Features http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/31/%252Farticle/features/forums/article/features/old_school_monday_lust_list_96 en The 10 Best Kickstarter Games http://www.maximumpc.com/The_10_best_kickstarter_games_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/the_banner_saga_small.jpg" alt="The Banner Saga" title="The Banner Saga" width="200" height="174" style="float: right;" />Great games we love made possible by crowdfunding</h3> <p>The Kickstarter scene exploded a few years back, as gamers discovered the crowdfunding platform and began to fund various video game projects. The plethora of games seeking funding ranged from new concepts to sequels that boasted new, unique features or appealed to our sense of nostalgia. Because of Kickstarter, we have seen some amazing games that have raised <a title="MPC " href="http://www.maximumpc.com/kickstart_games_one_million_2013" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">millions of dollars</span></a> in funding, such as Star Citizen and Pillars of Eternity.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, other Kickstarter projects raised much more money than their originally stated goals, thanks to an excited gaming community willing to fund them. However, over the past couple of years we’ve seen games that received funding way above their goals, then get cancelled due to not having enough funds (or other reasons).</p> <p>Clang, a project headed by science fiction author Neal Stephenson, was cancelled two years after its successful Kickstarter campaign, because of financial issues. Double Fine, which had two successful Kickstarter campaigns, has stumbled with financial issues, too. Over the past two years, quite a few projects have fallen to the wayside or not lived up to the ambitions set by the developers.</p> <p>Despite such examples, successfully funded games have slowly made their way to the community. So, we decided to list 10 Kickstarter games, in no particular order, that we feel are the best so far. However, we narrowed our list to games that have been completed and not being sold through Early Access.&nbsp;</p> <p>But before you check out the gallery, we must give an honorable mention to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/interview_frontier_developments_ceo_david_braben_about_elite_dangerous_video_2014" target="_blank">Elite: Dangerous</a>, which was recently released. It appears that it could easily make our "10 best" list but we didn't have a chance to play it before this article went to press. We will, however, consider updating this article with more high-quality AAA Kickstarter games as time progresses.</p> <p>Feel free to let us know which Kickstarter-backed game is your favorite in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/The_10_best_kickstarter_games_2014#comments 10 best Kickstarter games Chivalry Medieval Warfare Defense Grid 2 Divinity Original Sin don't starve FTL Kentucky Route Zero Kickstarter games Shadowrun Returns Shovel Knight The Banner Saga Wasteland 2 Gaming Features Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:47 +0000 Sean D Knight 29097 at http://www.maximumpc.com Best of the Best: Now Updated! http://www.maximumpc.com/best_of_the_best_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/best.jpg" alt="Best" title="Best" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Maximum PC's "Best of the Best" List Gets Updated</h3> <p>The holiday shopping is in full swing, and though Black Friday and Cyber Monday have both come and gone, deals and savings are all over the place. If you're going to shop for computer hardware, this is one of the best times of the year to do it. And as an added bonus, you can write some of this stuff off on your taxes if you're building a new system for work chores.</p> <p>Deciding to buy new hardware is the easy part. Where it gets difficult is in deciding <em>which</em> hardware to purchase. To help make things easier for you, we've gone and updated our "Best of the Best" list one last time for 2014. We have refreshed entries for graphics cards, CPUs, motherboards, and storage.</p> <p>You can check out all of our new pics in the gallery below, though keep in mind this is a small sample of the complete list, which you can <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/best-of-the-best" target="_blank">view here</a>. And hey, we know these things tend to stir up controversy, so if have a different pick in any given category, feel free to post it in the comments section along with a note as to why you think it's the best.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/best_of_the_best_2014#comments best of the best Build a PC features gallery Hardware maximum pc Features Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:32:27 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff and Paul Lilly 29010 at http://www.maximumpc.com How Logitech Is Reinventing the Mechanical Keyboard http://www.maximumpc.com/how_logitech_reinventing_mechanical_keyboard2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>We get an inside look at Logitech’s testing facilities in Switzerland</h3> <p>Logitech was once the premier PC gaming peripheral brand, but over the better part of a decade, the company shifted gears and started focusing on console accessories and other endeavors. In the years since, companies like Corsair, Razer, and SteelSeries have swooped in to take thunder away from the Switzerland-based company. With PC gaming being as big as it is today, Logitech tells us its wants to win back the hearts (and hands) of PC gamers everywhere.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/dsc01606.jpg" alt="Logitech G910" title="Logitech G910" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><strong>The new Romer-G keys feel closest to Cherry MX Brown switches.&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p>To show us its commitment to the PC market, Logitech invited us to its testing facility in Lausanne, Switzerland. The location is a vital part of the design process, as the company works with EPFL—one of the top engineering universities in Europe—which is located right next door. In addition to working with students from the university, Logitech is also working with professional gamers from League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike. The logic here is that if it’s good enough for the pros, then it’s good enough for the Joes.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/dsc01712.jpg" alt="logitech esports" title="logitech esports" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Logitech worked with League of Legends eSports team TSM and CS:GO's Cloud 9 to design its new peripherals.</strong></p> <p><em>At the facility, we toured the company’s keyboard and mouse labs. This article focuses on the company’s testing and design philosophies as they pertain to redesigning the mechanical keyboard. Stay tuned for the mouse write-up!</em></p> <p>If you’re unaware, Logitech recently released its <a title="g910" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech_develops_custom_romer-g_switches_g910_orion_spark_mechanical_keyboard_2014" target="_blank">G910 Orion Spark mechanical keyboard</a>, which is a unique offering in that unlike 90-plus percent of all other mechanical keyboards out there, it doesn't use Cherry MX switches. Instead the company opted to design its own switch.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qCvQknlT3Jc" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>We sat down with Logitech to discuss its new Romer-G switch type.</strong></p> <p>The problem with Cherry MX switches, asserts Logitech, is that they were designed over 25 years ago and were meant for typing. With that premise, the company thought the formula could use some tweaking for gaming. According to Logitech, for instance, Cherry MX keys take four millimeters to bottom out. While that isn’t a huge delay, the company set out to lessen it. Logitech worked for two years with Japanese company Omron to design an exclusive switch, and dubbed it Romer-G. Logitech says the Romer-G is 25 percent faster, taking only three millimeters to bottom out.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another problem that Cherry MX keys face pertains to LED backlighting. If you’re sitting in front of an LED-backlit keyboard with Cherry MX switches, you may notice that only the top character of any given keycap is illuminated. This is because the lighting feature is generally tacked on above the Cherry MX switches. Logitech admits that this isn’t a huge problem with English-language keyboards, but that it can ruin the experience on Korean-language keyboards, which often use both the top and bottom halves of the keycaps to display a character. To remedy this, rather than placing the LED light above the switch, Romer-G keys integrate the lights directly on top of the t-shaped center of the switches themselves. The result is a much more uniform lighting experience, which is able to highlight all parts of a keycap evenly.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/dsc01661.jpg" alt="led backlighting" title="led backlighting" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Romer-G keys provide an even lighting experience.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Speaking of keyboard lighting, the G910 Orion Spark only requires one USB cable to power both the keyboard and its RGB lighting. This is a bit of an anomaly, considering Corsair’s similar K70 RGB requires two separate USB cables, as do others. Usually, getting enough power from one USB cable to power both elements is tough. Many gamers like having the option of getting ample light out of their keyboards, but that often ends up requiring lots of power, especially when you throw multicolored keycaps into the mix. And though it’s not something users might realize off the bat, inconsistent lighting can really taint a keyboard. Things start looking like a jumbled mess if some keycaps are brighter than others. According to Logitech, achieving an extremely bright keyboard uniformity is pretty much impossible, given the constraints of a single USB port, which the company was adamant about delivering. It’s much easier to achieve uniformity at dimmer levels, but there’s a point where it gets so dim that users are dissatisfied. Logitech admitted that it had to play the balancing game between both spectrums, but feels it achieved a happy medium with its solution.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/b8IGVMWxjj8" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Logitech uses machines to test its keyboard for up to 70 million clicks.</strong></p> <p>One area in which Logitech hopes its customers are happy pertains to its rigorous testing methodology. The company guarantees its keyboards for up to 70 million cycles (clicks), which it claims is about 20 million more than its competitors. It does its testing using high-speed machines that can press keys 13 times a second (the limit of these robots). The machines do this for 62 days and, voilà! That’s where you get your 70 million clicks. What aids in the durability of its new switch types is dual-redundancy actuators. So if you spill Coke on your keyboard and one actuator gives out, there is a second actuator that acts as a backup.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/dsc01654.jpg" alt="logitech big roemer g" title="logitech big roemer g" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>We're not entirely sold on the new indented keys, but Logitech says they're optimal gaming tactility.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Another modification that Logitech incorporated into its Romer-G keys is the implementation of indented keys. We’re not sure how we feel about these keys yet, as there is a definite period of adjustment moving from the more traditional flat-facing keycap designs. Logitech says its internal surveys show that these indented keys provided a greater sense of tactility when gaming. The company claims that you really know when you click down on a button, as a result. Though initially too aggressive with the depth of its indentation (users reported that it hindered word-processing experiences), the company scaled back the depth .5 millimeters.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EB95O-FUzxg" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>In the video above, a truck runs over Logitech's G910 keyboard and all the LED lights still seem to work.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Beyond all the work that Logitech is doing on the hardware side, the company is also pushing its Arx Control mobile app. Compatible across Android and iOS devices, Logitech is working with game developers such as Valve, with the goal of allowing users to one day view in-game minimaps on their mobile devices. The app will also allow you to view your PC’s temperatures. The company’s G910 keyboard conveniently has a slot up at the top that allows you to drop in your phone or tablet of choice. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cmDZkxCa9fg" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Logitech gives us a demo of what it's Arx Pax software can potentially do.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The G910 Orion Spark is available now. Expect a full review of the keyboard in the magazine in the near future.&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/how_logitech_reinventing_mechanical_keyboard2014#comments cherry MX logitech maximum pc mechanical keyboard omron romer g switch Switzerland News Features Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:54:41 +0000 Jimmy Thang 29072 at http://www.maximumpc.com 26 Pictures from Intel's Extreme Masters eSports Event http://www.maximumpc.com/pictures_intels_extreme_masters_esports_event_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/dsc02268.jpg" alt="lol " title="lol " width="150" height="267" style="float: right;" />Intel's first IEM gaming event in North America</h3> <p>This weekend Intel hosted its first <a title="intel extreme masters" href="http://en.intelextrememasters.com/season9/sanjose/" target="_blank">Intel Extreme Masters</a> gaming event in North America. The PC gaming/eSport event took place at the SAP Center in San Jose, California and featured a $50,000 League of Legends tournament and a $25,000 StarCraft II tournament.</p> <p>In addition to the aforementioned matches, which were all streamed online, there were several hardware vendors like Corsair, Roccat, Gigabyte, and more on the show floor showing gamers their latest PC hardware.&nbsp;</p> <p>We took over 20 pictures from the show floor that highlighted some of the booths, costumes, and games from IEM in the gallery below. If Intel held another event next year, would you like to go? Let us know in the comments section!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/pictures_intels_extreme_masters_esports_event_2014#comments cloud 9 esl esports gaming event intel masters extreme League of Legends lol north america StarCraft II Gaming News Features Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:39:40 +0000 Jimmy Thang 29056 at http://www.maximumpc.com Interview with Elite Dangerous CEO David Braben http://www.maximumpc.com/interview_frontier_developments_ceo_david_braben_about_elite_dangerous_video_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/elite_dangerous_braben.jpg" alt="David Braben" title="David Braben" width="200" height="141" style="float: right;" />Game will support 4K and 16K</h3> <p>Elite: Dangerous is almost upon us and we are excited, even though the game was not one of our <a title="The 20 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2014" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/20_most_anticipated_pc_games_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">most anticipated PC games of 2014</span></a>. Created by Frontier Developments, the sci-fi combat simulator is the fourth installment in the Elite game franchise that also features trading and space exploration in a 1:1 scale of our own universe. <strong>Maximum PC had the opportunity to interview Frontier Developments CEO David Braben</strong>, courtesy of Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X5BdtK-ZdHI" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Braben, who founded <a title="Frontier Developments homepage" href="http://www.frontier.co.uk/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Frontier Developments</span></a> back in 1994, talked about how the game’s setting is a recreation of our universe and, when asked about how the universe in the game is modeled after our own, he replied, “Every single star in the night sky, that you can see, is in the game. Even the really faint ones. So we can see 6,000-7,000 in the night sky and they are all in the game. So are the full 160,000 that we got from star catalogues and other sources.”</p> <p>The interview goes on to cover other topics such as what gamers can do in the game, virtual reality support, whether or not a person can become stranded while exploring, why the developer decided to have the game support 16K, and Develop Frontiers’ decision to do regarding playing single player offline.</p> <p>“We found it increasingly difficult to do, and I think this has upset some people, is the wholly offline play,” Braben replied when asked about the single player campaign. “The game was still going to be downloaded, but the ability to play wholly offline is something we found increasingly difficult to offer.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Be sure to watch the <a title="MPC Interview with David Braben" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5BdtK-ZdHI&amp;list=UUdLWXfNqKICJBpE8jVMm6_w" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">entire interview</span></a> for his full explanation about the company's apporach to the single player campaign and let us know what you think of the interview in the comment section below.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/interview_frontier_developments_ceo_david_braben_about_elite_dangerous_video_2014#comments 16K David Braben elite Elite Dangerous Frontier Developments interview Gaming News Features Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:10:26 +0000 Sean D Knight and Jimmy Thang 29045 at http://www.maximumpc.com Graphics Porn (Holiday 2014): Wreckfest, Unity, Call of Duty, and More http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_holiday_2014_wreckfest_unity_call_duty_and_more <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/zyucagj.jpg" alt="AC Unity" title="AC Unity" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />Showcasing the sexiest, most photogenic game screenshots this side of the Internet</span></h3> <p>It's the holiday season, which means that gamers everywhere will soon sit down and soon have a chance to catch up on their massive backlogs. To commemorate the occasion, we've compiled a gallery of spectacular screenshots to get your gaming taste buds going. We’ve reached out to members of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/gamerporn" target="_blank">r/GamerPorn</a>&nbsp;to fill out the submissions for the this month's&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/graphics_porn" target="_blank">Graphics Porn</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Whether you've been following our <a title="screenshots" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/how_take_great_video_game_screenshots_2014" target="_blank">handy-dandy guide on how to capture beautiful-looking game screens</a>&nbsp;</span>or&nbsp;<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">simply print-screening some beautiful wallpaper-worthy game moments, we want to be able to share your captured works of art with the world. If you think you can do better than the pictures submitted below, please email your screenshots to&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-color: transparent; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" href="mailto:mpcgraphicsporn@gmail.com" target="_blank">mpcgraphicsporn@gmail.com</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">&nbsp;so we can show them off. Make sure to include the name of the game, a title for the screenshot, and a description of what's happening on-screen.</span></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_holiday_2014_wreckfest_unity_call_duty_and_more#comments assassin's creed unity call of duty Graphics Porn Skyrim Wreckfest Gaming News Features Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:31:04 +0000 Ben Kim 28939 at http://www.maximumpc.com Hands-on with the Sixense Stem VR Controller http://www.maximumpc.com/sixense_stem_system_preview_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/stem.png" alt="stem" title="stem" width="100" height="172" style="float: right;" />This may be the best way to control virtual reality</h3> <p>While <a title="crescent bay" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/new_%E2%80%98crescent_bay%E2%80%99_rift_prototype_impresses_better_display_360-degree_tracking" target="_blank">virtual reality headsets</a> are going through a renaissance period, VR controllers are still stuck in the Wild West. Many companies are trying to find the best ways to allow you to interact in these virtual worlds, but unfortunately, there is no clear great way to do it quite yet. To be fair, coming up with a solution that allows people to reach out into virtual worlds to pick up things with their hands is no easy task, but if anyone’s got a fighting chance at solving the puzzle, it’s <a title="sixense" href="http://sixense.com/wireless" target="_blank">Sixense</a>.</p> <p>If the company’s name sounds familiar, it’s because Sixense teamed up with Razer back in 2011 to develop the Wii remote–like <a title="razer hydra" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/razer_hydra_review" target="_blank">Razer Hydra motion controller</a>. While the device failed to make a big splash when it first launched, once the Oculus Rift development kit units started rolling out, the Razer Hydras quickly flew off shelves. They are now no longer in stock and go for a pretty penny on eBay.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7RtyMdw26BY" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The main issue currently holding back the Hydra is its wires. This isn’t the case with the company’s new STEM controllers, however. Not only is the device wireless, but Stem aims to offer a 1:1 movement experience with just 4.2 milliseconds of latency. And, while the Oculus Rift is intended to be used while sitting, the Sixense Stem is aiming to extend VR to standing experiences. It does this by foregoing DK2’s camera and instead opting for what the company refers to as its Stem pack. The Stem pack looks like a laptop battery that’s anchored on to the backside of the Rift’s headstrap. By doing this, it provides a much greater range of movement and users don’t have to deal with camera line-of-sight issues, which is currently a problem with the DK2. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="http://sixense.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/wireless_banner1.jpg" alt="sixense stem" title="sixense stem" width="640" height="332" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Sixense Stem system will support up to five points of contact.</strong></p> <p>We had a chance to try the Sixense Stem at the company’s Los Gatos location and got to play a variety of demos, the first of which was the company’s awesome lightsaber demo. The Stem System has a docking station for the controllers, and when you pick one up, you also pick up a virtual lightsaber within the demo. Flicking the light saber to turn it on felt incredibly immersive. Simply put, waving the lightsaber about just felt right. Toward the end of the demo, we got to deflect lasers from a droid and felt like Luke Skywalker on Tatooine.</p> <p>The second demo we tried out took us to a shooting range. Shooting with the virtual gun felt accurate, and you could even use the in-game sights on top of the pistol to aim. It reminded us of the first time we played Wii bowling, albeit in a much more violent fashion.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://sixense.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/stem_system04.jpg" alt="stem pack" title="stem pack" width="640" height="265" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Rather than rely on Oculus' camera for positional tracking, Sixense uses it's own Stem pack attachment.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The last demo we tried was one in which we walked around a virtual office using one of the Stem controller’s thumb sticks. Playing it standing up, we experienced some locomotion issues, in that our eyes were telling our brain that we were walking forward, but our body was not. It was definitely dizzying and goes back to the issue that properly nailing down VR controls is a tough problem to solve. Sea-leg issues aside, it felt great swiping books off of book shelves.</p> <p>The Stem controller will also allow you to 3D print attachments to the top of the controllers, in case you wanted to add a sword or gun attachment. While this may sound silly given the fact that you won’t be able to see them with a VR headset on, Sixense believes it could help with the weight distribution of peripherals and make the experience more believable.</p> <p>Beyond VR, Sixense also believes the Stem controllers can be used to shape 3D printed objects. The company is creating what it’s billing as a “gamified two-point of control CAD-engine” called Make VR. You’ll be able to use it without the Oculus Rift, the idea being that it will be an easy and intuitive interface that will allow you to create and edit 3D-printable objects.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/razerhydra-600.jpg" alt="razer hydra" title="razer hydra" width="600" height="399" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Remember the Razer Hydra? Sixense collaborated with Razer to develop it.</strong></p> <p>The device is scheduled to ship "soon." Time will tell if it ends up becoming the VR controller of choice.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/sixense_stem_system_preview_2014#comments controller motion contols oculus rift Preview razer hydra sixense stem virtual reality vr News Features Wed, 03 Dec 2014 22:43:39 +0000 Jimmy Thang 29029 at http://www.maximumpc.com Geek Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Stocking Stuffers http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_stocking_stuffers <!--paging_filter--><h3 style="text-align: left;">Jump To:</h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014"><strong>PC Hardware</strong></a><br /><strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_gadgets_gear_mobile">Gadgets, Gear &amp; Mobile</a><br /><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_soft_gifts">Soft Gifts<br /></a></strong></p> <h3>Stocking Stuffers</h3> <p>We'd all love to unwrap a shiny new $2,200 gaming laptop, but not everyone lives in homes with solid gold toilets. So, we'e picked a handful of stocking stuffers that would delight any PC enthusiast.</p> <p><em>*Note: Prices reflect time of print. They are subject to change.</em></p> <table style="width: 100%;" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left"><strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_soft_gifts">PREVIOUS PAGE: SOFT GIFTS<br /></a></strong></td> <td style="text-align: right;"><a title="pc hardware" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014"><strong>BACK TO FIRST PAGE: PC HARDWARE</strong>&nbsp;</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_stocking_stuffers#comments buyer's guide computer games geek's buyers guide gifts Hardware Holiday maximum pc Features Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:29:55 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff and Paul Lilly 28935 at http://www.maximumpc.com Geek Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Soft Gifts http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_soft_gifts <!--paging_filter--><h3 style="text-align: left;">Jump To:</h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014"><strong>PC Hardware</strong></a><br /><strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_gadgets_gear_mobile">Gadgets, Gear &amp; Mobile</a><br /><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_stocking_stuffers">Stocking Stuffers<br /></a></strong></p> <h3>Games &amp; Software</h3> <p>Rockstar Games sure is taking its sweet little time porting Grand Theft Auto V over to the PC, but we'll get it soon enough. In the meantime, there are plenty of other games worth gifting. If you're feeling particularly cheap, send your recipient the URL to download Dota 2 (it's free!). Otherwise, you can't go wrong with any games on this list.</p> <p><em>*Note: Prices reflect time of print. They are subject to change.</em></p> <table style="width: 100%;" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left"><strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_gadgets_gear_mobile">PREVIOUS PAGE: GADGETS, GEAR &amp; MOBILE<br /></a></strong></td> <td align="right"><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_stocking_stuffers"><strong>NEXT PAGE: STOCKING STUFFERS</strong></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_soft_gifts#comments buyer's guide computer games geek's buyers guide gifts Hardware Holiday maximum pc Software Features Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:29:17 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff and Paul Lilly 28934 at http://www.maximumpc.com Geek Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Gadgets, Gear, & Mobile http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_gadgets_gear_mobile <!--paging_filter--><h3>Jump To:</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014">PC Hardware</a><br /><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_soft_gifts">Soft Gifts</a><br /><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_stocking_stuffers">Stocking Stuffers</a></strong></p> <h3>Holiday Geek Gadgets and Mobile</h3> <p>If the person or people you're giving gifts to this season already own rockin' PCs, then why not turn your attention to supplementary items. That's where our gadgets and mobile recommendations come into play. From a gnarly new router to a swank gaming tablet, you can't go wrong with any of these gift ideas.</p> <p><em>*Note: Prices reflect time of print. They are subject to change.</em></p> <table style="width: 100%;" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left"><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014"><strong>PREVIOUS PAGE: PC HARDWARE</strong></a></td> <td align="right"><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_soft_gifts"><strong>NEXT PAGE: SOFT GIFTS</strong></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014_-_gadgets_gear_mobile#comments buyer's guide Christmas gadgets geek's buyers guide gifts Hardware Holiday shopping Features Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:28:48 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff and Paul Lilly 28933 at http://www.maximumpc.com Geek Holiday Gift Guide 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maximumpc.com/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2014#comments buyer's guide Christmas components features gifts Hardware Holiday maximum pc online shopping Features Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:28:09 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff and Paul Lilly 28932 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cyber Monday (and Lingering Black Friday) Deals 2014 Round Up http://www.maximumpc.com/black_friday_ads_2014_round <!--paging_filter--><p>We love this time of the year, as it affords us an excuse to stuff mounds of moist turkey and other delicious fixings down our gullets (while only feeling semi-guilty about it), houses and neighborhoods are dressed up with decorative lights and lawn ornaments, kids are suddenly on their best behavior in hopes of earning heaps of toys, and the sales -- oh, the sales!</p> <p>It starts with <strong>Black Friday</strong> and continues with <strong>Cyber Monday</strong>. If you're like us, you don't have any intention of heading into the city on Black Friday only be shoved, stepped on, and perhaps even <a href="http://youtu.be/oHulRDk__ko?t=31s" target="_blank">punched in the jejunum</a> by rapid shoppers making a mad dash toward the electronics section to score a discount on what little stock might be available. Why go through all that nonsense when you can shop deals from home?</p> <p>Black Friday is done and over with, at least it's supposed to be, so we're begun posting Cyber Monday deals and will continue to add to the pile are more become available. However, many of the 'old' deals are still valid and will run through the weekend, so don't be shy about clicking on a lin k!</p> <p><em>Note: We focused mostly on PC hardware deals. For more gadget-oriented deals, visit our sister site TechRadar for more&nbsp;<a title="black friday" href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/black-friday-deals-1272737" target="_blank">Black Friday</a> and&nbsp;<a title="Cyber Monday" href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/cyber-monday-deals-1272798" target="_blank">Cyber Monday</a>&nbsp;deals.</em></p> <p><img src="/files/u69/blackfriday_2014.jpg" alt="Black Friday 2014" title="Black Friday 2014" width="620" height="412" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Original Image Credit: Flickr (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettneilson/5194974009" target="_blank">Brett Neilson</a>)</span></p> <p>As we've done for the past several years, we're scouring the web for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on PC parts and other electronics we think might be of interest. Just scroll to the category that interests you and click your way through to an awesome deal on that upgrade you've been waiting to make.</p> <p>The format will be the same as last year -- Black Friday deals will be labeled with "(BF)" next to the link and we'll tag Cyber Monday deals with "(CM)" in the same manner. As deals expire, we'll cross them out but leave them clickable (it never hurts to double check, right?).</p> <p>For the most part, we'll focus on deals that don't require a mail-in-rebate, though we won't omit them entirely. The ones we include will have an asterisk next to them.</p> <p>Finally, we will be continually updating our list of links, so check back often, especially as some deals have a tendency to sell out fast. Also, if you know of a deal that should be included, feel free to share it in the comments section below.</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/amazon_box_3.jpg" alt="Amazon Box" title="Amazon Box" width="620" height="414" /></p> <p>We're giving Amazon it's own category because from Monday, November 24 through Black Friday weekend, the online retailer will be running new deals as often as every 10 minutes. Prices will be valid at select times and while supplies last.</p> <p>You'll find these deals at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/blackfriday?tag=mpcedit-20" target="_blank">www.amazon.com/blackfriday</a>.</p> <h3>CPU/Processors</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/haswell_0.jpg" alt="Haswell" title="Haswell" width="620" height="448" /></p> <p>AMD FX-6350 Vishera 6-Core 3.9GHZ Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113327&amp;Tpk=19-113-327?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$110, Newegg (BF)</a><br />AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113285&amp;Tpk=19-113-285?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$120, Newegg (BF)</a><br />AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4GHz (4.2GHZ Turbo) AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284&amp;Tpk=19-113-284?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$150, Newegg (BF)</a><br />AMD FX-8370 Vishera 8-Core 4GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113374&amp;Tpk=19-113-374?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$170, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i7 4790 Haswell 3.6GHz Quad Core: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116987&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-ProcessorsDesktops-_-19116987-S1A1A" target="_blank">$289 (coupon code: EMCWWHF22), Newegg (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i5 4430 Haswell 3.0GHz Quad Core: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116895&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-ProcessorsDesktops-_-19116895-S1A1B" target="_blank">$175 (coupon code: EMCWWHF23), Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>RAM and Digital Media</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/corsair_vengeance_3.jpg" alt="Corsair Vengeance" title="Corsair Vengeance" width="620" height="414" /></p> <p>Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226337" target="_blank">$152, Newegg (BF)</a><br />GeIL Evo Veloce Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144615" target="_blank">$125, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Adata XPG V1.0 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211861&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$80, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Adata XPG V2 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2400: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211772&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$76, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Kingston 4GB DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239312&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$40, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226394&amp;cm_re=mushkin_enhanced_blackline_16gb-_-20-226-394-_-Product" target="_blank">$119, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180&amp;Tpk=20-233-180&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$73, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233538&amp;Tpk=20-233-538&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$140, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148545&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$128, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2x8GB: DDR3-1600 Low Profile: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148657&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$145, Newegg (BF)<br /></a>G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20231314-S1A0D" target="_blank">$55, Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>Storage</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/pny_optima_480gb.jpg" alt="PNY Optima 480GB SSD" title="PNY Optima 480GB SSD" width="620" height="386" /></p> <p>Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Black: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178435&amp;Tpk=22-178-435?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Red: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178438&amp;Tpk=22-178-438?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Blue: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178437&amp;Tpk=22-178-437?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Silver: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178436&amp;Tpk=22-178-436?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB 64MB Cache, SATA 6Gbps, 3.5-inch Hard Drive: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236604&amp;Tpk=22-236-604?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$130, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178501&amp;Tpk=22-178-501&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$145, Newegg (BF)</a><br />WD Elements 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236807&amp;Tpk=22-236-807&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$111, Newegg (BF)</a><br />PNY Optima 480GB SSD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178742&amp;Tpk=20-178-742&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$160 (after $20 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 480GB SSD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239757&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$180, Newegg (BF)</a><br />WD Black Series 2TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6Gbps: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236624&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$115, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Samsung 840 Evo 1TB SSD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147251&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-InternalSSDs-_-20147251-S1A0B" target="_blank">$360, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Crucial M500 240GB SSD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148694&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-InternalSSDs-_-20148694-S1A0A" target="_blank">$90, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB SSD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820721107&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-InternalSSDs-_-20721107-S1A0C" target="_blank">$50, Newegg (BF)</a><br />OCZ Vertex 240GB SSD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820228106&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-InternalSSDs-_-20228106-S1A1C" target="_blank">$80, Newegg (BF)</a></p> <p><em>Click the next page for graphics cards, motherboards, PSU deals, and more!</em></p> <hr /> <h3>Video Cards</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_front.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980" width="620" height="280" /></p> <p>Sapphire Tri-X OC Radeon R9 290: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202080&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$270 ($250 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127773&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$330 ($300 after $30 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />MSI Radeon R9 270X R9 270X Gaming: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127761&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$160 ($140 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />MSI Radeon R9 280 Gaming 3G: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127789" target="_blank">$185 ($155 after $30 MIR), Newegg (BF)*<br /></a>MSI R9 270X Gaming: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127794" target="_blank">$150 ($130 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte G-Sync Support GeForce GTX 750: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125510&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$105 ($90 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127789" target="_blank"><br /></a>EVGA G-Sync GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified Kingpin Edition: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487037&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-DesktopGraphicsCards-_-14487037-S1A5D" target="_blank">$520 ($490 after $30 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />EVGA SuperClocked G-Sync GeForce GTX 760 w/ ACX Cooler: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130932&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$195 ($175 after $20 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />XFX Double D Radeon R9 280X: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150678&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-DesktopGraphicsCards-_-14150678-S2A1B" target="_blank">$230 ($200 after $30 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a></p> <h3>Motherboards</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/asus_x99-deluxe.jpg" alt="Asus X99-Deluxe" title="Asus X99-Deluxe" width="620" height="439" /></p> <p>ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157503&amp;Tpk=13-157-503?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$108.79, Newegg (BF)</a><br />MSI X99S MPOWER ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130793" target="_blank">$230, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 ATX AMD Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131851&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$135 ($120 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />ASRock Z97 Extreme4 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157503&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$128.79 ($108.97 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Asus X99-A ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132261&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$235, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus Z97-E ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132287" target="_blank">$129, Newegg (BF)</a><br />MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130769&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$140 ($125 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128709&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$135 ($120 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />ASRock Z97 Pro3 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157508" target="_blank">$90 ($80 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />ASRock FM2A88X-ITX Mini ITX AMD Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157464" target="_blank">$89 ($79 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)</a><br />ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157501&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$115 ($100 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H ATX Intel Motehrboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128707&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$150 ($130 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte GA-G1.Sniper Z97 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128706&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$140 ($120 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Asus Z97-Pro ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132116&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$153, Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>Cases, Power Supplies, and Accessories</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/cm_haf_xb_evo.jpg" alt="Cooler Master XB EVO" title="Cooler Master XB EVO" width="620" height="410" /></p> <p>Antec NeoECO C 620W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$60 ($35 after $25 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Rosewill Stallion Series 500W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182044&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$40 ($25 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Raidmax Cobra 400W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152052&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$25 ($15 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Modular: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153198&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$90 ($70 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Thermaltake 850W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153205&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$120 ($100 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Rosewill Stealth Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147232" target="_blank">$60 ($50 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Cooler Master Cosmos SE Case: <a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/149ee8e75e818475" target="_blank">$120 ($80 after $40 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Cooler Master N600 Case: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119298" target="_blank">$80 ($50 after mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Cooler Master HAF XB EVO: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119265" target="_blank">$90 ($70 after $20 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Cooler Master Silent Pro M2-1000W Power Supply: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171076" target="_blank">$130 ($90 after $40 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099" target="_blank">$35 ($30 after $5 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Logitech MK550 Wave Comfort Keyboard + Mouse Combo: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/lwwcmk550ep" target="_blank">$50, Dell (BF)</a><br />Up to 40 Percent Off Refurbished Cases: <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/deals?utm_source=Email&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_campaign=Black%20Friday%2040%25%20Off%20Refurbs" target="_blank">40 Percent Off, Corsair (BF)</a><br />Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (refurbished): <a href="http://www.corsair.com/~/media/Corsair/landing-pages/deals/blackfriday2014/BLACK-FRIDAY-26-30/Nov26-Nov-30_Black-Friday-LP-112514_06.jpg" target="_blank">$91, Corsair (BF)</a>Corsair Vengeance M65 FPS Laser Gaming Mouse (refurbished): <a href="http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-m65-fps-laser-gaming-mouse-gunmetal-black-refurbished" target="_blank">$30, Corsair (BF)</a><br />Corsair Vengeance M95 Performance MMO and RTS Laser Gaming Mouse (refurbished): <a href="http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-m95-performance-mmo-and-rts-laser-gaming-mouse-gunmetal-black-refurbished" target="_blank">$39, Corsair (BF)</a><br />Corsair Vengeance 2100 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset (refurbished): <a href="http://www.corsair.com/vengeance-2100-dolby-7-1-wireless-gaming-headset-refurbished" target="_blank">$58.49, Corsair (BF)</a><br />Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High Power 2.1 PC Speaker System (refurbished): <a href="http://www.corsair.com/gaming-audio-series-sp2500-high-power-2-1-pc-speaker-system-refurbished" target="_blank">$145, Corsair (BF)</a><br />Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2014 Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Razer-BlackWidow-Ultimate-Mechanical-Keyboard/dp/B00IG3GPTS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1417420857&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=blackwidow+keyboard" target="_blank">$90, Amazon (CM)</a></p> <h3>Desktop Systems</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc.jpg" alt="Origin PC" title="Origin PC" width="620" height="516" /></p> <p>CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme H710 Desktop PC Intel Core i7 4790K, 8GB DDR3, 2TB HDD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229495&amp;Tpk=83-229-495?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$800, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Dell i3647-1846BLK Desktop PC Celeron G1840 (2.8GHz), 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883156310&amp;Tpk=83-156-310?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$300, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Dell Inspiron Small Desktop: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-3646-small-desktop/pd?oc=fddont7101h" target="_blank">$200, Dell (BF)</a> - starting at 8AM EST Nov 28<br />AMD FX-6300, 8GB DDR3, Radeon R9 270X, 1TB HDD, 14X Blu-ray Writer, Windows 8.1: <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/" target="_blank">$839, iBuyPower (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i5 4460, 8GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 750 Ti, 1TB HDD, 14X Blu-ray Writer, Win 8.1: <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/" target="_blank">$899, iBuyPower (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i7 5820K, 8GB DDR4, GeForce GT 740, 1TB HDD, 14X Blu-ray Writer, Win 8.1: <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/" target="_blank">$1,199, iBuyPower (BF)</a><br />Up to $200 off + free shipping + free games + free 4-year warranty: <a href="http://www.digitalstormonline.com/holiday-promotion.asp" target="_blank">Free Upgrades, Digital Storm (BF)</a><br />Free shipping + Up to $150 Amazon gift card + game codes + Elite Gaming peripherals: <a href="http://www.originpc.com/promotion/2014/black-friday/" target="_blank">Origin PC (BF) + (CM)</a><br />iBuyPower Source Series NE654X Desktop, AMD FX-8320, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, GeForce GTX 750: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227595" target="_blank">$600, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus Chromebox-M004u, Celeron 2955U, 2GB DDR3, 16GB SSD, Chrome OS: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220572&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$114, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Free upgrades and more: <a href="http://http://www.maingear.com/bf2014" target="_blank">Free upgrades, Maingear (CM)</a></p> <p><em>Click the next page for laptop, tablet, game deals, and more!</em></p> <hr /> <h3>Notebooks/Utrabooks/Ultrathins/Convertibles</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_6.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="620" height="297" /></p> <p>Asus C300MA-DB01 Chromebook Intel Celeron N2830, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB eMMC, 13.3-inch: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231756&amp;Tpk=34-231-756?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$200, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus ROG GL551JK-EH71 Gaming Laptop: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232195&amp;Tpk=34-232-195?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$880, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus Transformer Book FLip TP500LA-EB31T 15.6-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop, Core i3 4030U: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232188&amp;Tpk=34-232-188?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$449, Newegg (BF)</a><br />HP 250 G3 (G4U96UT#ABA) 15.6-inch Notebook, Intel Core i3 3217U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Win 7: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834258964&amp;Tpk=34-258-964?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$360, Newegg (BF)</a><br />HP 350 G1 (K4L54UT#ABA) 15.6-inch Notebook, Intel Core i5 4210U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834259734&amp;Tpk=34-259-734?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$440, Newegg (BF)</a><br />HP EliteBook 840 G1 14-inch Ultrabook, Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 180GB SSD, Windows 7: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834257686&amp;Tpk=34-257-686?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$600, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Lenovo Y50 (59426157) Gaming Laptop: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834317542&amp;Tpk=34-317-542?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$1,000, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Surface Pro 3 Core i5: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/buy" target="_blank">$100 Off, Microsoft Store, (BF)</a><br />Surface Pro 3 Core i7: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/buy" target="_blank">$150 Off, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Surace 2: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/buy" target="_blank">$150 Off, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15-3531-laptop/pd?oc=fndoc3001b" target="_blank">Dell, $190 (BF)</a> - starting at 12AM EST Nov 28<br />Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-11-3147-laptop/pd?c=us&amp;cs=19&amp;l=en&amp;s=dhs&amp;~ck=mn" target="_blank">$350, Dell (BF)</a> - starting at 8AM EST Nov 28<br />HP Stream 13 Signature Edition Laptop, 13.3-inch, Intel Celeron N2840, 2GB RAM: <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/HP-Stream-13-Signature-Edition-Laptop/productID.309174500" target="_blank">$199, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Vizio 15.6-inch Thin + Light Ultrabook: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1602495/vizio-156-in-thin-light-ultrabook-laptop.jsp" target="_blank">$1,170, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus, 13.3-inch QHD+ Touch, Core i5: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/pcs/NP940X3G-K06US" target="_blank">$1,100, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus, 13.3-inch QHD+ Touch, Core i7: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/pcs/NP940X3G-K04US" target="_blank">$1,500, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Apple 21.5-inch iMac, intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-21-5-imac-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive/2680419.p?id=1219075853336&amp;amp;skuId=2680419" target="_blank">$900, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Microsoft Surface 2, Nvidia Tegra 4, 2GB RAM, 32GB, Magnesium: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/microsoft-surface-2-32gb-magnesium/2147025.p?id=1219070148389&amp;amp;skuId=2147025" target="_blank">$300, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Toshiba Radius 2-in-1 15.6-inch Touch Laptop, Core i7: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/toshiba-radius-2-in-1-15-6-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-satin-gold/6129127.p?id=1219191180245&amp;amp;skuId=6129127" target="_blank">$700, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />HP Pavilion 17.3-inch Laptop, Core i5, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavilion-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i5-4gb-memory-750gb-hard-drive-natural-silver-ash-silver/9065377.p?id=1219389051972&amp;amp;skuId=9065377" target="_blank">$400, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series Touch, Core i5, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/fncwg2319bf" target="_blank">$580, Dell (BF)</a><br />Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series Non-Touch, Core i5, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/fnbfh2408h" target="_blank">$600, Dell (BF)</a><br />Lenovo Miix 2 11 11.6-inch FHD, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 8.1: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/special/shellshocker.aspx?utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-MECH-_-ShellShocker-EB2B&amp;et_cid=13421&amp;et_rid=2530165&amp;et_p1=" target="_blank">$600, Newegg (BF)</a><br />HP Natural Silver 17.3-inch Paviliion 17-f029wm lapptop, AMD A6-6310: <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Natural-Silver-17.3-Pavilion-17-f029wm-Laptop-PC-with-AMD-Quad-Core-A6-6310-APU-Processor-4GB-Memory-750GB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-8.1/39500063" target="_blank">$398, Walmart (CM)</a><br />Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro: <a href="http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/lenovo/yoga-laptop-series/yoga-laptop-2-pro/?redir=y&amp;redirsrc=4" target="_blank">$929 (eCoupon BFDOOR8037), Lenovo (CM)</a><br />MSI GT70 Dominator, Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, GTX 860M: <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=9196825&amp;sku=RSC-102598293" target="_blank">$1,200, TigerDirect (CM)</a></p> <h3>Mobile Handheld Devices</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/shield_tablet.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield Tablet" title="Nvidia Shield Tablet" width="620" height="397" /></p> <p>HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet: <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/HP-Stream-7-Signature-Edition-Tablet/productID.308781500" target="_blank">$99, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Asus ME70C-8G-BK Intel Atom Z2520 1GB LPDDR2 RAM, 8GB eMMC, 7-inch Tablet, Android 4.3: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232192&amp;Tpk=34-232-192?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$90, Newegg (BF)</a><br />iView SupraPad i700-8G 7-inch Tablet, Intel Atom, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 8GB, Android 4.4: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834757022&amp;Tpk=34-757-022?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$50, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Lenovo Miix 2 11.6-inch 2-in-1 Tablet, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Windows 8.1 with Dock: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834317595&amp;Tpk=34-317-595?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$450, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Lumia 830 FitBit Bundle: <a href="http://www.att.com/global-search/search.jsp?App_ID=HOME&amp;autoSuggest=FALSE&amp;tabPressed=FALSE&amp;q=Lumia+830+#!/Shop/Wireless/Wireless%20phones%20&amp;%20devices/" target="_blank">$99, AT&amp;T (BF)</a><br />Dell Venue 7 3000 Series Tablet: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/dell-venue-7-3740-tablet/pd?oc=ftcwt01" target="_blank">$100, (BF)</a> - starting at 6PM EST Nov 27<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 16GB: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-galaxy-tab-pro-8-4-16gb-black/3715001.p?id=1219093181535" target="_blank">$200, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 16GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-T330NYKAXAR" target="_blank">$200, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 16GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-T530NYKAXAR" target="_blank">$250, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 16GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-T800NZWAXAR" target="_blank">$400, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Wi-Fi 32GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-P6000ZWVXAR" target="_blank">$500, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 32GB Wi-Fi: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-P9000ZKVXAR" target="_blank">$600, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Nvidia Shield Tablet 32GB LTE + Half Life 2 + Half Life 2 Episode 1 + Portal: <a href="http://shield.nvidia.com/promotions/" target="_blank">$399, Razer (BF)</a><br />Nvidia Shield + Carrying Case + Glossy Black Armor: <a href="http://shield.nvidia.com/promotions/" target="_blank">$199, Razer (BF)</a><br />Dell Venue 8 3000 Series 16GB: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/ftdny01p2" target="_blank">$150, Dell (BF)</a><br />Dell Venue 7 3000 Series 16GB: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/ftdnv701p2" target="_blank">$100, Dell (BF)</a><br />Dell Venue 11 Pro 500 Series + Dell Slim Keyboard: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/ftdnd02p" target="_blank">$500, Dell (BF)</a><br />Monster M7 7-inch Tablet 16GB, 1.5GHz dual-core, 1280x800: <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Monster-M7-7-Tablet-16GB-Memory-Dual-Core/26890126" target="_blank">$80, Walmart (CM)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Tablet, 16GB: <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-4-10.1-Tablet-16GB/35822396" target="_blank">$249, Walmart (CM)</a><br />Nextbook 8-inch Tablet, 16GB, Windows 8.1: <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nextbook-8-Tablet-16GB-Windows-8.1-Bonus-16GB-Micro-SD-Card/38334382" target="_blank">$99, Walmart (CM)</a><br />Apple iPad Air 1 + Justin Case: <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-iPad-Air-16GB-Wi-Fi-Bonus-Justin-Case-Rechargeable-Power-Case/32905645" target="_blank">$400+, Walmart (CM)</a><br />Nintendo 3DS XL New Super Mario Bros 2 Limited Edition: <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nintendo-3DS-XL-New-Super-Mario-Bros-2-Limited-Edition-Handheld/40484692" target="_blank">$150, Walmart (CM)</a><br />Xbox One w/o Kinect Console Bundle w/ Halo Master Chief Collection: <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Xbox-One-without-Kinect-Console-Bundle-with-Halo-Master-Chief-Collection-Walmart-Exclusive/39745594" target="_blank">$349, Walmart (CM)</a></p> <h3>Monitors</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/dell_monitor_0.jpg" alt="Dell Monitor" title="Dell Monitor" width="620" height="523" /></p> <p>Dell P2314H 23-inch IPS: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260148&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$190, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Samsung SD300 Series S24D300HL 23.6-inch LED Monitor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001911&amp;Tpk=24-001-911&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$110, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Samsung S24D300H 24-inch LED Monitor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824022019&amp;Tpk=24-022-019&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$120, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Samsung S22C300H Translucent Red Gradation 21.5-inch LED Monitor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001796&amp;Tpk=24-001-796&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$110, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Dell E2414Hr 24-inch Monitor: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/e2414hrsapep" target="_blank">$100, Dell (BF)</a><br />Dell E2215HV 1080p 22-inch Monitor: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/e2215hvsapep" target="_blank">$100, Dell (BF)</a><br />Dell UltraSharp 22-inch UZ2215H Monitor: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/uz2215hsapep" target="_blank">$180, Dell (BF)</a><br />Dell E2715H 27-inch Monitor: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/e2715hsapep" target="_blank">$200, Dell (BF)</a><br />Dell UltraSharp 24-inch U2414H: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/u2414hsapep" target="_blank">$250, Dell (BF)</a><br />Dell UltraSharp 24-inch U2412M: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/u2412mep" target="_blank">$270, Dell (BF)</a></p> <h3>Games and Software</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/codaw.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="620" height="350" /></p> <p>Minecraft for Xbox 360: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1540108/minecraft-for-xbox-360.jsp" target="_blank">$21, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Lego Star Wars Complete Saga Wii: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1540096/lego-star-wars-the-complete-saga-for-nintendo-wii.jsp" target="_blank">$26.33, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Battlefield 4 for PC: <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/deals/sale/blackfriday-sale" target="_blank">$15, Origin (BF)</a> - hit the link to save up to 75 percent a whole bunch of PC games on Origin<br />NovaBACKUP Professional 16.5: <a href="http://www.novastor.com/en/landing/black-friday/deals/site" target="_blank">$30, NovaStor (BF)</a><br />NovaBACKUP Server 16.5: <a href="http://www.novastor.com/en/landing/black-friday/deals/site" target="_blank">$200, NovaStor (BF)</a><br />NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16.5: <a href="http://www.novastor.com/en/landing/black-friday/deals/site" target="_blank">$350, NovaStor (BF)</a><br />BioShock Infinite + Borderlands 2 + Enemy Unknown + Civ V Codes: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832205161&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-DownloadableGames-_-32205161-S3A7D" target="_blank">$17 (promo code: EMCWWHB63), Newegg (BF)</a><br />Thief Game Code: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832166148&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-DownloadableGames-_-32166148-S3A8A" target="_blank">$9.49 (promo code: EMCWWHB65), Newegg (BF)</a><br />Sleepind Dogs Definitive Edition: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832166178&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-DownloadableGames-_-32166178-S3A8B" target="_blank">$13 (promo code: EMCWWHB66), Newegg (BF)</a><br />Might &amp; Magic Power Pack: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832138469&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-DownloadableGames-_-32138469-S3A8C" target="_blank">$25 (promo code: EMCWWHB67), Newegg (BF)</a><br />Final Fantasy Power Pack (III, IV, VII, VIII, XIII) Code: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832166191&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=IGNEFL112814&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112814&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112814-_-EMC-112814-Index-_-DownloadableGames-_-32166191-S3A9A" target="_blank">$30 (promo code: EMCWWHB235), Newegg (BF)</a><br />Wolfenstein: The New Order: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CPKUV9I/?tag=pcggrtest-20" target="_blank">$25, Amazon (BF)</a> / <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CPKUV9I/?tag=pcggrtest-20" target="_blank">$20.39 (digital code), Amazon (BF)</a><br />Dishonored: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005C2D2H4/?tag=pcggrtest-20" target="_blank">$7, Amazon (BF)</a><br />Mass Effect Trilogoy: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0050SZ980/?tag=pcggrtest-20" target="_blank">$30, Amazon (BF)</a> / <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0050SZ980/?tag=pcggrtest-20" target="_blank">$13.49 (digital code), Amazon (BF)</a><br />Shadow Warrior: <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/233130/" target="_blank">$10, Steam (BF)</a></p> <h3>Printers and Routers</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/netgear_nighthawk_x4_0.jpg" alt="Netgear Nighthawk X4" title="Netgear Nighthawk X4" width="620" height="462" /></p> <p>D-Link Wireless N300 Gigabit Cloud Router: <a href="http://www.kmart.com/d-link-wireless-n300-gigabit-cloud-router/p-020W008573296001P?Sid=IDx20100622x00003a&amp;srccode=cii_5784816&amp;cpncode=37-4364263-2&amp;redirectType=SRDT" target="_blank">$20, Kmart (BF)</a><br />HP OfficeJet 6100 Wi-Fi Color Inkjet Printer: <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=2372707&amp;sku=H24-30346" target="_blank">$60 (after coupon: OIC146983), Tiger Direct (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Printer Xpress M2070FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-M2070FW/XAA" target="_blank">$100, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Printer Xpress C1860FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-C1860FW/XAA" target="_blank">$300, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Printer Xpress M2885FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-M2885FW/XAA" target="_blank">$250, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Xpress C460FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-C460FW/XAA" target="_blank">$200, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Netgear Nighthawk X4 Router + Motorola SB6141 Cable Moden: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122617&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-WirelessRouters-_-33122617-S1A6D" target="_blank">$280 (coupon code: EMCWWHF77), Newegg</a><br />HP Deskjet 2544 Wireless All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-deskjet-2544-wireless-all-in-one-printer/8336009.p?id=1219325222527&amp;amp;skuId=8336009" target="_blank">$27, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Canon PIXMA MX472 Wireless All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/canon-pixma-mx472-wireless-all-in-one-printer-black/3854006.p?id=1219093974754&amp;amp;skuId=3854006" target="_blank">$45, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />HP Envy 4500 Network-Ready Wireless e-All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-envy-4500-network-ready-wireless-e-all-in-one-printer-black/8949452.p?id=1218956269709&amp;amp;skuId=8949452" target="_blank">$50, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Epson Expression Premium XP-610 Small-in-One Wireless All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/epson-expression-premium-xp-610-small-in-one-wireless-all-in-one-printer-black-blue/1483083.p?id=1219052237013&amp;amp;skuId=1483083" target="_blank">$60, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />HP Photosmart 6520 Wireless All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-photosmart-6520-wireless-e-all-in-one-printer-black/6541303.p?id=1218755599302&amp;amp;skuId=6541303" target="_blank">$70, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />HP Officejet Pro 6830 Network Ready Wireless e-All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-officejet-pro-6830-network-ready-wireless-e-all-in-one-printer-black/8010007.p?id=1219306470558&amp;amp;skuId=8010007" target="_blank">$100, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />HP Photosmart 7525 Wireless All-in-One Printer: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-photosmart-7525-wireless-all-in-one-printer/9199108.p?id=1219398339437&amp;amp;skuId=9199108" target="_blank">$100, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Asus RT-AC66R Wireless-AC1750 Router: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320215" target="_blank">$160, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Linksys WRT1900AC Router: <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=8992862&amp;sku=BEN-102411211" target="_blank">$200, TigerDirect (CM)</a></p> <h3>MISC</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/xbox_one_4.jpg" alt="Xbox One" title="Xbox One" width="620" height="187" /></p> <p>Sceptre X325BF-FMDR 32-inch LED 1080p HDTV: <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/SCEPTRE-X325BV-FMDR-32-LED-Class-1080P-HDTV-with-Ultra-Slim-Metal-Brush-Bezel-MHL/25059349" target="_blank">$189, Walmart (BF)</a><br />Microsoft Xbox One w/ Assassin's Creed Bundle: <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=9269256&amp;sku=MF5-102671157" target="_blank">$350, Tiger Direct (BF)</a> - $335 after <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/campaigns/include/events/2014/TD_Discount/satisfy-your-sweet-tooth.asp?SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&amp;cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&amp;utm_source=Linkshare&amp;utm_medium=Affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=Es5Ekr9eEBk&amp;AffiliateID=Es5Ekr9eEBk-XUNQ0UmhSHVy5_NbL31Zeg" target="_blank">coupon</a><br />Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Beats-Powerbeats-2-Wireless-In-Ear-Headphones/productID.304664600" target="_blank">$180, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1711371/beats-studio-wireless-over-ear-headphones.jsp" target="_blank">$342, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Beats Mixr On-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1623478/beats-mixr-on-ear-headphones.jsp" target="_blank">$200-$225, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Beats Studio 2.0 On-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1624653/beats-studio-20-on-ear-headphones.jsp" target="_blank">$270, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Vizio SB4021M-B1 40-inch 2.1 Channel Home Theater Sound Bar w/ Wireless Subwoofer: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1590604/vizio-sb4021m-b1-40-in-21-channel-home-theater-sound-bar-with-wireless-subwoofer.jsp" target="_blank">$130, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Toshiba 50-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1748820/toshiba-50l3400u-50-in-1080p-120hz-led-hdtv-with-smart-tv.jsp" target="_blank">$550, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Apex 19-inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV w/ DVD Player: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1585243/apex-19-in-720p-60hz-led-hdtv-with-dvd-player.jsp" target="_blank">$110, Kohls (BF) - November 27-28 only</a><br />Lego Star Wars Stormtrooper Alarm Clock: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-638116/lego-star-wars-stormtrooper-alarm-clock.jsp" target="_blank">$21, Kohls (BF)</a><br />LG 49-inch Class LED HDTV: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889005961&amp;ignorebbr=1&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$390, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Changhong 42-inch Class 4K ULtra HD LED TV: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889624008&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$400, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Microsoft Xbox One w/ Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/microsoft-xbox-one-console-assassins-creed-unity-bundle/8439032.p?id=1219339616396&amp;amp;skuId=8439032" target="_blank">$330, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Sony PlayStation 4 500GB Bundle, Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-playstation-4-500gb-black-friday-bundle-black/8637183.p?id=1219365658942&amp;amp;skuId=8637183" target="_blank">$400, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Nintendo Wii 32GB + Super Mario 3D World + NintendoLand + Super Smash Bros., DK Country: Tropical Freeze: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/wii-u-with-mario-3d-world-super-smash-tropical-freeze-nintendo-land/9999237800050006.p?id=pcmprd236600050006&amp;amp;skuId=9999237800050006" target="_blank">$360, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Google Chromecast + 2 Months of Hulu: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/google-chromecast-hdmi-streaming-media-player/9071056.p?id=1219013308425&amp;amp;skuId=9071056" target="_blank">$24, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Sony PlayStation 4 System Bundle + 3 Games + Extra Controller: <a href="http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/ps4cbgbep" target="_blank">$500, Dell (BF)</a><br />iFixIt Pro Tech Toolkit + Magnetic Mat Bundle: <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Pro-Tech-Toolkit-Magnetic-Mat-Bundle/IF145-203" target="_blank">$60, iFixIt (CM)</a><br />iFixIt Pro Tech Screwdriver Set: <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Pro-Tech-Screwdriver-Set/IF145-239" target="_blank">$40, iFixIt (CM)</a><br />iFixIt Macro Bit Set: <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Macro-Bit-Set/IF145-220" target="_blank">$25, iFixIt (CM)</a><br />iFixIt Lock Pick Set: <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/iFixit-Lock-Pick-Set/IF145-135" target="_blank">$20, iFixIt (CM)<br /></a>iFixIt Repair Business Toolkit: <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Repair-Business-Toolkit/IF145-278" target="_blank">$250, iFixIt (CM)</a><br />iFixIt Jimmy (Device Opener): <a href="https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Jimmy/IF145-259" target="_blank">$8, iFixIt (BF)</a><br />Xbox Live Gold 12-Month Digital Code: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16874103299&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$40, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Up to 70 percent off entire site: <a href="http://www.bodyguardz.com/blackout" target="_blank">Bodyguardz (CM)</a><br />Half off sitewide (except keyboards -- up to 30 percent off): <a href="http://www.zagg.com/cyber-monday" target="_blank">50 percent off, Zagg (CM)</a><br />Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Wireless Speakers: <a href="http://www.klipsch.com/holiday-deals" target="_blank">10 percent off, Klipsch (CM)</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/black_friday_ads_2014_round#comments black friday 2014 cyber monday deals discounts electronics features gadgets Hardware online shopping pc sales Features Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:13:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 28868 at http://www.maximumpc.com How to Take Great Video Game Screenshots http://www.maximumpc.com/how_take_great_video_game_screenshots_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/tombraider_2014-10-28_22-24-52-18.jpg" alt="Tomb Raider" title="Tomb Raider" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" /></span></h3> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">A primer for the budding artist in all of us</span></h3> <p>We’ve been cataloging amazing video game screenshots in our monthly <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/graphics_porn" target="_blank">Graphics Porn</a> feature, so we figured it’s about time we gave a quick primer on how to take stellar screenshots in your favorite games.</p> <p>This goes beyond Print Screen and Paint. We’re not talking about hastily snapped screens of hilarious moments in Team Fortress 2 or a particularly well-designed cutscene. We do, however, consider utilities like Cheat Engine essential to the process.</p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Tools of the Trade</span></h3> <p>The first thing you’ll need is an application that’ll let you capture screens while in a game. There are an endless number of ways to grab screenshots, but we’ll just talk about two in this guide: Fraps and Steam. They’re both widely available, well known, and support uncompressed capture.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.fraps.com" target="_blank">Fraps</a> has been the tool of choice for a long, long time. It’s simple and offers a variety of options for both still and video capture of games. At $37, it’s not exactly an impulse buy, but it offers in-game capture to BMP, JPG, PNG, and even TGA files. If you’re not willing to shell out your hard-earned cash, skip over the free version—it adds watermarks—and opt for Steam instead.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/2014-10-28_21-27-41.png" alt="Fraps" title="Fraps" width="616" height="379" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>PNG is our file format of choice for screenshots.</strong></p> <p>If you’re using FRAPS, head on over to the Screenshots tab and pick a screen-capture hotkey—Mouse4 or Mouse5 works great. Set the Image Format to PNG—JPG works fine if you’re happy with compressed images—and you’re ready to get snapping. By default, Fraps should overlay an FPS counter on the top left corner of your screen. Move it by pressing F12, but keep it visible because it offers a visual indication of a successful image capture.</p> <p>On the other end of the spectrum is <a href="http://steampowered.com" target="_blank">Steam</a>. It’s an indelible part of the gaming world and the Steam client has become an integral part of any respectable gaming setup. Fortunately for screenshot takers, it also includes an easy way to capture images in game.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/2014-10-28_20-47-58.png" alt="Steam In-Game Settings" title="Steam In-Game Settings" width="600" height="475" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Steam isn't just a game distribution platform, it's also a game capture utility.</strong></p> <p>Pop open the Steam Settings window, head to the In-Game tab, and select a screenshot hotkey. Make sure you’ve checked the “Save an uncompressed copy” box to get the highest quality results. Enabling visual or audio notifications—“Play a sound” and “Display a notification”—is an easy way to make sure that you’re actually getting screenshots when you press your hotkey.</p> <p>Next, you’ll need some games to capture. Anything at all will work, although the videogame photography community only supports certain games—we’ll talk more about this later. The latest and greatest aren’t always the best options since it’s not all about graphical fidelity.</p> <p>Perhaps the most important tool that’s not directly related to the images being created is Cheat Engine (CE). Despite it’s name, CE is a memory scanner, hex editor, and debugger that gives video game photographers the ability to manipulate games. Ever wish you could just stop time in a game? With Cheat Engine, you can. Before you go off and download it, make sure you download the application in archived form to avoid bundled crapware—here's the <a href="http://cheatengine.org/download/cheatengine64_NoSetup.rar" target="_blank">direct link</a>. The default download link available on the <a href="http://cheatengine.org/downloads.php" target="_blank">Cheat Engine site</a> bundles the utility with OpenCandy-recommended software.&nbsp;</p> <p>Many screenshot photographers also make use of mods and visual tweaks to squeeze the most out of their favorite games. We’re not going to cover them in this guide, but feel free to add any visual tweaks or in-game content as you see fit before heading into the game to grab screenshots.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Setting up the Moment</span></h3> <p>Unless you’re happy with taking screenshots from the default point of view, Cheat Engine—and user-created tables—allows you to manipulate the in-game camera, time, and sometimes other features like the field of view. Keep in mind that Cheat Engine could very well trigger anticheat software used by multiplayer games, so do your own research before attaching Cheat Engine to the process of a game with something like VAC or Punkbuster. We can't accept liability for banned accounts or other problems associated with running Cheat Engine.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/2014-10-28_21-50-25.png" alt="Cheat Engine 6.4" title="Cheat Engine 6.4" width="400" height="387" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>It's called Cheat Engine, but we're not using it to cheat.</strong></p> <p>To get started, open up CheatEngine.exe and download a Cheat Engine table that’s compatible with your game. Again, not all games are supported. Technically savvy people like <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_august_2014_cheat_technical_officer_jim2point0" target="_blank">jim2point0</a> have to actually create these tables with more than a bit of hard work. The <a href="http://www.deadendthrills.com/forum/categories/game-specific-guides" target="_blank">Game Specific Guides section</a> of the DeadEndThrills forum is a great place to start.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/2014-10-28_21-56-20.png" alt="Process List" title="Process List" width="261" height="392" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Scroll through the list of processes to find the game you're capturing.</strong></p> <p>When you’ve got everything ready, hit Ctrl+O and select the table you downloaded. Start up your game, go to File, and click Open Process. Scroll through the list and look for the line containing your game—keep an eye out for the game’s icon or name. Hit Open and Yes when prompted to “Keep the current address list/code list?.”</p> <p>The specific controls will vary depending on the creator of the table. The <a href="http://www.deadendthrills.com/forum/discussion/240/guide-tomb-raider" target="_blank">Tomb Raider guide</a> created by jim2point0 uses F1 to toggle camera coordinates, F2 to toggle FOV changes, and F4, F5, and F6 to toggle time on and off.</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF /> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>JA</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> 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--><!--[endif] --><!--StartFragment--><!--StartFragment--><!--EndFragment--><!--EndFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Some Cheat Engine tables allow for the removal of the HUD. Other times, you’ll need to edit configuration files to get rid of the ugly bits that sit between the camera and your scene. Here’s an example of a config tweak that removes the HUD and crosshair from <a href="http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3100550" target="_blank">Bioshock Infinite</a>. Fortunately, jim2point0 has a <a href="http://www.deadendthrills.com/forum/discussion/146/guide-bioshock-infinite" target="_blank">Cheat Engine table</a>&nbsp;for Infinite that includes toggles for the HUD along with God mode, slow motion, and a few other useful tweaks. Your mileage may vary from game to game, but resources exist for most popular games.</p> <p>Here are two photos we captured in Tomb Raider to demonstrate the drastic effect that Cheat Engine manipulation can have on the screenshot-taking process. The end result isn’t a masterpiece, but it’s a pretty clear departure from the screenshot taken at base FOV and the default camera.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/tombraider_2014-10-28_22-25-18-35.jpg" alt="Tomb Raider without CheatEngine" title="Tomb Raider without CheatEngine" width="600" height="338" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The intial scene without any Cheat Engine adjustments applied.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/tombraider_2014-10-28_22-24-52-18_0.jpg" alt="Tomb Raider with Cheat Engine" title="Tomb Raider with Cheat Engine" width="600" height="338" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The final result after freezing time, adjusting the FOV, and pulling out the camera.</strong></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Once the Deed is Done</span></h3> <p>When you’ve got everything set up and ready to be captured, hit your screenshot hotkey and revel in a job well done. Most times, you won't get what you wanted on your first—or even your second—try, but keep at it and you just might see your screenshots on <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/graphics_porn" target="_blank">Graphics Porn</a>.</p> <p>Already a seasoned screenshot pro with some tips to share? Drop them in the comments below!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/how_take_great_video_game_screenshots_2014#comments Cheat Engine Graphics Porn jim2point0 screencap screenshots Tomb Raider Features How-Tos Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:19:57 +0000 Ben Kim 28803 at http://www.maximumpc.com Best Search Engine: Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo Compared! http://www.maximumpc.com/best_search_engine_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/search_scuffle.jpg" alt="Search Scuffle" title="Search Scuffle" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />Which search engine is the best?</h3> <p>The web has grown from a single website in 1991 (<a href="http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html" target="_blank">World Wide Web Project</a>) to <a href="http://www.internetlivestats.com/total-number-of-websites/" target="_blank">more than a billion unique host names</a> today. Around three quarters of those are inactive sites—parked domains and the such—but that still leaves over a quarter of a million sites. If you visited 10 different websites each day, it would take you roughly 70 years to get through them all, and that's only if no more sites are added. Yeah, fat chance of that happening!</p> <p>Now imagine having to crawl each website, catalog the content, and then memorize the URL of each one so that if someone asks where they can find information about Siamese cats or what to do if stung by a scorpion, you can rattle off a list of appropriate URLs. Even Rain Man would be intimidated with such an impossible task.</p> <p>Not to worry, there are better ways to the surf the web. Whenever we need to look up something online, we simply type our query into a search engine and wait for the results. On a high-speed connection, you can expect thousands and even millions of results in under a second—that's pretty miraculous, when you think about it.</p> <p>Google is the only search engine that's generally accepted as a verb, as in, "Hey Bob, did you ever get around to Googling the honey badger video I told you about?" However, it's not the only search engine in town. Microsoft's Bing and Gabriel Weinberg's DuckDuckGo are two of the more popular alternatives, and like Google, each wants to be your go-to search engine.</p> <p>Is one better than the other? That's a great question, so we set about tackling it by comparing the three competitors.<strong> </strong>We came up with several categories that are relevant to today's search queries, and then had each of the candidates show us their stuff. Hit the jump as we separate the contenders from the pretenders!</p> <h3>Accuracy</h3> <p>Determining accuracy is arguably the single most important aspect of evaluating a search engine, so we decided to jump right into the thick of things. Unfortunately, this is also the most challenging category, as it requires a fair amount of subjective analysis. With that in mind, we tried several different queries to see if any of the search engines stood out with more relevant results to what we had in mind.</p> <p>We started off easy by searching for the time in Ecuador. All three search engines came back with the correct time, though only Google gave us the result before we were finished typing, let alone had a chance to click the search button.</p> <p>This was followed by a search for Rowland High School, which is actually John A. Rowland High School, though we figured dropping the "John A." at the beginning shouldn't be problematic. And it wasn't. All three found the school in question, though DuckDuckGo opted to post a Wikipedia summary and an advertising link at the top of the results, whereas both Google and Bing plopped the school's homepage URL at the top. Bing did slightly better by also including a Facebook link on the first page -- Google made us go to the second page for it.</p> <p>We tried several other searches, including the copying and pasting of a line from a recent article on our website. All three sites found the correct article, though only Google highlighted the line in the summary underneath the URL. Bing and GoGoDuck both didn't include the line in the summary. Why does this matter? If you're looking up an article based on a quote that stands out for whatever reason, only Google's presentation lets you know that it's found the correct URL before clicking through.</p> <p>Switching our attention to breaking news, it was pretty much a wash between all three, even with only just minimal information. On the same day that a man armed with a small knife tried breaking into the White House, we performed a simple search for "White House" and all three came back with relevant news links for the breaking story.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/duckduckgo_whitehouse.jpg" alt="DuckDuckGo White House" title="DuckDuckGo White House" width="620" height="525" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Image and Video Search</h3> <p>Evaluating image and video search results is a little easier than analyzing general accuracy—either a search engine finds the media you're looking for or it doesn't. We took off the gloves and starting with a search for "Shizzle vs Razer." It's an old video this editor posted of his cat taking swipes at an electric razer. It's also an obscure video, but one that we know exists, and only <a href="https://plus.google.com/photos/+PaulLilly/albums/5660546444139262705/5660546446776794226?pid=5660546446776794226&amp;oid=%2BPaulLilly" target="_blank">Google dug it up</a>. Clicking on Google's Videos tab also brought up a bunch of other videos with either "Shizzle" or "Shaver" in the title—DuckDuckGo and Bing found none whatsoever.</p> <p>Image searches were a little more evenly matched between the three. Whether we were searching for computer parts like the GTX 980 or new wallpaper by looking up the Celtics dancers, all three came back with current and relevant images. Interestingly, only Google sprinkled in a heavy dose of performance graphs when looking up the GTX 980.</p> <p>Google and Bing separate themselves from DuckDuckGo because they offer some advanced options for looking up media. Both allow you to filter image results by license, time it was posted, size, and other criteria. However, Google eeks out a victory for its "search by image" tool. See that camera icon placed at the right of the search field? You can click it to look up sites that are using an image—just plug in the image's URL or upload the actual image. This can be handy in tracking down the image's owner to request permission to use it, or to look up your own photos to see if anyone's infringing on your copyright.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/google_images.jpg" alt="Google Images" title="Google Images" width="620" height="525" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: Google</strong></p> <h3>Layout and Features</h3> <p>Once again, DuckDuckGo is the lame duck of the bunch. The search engine's primary draw is privacy, and while there are some settings you can tweak, its overall layout and feature set isn't as robust as either Google or Bing, making this category a two-combatant fight.</p> <p>Google's layout is straightforward; when searching for something, you can fine-tune your results into web, shopping, images, news, videos, maps, books, flights, and apps. Bing offers a similar set of options, though not quite as many. Microsoft's search engine also falls short in the shopping category—Bing no longer has a dedicated shopping tab. Instead, product results are integrated into search, though you typically have to look up a specific model to have any luck. Google, on the other hand, makes it easy to look up an item and then sort by price.</p> <p>Google also wins when it comes to looking up flight information. Both Google and Bing make it easy to search for flights, but when you click on the calendar to look at dates, only Google shows you the different prices for each day of the month. This eliminates the guessing the game of picking out a date and hoping that it returns a cheaper result than the last one you looked at.</p> <p>One feature in Bing's favor—and it's a potentially big one—is Bing Rewards. It's mostly gift cards that you can earn simply by using Bing as your go-to search engine, such as $5 at Amazon or Applebees. Yes, Bing is essentially bribing you, but we're okay with that.</p> <p>If earning gift cards is important to you, Bing is the only way to go. Otherwise, Google is the victor here.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/google_flights.jpg" alt="Google Flights" title="Google Flights" width="620" height="525" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: Google</strong></p> <h3> <hr /></h3> <h3>Privacy and Security</h3> <p>A big reason (and maybe the only reason) you might be familiar with DuckDuckGo is because it prioritizes privacy over all else. Google is big on integrating your online identity with its services, including search, and knows what you've searched for, when you searched for something, and other personal details. You'd do well to familiarize yourself with <a href="http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/" target="_blank">Google's privacy policy</a>.</p> <p>Bing is a little better when it comes to privacy, but you're still not anonymous—Bing holds onto IP addresses for six months and retains cookies and other cross-session identifiers for 18 months, according to the company's <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/privacystatement/en-us/bing/default.aspx" target="_blank">privacy statement</a>. Microsoft also has sections explaining how it uses your personal information and reasons why it shares that info.</p> <p>DuckDuckGo is different. It doesn't collect or share personal information, it doesn't know who you are, and there is no way for the search engine to tie your searches together, according to its <a href="https://duckduckgo.com/privacy" target="_blank">privacy page</a>. DuckDuckGo doesn't store your IP and no cookies are used by default. All this privacy comes at the expense of certain features—Google's integration with your social profile is quite good—but in terms of staying anonymous, DuckDuckGo is clearly ahead of the other two.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/duckduckgo_privacy_0.jpg" alt="DuckDuckGo Privacy" title="DuckDuckGo Privacy" width="620" height="525" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: DuckDuckGo</strong></p> <h3>Easter Eggs</h3> <p>There's no denying that Google has a sense of humor and likes to have fun. The company demonstrates this time and time again, whether through its creative doodles (including interactive ones) or by dropping Easter eggs from time to time. Have you ever tried searching for "<a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=do+a+barrel+roll&amp;oq=do+a+barrel+roll" target="_blank">do a barrel roll</a>" on Google? How about "<a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=askew&amp;oq=askew" target="_blank">askew</a>"? Whether it's searching through Google's <a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-hacker" target="_blank">hacker interface</a> or seeing what search results <a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&amp;ion=1&amp;espv=2&amp;ie=UTF-8#q=google+in+1998" target="_blank">looked like in 1998</a>, there are plenty of tricks and fun stuff to discover in Google.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/google_barrel_roll.jpg" alt="Google Barrel Roll" title="Google Barrel Roll" width="620" height="525" /></p> <p><strong>Winner: Google</strong></p> <h3>And the Winner Is...</h3> <p>If you're keeping score at home, then you already know that Google takes this contest by winning three of the five categories and notching a tie in another. By that token, Google has the best search engine of the bunch, and while it's the one we use most often, we're willing to concede there are valid arguments in favor of the other two.</p> <p>For privacy advocates, DuckDuckGo is a solid search engine that lets you surf the web without leaving behind a bunch of bread crumbs for Uncle Sam or anyone else to follow. Your ISP still knows what you're up to, but at least the sites you visit are being kept at arm's length.</p> <p>If you like earning free stuff, Bing is the best option for its rewards program. It's also a very good all-around search engine with accurate and fast results, it's just not as good as Google in the grand scheme of things.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/best_search_engine_2014#comments best Bing duckduckgo feature Google Privacy search engine Security News Features Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:46:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28585 at http://www.maximumpc.com How to Download YouTube Videos http://www.maximumpc.com/how_download_youtube_videos_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154280/clipgrab_mpeg4_quality.png" alt="YouTube " title="YouTube" width="260" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Four different ways to download your favorite clips</h3> <p>Streaming YouTube videos can quickly eat up your precious cellular data plan. In fact, most people don't watch videos on the go because of limited data plans. A way around this is to download videos onto a PC, then copy them to your mobile device. We’ve rounded up four ways to download YouTube videos and chosen our favorite of the bunch.</p> <h3>Kibase</h3> <p><strong>Step 1:</strong> Go to <a title="Kibase" href="www.kibase.com" target="_blank">www.kibase.com</a> and click <strong>YouTube Downloader</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 1" href="/files/u154280/click_on_youtube_downloader_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/click_on_youtube_downloader.png" alt="Step 1" title="Step 1" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 2:</strong> On your YouTube video, right click, then select <strong>Page Source</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 2" href="/files/u154280/right_click_and_click_on_view_page_source_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/right_click_and_click_on_view_page_source.png" alt="Step 2" title="Step 2" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 3:</strong> Select and copy all the HTML text (Ctrl+A to select the text and Ctrl+C to copy it).</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 3" href="/files/u154280/select_all_and_copy_the_html_text_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/select_all_and_copy_the_html_text.png" alt="Step 3" title="Step 3" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 4:</strong> Paste the text into the white box labled <strong>Step 2</strong> and then click <strong>Submit</strong>. Your video will begin downloading to your computer as an MP4 file. <em>Note: To change the format of the video, uncheck the Start Downloading the video file automatically when it is ready box before you click Submit.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><a class="thickbox" title="Step 4" href="/files/u154280/copy_the_text_into_step_2_box_then_click_submit_and_your_video_will_be_downloaded_as_an_mpeg4_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/copy_the_text_into_step_2_box_then_click_submit_and_your_video_will_be_downloaded_as_an_mpeg4.png" alt="Step 4" title="Step 4" width="600" height="338" /></a></em></p> <p>You will then be moved to a new page showing you different format options you can choose from.</p> <h3>Keepvid</h3> <p><strong>Step 1:</strong> Go to <a title="Keepvid " href="www.keepvid.com" target="_blank">www.keepvid.com</a> and copy and paste your YouTube link into the search bar.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 1" href="/files/u154280/keepvid_1.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/keepvid.png" alt="Step 1" title="Step 1" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 2:</strong> You will be prompted to download Java for Windows, if you don’t have it already installed on your computer.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 2" href="/files/u154280/java_installer_for_keepvid_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/java_installer_for_keepvid.png" alt="Step 2" title="Step 2" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 3:</strong> Your browser will ask if you want to run Java on www.Keepvid.com; click Run This Time.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 3" href="/files/u154280/click_run_this_time_to_run_java_so_you_can_download_the_youtube_video_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/click_run_this_time_to_run_java_so_you_can_download_the_youtube_video.png" alt="Step 3" title="Step 3" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 4:</strong> You will be given a set of resolutions and formats to choose from. Select the one you want, and the video will begin downloading. Note: The blue download button leads you to an ad for freeware, so don’t click it!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 4" href="/files/u154280/keep_vid_pic_2_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/keep_vid_pic_2.png" alt="Step 4" title="Step 4" width="600" height="461" /></a></p> <h3>Clip Grab</h3> <p>Okay, some of this guide will be pretty obvious. In short, you’ll need to download the .exe and navigate through the installer, dodging freeware prompts.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Step 1:</strong> Go to <a title="Clip Grab" href="www.clipgrab.com" target="_blank">www.clipgrab.com</a> and click <strong>Free Download</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 1" href="/files/u154280/download_the_exe_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/download_the_exe.png" alt="Step 1" title="Step 1" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 2:</strong> The first piece of freeware that you’ll be prompted to install is <strong>Conduit</strong>. Click <em>I do not accept</em> and then click Next.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 2" href="/files/u154280/click_do_not_accept_as_conduit_is_adware_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/click_do_not_accept_as_conduit_is_adware.png" alt="Step 2" title="Step 2" width="600" height="337" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 3:</strong> The next adware you’ll be prompted to install is <strong>PureLeads</strong>. Again, click <em>I do not accept </em>and then click Next.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 3" href="/files/u154280/click_do_not_accept_so_you_dont_install_pureleads_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/click_do_not_accept_so_you_dont_install_pureleads.png" alt="Step 3" title="Step 3" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 4:</strong> Double click on Clip Grab and launch the program. Once it’s launched, copy your YouTube link into the search bar in the Search Tab.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 4" href="/files/u154280/copy_the_url_into_the_search_bar_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/copy_the_url_into_the_search_bar.png" alt="Step 4" title="Step 4" width="600" height="338" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 5:</strong> Click the Downloads tab to pick and choose what video format and resolution you want for the video. Next, click Grab This Clip and your video will begin downloading.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 5" href="/files/u154280/copy_the_link_url_and_then_select_which_format_you_want_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/copy_the_link_url_and_then_select_which_format_you_want.png" alt="Step 5" title="Step 5" width="600" /></a></p> <h3>Freemake</h3> <p>There is a ton of freeware bundled into Freemake, so watch out. It's not hard to accidently install a random add-on or an extra toolbar.</p> <p><strong>Step 1:</strong> Go to <a title="Freemake" href="http://www.freemake.com" target="_blank">www.freemake.com</a> and click the green Download Now link to download the .exe file.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 1" href="/files/u154280/freemake_aa_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/freemake_aa.png" alt="Step 1" title="Step 1" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 2:</strong> Select your language and click <strong>OK</strong> to continue the installation process.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 2" href="/files/u154280/freemake_2_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/freemake_2.png" alt="Step 2" title="Step 2" width="600" height="338" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 3:</strong> Click <strong>Custom installation</strong> (advanced) and uncheck Install Search Protect.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 3" href="/files/u154280/deselect_adware_options_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/deselect_adware_options.png" alt="Step 3" title="Step 3" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 4:</strong> Click <strong>Custom installation</strong> and uncheck the Install <strong>PureLeads </strong>box.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 4" href="/files/u154280/deselect_pureleads_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/deselect_pureleads.png" alt="Step 4" title="Step 4" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 5:</strong> Click <strong>Custom installation</strong> and uncheck the Install browser plugins (Chrome, Firefox) box.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 5" href="/files/u154280/select_if_you_want_plugins_in_firefox_or_chrome_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/select_if_you_want_plugins_in_firefox_or_chrome.png" alt="Step 5" title="Step 5" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 6:</strong> Select the drive to install Freemake on and then click Next to begin the installation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 6" href="/files/u154280/click_next_to_install_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/click_next_to_install.png" alt="Step 6" title="Step 6" width="600" /></a></p> <p><strong>Step 7:</strong> Launch Freemake and copy a YouTube URL to your clipboard using Ctrl+C. After this, you can select the video format you want to download the video as, by clicking on the different formats on the bar at the bottom of the application.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="Step 7" href="/files/u154280/freemake_interface_0.png" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u154280/freemake_interface.png" alt="Step 7" title="Step 7" width="600" /></a></p> <p>We’ve used all of these methods to download YouTube videos, and we like Kibase the best, as it’s easy to use and it requires no extra installation of add-ons or .exes. A close second would be Keepvid because it only requires a Java for Windows installation. The other two download methods, Clip Grab and Freemake, use .exe programs to snatch your videos from YouTube. They also come with extra freeware you’ll need to navigate through, which is annoying, but they do allow you download YouTube videos a few different formats that Kibase and Keepvid don’t offer, which include AVI and WMV. Again, if you don’t want to deal with .exes or downloading any extra installers to your PC, then Kibase is the way to go.&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/how_download_youtube_videos_2014#comments clip grab download YouTube videos freemake how to keepvid kibase News Features How-Tos Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:08:06 +0000 Chris Zele 27390 at http://www.maximumpc.com