Hardware Guides

5 Ways to Soup-up Your PC

By Published November 19, 2011 at 1:57 am

PC gaming is as much about style as it is about raw performance, of course, it also helps to have some skill. LEDs have become the norm in modern gaming cases, but there's an entire world of aesthetic- and performance-boosting add-ons for your gaming rig out there. These little gadgets are typically quick to install and require little (if any) modding experience, which means you get to focus on what's most important: playing with your new high-tech toys.

This is a fantastic way to expand on our $482 budget gaming build for those who want a little more style. More often than not, the add-ons are extremely affordable and can be swapped in-and-out rapidly, so this is a fun project for almost any PC gamer to take part in - set aside a weekend and grab some of the cool components below. If you've been looking for some of the best PC add-ons and easy case mod options, enjoy this list!

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Winter 2011 Gaming Laptop Guide

By Published November 05, 2011 at 3:17 pm

As powerful as desktop PCs are (our $800 build is a testament to this), they are inherently cumbersome and have limited mobility. If you're often on the go, attend LAN parties with your friends frequently, or just prefer something smaller (relatively), then you may prefer a gaming laptop; we've picked these out for their ability to run the newest games (like Skyrim or BF3). Here is a run-down of the different laptops based on price-point:

Before we go on, keep in mind that most of these laptops have a lot of customization options in terms of the hardware that can be included with the system. This means you can pick and choose from a variety of options (CPU, RAM amount, hard drive space) that you want in order to better fit your budget. For the sake of picking the best bang for the buck we have picked the best hardware possible for you in the laptops featured.

Gaming Laptop Guide 2011

By Published July 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

If you're not a desktop gamer (Really? Even though we just posted a $460 gaming PC build? For shame!), sometimes laptops fulfill the requirements of practicality, entertainment, and portability. With school just around the corner, it's time for gamers to go laptop shopping -- myself included.

During this time, I picked up some useful information on what to look for in a gaming laptop -- through pain of much research -- and I decided to share some of my new knowledge with you guys.

First, I need to warn you about some common problems with gaming laptops:

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