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Custom PC liquid cooling isn’t as scary as you think

Custom liquid cooling has been the final frontier for many PC builders, and over the past several years, it has become more accessible than ever.
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What is a PC bottleneck, and how do I avoid one?

Wondering if your PC has a CPU bottleneck or GPU bottleneck? Our guide runs you through how to identify, fix, and avoid bottlenecks in your PC.
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Intel Core i9-12900KS review: When the best isn’t enough

The Intel Core i9-12900KS is the best -erforming processor you can buy, but the extremely thin margin it wins by isn't worth the massive upcharge.
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Intel Core i9-12900KS review: When the best isn’t enough

The Intel Core i9-12900KS is the best -erforming processor you can buy, but the extremely thin margin it wins by isn't worth the massive upcharge.
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HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless review: 300 hours of audio bliss

HyperX's Cloud Alpha Wireless boasts a massive 300 hours of battery life, which is backed up by the best comfort and sound quality in the industry.
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Dell XPS Desktop (8950) review: A larger, faster design

Liquid cooling in the XPS Desktop? Dell's latest 8950 XPS Desktop packs modern furnishes and powerful hardware, and it's our go-to PC for most people.
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3 Unreal Engine 5 features PC gamers need to know about

Epic finally released Unreal Engine 5, but we're still waiting on games that use the new engine. Here's what PC gamers have to look forward to.
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3 big problems with the Intel Core i9-12900KS

Intel just launched the pre-binned Core i9-12900KS, and although it's the fastest processor you can buy technically, it still has some problems.
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EK 275 Conquest review: Custom watercooling for cheap

If you want custom watercooling without the time or monetary investment, the EK 275 Conquest is for you. It's an excellent machine with a low price.
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The 5 must-read PC gaming news items from last month

March was a huge month for PC gamers, with new GPU launches, enhanced upscaling tech, and graphics card prices dropping to the lowest they've been in months.

The best HTC Vive games for 2022

So you’re considering buying an HTC Vive, but don't know what to play? Our list of the best HTC Vive games will help you.
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Is Nvidia DLSS about to become obsolete? Here’s the proof

Nvidia DLSS has been the de facto upscaling feature, but recent games show that it has trouble brewing under the surface.
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How to deep clean your keyboard and mouse

You should give your keyboard and mouse a deep clean every couple of months. Thankfully, the process is quick and simple. Here's how to do it.
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6 cable management tips to keep your tech looking tidy

We all have a mess of cables we're trying to hide behind our tech. Here are a few tips to get a grip on them and keep your setup looking clean.
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Intel Arc Alchemist desktop cards feature a stunning design

Intel launched its Arc Alchemist mobile GPUs on Wednesday, but the company also offered a first look at how its desktop GPUs will be designed.
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Intel’s Arc Alchemist GPU should have Nvidia and AMD worried

Intel has finally detailed its discrete Arc Alchemist graphics cards, and they should have AMD and Nvidia worried about the future.
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How Intel Arc graphics could finally fix V-Sync

Intel revealed its new Arc Alchemist mobile GPUs, as well as two key features that could kill one of the oldest features in PC gaming.
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The RTX 3090 Ti is the halo GPU we’ve waited three years for

The RTX 3090 Ti is real, and it's here. It's not great from a value perspective, but it's the first true halo product for Nvidia's RTX 30-series range.
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Gigabyte Aero 16 review: You can do better

The Gigabyte Aero 16 isn't a bad laptop thanks to some powerful hardware packed inside. However, it lacks the key features that make the best laptops the best.
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How DirectStorage loads Forspoken in one second on PC

GDC 2022 brought new details for Microsoft's DirectStorage technology, including the reveal that it can load Forspoken in as little as one second.
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How to get your collection of tangled cables under control

There's no shame in having a massive cable collection. We all do. Here's how to get a grip on it, organize what you have, and get rid of what you don't need.
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FSR 2.0 is the complete reboot AMD’s upscaling needed

AMD revealed more details about FSR 2.0 at GDC 2022. Here's everything we learned about the upcoming upscaling feature.
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Nvidia RTX 4080: What we learned from GTC 2022

The RTX 4080 was a no-show at GTC 2022, but the next-gen Hopper architecture still holds some hints for the upcoming graphics card.
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Nvidia reveals first-ever CPU and Hopper GPU at GTC 2022

Nvidia kicked off GTC 2022 with the announcement of its first-ever discrete CPU and also revealed its next-generation Hopper GPU architecture.
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Microsoft is hindering Windows 11 on custom-built PCs

A new watermark is showing up on custom-built PCs running Windows 11, notifying users that their machines aren't supported. But that's the problem: They are.
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Maingear Vybe review: Great bones, outdated details

Maingear's Vybe has been a touchstone for custom gaming PCs for years, and it's still a solid option in 2022. It's not the perfect platform it once was, though.
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The best video games for kids

Finding age-appropriate games can be tough today. However, with our list of the best video games for kids, you can keep your kids entertained without worry.
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Why the M1 Ultra was doomed to disappoint

Apple said the M1 Ultra is more powerful than Nvidia's RTX 3090. It was always a ridiculous comparison, and now we know that Apple's claims weren't true.
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AMD FSR 2.0 takes notes from DLSS — and it’s coming soon

AMD has pulled back the curtain on FSR 2.0, which should arrive soon. The company also released its general-purpose RSR upscaling solution for all AMD GPUs.
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The best Castlevania games of all time

Castlevania is one of the oldest names in gaming. In this list, we go back in time to look at the best Castlevania games ever made, ranking 22 of the games.
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MSI Optix MPG 32 QD review: Quantum dot elevates color

MSI's Optix MPG 32 QD is a marvel of a gaming monitor, combining cutting-edge display tech with the best and latest gaming features.
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The best PC games for HDR

Support for HDR in PC games is sporadic at best. To help you through the long list of games available, we rounded up the best PC games for HDR.
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Ray tracing on Elden Ring? Here’s how I added it myself

You can't get Nvidia's RTX ray tracing in Elden Ring, but you can use the technique to enhance the look of it and most other PC games.
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Apple’s M1 Ultra is faster than an RTX 3090? Don’t count on it

Apple made some big claims when it announced the M1 Ultra during its spring 2022 event, saying that the chip can outclass the RTX 3090. Here's why it won't.