May 1, 2022
This year, the graphics card market has slowly but surely started to make its way out of hardware hell, with pricing and availability of gaming GPUs steadily improving each month this year to the point where some are saying that PC building season is finally back. I agree and here's why.
March 24, 2022
The latest Intel 12th generation CPUs brought along a new CPU socket, LGA 1700, as well as new stock coolers. This is how to install the most common 'Laminar RM1' model that comes included with the i7-12700, i7-12700F, i5-12600, i5-12500, i5-12400, i5-12400F, i3-12100 and i3-12100F.
March 2, 2022
Hailed as a masterpiece by many, Elden Ring is the latest Dark Souls like game and features a truly vast open-world with a fantastic art style and plenty of interesting locales, enemies, NPCs, and bosses. Its hardware requirements are only mildly demanding, though you still need a solid GPU to hit 60FPS at max settings if gaming at 1440p or 4K.
February 28, 2022
Metro Exodus has one of the most intricately detailed, visually impressive and immersive 3D worlds of any First-Person Shooter. The latest 'PC Enhanced Edition' is the best way to experience the grand adventure through the post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness, and brings improved ray tracing effects that make the game even more demanding than it was prior. Thankfully, DLSS 2.0 was also added.
February 24, 2022
Rockstar's Western themed open-world action adventure epic is one for the ages. Despite having been released for a couple years now, it's still one of the most graphically demanding titles on the PC platform, and deserves its own dedicated hardware buyer's guide.
February 7, 2022
The sequel to one of the best zombie games of all time is finally here and in this hardware buyer's guide I break down the specs needed to run this monster at 60FPS at various resolutions and settings (including ray tracing, which the game implements fantastically well with striking effect).
February 3, 2022
After AMD domination for quite a while with their impressive Ryzen 5000 series, the pendulum has swung back into Intel's favor with their latest 12th gen processors currently offering the best bang for buck if gaming performance is your top priority. Here I wrap up the top value CPUs on the market right now for different price categories, including the usual beginner FAQ on the specs to look for.
February 2, 2022
Time for another update to the recommended builds after some recent changes in the hardware market. Intel's latest budget CPUs raised eyebrows for the right reasons, and their solid price to performance means they replace the previously suggested CPUs in the budget build examples. New entry-level GPUs have also just released, with one of them also (just) making the cut in this latest builds guide.
February 1, 2022
The GPU market is still not back to normal, with prices floating above MSRP across the entire world. But it's not as bad as it was last year, with pricing and availability easing in recent months, as well as new entry-level budget GPU releases from NVidia and AMD last month at long last.
January 29, 2022
The critically acclaimed action adventure just made its way to PC after a very successful life on PS4 these past few years, and it's a PC port done well with many improvements over the console version. I've studied performance benchmarks and these are my findings for anyone upgrading with this particular title in mind.
January 27, 2022
The previous hardware guide I wrote for World of Warcraft was embarrassingly thin and among the shortest articles on the site. That's no way to treat the immortal MMORPG classic so I decided to delve into the benchmarks to find the best bang for buck hardware for a series with no end in sight.
January 21, 2022
The latest in the popular Monster Hunter series is now on PC, but it's one of the easiest modern titles to run after having being ported over from the Nintendo Switch (the game's native platform). Nevertheless, let's look at the specs required to run this thing at 60FPS.
January 17, 2022
Amazon's open-world MMO features some decent graphics and is relatively demanding overall, especially at high graphical settings. These are the parts needed for 60FPS at your chosen screen resolution.
January 17, 2022
The World of Tanks guide gets a complete rewrite with a ton more info on choosing optimal parts for the best tank simulator game on the market which has a huge active playerbase of tank enthusiasts.
January 15, 2022
I don't think anyone could have predicted the wild success of Rocket League given its quirky concept, but it's solidified itself as an eSport that's here to stay and deserves a hardware guide (though it'll run well on almost anything).
January 13, 2022
The original Battle Royale is up against fierce competition in the now saturated genre, but PUBG still remains a popular option for the semi-tactical shooter lover. It can be quite a demanding game if you want consistently high frame rates.
January 12, 2022
Valve's MOBA masterpiece is as popular as ever, and in this completely re-written hardware guide we look at which CPUs and GPUs from the modern Intel/AMD stack will give you the performance level that you seek. Unlike shooters, there's no huge need for super high frame rates, but you still want super smooth performance to play at your best.
December 17, 2021
Whenever a magical franchise is resurrected after a long hiatus, I'm skeptical. Regaining that same quality, feeling of the original entry/series is a tough ask. But Halo went against that grain and pulled it off, bringing back the beloved FPS in style with a fantastic single player campaign and solid multiplayer.
December 3, 2021
The best value prebuilt desktops I found on Amazon, which make for decent alternatives to building your own PC if you can't find your desired graphics card in stock (or at a semi reasonable price) given the current dodgy GPU market.
November 25, 2021
Arguably the most beautiful, realistic racing game ever made, Forza Horizon 5 can also melt your GPU if aiming for high frame rates (144Hz) and high settings. For standard 60Hz gaming though, it's not that demanding at all.
November 23, 2021
Let's just say the launch of Battlefield 2042 has not exactly gone to plan for DICE and EA. But if you are a fan of this very controversial game, or holding out until some of the kinks hopefully get ironed out, these are the PC builds I can recommend to get good performance in the mega sprawling maps of Battlefield 2042.
November 23, 2021
GPUs are still in a tough spot, with pricing still way past their MSRP thanks primarily to the ongoing global chip shortage as well as current sky-high cryptocurrency prices (which means sky-high GPU mining profitability, making GPUs still the target of miners). But the good news of late is that GPU availability has eased slightly compared to recent months.
November 21, 2021
Getting an SSD as your storage drive is a must these days, as they are vastly superior to standard hard drives (HDDs) most notably in speed. Translation? No more long load times of doom. But choosing one can be intimidating: 2.5 inch or M.2? M.2 SATA or NVMe? NVMe Gen3 or Gen4? Let's discuss.
November 19, 2021
Your case will house your precious new parts-list for many years to come, so before making a purchase it's worth knowing how to choose a good one that will provide effective airflow, easy maintenance, upgrade flexibility, and that is compatible with all your parts in the first place.
November 16, 2021
Intel struck back hard at AMD this month with their impressive new 12th gen "Alder Lake" CPUs, re-establishing itself as the gaming performance king. I explain how I would go about building a PC in the changed landscape.
November 7, 2021
A carefully selected roundup of the most graphically intensive PC and VR games on the market, some of which also have the most impressive and photorealistic visuals in video games to date.
October 19, 2021
The current state of Intel vs AMD in a nutshell, the best bang for buck CPUs on the market right now, how many cores is ideal for modern games, and everything else you need to know when choosing the right CPU.
October 8, 2021
How I would attack the current hardware market if looking to assemble the best bang for buck gaming rig right now. GPUs are still hard to find, but if you're patient it's not impossible to find one at an okay price.
September 27, 2021
I wrote a hardware guide for Alyx last year after it released, but I've rewritten it from scratch to focus on the latest CPUs and GPUs on the market. I explain the specs you need to get a constant 90FPS, 120FPS, or 144FPS for your chosen VR headset, to experience the highly immersive must-have masterpiece in all its virtual glory.
September 19, 2021
VR has really kicked into gear these past couple years, with modern VR headsets and games now providing some seriously awesome experiences. Here I break down the current consumer headset market as someone who follows the industry closely, and discuss the pros and cons of the current 3 most popular PC VR gaming headsets.
September 11, 2021
Most modern games lean more heavily on the GPU than CPU, since graphics is the part of gaming that progresses most over time (while the demands of gameplay and mechanics processing doesn't necessarily rise by the same rate over time). But for various reasons that I'll explain, certain titles can really hit your CPU more so than others.
September 7, 2021
I tackle the nuanced topic of CPU and GPU bottlenecks, and attempt to break it down in as simple language as possible including how CPU and GPU bottlenecks work and how to choose a CPU GPU combo to avoid CPU bottlenecks.
August 2, 2021
One of the best PC games of the modern era deserves its own build guide. Even after all these years, GTA V is one of the most played and most streamed/watched titles to this day. It can also really put modern GPUs to the test when you crank up the settings at 1440p or higher.
July 28, 2021
Like CPUs, GPUs also have thermal paste applied onto the chip to more efficiently transfer heat to the heatsink. Replacing the paste on an old GPU may potentially restore its condition somewhat in terms of operating temperature (which may also positively impact performance).
July 21, 2021
In the past couple weeks we've finally started to see a bunch of used GPUs hit the market due to recent changes in the crypto mining world. But is buying a used graphics card that was used in a mining rig or farm worth the savings? What are the risks, and does crypto mining damage a card more so than gaming does? Let's discuss both sides of the coin.
July 19, 2021
Fortnite is well known to run well on even a potato, but if you're eyeing off a 144Hz or 240Hz monitor like competitive players, or simply want to run high/epic settings, you'll still need a certain baseline of specs for super smooth performance to not let lame lag get in the way of your Royale domination.
June 30, 2021
The gaming phenomenon that is Call of Duty Warzone keeps on keeping on with no stopping in sight. Here's what to know about choosing optimal hardware for the best experience if you're planning to upgrade your setup this year.
May 23, 2021
A notoriously demanding game on both the GPU and CPU (even RAM). Here are my findings after scouring all corners of the interwebz for every EFT benchmark I could lay my eyes on, to bring to you recommended PC builds for 1080p, 1440p, and 4K.
April 21, 2021
Often overlooked when building a PC, the power supply is a crucial part that makes up a computer. Selecting a cheap, poor quality one is setting up your PC to encounter problems down the line. In this guide we cover the best quality and best value PSUs on the market right now, along with everything you need to know about PSU features if you're new to building computers.
April 6, 2021
It seems graphics cards will remain difficult to purchase for at least a while longer, with premade PCs actually being an easier way to get a hold of the ever-evasive, massively in-demand RTX 3000 and RX 6000 series. Since my last prebuilt PC guide was published last year, it's time for some all new recommendations based on my latest findings this past week, including tips on how to find reliable prebuilt PCs from good manufacturers in order to avoid wasting your money on a dud.
Mar 14, 2021
The NH-D15 is a standout high-end CPU cooler, often featured in our recommended builds. Installation isn't hard but there are a few key things to know that may not be apparent from solely following the official instructional manual.
Mar 3, 2021
To say it's not the greatest time to buy a new graphics card would be understatement of the century. Let's talk about it, including what NVidia is trying to do to help gamers.
Feb 16, 2021
Everyone knows Cyberpunk is one of the most demanding games on the market, but do you really need monster specs? We put the game to the test against a typical mid-range gaming PC setup to see whether high/ultra settings and/or ray tracing is viable without having to sell a kidney for a top of the line graphics card, including a look at how different DLSS settings affect performance.
Jan 28, 2021
I've tinkered around with Cyberpunk's settings for a while now, and here are my findings including a ton of screenshot comparisons of various presets, ray tracing, and DLSS settings to help you more easily find the right balance of performance vs image quality.
Jan 24, 2021
I've now had time to play and benchmark one of the biggest releases in modern gaming history, and here are my thoughts on the game and what to know about choosing parts to achieve your desired level of performance for your gaming monitor's resolution.
Jan 21, 2021
AMD is sitting pretty on top of the CPU stack, but the slightly higher than average release prices of their latest Ryzen 5000 series has opened the door for Intel to be a very reasonable "value" alternative. Competition in the CPU market is fierce right now, and if you want the best value, we break down the chips you're looking for.
Jan 9, 2021
Unless you've just returned from Mars courtesy of SpaceX, graphics cards are in huge demand right now without the supply to meet it, meaning you'll need a little luck or cunning to grab one of the new GPUs from NVidia or AMD (and at a regular price). But it's not impossible, so if you're up to a challenge these are the top models I suggest to get the fastest gaming performance for your budget.
Jan 1, 2021
Confused about BIOS updates and 500 series (B550 and X570) motherboards? This guide breaks down what to know when planning a new PC build with a Ryzen 5000 CPU like the 5600X, 5800X, 5900X or 5950X - there is a chance that you will need to update your motherboard's BIOS before being able to boot up with one of these new processors.
Jan 1, 2021
A lot of modern AMD and Intel motherboards have a BIOS flashback button that gives you the ability to update the BIOS without a CPU installed, but not all. Here is a complete list of all current motherboards that have this neat feature, which is especially handy for anyone building a new Ryzen 5000 build that may require you to update the BIOS prior to being able to boot-up with a Ryzen 5000 CPU.
Dec 29, 2020
If you buy a B550 or X570 today, you still might need to update its BIOS before being able to boot-up your new system with one of the latest Ryzen 5000 CPUs (5600X, 5900X, etc). Here I detail exactly how to do this on any motherboard and answer common questions surrounding this somewhat mysterious yet sometimes crucial method.
Dec 20, 2020
Another overhaul of my previous recommended builds that takes into account the many changes in the market; the 5600X and 5900X make their first appearance, there's a ton of new B550 and X570 recommendations, and I show which parts you need for 60FPS in Cyberpunk at any resolution.
Nov 25, 2020
A comprehensive step by step guide on installing one of the most popular CPU coolers of all time. Some beginners find installing this cooler a little confusing if you solely rely on the basic diagrams of the included manual; the photos and explanations in this tutorial make things easier.
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