Benefits of Buying a Prebuilt Gaming Computer

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]Hardcore gamers have two options when it comes to buying a gaming computer: custom built or prebuilt. Both have their advantages. Custom-built PCs allow users to pick and choose exactly what goes into the system, whereas prebuilt gaming systems are built for performance. In this post, we are going to explore the benefits to choosing a prebuilt gaming computer.   Great for all Levels Whether you’re a beginning or advanced gamer, prebuilt gaming systems are available for every need. Entry-level gamers have a general knowledge of gaming machines and hardware, but assembling a system from scratch will prove…

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Computer

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]With the holidays around the corner, you might be thinking about buying a new gaming computer. To ensure that you are happy with your purchase, determine your needs and what is most important to you. Having realistic expectations is also smart, as gaming computers can be incredibly expensive. Below are a few mistakes to avoid making when buying a new computer or workstation PC. Mistake #1. Not buying based on your needs. Some shoppers purchase high end gaming computers just because they have all the latest features. But if you’re not going to use that touchscreen or you…

Thanksgiving vs Black Friday vs Cyber Monday: When to Shop for Gaming Computers

Years ago, if you wanted to score a great deal on a gaming PC before the holidays, you would have shopped on Black Friday. Today, you not only have Black Friday but also Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. Not to mention, Black Friday is an entire season these days rather than a single day. So if you’re looking to buy a new gaming computer, which is the best day to shop on: Thanksgiving, Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Which Shopping Day Gives the Best Discounts? According to research from DealNews.com, if you only have one day to shop it should be…

How to Keep Your Computer Cool While Gaming

When you play games on your computer, does it get loud and hot? This can definitely take away from the gameplay experience! So what’s going on? Your gaming computer contains hundreds of parts and components. When these parts are running, they generate heat – and a lot of it. As long as your gaming computer is well-constructed, it should be moving most of this heat out of the case using the fans. If the fans aren’t working properly, the temperature can turn extreme and cause potential damage to your PC. Let’s take a look at some of the steps you…

Are There Benefits to Playing Video Games?

Is it possible that video games could actually be beneficial to our health? Some researchers say yes. While video gaming certainly gets a bad rap, there are positives along with those negatives. With more than 150 million people playing games in America alone, PC gaming is something that is only expected to grow – not fade away. Seeing video gaming in a different light might actually help us embrace what it has to offer and set healthy limits for our kids. Let’s dive into some of the benefits to playing video games.   Improved Cognitive Development In order to be…

What is a VR-Ready Laptop?

As if there weren’t already a ton of choices that have to be made when buying a new gaming laptop or computer, another one has been added to the mix: virtual reality. Virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are designed to create immersive experiences that truly wow the user through 360-degree games and videos. But in order to get the smooth, fascinating experience that you expect, you need some pretty decent hardware. VR-ready computers are those that are built specifically for use with virtual reality headsets. If you want to get more into this hobby,…

3 Practical Reasons to Spend More on Your PC

There are some things in life that you can afford to spend a bit more on, and computers are one of them. Sales figures over the last 5-6 years show that people are spending an average of $600 on their new laptops. This means that some people spend more, but some spend less. For under $600, you’re much more limited on what you can get. Machines such as Chromebooks, low-end Ultrabooks and multimedia laptops tend to fall in this category. While they are certainly adequate for basic computer tasks, they are just that. Here are three reasons why you might…

Pros and Cons of Using Voice Chat in Games

Although gamers rely on their keyboards for many things, it does become tedious to communicate with other online gamers this way. Various shortcut keys have made communicating online faster and easier, but nothing compares to the convenience of being able to talk into a headset and share messages with others in real time.   Pros to Online Voice Chat   There are both pros and cons to using online voice chat. The advantages to real-time communication are obvious. For one, you don’t have to waste any time typing out messages in your game. You can keep engaged without having to…

Should I Get an Extended Warranty on My College Student’s Laptop?

As you get ready to send your child off to college, you might be wondering whether or not that extended warranty was the right way to go. College students aren’t always the most reliable group. Is it possible that your child may leave her laptop in the library or drop it on the way to class? Even if your child is responsible, what about his peers? What happens if his laptop gets stolen or damaged? Extended warranties can be worth it. Laptops are particularly prone to damage because they are mobile and tossed around quite a bit. Also, student laptops…

Features to Look for in a Student Laptop

We hate to admit it ourselves, but the start of school is just around the corner. While you may not be ready to start shopping, you’re better off getting it done and out of the way. You beat the shopping rush, get first pick on school supplies and can even score some great deals, particularly on the more expensive items like laptops.   Late-summer is one of the best times to shop for student laptops. Manufacturers know that students are in need of new computers, so they discount their prices to make them more attractive and affordable. Many will also…