Hardware

Skyrim Requirements Revealed

By Published October 25, 2011 at 1:00 am

Bethesda has confirmed the PC system requirements for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as of today as a follow-up to their recently-revealed map. Yesterday, Bethesda put out a brand new live action Skyrim trailer, so once you're done here, go over and check that video out. If you're unsure whether or not your PC can handle Skyrim on maximum settings, feel free to ask on our forums for tweaking advice or check out our $550 budget gaming PC build and $868 hardcore gaming PC build.

We already know that Skyrim's texturing and modeling has vastle improved on its predecessors, now all that's left to be seen is how scalable it is on modern video processing devices. View the specs below:

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Open source game aims to create infinite universe

By Published October 15, 2011 at 12:43 am

"Infinite" is a strong word for anything running on a computer or console -- we have hardware and software limitations that require massive teams of talented programmers to bypass; however, programmer Jorge "Vino" Rodriguez (creator of Digitanks) has offered a solution to the problem of rendering varying depths of numerous objects (in his example, moving an ant around on a planet that orbits a distant star) with minimal negative side-effects.

The project is called 'Codename: Infinite,' and is currently aiming to enable an 'infinite universe' that allows seamless transition between planetary surfaces, the atmosphere, and outer space.

Orcs Must Die! Video Review

By Published October 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

We've posted up our video review of the awesome Orcs Must Die! tower defense/hack 'n' slash by Robot Entertainment! Check out the review with awesome footage of gameplay below, as well as (what we think are) some of the most hilarious trap combos used thus far in OMD!

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Thermaltake V3 Blacx Edition Mid-Range Case

By Published October 09, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Looking for an alternative chassis to use for our budget build? Look no further: the Thermaltake V3 BlacX is an excellent choice for an entry-level case, and at the same time includes higher-end features (detailed below).

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Cooler Master Unleashes the Storm Trooper Case

By Published October 02, 2011 at 5:40 pm

cooler-master-case-1Cooler Master recently announced their new full tower “Storm Trooper” case, and indeed, it is a very cool case; the Storm Trooper will offer fan and LED controllers on the front of the case, USB 3.0 options, several fan expansion options, and optimized air current channels to accelerate airflow as it enters the case, yielding maximum cooling efficiency. In theory.

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The case fits a total of eight fans, of which four ship with initial purchase -- you'll get a 200mm, 140mm, and 2x120mm fans with your investment. This case will have no problem keeping your components at a low temperature.

Cooler Master also assures us that the case can easily be configured for a liquid cooling system, as with the Thermaltake Chaser MK- I LCS.

If you’re trying to update your gaming equipment for Skyrim or Battlefield 3 and you’ve already built our $550 budget gaming rig, it might be time to look into new mice and keyboard options. Enter the Corsair Vengeance series, using the very same naming as their excellent computer memory.

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Corsair will be releasing two new gaming mice (the M60 and M90), two keyboards (the K60 and K90), and three headsets (1100, 1300, and 1500 of the Vengeance line). However, the main focus of this news posting will be on the keyboards and mice.

Thermaltake Chaser MK-I LCS with E-Sports Theme

By Published September 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

For those of you interested in a cool looking case that has the potential to freeze your components, look no further than the Chaser MK – I LCS by Thermaltake. Targeting the e-sports scene, which has taken off with ferocious capacity lately - especially with MLG Raleigh 2011, Thermaltake has hopes to gain the interest of pro gamers and gaming enthusiasts everywhere.

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New Nvidia Drivers and a Utility for Battlefield 3

By Published September 26, 2011 at 9:36 am
Those who ordered Medal of Honor will be treated to early access to Battlefield 3 beta on September 27. The Battlefield 3 series will feature some of the best graphics currently on the market -- currently an astonishing 84% of gamers do not meet the recommended requirements for Battlefield 3. Because of this, NVIDIA has released the next rev of GeForce drivers in anticipation of the upcoming title; additionally, NVIDIA has introduced a new utility (called the Analyzer) that will test your rig specifications and tell you whether or not you can run the game on your current GPU.

Additionally, the 285.38 beta drivers for the GTX series GPUs will help optimize the performance in id Software's Rage, due to release next month. We've also been told that they should update profiles for SLI when playing Dead Island, Batman: Arkham City, Dragon Age II, and new profiles for Diablo III, Need for Speed: The Run, and Saints Row: The Third.

84% Of Gamers Do Not Meet Recommended Spec for BF3

By Published September 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

If you saw our post last week about the rapidly expanding PC market, then you no doubt understand the large influence that PC gamers have over the future of video gaming. This dominance is empowered by our stellar $550 budget gaming PC build list, which has made it possible to enter into the realm of PC gaming without breaking the bank. One of the biggest questions in the comments for all of our builds lately has been simple: "Will it play Battlefield 3 on max settings?" or "Will my PC play Battlefield 3?"

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From what we've learned through Steam's hardware survey, a stunning 84% of PC gamers currently do not meet the recommended specifications to play Battlefield 3 (DICE suggests that a GTX 460 or ATi 5830 is the lowest recommended card). Don't fret: these aren't absolute requirements, so you can still play it with an NVIDIA or ATi card that is lower than the recommendation; however, if you're focused on getting the best graphics quality, this may be of particular interest to you.

Rosewill Announces the Ranger Budget Case

By Published September 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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Every month we release a new "DIY" budget gaming PC build (here's the one from this month, a $550 beast with a Phenom II X4 and 6870), and we always struggle to find a niche case with a clean look and sufficient cooling -- companies like Cooler Master, NZXT, and Zalman are our typical choices; this is where Rosewill enters the arena.

Today Rosewill announced its RANGER, what they claim to be "the best mid-tower case in value." They informed us that the case "has all the features you have come to expect in a top rank mid-tower case, including USB 3.0, top, rear, and front fans." Considering this case is retailing for $80, 3 fans is sort of expected, but USB 3.0 is certainly a nice bonus.

Here are the specs; stick around for the following paragraph if you'd like a break-down of what it all means to you:

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