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Tomahawk Max US Release Date FINALLY Found (& Spec Differences)

Oct 5, 2019

A US release date for the long-overdue Tomahawk Max has finally been found. I've been checking, checking, and checking some more pretty much daily, as I've seen a ton of people around the DIY community at large waiting on this new refreshed board to finally come out as it comes with out-of-box Ryzen 3000 compatibility and a couple other improvements vs the standard Tomahawk. Keep reading here.

$1500 Gaming, Editing, Streaming & Music Production PC Build

Oct 3, 2019

This reader-requested PC build explains how I'd go about planning the best parts-list for a versatile hybrid gaming, video editing, streaming and music production setup for around 1500 US dollars, while including a sound card, capture card, 1080p monitor, excellent GPU, and Windows 10 all within the budget.

Custom Water Cooling PC Guide for Beginners: 2019 Edition

Oct 3, 2019

While most definitely not for everyone, our introduction to custom loops has undergone a fairly big overhaul for those interested in diving deep into this seriously cool add-on feature, with new information added, further clarification on existing instructions, a whole bunch of additional resources to further your understanding on certain aspects of the process, and a fresh new sample high-end water cooling build using premium EKWB loop parts, SLI RTX 2080 Ti's, and a 9900K.

Since this is the first time we've added comments to the guide - in last year's edition the site didn't yet have a comments feature implemented - if you enjoy this edition or gained value in the past from the previous edition of the guide, do let us know in the new comments section as we'd love to hear your thoughts and/or constructive criticism if you're a water enthusiast with ideas on how to make the tutorial even better.

Building a SLI Gaming PC: Requirements and Beginner FAQ

Sep 24, 2019

SLI is definitely not for everyone, and in fact is only recommended for a small percentage of gamers and enthusiasts who don't care for practicality or cost-effectiveness. But if you're interested in SLI, or just want to come along for a tire-kicking ride down the rabbit hole of this pretty awesome technology, we break down the basics and what to know as a builder.

How to Choose a GPU for Gaming (2019 Update)

Sep 22, 2019

Our detailed guide to picking the right GPU for your gaming needs gets a fresh update for 2019, including the current state of AMD vs NVIDIA graphics cards, how much to spend on a GPU in 2019 for 1080p, 1440p, or 4K, which GPU brands are best as of 2019, and what all the GPU specs mean from a beginner's perspective.

How to Choose a Power Supply (2019 Update)

Sep 20, 2019

Picking a power supply can be confusing but it doesn't have to be. There's a few key features to know about and look out for when on your hunt, and we'll break them down here including answers to common questions like how much wattage you should get, which 80 Plus rating is good enough, and which are the best safe-bet PSU brands to buy as of 2019.

Best Software to Install on a New Gaming PC Build

Sep 19, 2019

So you've built your first PC, setup the BIOS, installed the OS, busted out a moonwalk, and life is good. Now what? You don't want to immediately start bloating your fresh new setup with a ton of programs to weigh it down, but you do want to install a few key apps to make your life easier, bolster security, and to help maintain your new gaming weapon to make sure everything is proceeding as you had foreseen (high FPS yet cool, cold temperatures).

How to Assemble a PC from Scratch (2019 Edition)

Sep 16, 2019

Our flagship guide to installing all your PC parts has undergone a HUGE update and has now been broken up into separate detailed modules covering much more detail, more photos, more diagrams, and is overall just a way better guide than it was before. Let me know any feedback you have on the all new and improved tutorial in the new comments section too. Cheers and hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating and fine-tuning it - this was one monster of a project (and the reason some other updates around the site had to be delayed).

What Tools Do You Need to Build a Computer?

Sep 5, 2019

Is a screwdriver really all you need? What type of screwdriver should you get for PC building, then? Are magnetic screwdrivers safe to use? What other tools should you consider? We explain all.

Building a Great Value R5 3600 Gaming Build for $1000 in September

Aug 30, 2019

A brand new build guide explaining how to plan a good parts-list around the great new Ryzen 5 3600 CPU to fully maximize a $1000 budget for 1440p gaming. We also list estimated FPS numbers for a boatload of different games which shows the power of a R5 3600 and RTX 2060 pairing. We also discuss choosing a motherboard for the R5 3600, which can be tricky business, as well as a quick look at the new mid-range GPU battle of the 2060 vs 5700.

The Best Gaming PC Builds for the Money: Q3 2019 Edition

Aug 21, 2019

We've updated our main recommended builds chart for all 11 different price points to reflect our new top recommendations following the recent new CPU and GPU launches from AMD and AMD/NVidia respectively. Some of our individual in-depth build guides are still to be updated for Q3 2019, but the main table is now live and ready to trigger some who might feel there's still too much team blue among our picks.

But as always, we back up all our recommendations with the data and facts wherever we can, but overall it is a fairly big takeover by AMD after all, who take a full clean-sweep in every single budget and mid-range tier for the first time in the history of our build series (as far as I can remember; long-term readers will know it's been a while!).

Building the Best $800 PC to Dominate 1080p (Q3 2019 Edition)

Aug 18, 2019

Our latest recommended $800 custom PC for maximizing gaming performance gets a bunch of tweaks including a new 500GB M.2 SSD boot drive, a large 16GB of super fast 3000MHz RAM (previously 8GB), a slightly better PSU, and a better processor and motherboard combination. Oh, and the GPU model changes, too. Besides the P400 case, it's essentially a brand new build based on recent price changes in the market, and our top example right now of how to stretch $800 as far and wide as possible when building a great new setup for 1080p 60Hz or (or entry level 1440p or 1080p 144Hz).

How to Build the Best $600 Mid-Range Gaming PC (Q3 2019 Edition)

Aug 15, 2019

Our 600 dollar recommended rig get a total makeover and is now based around the supreme bang for buck R5 2600 thanks to a nice recent price drop following the Ryzen 3rd gen launch. We also switch up storage with an all-new 500GB m.2 SSD as flash pricing is much more reasonable these days, along with changes to every single other component since the last edition of our $600 build leaving no a trace of the previous i3-8100 build. It's safe to say, when it comes to builds on a budget in 2019, AMD has the clear high ground with better value CPUs for all builds $600 and under.

Do You Need a BIOS Update for Ryzen 3000? (FAQ)

August 7, 2019

Like with the last Ryzen launch, BIOS confusion has plagued a fair few newbies building a budget B450 system with the new CPUs such as the R5 3600. We answer some of the common questions surrounding this such as whether or not you need to update your new motherboard's BIOS for Ryzen 3rd gen CPUs, and the various ways to do it. Plus, our thoughts on the seemingly many having problems updating the Tomahawk for the 3000 series.

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