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EVGA’s GeForce GTX 1060 is back down to $250 just in time for the Steam Summer Sale

It’s almost July and the summer gaming fun is starting with gear and games hitting some awesome prices—or at least awesome for our current GPU-impoverished gaming world. Right now, at Amazon you can get an EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 for $250. Savvy shoppers will know that $250 is the original MSRP of the GeForce GTX 1060. We’re just at the tail end of the great graphics card crisis, which means that when graphics cards hit their original MSRP, it’s considered…

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unexpectedly steps down at a critical point in Intel’s evolution

Five years ago, Intel faced an unexpected transition: Intel chief executive Paul Otellini was stepping down, two years before his expected retirement. Former COO Brian Krzanich took Otellini’s place. Now it’s Krzanich’s turn to step down unexpectedly, after violating an Intel policy against fraternizing with employees. The good news, if any: Krzanich and Intel weathered the same forces that any new chief executive will have to face—a declining PC market, and Intel’s ongoing efforts to breach a mobile market that…

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Go grab the GTX 1080 Mini for $500 at Amazon before the price shoots back up

Thanks to cryptocurrency madness, great deals on graphics cards are hard to come by. But if you ask fast, you can get the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini for $500 on Amazon today. Did we say great deal? We meant MSRP. But still, we saw this price in late May, and for the past three weeks since the price has bounced between $530 and $545. So it’s a deal in that you’re not paying $30 to $45 more than the retail price. To…

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The Full Nerd ep. 56: Intel and AMD’s CPU Core Wars go nuclear, the best PC games of E3

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Hayden Dingman, and Adam Patrick Murray go deep on the escalating CPU Core Wars and what PC gamers need to know about from E3 2018. On tap: If you missed it before, we sat down with AMD computing boss Jim Anderson to go deep on Threadripper 2’s genesis during Computex. Check it out if you haven’t had a chance yet! Mentioned in this article Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition Back to this episode:…

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Upgrade your PC peripherals for cheap in Amazon’s huge one-day Logitech sale

Peripherals are how you communicate with your PC—the hardware you actually touch and hear and feel every day. The in-box ones that come with PCs usually aren’t the best, but Amazon’s huge one-day Logitech sale has all kinds of deals for upgrading your setup on the cheap. If you’re looking to boost your sound system, the sale has some attractive speakers on offer. The Logitech Z523 is a cheap $50 upgrade to your PC audio today, down from a list price…

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Follow along as we build a Twitch streaming PC!

You’ve seen us display the contents of our pockets, discuss our favorite adult beverages, and even use an installed CPU as a coaster during our live builds, but maybe that’s still not personal enough for you. If that’s the case, you’ll want to tune into our new vlog series. For our first project—a PC that can simultaneously play games and stream to Twitch—we’re charting the entire process from start to finish. That includes everything from picking parts to configuring our…

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Trend Micro review: A great security suite, but the privacy protection features need work

The best antivirus solution is one that’s as simple as possible. After all, if a user can’t navigate the app to take advantage of its features, then much of the program’s usefulness is lost. Trend Micro’s Maximum Security nails this principle with some of the easiest navigation we’ve seen yet. Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them. The default dashboard is very straightforward. There’s a large Scan…

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Bullguard Premium Protection review: A solid security suite that likes to bark

Bullguard Premium Protection is feature-packed with what the company calls “next gen anti-malware,” a new game optimization tool, and a “firewall on steroids.” As a premium security suite it certainly has all the necessary features and then some. Bullguard’s protection is also highly rated by independent AV testing organizations, but this combination of heavy security does come with its problems, especially for older machines. Bullguard tries to be a very simple desktop application to navigate and understand. For the most…

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AMD offers winners of Intel’s Core i7-8086K contest a 16-core Threadripper CPU instead

If you’re one of the lucky 8,086 people who won a limited-edition 5GHz Core i7-8086K CPU from Intel, AMD says it has better offer for you: Its offering 40 people who won the 8086K a straight-up exchange for a 16-core Threadripper 1950X CPU. This all started when Intel announced a limited-edition Coffee Lake S-based 5GHz Core i7-8086K to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first CPU: the 8086. Besides selling the limited-edition chip, Intel also ran a contest to give away…

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The Samsung T5, our favorite high-performance portable SSD, drops to $130—its lowest price yet

Upgrading to an SSD is the single best improvement you can make to your PC, but did you know it’s possible to slip one of those speedy drives in your pocket and use it to augment any computer? It’s true, and today, Amazon slapped a fantastic price on our favorite performance-based external drive. The 500GB Samsung T5 Portable is $130 right now. That’s $60 under the retail price and $20 cheaper than it was just a few days ago. The drive…

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It’s a great day to upgrade your monitor for cheap

Your monitor is the window to your entire computing experience. More premium displays usually cost a pretty penny, but today’s a great day to upgrade your monitor on the cheap. Newegg’s gone wild with a “Coupon Frenzy” sale, and Staples is selling a 28-inch 4K monitor from Dell for more than half off. First up, is an Acer 27-inch 1080p monitor with FreeSync for $162 with coupon code EMCPVEU23. The Acer GF276 has a 1 millisecond response time, and a 75Hz…

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AMD: Next-gen Radeon ‘Navi’ GPUs won’t have a multi-chip design like Ryzen Threadripper

A lot of rumors have been flying around lately about AMD’s next-generation “Navi” graphics architecture. But one concrete bit of information places some long-standing speculation to rest: Navi for consumer graphics cards will be built using a traditional, singular GPU, rather than switching to an exotic multi-chip setup. David Wang, Radeon’s new graphics chief, told PCGamesN, “We are looking at the [multi-chip module] type of approach, but we’ve yet to conclude that this is something that can be used for…

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Avoid overheating with this six-fan adjustable laptop cooling pad for under $12

When you’re crunching numbers or playing games on your laptop, you’ve got to keep that notebook cool. Right now, Amazon’s got a great deal to keep your laptop from overheating. You can get a six-fan cooling pad for 15.6- and 17-inch gaming laptops for $11.70 with the checkout code ANPALG78. While it obviously works with any compatible laptop, the design of it absolutely screams “gamer.” It has six fans with illuminated blue LEDs, playing to today’s trend towards colorful lighting. The…

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