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 system for gaming and content creation at 1080p, Performance beefs everything up across the board, and Ultra lets the dogs out.
Free alternatives to the juggernaut word processor
Microsoft Word has been the go-to word processor since the early 90s. It’s a program that anyone who’s ever used a computer will recognize and for good reason—it’s both capable and common. Documents with .doc (or .docx) extensions are ubiquitous and widely recognized as the file format of choice for formatted text files. Although it’s relatively affordable in its modern incarnations—$139.99 for home use or $6.99 a month as a subscription service (as part of the Office suite)—freeware alternatives abound and for once, they’re more than capable.
The doctor tackles Surface Pro 2, Blu-ray Blues, Win 7 Downgrade, and more
High-res gaming: SLI or no?
I have a computer with a Core i7, Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 GPU, and 8GB of RAM. I currently use a 28-inch 1920x1200 monitor. Can I upgrade to a 30-inch 2560x1600 monitor and maintain good frame rates in first-person shooters such as Battlefield 4? If not, would two GTX 760s in SLI solve this problem, or am I better off just getting a GeForce GTX 770 or 780? I would need a new motherboard in order to do SLI.
Note: This feature was originally featured in the April 2014 issue of the magazine.
There have been many militaristic shooters over the years and sussing out the best one’s can be a challenge. With that in mind, we thought we would look at the classic all-time great military-themed shooters that were able to separate themselves from the pack. Do keep in mind that we tried selecting the best/most iconic representative from a franchise as we did want to keep it balanced. You can be rest assured that all of the titles included below deserve gaming medals of honor.
What's your favorite military shooter? Let us know in the comments below.
We evaluate a collection of media players to find the best one
If we strip away everything else, your choice of car doesn't matter so long as it gets you from Point A to Point B. However, there are all kinds of factors that separate a hot rod from jalopy on wheels, including price, performance, amenities, maintenance, and more. So it goes with media players, which are vehicles for your music and movies.
Like cars, not all media players are created equal. Some are big and bulky, others are lightweight and nimble. If you all you care about is the ability to play your favorite song over and over, just about any media player will do, but why short change yourself? Of course, going through the process of testing them all is a daunting task, so it's understandable if you want to roll the dice with a random selection.
Better yet, get your click (or tap) finger ready and digest our evaluation of some the most popular (and not so popular) media players around. As we go from one selection to the next, we'll tell you what we like and despise about each one, and then pick a winner.
You may have been using Google and all its related tech for years, but we're willing to bet there's still a thing or two you could learn from a seasoned expert or even a newbie about the way the search engine functions, how it recalls information, and even how it can scrub specific websites for data in place of an on-site search option.
Check out footage of this cool, revolutionary chassis
In this video, Gordon walks you through Origin PC’s Genesis. The Genesis features the company’s custom designed and modular chassis that lets the builder add a bottom slice with additional radiators or hard drives as well as the capability to mount the motherboard tray in four orientations including reversing the tray and window. It’s truly a unique and dare we say it—revolutionary approach to case design. And yes, just like custom systems from other vendors, you can get the case—you just have to buy entire system and gut the parts. The case isn’t quite perfect though so Gordon walks you through what works and what doesn't. And no, despite what Gordon seems to imply, you can’t actually change the orientation of the motherboard willy nilly. That’s done when you order the machine and when it’s being built.
Stand back Gucci and Prada, Watermod's latest is a crocodile-skinned masterpiece
Last month's Rig of the Monthmay have been gold and black, but Mathieu Heredia's submission takes it a step further with a high-fashion inspired case mod complete with crocodile skin. Mathieu calls it the Watermod Gold 24k after the case's styling and the name of his modding team.
It’s hard to believe that Valve’s Source engine is turning 10 years old this month. We still remember being amazed at the Half-Life 2 tech demo shown back in 2003 at E3 and how we marveled at the huge leap in graphics as the notorious G-man appeared looking extremely lifelike.