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Four Practical Alternative Uses for Empty 5.25” Drive Bays

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Icy Dock’s Expresscage Tool-less Hot-swappable 2.5″ Drive Enclosure

While there are a great number of options these days for good-looking PC cases that entirely lack 5.25” drive bays, the majority of cases still offer at least one of these spaces. And efficient builders won’t want that space being used for nothing.

Don’t get me wrong: Many builders still do want to use those spaces to house intended utilities, including disc drives, card readers, extra USB ports, and even floppy drives. But that doesn’t mean there won’t still be an unoccupied bay sitting around at the end of the day. (I personally have a Pioneer Blu-Ray/DVD/CD player in my tower, and for the time being, it sits above an unused 5.25” bay.)

So, here are a few ideas for what to do with those bays instead of leaving them as cavities in your build:

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Types of VRAM Explained: HBM vs. GDDR5 vs. GDDR5X

Video RAM: What’s the difference between the types available today?

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Some Samsung VRAM

All graphics cards need both a GPU and VRAM to function properly. While the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) does the actual processing of data to output images on your monitor, the data it is processing and providing is stored and accessed from the chips of VRAM (Video Random Access Memory) surrounding it.

Outputting high-resolution graphics at a quick rate requires both a beefy GPU and a large quantity of high-bandwidth VRAM working in tandem. For most of the past decade, VRAM design was fairly stagnant, and focused on using more power to achieve greater VRAM clock speeds.

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Newegg’s 2016 Christmas Week Sales

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The craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are long behind us, but Newegg has Christmas Week sales! Though less extensive, these sales are great for some last minute pre-New Year shopping. There were no monitors on a good enough sale to include, so we were forced to abandon the “What is your new year resolution?” joke opportunity.

Please note: 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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Amazon’s PC Hardware Cyber Monday Deals

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Amazon has a few nice deals on its PC components for Cyber Monday. To be totally honest, Amazon has some amazing deals, but most of them are not related to PC parts, so we are sad. If you know of any good deals that we missed, let us know in the comments section!

Please note: 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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Black Friday 2016: Best of Amazon US Black Friday Sale

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Happy Thanksgiving! Amazon has some great Black Friday deals this year. We searched through all the PC hardware deals to find the best, and they’re all listed in this post.

Expect many more deals every day between now and Cyber Monday. Of course, if you see anything here that you really like, we suggest grabbing it while you can. We do not expect the deals on these particular products to get any lower than this.

Note: Retailers often like to list a “normal price” that is higher than what they normally sell it for. We have done our best to list the actual normal price for which the product has normally sold.

Have at it!

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