wear a solid headset comes in. As luck would have it, today's top deal is for a Corsair Vengeance 2100 Circumaural Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset for $140 with free shipping (normally $150). These cans boast a 10-hour battery life and a range of up to 40 feet.
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This is going to be a big year for PC gaming. Our sister site PC Gamer compiled a list of "The Best PC Games of 2014," and if browsing through the titles motivates you to upgrade you're gaming rig, you've come to the right place. Gamers and virtual coin miners alike will appreciate today's top deal for an XFX R9290AENFC Radeon R9 290 Graphics Card for $500 with free shipping (normally $530; use coupon code: [EMCWVTJ26]). This is a fast card with 2560 stream processors, 4GB of GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit bus, and all the modern day amenities of AMD's 28nm Hawaii architecture.
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Another year is in the books, and that means another year of digital memories (photos, videos), game sales (hello, Steam!), and more. The question is, where are you going to store it all? You could thrust your data into the cloud and hope against hackers and server outages, or pick up a burly hard drive. If you're opting for the latter, check out today's top deal for Western Digital Red 4TB IntelliPower 3.5-inch NAS Hard Drive for $175 with free shipping (normally $220; use coupon code: [EMCWVTJ22]). It's plenty capacious, has 64MB of cache, is equipped with NASware 2.0 technology, and comes backed by a 3-year warranty.
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Once the New Year hangover wears off, it will be time to kick off 2014 in style. How do you plan to ring in the New Year? If your New Year's resolution is to play more games on your PC, then you know what you need to do -- go shopping for a graphics card! You can start by looking at today's top deal for an MSI N760 Hawk GeForce GTX 760 Video Card for $270 with free shipping (normally $290; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This thing is rocking two separate BIOS chips (the LN2 BIOS completely unlocks the card), an advanced thermal design, and for a limited time, it comes with two free games (be sure to add the Nvidia Gift Holiday bundle to your cart).
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