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The Best Deals from Newegg’s ‘Early Black Friday Sale’

MSI has white GTX 980s?!

MSI has white GTX 980s?!

Newegg is at it again with another week of sales leading up to Black Friday — all part of their “Black November” promotion to take advantage of the prime hardware-shopping season.

Once again, we’re rounding up our favorite deals from the sale, which lasts from now until Nov. 23rd at 4 PM EST / 1 PM PST.

For more advice on getting good deals on Black Friday, read our article on Black Friday 2015: How to Get the Best PC Parts Deals.

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Building the Best PC for Fallout 4

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The post-apocalyptic future is bigger and prettier than ever. Fallout 4 is out, and we have a brand new game build guide to help you build the best PC for Fallout 4.

Here it is: Building the Best PC for Fallout 4

If you want some spoilers, here are the graphics cards we recommend for running the game at 50-60 frames per second on Ultra at various resolutions:

1920×1080 (1080p): GTX 960 or R9 380

2560×1440 (1440p): GTX 970 or R9 390X

3840×2160 (4K): 2x GTX 980s

Read our full guide for all the gory details.

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The Best Sources for PC Hardware News and Reviews

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Sir Francis Bacon once famously said that knowledge is power. Then he died from pneumonia while studying the effects of freezing meat. The important thing to remember, however, is that he died on a quest for knowledge.

When it comes to building a PC, knowledge not only brings power (in terms of hardware performance), it brings savings in both cost and time.

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Dear Game Publishers: PC Gamers Will Wait for a Good Port

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We just want to glide over Gotham at 60 FPS.

Once again, PC gamers have been reminded to never trust a console port on launch day.

Yesterday, Batman: Arkham Knight launched simultaneously on consoles and PC. It should have been a joyous occasion for PC-gaming Batman fans, but it wasn’t.

The problem? Arkham Knight’s PC port is apparently “disastrous,” “garbage,” and “suffering from major issues.” AMD and NVIDIA players are both reporting major framerate and audio problems, the game comes with a default 30 FPS cap, and the textures on PC are allegedly worse than the console versions.

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Does FPS Matter? Decide for Yourself.

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Some of the silliest myths in gaming are related to framerate, or frames per second (FPS). Some people will tell you that the human eye can only detect a certain number of frames per second, or that an FPS of 24-30 will produce a more “cinematic” gaming experience, as the standard framerate for movies has been set at 24 FPS for nearly 100 years, and television often displays at 30 FPS.

On the other end of the spectrum, some gamers will claim that you need a certain FPS to truly enjoy your gaming experience. They’ll say that running below a certain FPS is like a “slideshow” because of how few images are being rendered each second.

In reality, the only framerate that really matters is the one that is acceptable to you. Generally speaking, however, a higher framerate is better for gaming. And as PC gamers, we have the power to adjust our game settings or build our computers to achieve a desired framerate.

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Show Us Your PC Contest: Recap!

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Last week we revealed the winners to our first ever Show Us Your PC contest. Our top 3 picks won Amazon gift cards and the honorable mentions got some sweet, sweet Steam games. And we got to ogle some awesome custom PCs, which happens to be our favorite thing to do.

Did you miss it? Do you want to relive the excitement in a more digestible format? This contest recap is for you!

Here’s a breakdown of the winners. Click on any winner to see more!

First Place: FANtastic Build

We loved Skye’s superpowered PC and the way he tastefully added Noctua fans everywhere. Seriously, go look at all those fans.

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Show Us Your PC Contest: First Place!

And finally, the grand winner of our Show Us Your PC contest. (If you’re catching up, yesterday we revealed our Second Place winner, Wednesday featured our Third Place winner, and on Tuesday we showed off our two Honorable Mentions.)

Ladyfolk and mentlegen, our first place winner: FANtastic Build

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Skye recently built this beauty after 6 years with an Intel Core 2 Duo running Windows XP. We’d say it’s a heck of a successor!

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