Why You Should Buy an SSD, and How to Find a Good One

Jack Winn

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Not long ago, there weren’t many options for storing data on your computer. Standard mechanical hard drive disks (HDDs) have long been the de facto choice, but a different type of storage drive is becoming much more popular: the solid state drive (SSD). Solid state drives bring a wealth of improvements over standard HDDs, so let’s take a moment to understand why many PC builders are now choosing SSDs for their primary data storage solution.

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NVIDIA or AMD Video Card? What’s the Difference?

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An important part of any performance PC is the Graphics Processing Unit (or GPU, the brain of the graphics card), but the GPU is especially important when it comes to gaming. The GPU is responsible for processing the visual data that is seen on the monitor. Many CPUs come with integrated GPUs, but these are much less powerful than the GPUs in dedicated video cards. For gaming, you want a video card.

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GTX Titan X Launched, Added to Monstrous Tier

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NVIDIA has launched its latest monstrosity of a top-tier graphics card, the GTX Titan X.

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The Titan X is the new single-GPU king, beating the GTX 980′s performance by a good 25%-33%. Unfortunately, the price is not “25%-33%” higher, but instead nearly doubled. At $550, the 980 is already very expensive, and the asking price of $1,000 for the Titan X is ridiculous.

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Review: Ys Origin

tl;dr Good gameplay, bad graphics.

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Intro:
If you have never heard of the Ys games, I do not blame you. The name is weird, the artistic style is “anime-like”, and the games are not (yet) mainstream. Wikipedia says that there are 7 or 8 Ys games, but only 3 of them are available on Steam. From those 3, we take a look at Ys Origin, the first game in the series (chronologically). In Ys Origin, you are part of a search party that is looking for a pair of goddesses who are missing/hiding in a tower.

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Review: Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

tl;dr Very short. Very sweet, but not worth $20.
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Intro:
In Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, you control Big Boss (a.k.a. Snake) as he infiltrates a military base and rescues a couple of prisoners. Ground Zeroes is a prelude to The Phantom Pain, the full game that is set to come out in 2015.

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The PC Builder’s Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014

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Over the years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have made this the best time of year to be a PC builder.

And while some might find excitement in the classic Black Friday imagery of shoppers camping out and then making a mad scramble for the electronics department, we at Logical Increments prefer to stay at home and capitalize on mega discounts the more civilized way: Glued to the internet, mashing F5 on our browsers and searching of the best deals.

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GPU Price Wars: AMD Strikes Back!

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nVidia’s big Maxwell launch of the GeForce GTX 980 and 970 has gone very well for the company, giving gamers great performance at reasonable prices. The release of those two graphics cards made AMD’s flagship cards (290 and 290X) overpriced, and so we removed those two cards from the Logical Increments hardware guides. (We also removed the GTX 770 and 780, since those cards had been replaced at their price points.)

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