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Christmas 2015: What PC Hardware to Buy Now

SSD prices have steadily been falling.

SSD prices have steadily been falling.

Aside from Black Friday, Christmas and the holiday season is typically the next best time of year to buy PC hardware. Between Christmas sales and retailers selling off end-of-year loss leaders, there are ample opportunities to score on upgrades or new builds.

With that in mind, we want to provide some insight on what’s a good purchase for Christmas 2015, and what you should hold off on purchasing.

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How to Build a PC for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and VR Gaming

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As we approach the Q1 2016 release dates for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, many PC gamers are wondering how to best prepare their computer for VR gaming, while others are planning new builds from the ground up. We would know: Every year, more than a million visitors come to our website looking to build the best PC for their budget, and an increasing number of them ask us about VR headsets.

We just published a Guide to Building a PC for Virtual Reality. (Click the link to see the real guide.)

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Logical Increments Site Upgrades

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Good news! The site should load much faster now. It was getting quite slow, and desperately needed an upgrade.

Average load time on the old site was almost 30 seconds. Now it’s down to about 5 seconds.

Another handy feature: The parts list for your country should be automatically selected now when you load the page.

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AMD Launches R9 380X, Added to Superb Tier

Our impressions in one phrase: Ho-Hum.

Our impressions in one phrase: Ho-Hum.

AMD has just released the R9 380X, a mid-tier graphics card priced at $229.

The short story is as follows: We have read the reviews (linked below), and the 380X is identical in price and in performance to last generation’s R9 280X.

The long story is a bit more interesting. The R9 280X was released in October 2013. The R9 280X was a rebadge of the 7970GE, which was released in June… 2012. Yes, there are people who bought a graphics card in June 2012 who are seeing an identically performing card launched in November 2015.

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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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The Best Deals from Newegg’s 11/11 Sale

Time for a very small GTX 960?

Time for a very small GTX 960?

Right on the heels of our post that lists the Best Deals from Newegg’s Pre-Black Friday ‘Deal Leak’ Sale (ending Nov. 16th), Newegg has snuck in another sale, this one only lasting a little over 24 hours.

Introducing the 11/11 sale, going on until 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Nov. 12th. In other words, you have roughly 24 hours from this posting to snag any deals in this sale.

We see two deals in this sale worth noting:

Graphics Card

  • EVGA GTX 960 2GB: Current price: $170 (normal price: $190, for a discount of $20, or 10%). This 960 is only 6.8 inches, letting it easily fit in a mini ITX build.

Screen

  • Samsung S24D300H 24″: Current price: $130 w/ promo code EMCKKBK22 (normal price: $220, for a discount of $90, or 41%). A decent 1080p screen with mega infinity contrast ratio (as opposed to mini infinity).

Keep following our blog or sign up for our email list on the sidebar for updates on the best PC hardware deals throughout the holidays.

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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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