Features http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/31/%252Farticle/features/a%20href%3Dhttp%3A/%5Bhtttp%3A/article/features/tech_champions_15_geek_heroes_movies_and_tv en Mining for Mods: Grand Theft Auto IV http://www.maximumpc.com/mining_mods_grand_theft_auto_iv_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/gta_iv_001.jpg" alt="GTA IV Car" title="GTA IV Car" width="200" height="146" style="float: right;" />ICEnhancer is easy to install, and somewhat easy on the eyes</h3> <p>While Rockstar Games is taking its time with the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V, PC gamers still have Grand Theft Auto IV to fall back on. Although the game is almost six years old, released back in 2008, modders have updated the visuals in various ways to help it keep up with the times. In particular, <a title="ICEnhancer website" href="http://www.icelaglace.com/mods/gtaiv/ice30/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">ICEnhancer mod</span></a> mod has continued to impress with its upgrades to the game’s visuals.</p> <p>Curious to see what our copy of GTA IV would look like with this mod, we decided to test it out using a PC equipped with an AMD Phenom II X4 965 processer, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780, and 8GB of RAM.</p> <p>In order to compare both versions, we made sure that the game’s settings were ramped up to the maximum and presented in 1080p, so that the original game could look as good as possible. But despite adjusting all the settings to their highest, GTA IV’s age shows.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="GTA IV Comparison 001" href="http://i.imgur.com/agkPEno.gif" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u166440/gta_iv_comparison_004.jpg" alt="GTA IV Comparison 001" title="GTA IV Comparison 001" width="600" height="337" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Click image for an animated GIF</strong></p> <p>We then proceeded to download the ICEnhancer mod, created by Hayssam Keilany, and installed it. For those wishing to install it, you will need a program like WinRAR to extract the files. As a precaution, we recommend you back up the original game before installing ICEnhancer just in case something goes wrong. Once the files had been unzipped, we copied them into our Steam version of GTA IV,&nbsp; located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto IV\GTAIV and made sure to replace the original files.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are two versions of ICEnhancer: and If you do not know which version you have, then locate the GTAIV.exe file, right-click it, and go to “Details” to see what version of the game you're running.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="GTA IV Comparison 002" href="http://i.imgur.com/lFY0iuk.gif" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u166440/gta_iv_comparison_003.jpg" alt="GTA IV Comparison 002" title="GTA IV Comparison 002" width="600" height="335" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Click image for an animated GIF</strong></p> <p>Installing the mod was very simple but the results of the ICEnhancer mod was not what we expected. There is an improvement to GTA IV’s look, but it is not as overwhelming as we thought or have seen before.&nbsp;</p> <p>While testing, we made sure to compare the original and modded versions under similar light conditions when possible. By doing this, we noticed a big difference when it came to lighting. With ICEnhancer installed, the modded game was much brighter when compared to the original.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="GTA IV Comparison 003" href="http://i.imgur.com/k8jzOny.gif" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u166440/gta_iv_comparison_005.jpg" alt="GTA IV Comparison 003" title="GTA IV Comparison 003" width="600" height="336" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Click image for an animated GIF</strong></p> <p>As a result, the sky’s color was a bright blue, clouds looked more realistic, and it was easier to see everything around us in the immediate vicinity; in the distance, though, there was a slight blur or haze. Then we noticed smaller things such as the sidewalk’s pavement having a bit more detail in the modded version. The same for the roads, ICEnhancer gives it a bit more definition with a gravelly look. We also saw that the vegetaion looks sharper and more defined in some cases.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="GTA IV Comparison 004" href="http://i.imgur.com/gk0EBJR.gif" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u166440/gta_iv_comparison_007.jpg" alt="GTA IV Comparison 004" title="GTA IV Comparison 004" width="600" height="336" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Click image for an animated GIF</strong></p> <p>The cars, though, really shine thanks to the mod. They look better and smoother, and are more detailed compared to the original game. Car windows are more reflective and transparent as well, and there's a nice sheen to the car paint compared to the original version’s, which looks dull in comparison. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a title="GTA IV Car" href="http://i.imgur.com/J3vOlxt.gif" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u166440/gta_iv_comparison_008.jpg" alt="GTA IV Car" title="GTA IV Car" width="600" height="368" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Click image for an animated GIF</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately, the mod, like the game itself, is a resource hog. While trying to capture footage with FRAPs, our framerates dropped to around 15fps (as you’ll see that in the final segment of the video we recorded, below). These drastic drops occurred in areas with a lot of traffic or large bodies of water. We also experienced flickering from objects in the distance.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cnCrQcF-we0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>So, we would advise you, obviously, to have a PC that can hold its own when running the ICEnhancer mod.</p> <p>What do you think of the changes? Have you tried out the ICEnhancer mod? Let us know in the comments.</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/mining_mods_grand_theft_auto_iv_2014#comments Grand Theft Auto IV gta iv ICEnhancer ICEnhancer Mod rockstar games Gaming Features Fri, 26 Dec 2014 21:45:21 +0000 Sean D Knight 28634 at http://www.maximumpc.com Rig of the Month: Project PCB http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_project_pcb_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/pcb_34.jpg" alt="Project PCB Featured Image" title="Project PCB Featured Image" width="250" height="188" style="float: right;" />An inside-out computer</span></h3> <p>We’ve seen quite a range of computer modifications come into our inbox as part of the <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/features/rig_month" target="_blank">Rig of the Month</a></strong> series, but we haven’t had many as well thought out as Stuart “noobas4urus” Johanson’s Project PCB. This month’s Rig of the Month is lovingly themed after the very PCBs that give it life. Stuart settled on a metallic green fleck paintjob with white accents alongside actual circuit boards that really complete the look.</p> <p>It’s based on the Silverstone TJ-08E case, an Asus Z87 Gryphon motherboard, an i5-4670K, an EVGA GTX 670 FTW, some customized Crucial Ballistix Tracer RAM, a modded Corsair H80i, and 20 feet of RGB LED lighting. There are so many LEDs that most of them shine through the custom PCB shrouds on the GPU and motherboard.</p> <p><em>Have a case mod of your own that you would like to submit to our monthly feature? Make sure to read the rules/tips&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_roundup_2014" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;and email us at&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background: transparent;" href="mailto:mpcrigofthemonth@gmail.com" target="_blank">mpcrigofthemonth@gmail.com</a>&nbsp;with your submissions.</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/rig_month_project_pcb_2014#comments case mod computer case mod pcb Project PCB Rig of the Month rig of the month Silverstone Features Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:28:26 +0000 Ben Kim 28955 at http://www.maximumpc.com How to Use Adobe Premiere Pro http://www.maximumpc.com/how_use_adobe_premiere_pro2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Productive video editing in less than 60 minutes!</h3> <p>We’re going to venture a guess that not all of Maximum PC’s readers will know the history behind Adobe Premiere, which was the first commonly available digital video editor when released in 1991. The best you could expect from it at the time was postage stamp–size videos of 160 x 120 pixels, but at least we were off and running. Or so we thought. Because the original Adobe Premiere (without “Pro”) had years of problems around synching audio to video. This limited its professional use, and opened the door for Apple's Final Cut to take over.</p> <p>Premiere Pro, released in 2003, was a rewrite of the program and fixed most of the issues. It's since been used for both offline and online editing of major motion pictures, commercials, and broadcast TV shows. And yes, it's still easy enough for us amateurs to use to edit the footage from either your toddler's second birthday party or your last debaucherous frat party (but do us all a favor and don't upload the latter to Youtube, OK?).</p> <p>Here’s a primer for anyone interested in using Premiere Pro to put together their next digital masterpiece.</p> <h4>Launch Adobe Premiere / Start New Project</h4> <p>You’ll see the now-familiar Adobe start menu that lists options for recent files, new files, and other helpful choices. Click “New Project...” to get started.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_01.png" alt="Premiere image 1" width="203" height="140" /></p> <p>The New Project dialog comes next. You can just click OK to proceed if you’re raring to go, as all the setting can be changed later. However, you may wish to fill in a project name and choose where it save it. The other options are mostly application preferences that you will set once and leave alone. You can mod these later if the need to do so arises.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_02.png" alt="Premiere image 2" width="165" height="165" /></p> <p>On to the workspace! By default, Premiere is divided into four tabbed/windowed sections. Clockwise from top-left they are: &nbsp;<br />Source Window (top-left) Displays selected source clips, i.e., original camera footage clips. Trimming and other work can be done in this section before placing the clip into the timeline.<br />Program Window (top-right) Displays the edited footage, with cuts, effects, and transitions.<br />The Timeline (bottom-right) This is the area where all the parts are put together, in chronological order.<br />Project Window bottom-left) This displays the source material, like the original camera footage, audio clips, and art. This window is sometimes referred to as the “bin,” a reference to the editing days of yore.<br />Note that both windows on the left also have tabs, allowing for other content and data to be displayed within those windows.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_03.png" alt="Premiere image 3" width="498" height="290" /></p> <h4>Import Content</h4> <p>Begin by bringing in your content. In this case, WEgrabbed a few video clips of the brilliant silent-era actor Buster Keaton (let's save Keaton vs. Chaplin debates for another time!), Scott Joplin’s classic song “The Entertainer,” and a title slide WEcreated in Photoshop. WEprefer to just drag all items from their desktop folder into the Project Window to import files (note the “Import media to start” line that is displayed in that window prior to content being added). Alternatively, you can use the various Import options found in the File menu.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_04.png" alt="Premiere image 4" width="196" height="142" /></p> <h4>Pre-Roll</h4> <p>Before we begin dropping clips into the Timeline Window (bottom-right), take note of how you can move your mouse over a video clip in the Project Window and see the clip animate as you mouse left and right. Then you can double-click a clip to open it in the Source Window (top-left). In this window, you can “scrub” (move the “Time Thumb” back and forth) or click the play button to get a feel for the video content, its timing, and hear its audio track. </p> <p>You can also set the Mark In and Mark Out points, which determine the clip's start and end times when dropped into the Timeline. Do this by moving the Time Thumb to the start frame desired, and then simply click the Mark In button at the bottom of the window. Next, move the Time Thumb to the desired end frame, and click the Mark Out button. Like all actions in Premiere, this is a non-permanent edit and can always be changed later. Now when you drag this clip from the Project Window to the main Timeline, it will be dropped in pre-edited for its In and Out points.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_05_0.png" alt="Premiere image 5" width="230" height="252" /></p> <p>This is a good time to look at some of the other tabs in both the Project and Source windows, and use the tools found there to make other modifications to the clip. The default interface of the Source Window contains these tabs:&nbsp; Source, Effect Controls, Audio, and Metadata. </p> <p>The Project Window tabs include:&nbsp; Project, Media Browser, Info, Effects, and Markers. Aside from the Project tab, the second most-used tab is Effects, where you will find video and audio filters and effects, as well as editing transitions that you’ll use later in the main Timeline. Effects for both video and audio can be drag-and-dropped over the clip in the Source Window to apply them (or later, over any clips in the Timeline). After an effect is applied, click in the Effect Controls tab to set the controls. Keep in mind that effects are not static, and can be changed over time, i.e. animated, using a smaller Timeline in that window.</p> <p>Animated effects are created by first activating the mini timeline by clicking any attribute's “stopwatch” icon at the left side of the window. You then create keyframes along the way, as needed. This is like having a mini After Effects within Premiere, and is very intuitive once you play with it a bit. Keyframes are automatically created at the frame the Timethumb is currently sitting on, anytime you modify an attribute. </p> <p>In order to see what changes you’re actually making, you will need to drag the Effect Control tab out of that window stack. In our example, we simply dragged it to the Program Window at the upper-right. Clip's effects can be further refined later after they’re placed in the main Timeline.</p> <p>So, if the Timethumb is on frame 00:01:05:11, the “stopwatch” icon had been made active, and you change the value of an attribute, a keyframe will automatically be created and show up as a diamond on the mini-timeline.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_06.png" alt="Premiere image 6" width="458" height="242" /></p> <p>Effects can be stacked, so you could apply a few different effects and have them all do their thing to a single clip. Fast computers, efficient software design, and graphics-accelerated cards (Adobe uses the “Mercury” engine) all make for real-time playback of clips with effects applied. At least to a point. Add too many effects and your playback performance will suffer. You can adjust for this by lowering your preview playback expectations.&nbsp; Do this in the Program (i.e., the playback window), using the Zoom and Resolution playback popup menus. A smaller playback image size, or lowered resolution will give a better playback efficiency.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4>Putting It All Together</h4> <p>Now comes the fun part: dropping the video clips and other elements into the main Timeline Window. This can be done by dragging one—or many—items from the Project Window, and dropping it/them in the Timeline Window. Dragging one item at a time gives you more control over where it’s placed. If you drag multiple clips at one time, they will be dropped into the Timeline sequentially along a track, in one clip after another. You can also drag the current clip open in the Source Window to the Timeline.</p> <p>Before you start all this dragging, be aware that if you simply drag a clip into the Timeline, Premiere will automatically create what it calls a Sequence. Any Premiere project can have multiple Sequences, which are great for advanced work (although we won't be covering advanced topics here). But this automatically created Sequence will inherit that first drag/dropped clip's name and specifications, which you may not want to happen. To avoid this, go to File &gt; New &gt; Sequence (or Ctrl + N) and choose the specs you want. This newly created Sequence will now appear in the Project Window, along with the other content items.</p> <p>In our example, WEcreated a Sequence with settings for HDV 30fps, progressive. With that in place, when the first clip containing different specs is dropped into the new Sequence, you will be asked if you would like to change the Sequence specs to match the clip. Generally, we would instead prefer the clip to be modified to match the Sequence we just created.</p> <p>When you begin to drag items into the Timeline, you’ll see that Premiere places the elements around a center horizontal line. Video/visual items stack above the line, and audio items stack below. Video clips with an audio track will show up with two timeline elements, one for the video content, and another for the audio content. These can be placed on V1 and A1, or V2 and V2, etc. Though locked together when first placed, once placed, the two elements can be treated independently and moved around to better suit your editing needs. You can even Unlink the two item completely, which would allow one to be deleted while keeping the other (either right-click, or use the Clip menu to get to Unlink option).</p> <p>Like all timelines, it starts at zero time at the far left, and moves chronologically as you progress to the right. As you drop items in, you may find it easier to change their Label Color, so that each clip visually stands out from its neighbor (right-click or use the Edit menu for Label options).</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_07.png" alt="Premiere image 7" width="498" height="166" /></p> <p>As seen in the screen grab above, we can both stack items next to one another on the Timeline across time (left to right), as well as on top of each other to create various transparent and multiplied effects. With the basic elements in place, we now want to start massaging these elements into something worth watching.</p> <p>We’ll start by working on our main title art. Note that while WEcreated this title in Photoshop and imported it, titles can also be created right inside Premiere Pro by going to the Title menu. These can be static or animated. Obviously, use the method that best fits the needs of your situation. Photoshop can create a much wider range of imagery and effects, and quite beautiful typography. When creating any kind of art in PS that is destined for video use, you can start your project by using one of the Film &amp; Video presets in PS's New... dialog.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_08.png" alt="Premiere image 8" width="208" height="152" /></p> <p>The Timeline Window allows an item's In and Out points to be set, though it is done a bit differently than in the Source Window. The Timeline Window has 12 tool options, which can be selected in a vertical bar just to the left of the Timeline. We’ll just work with the default tool for now, the Selection Tool.</p> <p>When you roll over the left or right edge of any item in the Timeline, the cursor will change into a red bracket (facing left or right, depending on which edge), with an arrow. Simply clicking and dragging will modify the clip's In or Out point.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_09.png" alt="Premiere image 9" width="232" height="208" /></p> <p>For the title art, WEwanted the In point to be flush left, and the Out point to be a about five seconds later. The next step is to set its opacity so that it fades in at the start, and fades out at the end. There are a few ways to do this in Premiere, but for this clip I'm just going to use the Effect Controls. Double-click the clip in the Timeline, and it will become active in the Source window.</p> <p>Once inside the Effect Controls tab, you will see Motion, Opacity, and Time Re-Mapping. All of these are default effects for clips with visual content, so we won't actually have to add any additional effects.&nbsp; Here's what we need to do:</p> <p>1. Turn the rotating arrow in front of Opacity, to open its attributes.<br />2. Click the Stopwatch to activate animation.<br />3. With the time set to zero, also set the opacity to zero. A keyframe diamond will appear.<br />4. Move the time a few frames ahead, perhaps 10 frames. (TIP:&nbsp; Use the arrow keys to advance the frame one at a time.)<br />5. Now, change the opacity a second time, to 100 percent, and another keyframe will appear.<br />6. Move ahead to about 4.5 seconds, where we want to put another keyframe at 100 percent opacity. Since this doesn't actually change anything, it is referred to as a “holding” keyframe. And since you are not changing anything, you need to force its creation by clicking on the Add/Remove Keyframe button, which can be found to the right. It looks like a diamond, sitting between a left- and right-facing arrow.<br />7. Now, move the Timethumb another 15 or so frames to the right, and bring the opacity down to zero.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_10.png" alt="Premiere image 10" width="232" height="136" /></p> <p>That’s it. You can scrub or play the segment now and should see a quick fade up, a hold, and then a slower fade out. One thing you will also notice is that the video clip sitting further down is at the start of the timeline. This is easily fixed by either dragging the clip to the right and tucking it away, or by clicking the edge of the clip—its In point—and editing the intruding frames out.</p> <p>By default, the Timeline is rather dull to look at. It's better to work with it set to show more information and controls. This can be done clicking on the Wrench icon menu, part of five such icon menu items near the top-left of the Timeline window. Select the Expand All Tracks option, and you will see the Timeline change. </p> <p>Now for a quick run through the audio. Since we don't want to use the audio tracks that are part of the videos, we can simply click the M icon at the left of the Timeline, which stands for mute. We could also click on the audio items, Unlink them from the video sections, and delete them. Either option will work. But leaving the audio in the file will let us add some sound from them back in later, if we decide we want to.</p> <p>Next, we drag “The Entertainer” clip in and place it, and we’re set. More tweaking is always possible, and there are many audio filters that can be used to make this track sound better. We leave these more advanced treatments to you to play with on your own.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_11.png" alt="Premiere image 11" width="498" height="196" /></p> <p>We’re ready for the final two adjustments. The first one is something that falls under the heading “Creative Accident.” This is when you happen upon something that may be more creative and interesting than you originally imagined. The trick with this type of creativity is to be open to it when it happens.</p> <p>For some reason, our first clip is showing very small in the frame. At first, we were just going to enlarge it to a reasonable size. But then we thought that it might actually be more visually interesting to allow it to start small and then enlarge it a little while later, which a zooming move.</p> <p>After playing the footage once through, with the music in place, we found the perfect place to do the zoom effect, right when the music changes directions around the eight second mark. This zoom is done in the Motion effect, using the keyframing as we did before, but this time on the Scale property.</p> <p>As part of our Creative Accident, we decided to fill the entire HD frame, which required some cropping of the original 4:3 ratio. After all, we’re not doing archival work here, and the cropping didn't adversely effect the material (sometimes it might).</p> <p>The last step is now to edit the last clip onto the end of the project. This last clip was never pre-trimmed in the Source Window, so we just scrubbed through some of it in the Timeline and found a part that would be good to start with. Going to the vertical toolbar, we selected the Razor Tool, used for cutting a clip into two parts. This is done very easily with a single click at the point you want the split. (One click will do this to both the video and audio sections.)</p> <p>We then went back to the selection tool, selected the new clip to the left of the split-point, and deleted it. Then we selected the remaining part of the clip and slid that over to abut our first video clip. What we have now is a hard cut edit, in other words, no transition effects. </p> <p>Many productions use hard cuts all the time, but for this we will drop in a cross-fade transition. This is done by opening the Effects tab and then the Video Transitions folder. There are many transition effects here, but the cross-fade that WEwant is found in the Dissolve folder. Click and drag it to insert right in between the first and second clips. As you prepare to drop the transition in place, you will see you have three options: to have the fade execute only on the first clip, only on the second clip, or across the two, which is usually our preferred option.</p> <p>This last clip also came in with the video smaller. But unlike the first clip, enlarging the material in this clip to fill the screen would not work well, so we simply made it as large as possible and will live with two black letterbox bars along the left and right of the screen.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_12.png" alt="Premiere image 12" width="497" height="263" /></p> <p>Obviously, more clips can be added, and a host of additional effects can be used to do a wide range of treatments. We can preview the&nbsp; project by simply hitting the spacebar to start and stop play in the Program Window. Or, we can hit the Enter/Return key to render the previews first before playing. This is a better option in many situations, but of course, takes longer.</p> <h4>Rendering</h4> <p>The very last step in making a movie is to render it out. This is done by either rendering a Sequence directly out of Premiere, or by sending the project out to Adobe's Media Encoder. Either option is done by opening File &gt; Export &gt; Media…. The details of compression and encoding can and have filled many books. But sending the file to Media Encoder by choosing the Queue button, offers quite a few presets that can make your work easier—though still not always “easy,” simply because there are so many preset options it is often hard to decide.</p> <p><img src="/files/u99720/premiere_13.png" alt="Premiere image 13" width="391" height="267" /></p> <p>Rendering, even on a fast computer, is anything but instant. And the more effects you add, the longer it will take. High-def resolutions also take a big toll, so if you don't really need 1080, why render it?</p> <h4>It's a Wrap</h4> <p>Adobe's Premiere isn't a two- or three-button solution like some consumer-editing options. But with a little bit of effort, almost anyone can learn to use it. There is no need to learn it all, just learn what you need, at least for now. You’ll get your clips done, and can always add more as you go.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/how_use_adobe_premiere_pro2014#comments Adobe Premiere Pro beginner's guide crash course how to tips video editing Features How-Tos Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:19:15 +0000 Lance Evans 28990 at http://www.maximumpc.com 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