Kaby Lake vs. Skylake – Making the Case for Intel NEW 7th Gen Core Processors

Earlier this month, Intel released its 7th Generation Core Processor (time flies doesn’t it?) aka Kaby Lake. There’s already been a ton of press coverage on the new chip’s performance, but from an end user’s perspective, what are the real world advantages of Kaby Lake vs. Skylake, its predecessor? Background Since the first Core processors, Intel has followed what they call a “Tick-Tock” engineering model. The “Tick” is a new shrinking of the chip’s microarchitecture (usually referred to in nanometers) with the following “Tock” being refinement and improvement of that new architecture. With this model, every second generation brings a…

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…

Black Friday PC Deals

  Today, we’re excited to announce that our 16 Days of Black Friday Sales Event is now live through November 28th. If you’ve been shopping for the best Black Friday PC deals, look no further. Savings include instant discounts of up to $200, free ground shipping, free game bundles, and more. Here’s just a small sample of the Black Friday PC deals we have to offer: Vector Holiday Edition Faster than Santa’s sleigh! Built by the same expert engineers that create our ultra performance systems. Why spend your money on a product mass produced overseas and full of bloatware when you can get…

Why the Vector 14 may be the best Macbook Pro Alternative

Apple recently announced its latest iteration of their Macbook Pro laptop to their typical level of hype and fanfare, but for some power users, this particular Apple felt a little rotten, especially given the pricepoint. But what are there Macbook Pro alternatives? Allow me to present the case for why the Vector 14 may be just what you’ve been searching for. Video Connectivity Unfortunately for potential buyers of the new Macbook Pro, using an external display of any type requires a dongle or adapter that will connect via one of the two available Thunderbolt ports. This is not only a…

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 you need for the best CAD workstation PC

Few software applications are more hardware intensive than CAD. But investing in the right components for the ultimate CAD workstation can be a tricky and rather daunting task, even for experts. Here then are our recommendations for building the best CAD workstation PC. What is CAD CAD stands for “Computer Aided Design” and is generally used synonymously for any computer application that creates or drafts 3D or 2D designs, usually for architecture, structural engineering, or interior design. Ever see a mock up of a new skyscraper, ballpark, or house remodel? That was probably done with a CAD software. Autodesk makes…

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,…