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Best hardware of 2017: PCWorld names the top products of the year

Our picks for the best hardware of 2017 didn’t come easy. Our winners survived a gauntlet of testing by the PCWorld staff, and we’re confident these are the very best products you can buy in each category. In compiling this list, we looked at design, performance, ease of use, and even bang for the buck. The winners also needed to pack fairly advanced components, so you won’t regret purchasing one of the products a year from now. As we worked…

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Origin PC Chronos (2017) Review & Rating

Origin PC’s Chronos desktop has come in a variety of forms over the years, but the appeal of the 2017 model (starts at $1,224; $3,038 as tested) is very straightforward. It’s small, professionally built, and packed with high-end power. You can configure your PC when ordering with a wide array of options that either scale up the power in just about every way or dial it down to maintain affordability. Our unit’s eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX…

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Lenovo has a 27-inch 1440p monitor for $200

Lenovo has a great last-minute deal today for a 27-inch 2560×1440 monitor: You can pick up the Lenovo L27q for $200. To get the $100 discount, use the coupon code MONITORSALE (via TechBargains) at checkout. The coupon code is case sensitive. Besides the QHD resolution, Lenovo outfitted this IPS panel with a “Near-Edgeless Infinity” screen. This means that the borders of the screen are as thin as possible, allowing users to place multiple monitors side-by-side with less of a gap between the…

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How to set up your new computer

So you’ve got a new computer. Awesome! That humble metal box is the key to a wide world of potential. It can help you with everything from juggling your finances to keeping in touch with your family to blowing off some steam on, uh, Steam. But a new PC isn’t like a new car; you can’t just turn a key and put the pedal to the metal. Okay, maybe you can—but you shouldn’t. Performing just a few simple activities when you…

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The Full Nerd episode 37: 2018 PC predictions and eating our words

Now that the crew’s picks for the best PC hardware of 2017 are out of the way, it’s time to gaze into the crystal ball. In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray make bold predictions about what to expect from the world of computing in 2018. Full Nerd’s favorite CPU of 2017 AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler But first, the day of reckoning is here. We kick off the…

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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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