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Headsets are more popular among gamers because they come with a built-in microphone, but if you want the highest quality audio nothing beats a proper pair of headphones (and if you want a mic you can always attach one).
January 11, 2023
Sound cards aren't necessary due to the typically good quality of onboard audio that many modern motherboards provide, but if you want the highest quality sound or if your motherboard has poor audio, a sound card can be worth it.
December 23, 2022
Surge protectors protect your valuable new PC and other electronic devices against power surges. Do you need one though? If so, how do you know which are actually good?
December 19, 2022
DDR5 memory has been available for a while now, but it's still pretty fresh on the consumer hardware scene. Is it worth the extra money over a tried and true DDR4 system?
October 7, 2022
Back with a huge overhaul to the sample builds after a lengthy hiatus from the website (been focused on the story-driven FPS I'm currently developing). Since the last builds, GPU prices have continued to plummet and are now finally well under MSRP, making it a good time to build PCs once again. Here are my latest thoughts on choosing the best value parts this month, but keep in mind there are new GPUs from AMD and NVidia to be released soon which could be worth waiting a little longer for (and new Intel CPUs too).
May 13, 2022
Since the last update to the recommended builds, AMD has released new CPUs and GPUs to tackle Intel and NVidia. The Radeon RX 6650 XT, RX 6750 XT, and RX 6950 XT are mid-generation refreshes of original RX 6000 models that boost performance slightly thanks to higher clock speeds, but at slight price premiums over the vanilla cards. On the processor front, the Ryzen 5 5500, 5600, Ryzen 7 5700X and 5800X3D are the new kids on the block, but they're up against stiff competition with Intel's strong 12th gen.
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.
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VPN software is quite important in this day and age and will improve the security and privacy of your PC when online. There are also benefits to using VPNs for gaming.
There's lots of VPNs out there but the ones I recommend most to gamers is ExpressVPN (special link that gets you 3 months off. they also offer a free trial here) and NordVPN which are both highly rated gaming VPNs because they're the fastest and most secure.
Indie game dev currently working on my first public release after years of hobby projects, a story-driven VR FPS built with Unreal Engine (to be announced soon here for anyone into VR FPS's). Also likes writing about tech, which also helps fund development of the game.
My favs of all time are OOT, Perfect Dark, MGS1, MGS2, GE007, DKC2, THPS3, HL1, and HL2, with the most recent addition to my list of immortals being the VR masterpiece Alyx. If you want help with a new build feel free to ask on the main PC builds guide. If you found the site extra helpful and wish to support the work I do here, sharing an article with a friend helps a lot and is much appreciated. - Julz