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10 killer PC upgrades that are shockingly cheap

A pokey PC may be the result of an outdated processor. Unfortunately, replacing your CPU often means replacing your motherboard too, making the endeavor pretty pricey. But not always—especially if you have an AMD-powered system. AMD’s AM3+ and FM2 motherboards have been powering AMD’s CPUs and APUs, respectively, since mid-2012. Since many prebuilt AMD systems sport modest processors, upgrading to a modern CPU can give your PC a shot in the arm. If you’re on FM3+, the new Athlon X4…

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The best Radeon RX graphics cards: Every AMD GPU for PC gaming

The Radeon RX 580 stands as the current crown jewel in AMD’s lineup and potentially the best mainstream graphics card ever sold. The Radeon RX 580 absolutely screams through 1080p games at 60fps or more with all graphics options cranks to 11, can deliver superb 1440p gameplay if you dial graphics back to High in modern games, and can even power virtual reality experiences. It’s incredibly powerful, incredibly versatile, and theoretically incredibly well priced—again, in theory. In the wake of…

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Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition review

Four long months after AMD’s flawed Radeon Vega graphics cards launched, custom versions are finally starting to trickle out—and the wait was worth it. The monstrous, yet luxurious Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition relies on brute force to squash the most troubling problems that plague reference Vega cards. This beast sports the most wildly effective cooler to ever cross our test bench, and it manages to toss in a factory overclock while providing impressive tools for enthusiasts to…

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Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen is ready for your scribbles, drawings and more

Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen is a slender 360-degree laptop that’s committed to the stylus way of doing things. Of course there’s a keyboard, but this convertible laptop wants to make it easy for you to scribble, tap, and create with your hand. Announced Wednesday night, the Notebook 9 Pen and several other Notebook 9 models will ship in Korea first, then the United States in the first quarter of 2018. Prices were not disclosed.  Why this matters: Samsung announced the…

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BuyDig has a 27-inch 4K monitor with FreeSync for $350

This holiday season you can give the gift of 4K FreeSync gaming, thanks to a deal at BuyDig today. The online retailer is selling the HP Envy 27-inch 4K monitor for $350 when you use coupon code c11710154586 (via SlickDeals). This IPS display has a 4K UHD resolution of 3840×2160, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a native response time of 14 milliseconds. On the back, it has one DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0, one HDMI 1.4, and one USB-C port.…

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop review: The discrete GPU is the star of the show

Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop has a little secret that’s good news for budget-minded gamers. It’s hard to tell from the product information online, but one GPU option for this laptop is Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q. Max-Q GPUs manage performance closely to balance heat and noise, allowing powerful chips to go into lighter, slimmer, quieter laptops. The Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop offers Max-Q in a SKU that supports 1080p gaming and comes in just under $1,000. It’s…

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How to Fix Your Wi-Fi Network

Wi-Fi is everywhere and built into everything. It’s like oxygen for internet access, media streaming, gaming, and all types of networking. And it should just work all the time—right? If you’ve had an average experience with Wi-Fi on mobiles devices, laptops, game systems, and more, you know that while Wi-Fi connections and consistency work correctly nearly all the time, it’s the occasions when it doesn’t that can leave you tearing your hair out. In this article, I look at a…

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Newegg has dropped the Ryzen 7 1700X to $300

It’s not just a good day for laptop deals. Right now, you can find sales on new PC components too: This week Newegg is selling the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X for $300. The deal includes a free “Champions Pack” for Quake Champions. That’s about $30 cheaper than the best price Amazon has right now, and $100 off the MSRP. While it doesn’t beat the crazy sales we saw during Black Friday, it’s still a good deal and roughly matches what we…

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Microsoft’s selling gaming laptops, PCs, and peripherals for wildly cheap today

On the seventh day of the Microsoft Store’s annual 12 Days of Deals marathon, it’s finally time to have some fun. Microsoft’s offering deep discounts on over 100 gaming laptops and desktop PCs today. Some truly staggering deals are already out of stock as I write this around 8:30 A.M. Eastern, and it’s easy to see why—they paired potent gaming PCs with Windows Mixed Reality headsets for $500 to $650 off. But plenty of systems can still be found with…

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Zotac Launches Ultra-Slim MEK1 Gaming PC | News & Opinion

An Intel Core i7-7700, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and GeForce GTX 1070Ti form a TV and VR-friendly desktop. It used to be the case that high-performance desktop PCs required a big case and lots of cooling fans, but processors that sip a lot less power, more powerful graphics chips, and advanced cooling solutions means performance can be housed in a small case. Zotac’s new MEK1 gaming PC is the latest example of that. The MEK1 case measures 414mm-by-118mm-by-393mm (16.30in-by-4.65in-by-15.50in) making it…

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MSI Trident V3 Arctic review

Smaller form-factor PCs typically go one of two ways: First, you can prioritize the small part of the equation. This leaves you with something beautifully tiny, but at the cost of future upgrades—space-saving comes with the caveat of proprietary and non-replaceable parts. (See: Alienware Alpha.) Or you can prioritize future upgrades, which typically means a larger and less aesthetically pleasing machine. The MSI Trident V3 is the rare machine that can do both—at least to some extent. MSI Trident V3…

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Dell Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One Review & Rating

Few all-in-one PCs rival the impeccable styling of the Apple iMac, but the Dell Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One (starts at $999; $1,799 as tested) comes close. Its star attraction is a 27-inch InfinityEdge 4K display, with bezels that are so thin that the pixels seem to drip off the edge of the computer and extend forever, as the name suggests. Beneath the hood, this is one of Dell’s first high-end consumer PCs available exclusively with AMD’s new Ryzen processors and…

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Titan V revealed: Nvidia’s monstrous Volta GPU finally comes to PCs

Nvidia’s cutting-edge Volta GPU architecture has finally come to desktops. Late Thursday night, Nvidia launched the monstrous, golden Titan V, a $3,000 graphics card with 12GB of HBM2 memory and over a thousand more CUDA cores than the game-slaying Titan Xp. But this beast isn’t made for gaming—though it’d no doubt be very good at it. Instead, Nvidia says this card “transforms the PC into an AI supercomputer.” While the still-available Titan Xp was theoretically a compute card but better…

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Best Buy is selling an 8TB external hard drive for $140

If you missed out on Best Buy’s Black Friday deal on the WD Easystore 8TB external hard drive, you’re in luck. Today it’s one of the big box retailer’s daily doorbusters, though its price tag of $140 isn’t quite as cheap. That’s still a very good deal, however. While this Easystore drive is part of Western Digital’s exclusive line for Best Buy, its equivalents at Amazon and other retailers are currently selling for about $45 more. This discount also undercuts last…

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The Full Nerd episode 36: The best PC hardware of 2017

It’s that time of year yet again, and what an amazing year it’s been for computer enthusiasts. In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray name the best PC hardware of 2017. These aren’t PCWorld’s formal picks—they’re the opinions of the Full Nerd podcast group alone. We didn’t hold staff-wide meetings or create elaborate Excel spreadsheets full of information about every gizmo reviewed in 2017. Instead, each member of the Full Nerd crew…

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