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,…

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…

Desktop vs Mobile Processors – What’s the Difference?

Like most compute tech, processors come in essentially two classes – mobile and desktop. Mobile processors, whether they be for laptops, smartphones, or IOT devices, are generally designed for efficiency first and performance second. Desktop processors being less limited by thermals and not at all by potential battery life, are by far the performance champs and will on average have more cache, higher stock and Turbo speeds, and higher TDP (Thermal Design Power). So is a mobile i7 not the same as a desktop i7? No, not really. Even though both desktop and mobile processors can share the same i7…

Water Cooling vs Air Cooling

  If you’re shopping for a custom gaming, workstation, or enthusiast PC, you’re probably at least considering investing in water cooling. But is it really worth the extra expense? Is water cooling really better than air cooling? Let’s go over some of the advantages of water cooling vs air cooling and discuss which solution is best for what type of user. So what is water cooling anyway? Water cooling is the practice of using a liquid powered cooler – very similar to a car radiator – which takes advantage of the superior thermal properties of water to dissipate heat from…