Posts in Category: pc hardware

Professional Video Conferencing Guide (Webcam, Microphone, Lighting, Backdrop)

With there being little end in sight for folks working at home with the ongoing pandemic, we figured we could compile a quick guide to the hardware side of video conferencing and virtual meetings. We’ll be covering a couple of simple webcam and microphone choices, and then digging deep into lighting and backdrop/background.

For those of you stuck at home or those of you anticipating having (or wanting) to continue working from home long into the coming months, we hope that this will be a useful tool for having the best set-up possible!

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Top 5 Microphones for YouTube and Streaming

A microphone is one of the most important computer peripherals for someone that wants to make videos, host live streams, or record podcasts.

And it’s no surprise that people are creating and watching an exorbitant amount of online media recently! So, if you want to get yourself set up to create video content of some kind, or upgrade your existing audio arrangement, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get into some recommendations!

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The Logical Increments September 2020 Update

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If you missed the nVidia Ampere reveal, you can read a recap here. Ampere, like nVidia’s previous ~2-3 generations of chips, should be really good. Just… be sure to stay realistic and not to get your hopes up too high, or believe too deeply in marketing material. Every modern product launch promises to dramatically alter your life, but few genuinely deliver.

While we wait for the new cards to launch and undergo benchmark testing, we have some other updates:

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Battle of the $200 CPUs: AMD or Intel?

AMD or Intel? It’s a question that comes up at every flagship launch… yet what if the flagship options are irrelevant to you, because you don’t want to spend a fortune on a CPU?

What if you just want to spend something more within a sensible budget, plug everything in, and get going? Well, the eternal debate can be invoked even at a lower price point! Let’s take a look at what both AMD and Intel have to offer around $200.

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A Guide to Buying a 4K TV for PC Gaming

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One of the best aspects of console gaming is that it’s frequently done from the comfort of a couch. With a dedicated living room gaming PC,  a dedicated Home Theater PC, or a streaming box like a Steam Link or an Nvidia Shield, you can have the same experience while PC gaming with a 4K TV.

Modern 4K TVs, however, have a few tradeoffs when compared with gaming monitors. Typically (but not always),  4K TVs have more input lag, worse viewing angles, and fewer input types than a top-of-the-line gaming PC monitor. But armed with the right information, you can find a suitable 4K TV that works as a gaming screen as well as a home theater display.

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5 PC Hardware Releases Coming in 2020

A new decade means lots of exciting new technology to spend your hard-earned money on! If you’ve got the itch to upgrade your PC, it might be worth checking these things out. Then you can either wait to see what improvements are in store, or be confident that a purchase made right now won’t be obsolete in six month’s time.

Keep in mind that a lot of the following information is based on rumours, conjecture, and leaked information. Until it comes direct from the manufacturer in question, take this information with a grain of salt.

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The Dramatic RX 5600 XT (and Minor GPU Updates)

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After many rumours and much debate, the RX 5600 XT has been released. Originally slated to be a GTX 1660 “killer”, AMD re-positioned this card to compete with the RTX 2060.

From the reviews, you can see that it competes well with the 2060, beating it by a tiny margin. The 5600 XT is a $280 card, and the 2060 was a $350 card, so a victory is neat! More than just having high performance and a good price, though—this new card also uses little power, runs cool, and runs quiet. When you check all the main boxes, you have a winner!

But is it all sunshine and rainbows?

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