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The Round Up: PC Gaming Sweetspot

pc_gaming_sweet_spot

People are constantly looking for that Gaming Sweetspot when it comes to PC gaming. The sweetspot, in my opinion, is being able to play games with good graphics settings, like medium to high settings, at 1080p with 60 frames per second or higher. Most people think you need a $1000 computer to do this. You used to, but not anymore. ... Read More »

The Round Up: The Wild Hunt

Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt released on Tuesday May 19th, with some surprising recommended requirements on PC. So, like the GTA V PC we did last month, we’re going to see how much it will cost to put together a PC that meets the recommended system requirements for The Witcher 3. This is a highly anticipated RPG from CD ... Read More »

The Round Up: Screw Prebuilt Edition

No Prebuilt

Ever since I have started writing this weekly article, people have been saying “Why not just buy prebuilt computers instead?” Other than the cost savings you can get or performance per dollar, I always use the point that you learn something by building a computer. You learn an increasingly valuable skill, one that has helped land me two jobs, as ... Read More »

The Round Up: Low End Gaming PC

Cougar Spike

The last few weeks we’ve been going bonkers with high resolutions, high prices, and high speeds, but what about someone who just wants to play some older games? Well that’s what we’re going to be doing today. We’ve got a really cheap build today, coming in at the price of an Xbox 360, but since this is a computer, you ... Read More »

The Round Up: GTA V Recommended Specs

GTA V PC

GTA V released this week on PC, and it has already sold a million copies. Now, this is awesome, and shows that the PC platform is alive and well. But how about people who wanna move to PC? Well, we’re going to see how much it would cost to build a new PC to match the recommended settings of GTA ... Read More »

The Round Up: Cooler than Mac Pro

Mac Pro Ashtray

My friend recently asked me to help put together a part list for a workstation. However, he’s also a major gamer and wants to get into making YouTube videos and the like. He had saved up a ton, and wanted me to put together something for around $2000 USD. So, that’s what we’ll do today. This beast is way cooler ... Read More »

The Round Up: 4K Done Right

Tri-X R9 290x

So, we did a few 4K builds in the past, but after looking at some benchmarks from competitors, crunching some numbers, we found a way to get 4K for $400 less than the last major 4K build at great frame rates. As usual, all prices are USD and from Amazon unless otherwise stated. Let’s get started. Read More »

The Round Up: Awesomely Affordable ITX

CM130Elite

Form factor seems to be a key buzzword this day and age, with many people opting for small systems that can just do what they want. This is also a common argument people use during the console vs PC debate. A common statement I’ve heard is that you can’t build a PC for a similar price to the consoles. Well, ... Read More »

The Round Up: Mid Range Build

Thermaltake H21

After a little bit of a hiatus, The Round Up is back, and we’re gonna do a simple, affordable build for the people who don’t have the money to spend on a super build, so we’ll go for a Mid Range Build this week. Nothing too crazy, just something everyone would agree would be good for the price. As usual, ... Read More »

The Round Up: X99 Workstation Insanity Machine!

X99

Before we start doing this whole round up, let me go on record: I would never recommend an X99 system at this time strictly for gaming. There are many more cost effective ways of getting to the glorious 1080p, 60FPS, Ultra setting goodness without using the latest and greatest stuff. X99 is workstation level stuff, but that doesn’t mean we ... Read More »