Should you Build or Buy your Gaming PC?

Should you Build or Buy your Gaming PC?

The debate between building and buying yourself a gaming PC has long been a hot topic for pro and amateur gamers. While there may be no hard and fast rule, the only certainty is that being a gamer requires a heavy investment. Unlike traditional gaming consoles which require you to shell out a comparatively modest amount of money, and are upgraded on an annual basis; computer gaming is literally evolving each day, with newer technology rapidly coming in to render the competition obsolete. Hence it is essential to know which approach is the best bang for your buck. Basic, Low…

Four Reasons Home Users Should Buy a Skylake PC

Four Reasons Home Users Should Buy a Skylake PC

Intel recently launch their latest wave of 6th Generation Skylake processors – the Intel Core i7-6700, i5-6600, i5-6500, and i5-6400, all of which are now available on our newly refreshed Vector Z35. Like their unlocked predecessors, these processors are packed with excellent new features and functions to appeal not just to gamers, but to power users, enthusiasts, and home office users in need of some muscle. Here are four reasons why home users should buy a Skylake PC now: Iris Pro Graphics – For years, the phrase “Integrated Graphics” was a dirty word in our world of enthusiast PCs. But…

When is the Best Time to Buy a Gaming Computer?

Gaming computers can be expensive, but there are certain times of the year when you can get a bargain. The key is knowing when to make the investment. It’s a smart idea to look at prices throughout the year because you never know when that workstation PC you’ve had your heart set on may drop in price. This typically happens when a new model is coming out and the manufacturer wants to clear out older models. But, there are certain times of the year when you’re more likely to find attractive prices. Let’s take a look. Back-to-School Sales According to…

5 Ways to Save Money on a New Computer

A new computer can be a major investment. Some can cost up to $4,000+! Laptops have a shorter lifespan compared to desktop computers, but both still tend to slow or become outdated after 3 to 5 years. Since you don’t want to be investing thousands of dollars into a new workstation PC or gaming computer every few years, it’s important to make an informed decision. Fortunately, taking a few precautionary steps will help avoid buyer’s remorse and save money in the long run. Here are five ways to save money on a new gaming PC. 1. Identify what you need. Do…

Things to Consider While Choosing a Powerful Gaming Computer

Things to Consider While Choosing a Powerful Gaming Computer

While most people might be fawning over the latest smartphone games and applications, along with the newest laptop to hit the market, high end gamers know that nothing can come close to beating the performance of a simple desktop computer with the right power to facilitate gaming. The gaming industry is years ahead in terms of technology and innovation than any other service you can find online. Moreover, gaming on a PC has already put to bed any console wars since the segment is already twice as large, as compared to all other platforms combined. This is what the 2014…

All About Cortana – The Future of Windows

All About Cortana – The Future of Windows

One of the coolest new features of Windows 10 is Cortana. This voice activated “intelligent personal assistant” named after the Halo AI is there to help you with Windows navigation, search queries, and basic tasks like calendar invites and alerts within Windows. And the more you use her, the more she learns about you, making Cortana that much more useful as time goes on. Though Cortana may be little more than a cool novelty now, there’s a world of seemingly endless applications for her within Windows as the technology progresses. Let’s explore some of the coolest features that Cortana has…

What is Bloatware?

Think back to the time when you purchased a new gaming computer. How many programs came preinstalled on the machine? Probably plenty. We call this bloatware. Bloatware includes programs that are installed on workstation PCs and can end up doing more harm than good. Also referred to as adware, crapware or shovelware, these programs take up precious space on the operating system and leave less room for the things you want to do. Why is Bloatware on Your Gaming Computer? So why is there bloatware in the first place? For the most part, it has to do with brand awareness…

Why Desktops are Far from Dead

When you shop at an electronics or computer store, you’ll see people hovered around the latest laptops and tablets, oohing and aahing over the most recent advancements. Sleek designs, lightweight frames, touchscreens and high-end graphics never cease to amaze people. Then over in the corner sit the big, bulky and less attention-grabbing desktop computers. In fact, you may wonder, “Why does the store even bother to sell them anymore? Aren’t desktops dead?” Longer Lifespan, Timeless Technology Though laptops and tablets are far more exciting than desktops, the fact is that PCs are not going anywhere. They are very much alive…

What is DirectX 12 and How it Will Change Gaming

What is DirectX 12 and How it Will Change Gaming

In this week’s installment of our ongoing Windows 10 Information and Education series, we’re going to dive deeper into one of the Windows 10 features we highlighted in an earlier article – DirectX 12. What is DirectX 12? How does DirectX 12 affect gaming performance? What has us so excited? Read on to find out. What is DirectX 12? DirectX is the native Windows code that handles the processing of all visual tasks and multimedia processing involved in playing Windows games. Essentially, it’s what runs Windows games and allows you to tap into the power of your hardware. DirectX 12…

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Our Windows 10 Information and Education Series continues on this week with a helpful list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10. Use these to save precious seconds and impress your friends. Read all of our articles in the Windows 10 Series here! Windows Snap Shortcuts For multitaskers, the Windows Snap feature introduced in Windows 7 came in extremely handy. With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the capability of snapping windows vertically, as well as 2×2 and these keyboard shortcuts to go along with it: Windows Key + Left – Snap current window to the left side of the screen. Windows Key…