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    by Published on July 9th, 2017 04:00 AM
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    3. Graphics Cards,
    4. Power Supplies,
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    7. Memory,
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    9. Gaming,
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    It is time for our yearly gaming PC building guide! This time we have numerous categories based on budget. For each PC build we exclude operating system, peripherals, and display, since those are all things you may or may not have already plus not every operating system choice costs money (Linux distros).

    Our choices are by no means the only ones, but these featured PC builds will help get anyone started. We are using Newegg as our point of reference since they charge no taxes for most states. Prices fluctuate of course, so our listed prices are not necessarily final.

    Right now, GPU prices have skyrocketed once again due to demand for cryptocurrency mining. Because of this, we have omitted ...
    by Published on January 20th, 2017 05:00 AM
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    The computer case is often an overlooked aspect in PC building. It is not uncommon for one to question the value of a $200 case, or even a $100 case. The case is the enclosure of the entire PC, and whether the subject is aesthetics, ease of assembly and configuration and expansion, functionality, cooling, or noise, the chassis is extremely important.

    In this article we will talk about the importance of a case on these aspects of a computer and more, and then recommend several cases based on price and form factor (e.g., ITX, mATX, ATX). The case industry is evolving before our eyes, and some cases are clearly superior to everything else in their price ranges or even above.

    Let's start by addressing the question, "What to look for?" on the next page.



    What to Look for in a Computer Case?

    The computer chassis is very important for many reasons, listed below.

    • Functionality and Expansion: You need a case that can support the hardware you desire. If you want to use multiple graphics cards, many storage drives, or lots of liquid cooling components, you need a case that can fit them and conveniently support their installation, removal, and expansion. Start small and grow into a bigger, more powerful PC? You need a case that can support the expansion, say from one graphics card to two or more, or from one 240mm all-in-one liquid cooler to a custom loop with two 360mm radiators. This all depends on the case.

      There are other aspects to functionality as well. Perhaps you need a transportable PC with hot swap bays for quick, easy removal of storage drives. Perhaps it needs a lockable side panel as well. You'd then need a case that is appropriately sized, with an easy way to carry it, and with hot swap bays and a place to secure the side panels with a lock.

      Or maybe you want to build
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    by Published on November 7th, 2016 12:10 PM  Number of Views: 1766 
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    2. Processors,
    3. Graphics Cards,
    4. Power Supplies,
    5. Motherboards,
    6. Cases,
    7. Memory,
    8. Gaming,
    9. Hard Drives,
    10. Cooling
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    Hello everyone, today we present you with a new type of article here at GND-Tech. We're debuting the first of a series of Build Recommendations that we plan on updating every few months or so to keep up with the ever increasing pace of new technology and hardware.

    We're breaking the series down into four categories. The categories are Budget, Mid-Range, High End and Infinite Budget. Keep in mind, we are not sponsored so there is no bias to be found here, but that unfortunately means we cannot afford to actually buy all these components and ...
    by Published on October 16th, 2013 09:00 PM
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    As typical computers are getting smaller and smaller, high-end gaming machines are only getting bigger. The proof? Take a look at Cooler Master's latest lineup of what they are calling their first "mod-tower" computer chassis, the HAF Stacker 935 (HAF-935-KWN). This chassis lives up to it's name. The HAF 935, which we will looking at in depth in this review, comes with two completely independent computer cases which can be mounted onto each other. The HAF 935 is a two unit system which includes the main unit and the HAF 915 R/F.


    The main unit is a full tower EATX case with plenty of room for high end gaming components. The HAF 915 has several uses, all of which we will be going into in-depth later on in this review. Both cases are able to be mounted to each other with either one on the top or bottom depending on its intended use. This is by far the most unique, let alone complex case configuration we have yet had the pleasure of reviewing, so without too much of an introduction, lets take a closer look at the case's features and specs!




    Did somebody say features? The Stacker HAF 935 has features all right, so lets try to briefly cover them all. As, we mentioned on the previous page, the HAF 935 is two independently configurable cases which can be mounted together in order to produce a very large, very expandable computer system.

    Although the HAF 935 is one complete system, lets take a look at the specs individually for simplicity's sake.

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    by Published on June 4th, 2013 01:30 PM
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    After many months of anticipation, Silverstone has finally shown their upcoming Raven RV04 chassis. It's a full tower ATX case aimed at gamers. The Raven series is known for being very innovative, being the first to utilize their unique 90-degree rotated motherboard tray design. Although this feature isn't present in the RV04, Silverstone claims the RV04 will perform at least as good as the RV02, while providing more storage and functionality.

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    Since its debut in 2008, the RAVEN series has been synonymous with excellent cooling and unconventional designs. For the RAVEN RV04, the
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    by Published on March 31st, 2013 09:55 PM
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    The lineup of Lian Li's mid tower case arsenal continues to expand with its latest edition, the PC-9N or in particular the PC-9NB which is the Black model which we will be reviewing. Lian Li has a history of manufacturing cases with an almost meticulous sense of exceptional quality and design. This particular model at a glance features brushed aluminum exterior with a full metal aluminum interior. It fully supports ATX and micro-ATX motherboards on its new rail mount motherboard mount design which we will cover more in depth later on in the review. But lets not waste any more time! On with the review...



    The MSRP for the PC-9NB stands at $99.99. Not too bad considering this is a Lian Li case.




    The Lian-Li PC9N was packaged typical to pretty much any case we have seen. The case is secured inside the box with two custom formed Styrofoam inserts to secure it during shipping. Overall we have found this method very effective and from what we could tell, there was no damage to the case due to shipping mishaps.




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    by Published on November 11th, 2012 04:30 PM
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    Today's a special day, everyone! Another manufacturer has stepped up to our plate: this is our first ever review on a Lian-Li product, well known for making quality cases that rise beyond the competition. What we have here is a fine specimen, the PC-7H, or more specifically, the PC-7HX. The X signifies a black interior. There's also a PC-7HB, which is the same case but with an unpainted interior, and finally the PC-7HA which has a silver exterior. The PC-7H is an aluminum mid tower ATX case. I've been eager to review a Lian-Li case, so lets not waste anymore time.



    The Lian-Li PC-7H is a mid tower ATX chassis made out of aluminum. Lian-Li is renowned for their build quality; you don't find any unwanted plastic on their cases, and even their steel cases sold under the Lancool brand are much more sturdy than the competition. The PC-7H measures 210mm (W) x 473mm (H) x 490mm (D) and has a weight of only 5.8 kilograms, or just under 13 pounds. So this is a very light case, much lighter than most cases in this size since those tend to have a steel frame and plastic body. These specs and others can be found on the plain brown box that the PC-7H is packaged in.

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    by Published on September 12th, 2012 01:30 PM
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    Lian-Li has recently announced two new full tower cases, the PC-A75X and PC-A76X. Both of which are all black, support up to HPTX motherboards, and don't even cost a fortune! Let's take a closer look at them.

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    These cases seem to be replacements for the PC-A70F and PC-A71F. They feature many modernized updates such as improved cable management, USB 3.0, and water cooling support. The PC-A75X measures at 220mm(W) x 585mm(H) x 590mm(D), while the PC-A76X is the same except for the depth being at 615mm. Weight is 9.5 kg on both, and they both have two optical drive bays, 12 3.5" bays (3 can be converted to 2.5") and 11 expansion slots.



    As you can see, they continue Lian-Li's tradition
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