What time is it? It's time to build a PC with our Blueprints! This month, we've built three rigs at three approximate price points: Baseline, Performance, and Ultra. Baseline gets you a powerful that is suitable for gaming and content creation at 1080p, Performance beefs everything up across the board, and Ultra is the kind of rig you build when price is no object.
These rigs are lab-tested and editor-approved. Feedback is, of course, welcome. Tell us what you think!
For years, we’ve been touting the virtues of KeePass Password Safe, a free open-source program for storing all your website passwords and associated notes behind a single master password. And to synch KeePass across multiple machines, we’ve been recommending that readers store the encrypted database on Dropbox. However, we got to wondering whether the popular browser-based password manager LastPass was a superior, one-stop solution. So this month, we invited the two free password trappers to duke it out for bragging rights.
Note: This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of the magazine.
Nvidia The Way It's Meant to be Played 2013 (Day Two)
Day two of Nvidia's The Way It's Meant to be Played event has come to a close with the green team making a bevy of announcements. The company announced that the Shield will be able to turn into a quasi-console with a future update, its innovative G-Sync monitor technology, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, and more.
Nvidia discusses next-generation graphics, new development software SDKs, and games at its Montreal event
We had the chance to check out Nvidia's The Way It's Meant to be Played 2013 event in Montreal, Canada. The two-day editor's event officially kicked off today and centered around the company's new promising game development tools which the green team asserts will usher in truly next-generation graphics. New graphical features like "Flame Works" and "FLEX" were announced along with improvements to existing tools like PhysX and more.
Though gaming is a hobby that holds different meanings for everyone, you can't deny it has a certain cathartic quality about it, especially when it comes to blowing off steam after a particularly hectic day. For some gamers, that means frantically blowing heads off of Nazi zombies, and for others it means exploring pixelated landscapes or managing a fictional city in a stress-free environment. For those looking to unwind with the latter group, we've compiled 15 of the most relaxing PC games we could find. The titles cover a wide variety of genres and interests. So put those chainsaws and shotguns away for a minute and try to relax with these awesome, non-violent games.
Six high-performance PC gaming headsets vie for a place on your ears
Bullets hiss and whine overhead. Your commander barks orders in your ear, but you’re pinned down, trapped in a wrecked construction site. The corrugated steel wall to your left pings as a smoke grenade bounces off and rolls into a nearby ravine. Overhead, a fighter jet streaks by, engines roaring.
Note: This article originally appeared in our July 2013 issue of the magazine.
We show you which MMOs will save you money and are worth your time
It wasn’t that many years ago when a paid-for subscription was the only way you could get your hands on a decent MMO experience. World of Warcraft dominated the online gaming landscape, and its success lead many other companies into the same monthly premium path.
We interview AMD to get the lowdown on the company's new, 3D immersive sound technology
Perhaps the biggest surprise—and the best kept secret of AMD’s new R7 and R9 graphics chips--was the inclusion of a new advanced audio technology dubbed TrueAudio. That’s right, a video card with audio support. With advanced PC audio considered a long forgotten technology, Maximum PC played 23 questions with AMD’s Carl Wakeland. Wakeland is a Fellow Design Engineer and considered the “author” of TrueAudio.
Maximum PC: In one sentence TrueAudio is:
AMD: A programmable audio core built into the GPU, representing our effort to breathe life into game audio environments as the programmable graphics pipeline breathed life into the diversity of PC graphics.
We love Pure PC Power, and hate noise, so we set out to satisfy both primal desires with a hand-built and almost totally silent gaming PC
The Mission Powerful computer components often run hot, which requires loud fans or expensive liquid to cool them, bringing us to a central conundrum of the PC Power lifestyle—we want a big, powerful PC, but we want it to make as little noise as possible. Not only do noisy computers make it more difficult to relax, but there’s a principle at work here—you should be the master of the space where you put your PC; you must bend it to your will, not the other way around.
Note: This article was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of the magazine.