The BEST 2021 Cyber Monday Deals on PC Hardware!

Cyber Monday 2021 Sales! These are Logical Increments’ picks for the best 2021 Cyber Monday deals from Newegg and Amazon.

A while after Black Friday caught on, online retailers introduced Cyber Monday in order to get in on the action. Over time, it became established, and now Cyber Monday is basically just a second Black Friday that happens a few days later!

Newegg has been one of the most consistent sources for Cyber Monday sales on PC hardware, but there are a handful of worthwhile deals on Amazon as well. So we’ve taken a look at what both sites have available, and narrowed it down to their best-listed PC hardware deals.

Please note: Some of the best 2021 Cyber Monday deals are dependent on rebates. Such rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so better be careful!

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The BEST 2021 Black Friday Deals on PC Hardware!

2021 Black Friday is upon us, with deals from Amazon, Newegg, and more! These are Logical Increments’ picks for the best 2021 Black Friday deals on computer hardware, from Amazon, Newegg, and B&H Photo Video.

Black Friday is a weird ‘holiday’ where a large number of retailers all around the world have their biggest sales of the year. Newegg has been one of the most consistent sources for Black Friday sales on PC hardware, but there are a few good offers to be found on Amazon and B&H as well.

This list includes 2021 Black Friday sales from Amazon, Newegg, and B&H mixed in together. Basically, we’ve taken a look at what all three sites have available, narrowed them down to the best 2021 Black Friday deals on computer parts overall, and listed them all right here on a single convenient page.

Please note: Some of the best deals are dependent on rebates. Such rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so better be careful!

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Best Newegg Black Friday Week Deals 2021

Newegg Black Friday 2021 Week sales! These are Logical Increments’ picks for the best Newegg Black Friday Week 2021 deals.

Black Friday is the day where a large number of retailers all around the world have the biggest sales of the year. Some outlets (like Newegg) will also have pre-Black Friday sales, so we have taken a look at what is on sale so far this year.

Please note: Some of the best deals are dependent on rebates. Such rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so better be careful!

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Intel’s Alder Lake: The Phoenix Emerges

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Ever since Intel won every race in the universe with the launch of Sandy Bridge back in 2011, they have been slacking. AMD’s tortoise needed six long years, but it overtook the sleeping Intel hare in 2017, leaving behind a lot of room for jokes at Intel’s expense.

But Intel, like all other large tech corporations, does have a solid engineering team tucked away. And the only thing that engineers need is time. Intel has been trailing AMD for four years, but that changed with the Alder Lake CPU launch a few nights ago.

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Living Room Gaming Comparison: Docked Handhelds vs. Standard Consoles vs. Desktop Gaming PCs

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In this comparison article, we’ll briefly examine three solutions that let you game from the comfort of your very own couch. We’ll be taking a look at dockable handhelds, including the Nintendo Switch and the Steam Deck; home consoles, including the Xbox Series S/X and the PlayStation 5; and a full-blown home theater and gaming PC right smack in your living room.

The pros and cons of each category of system will be weighed to help guide you to the best partner for your big living room television. Let’s begin!

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The “GPU Prices are Not Improving Fast Enough” Update

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GPU prices started going up (roughly) in March of 2020 when all hardware went up in price or went out-of-stock. It happened slowly at first, then faster and faster, until widespread unavailability became the norm!

During the worst of the worst, it was so bad that you could not buy most graphics cards, no matter what price you were willing to pay! I am very glad that the worst is over.

But we aren’t out of the woods just yet.

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Best Beginner’s Guide to CPU Specifications

When buying and picking your CPU, you want to get the best you can get for your money, as well as the CPU that best fits your needs. When sifting through the available CPUs to satisfy those goals, you are bombarded with numerous technical terms and specifications.

In this article, I aim to clear up what those terms mean, and (roughly speaking) how their specs translate into performance.

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Steam Deck Specifications – Comparing Valve’s Deck to PC Gaming Hardware

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Valve has released the Steam Deck specifications, and they have spawned a storm of excitement. Essentially, the Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC built around SteamOS. The Steam Deck is poised to be a fairly unique product, looking like a hybrid of a handheld console like the Switch and a conventional desktop PC (like the ones found in our main chart). Indeed, Valve’s Deck is being marketed as a “Gaming PC” with the intention of providing all the features that framing entails, for everyone from tech enthusiasts to gamers.

It’ll have a native SteamOS interface with (mostly) complete support for your pre-existing Steam library (limited to games that have either been ported to Linux or which can be run with Proton and Steam Play), and it’ll also have the ability to replace SteamOS with another option, such as Windows, in order to run just about any other title you can think of.

The Steam Deck specifications and features allow you to run anything and everything on it—and its the combination of that openness; controls including a touchscreen, capacitive pads, and back-grip buttons; the ability to ‘dock’ it to play on a TV or monitor; and a priority placed on ergonomics that (altogether) makes the device more interesting than something like a Nintendo Switch or a GPD Win3. There are just so many features all at once!

As for the hardware itself, Valve has released a very comprehensive spec sheet on the Steam Deck website. We’ll know exactly how this hardware will perform in games once the first units make it into the hands of reviewers, but until then we can take a close look at the provided specs and discuss how they stack up against current desktop hardware!

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The Steam Deck vs Valve’s Top 10 Games

 

How well does Valve’s new Steam Deck hold up against Steam’s own library?

The announcement of the Steam Deck in July 2021 introduced Valve’s latest excursion into the complex world of gaming hardware. No doubt inspired by Nintendo’s success with the Switch console, the Steam Deck aims to let you take your entire Steam library wherever you go. Well, most of your library, anyway (more on that soon enough). But how will the Steam Deck handle Steam’s current most popular games? Will they run like a well-oiled machine, or break down faster than a 3DS running Crysis?

Let’s look at Steam’s current top 10 games on Steam Charts, and do a little predicting! We’ll be looking at the 10 Steam games with the highest player counts in August 2021.

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