Best graphics card 2018: Top GPUs for 1080p, 1440p and 4K

Best graphics card 2018

There has never been a better time to pick up one of today’s best graphics cards. It’s taken a while, but graphics card prices are finally coming back down to normal, bringing the likes of Nvidia and AMD’s latest and greatest finally within reach again.

To help you choose the best graphics card for your needs and budget, we’re here to help. This article is all about identifying the single best GPU you can get for playing games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K at a price that suits you. Read on for our in-depth buying advice on what and how to buy your next graphics card for 2018.

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Video: 10 State of Decay 2 tips to stay alive

With these tips, you too could be using a giant zombie as a climbing frame.

If the zombies don’t get you in State of Decay 2, then the boastful barista will. Sure, he brews a mean cup of joe, but his self-confidence is beginning to grate and the community’s morale is sinking. This might be the first survival game to be derailed by a braggart with coffee breath. As such it can feel like the world is conspiring against you, so what better time to watch a video of tips and tricks to help even the odds. Not to boast myself (RPS has a high morale community), but it’ll make your life easier.

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Video: 8 toasty tactics I wish I’d known before starting Frostpunk

A bitter end for a bitter man.

With just ten hours left on Frostpunk’s clock, the people of my city decided to steam me alive. I got those ingrates just ten hours away from the final daybreak, and they treated me like human dim sum. Some of them even clapped with prosthetic hands I had built for them during the harshest of winters. The last thought that popped into my boiled mind? I wish I had watched a YouTube video explaining eight ways to survive the cold in Frostpunk.

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Warframe Plains of Eidolon: bounties, fishing, mining, and hunting for Eidolons

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Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon update was one of the biggest and most ambitious updates to the free-to-play shooter since its inception. The first open-world area in a game otherwise entirely populated by procedurally generated levels, it’s a massive experiment for developer Digital Extremes.

The Plains introduced two new types of resources: Fishing and Mining resources. Each are obtained by, you guessed it, fishing or mining and are used to build items that were introduced in the same update as the Plains.

So, there’s a lot of stuff to do in the Plains. And in typical Warframe fashion, it’s not terrifically well explained. Let’s dig in. Read the rest of this entry »

Warframe: Farm credits via the Index mission

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Almost everything in Warframe requires Credits. You’ll need to spend Credits on crafting, buying Blueprints and materials, upgrading your warframe mods, and well, just about everything.

At a certain point, the lack of credits becomes a problem. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to go about gaining a lot of credits, assuming you have made your way to a place called The Index. Read the rest of this entry »

Warframe prime relics: how to get the best gear

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Prime Warframes and Weapons are some of the most powerful tools in a Warframe player’s arsenal. That means, of course, they’re going to be the hardest to get. To get Prime parts, you’re going to have to go through the long process of farming Relics. The four types of relics (Lith, Meso, Neo, and Axi) all have different drop tables, and things get complicated when you try to understand them. So let’s take a look.

Relics are items that drop Prime parts and Formas when you unlock them. You unlock them by running Void Fissure missions. But before you do that, there’s some stuff you’ve got to take care of.

First of all, you’ve got to find yourself a few Relics in the first place. For the most part, you’re going to find them by running missions, but if you’re looking for specific Prime parts, you’re going to need to find specific Relics. For example, Nekros Prime Blueprints drop out of Lith N3, Meso N3, and Axi N3 Relics, while their Neuroptics drop out of Axi N5 and Meso F1. Each of those relics has a chance to drop the part you want, but it’s not guaranteed. So, you’ll have to open up multiple Relics to find the part you want. Check out the Warframe Wiki to find out exactly which Relics you need for each part. I keep a spreadsheet to keep track of all my Relics and which ones I need to complete my Prime gear.

To get more of each type of Relic, you’re going to have to know where to go to get the Relics you need. For the most part, you’ll be getting Relics by running so-called “endless” missions. Look for missions labeled as Defense, Excavation, Survival, Interception, and Defection missions for types you can run endlessly (though I’d recommend sticking to the first three for ease’s sake). On low level missions, you’ll find Lith Relics, then in ascending order of levels, Meso, Neo, and finally, Axi.

Once you’ve gotten your hands on some Relics, head into the Relics page in your inventory and take a look at the items they have a chance to drop. Every Relic has a loot table of three common items, two uncommon items, and one rare item. Assuming the Relic is unrefined, the common items are vastly more likely to drop than the higher rarities. By spending some Void Traces on “refining” them, you can increase the chances of an uncommon or rare drop.

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Void Traces drop from running Void Fissure missions, just in case you were wondering. You’ll end up with a decent chunk of them, but can only hold a certain amount, so be sure to spend them on the Relics you really want to pay off for you.

Now that you know what you’re aiming for, it’s time to run the aforementioned Void Fissure missions. Load up the Navigation page, hit the Void Fissure tab, and select the mission you want to run. As you’d expect, Lith Void Fissure missions are lower level missions, while Axi are much higher.

Once in, it’s time to open them up! In the mission, you’ll see certain enemies go invulnerable for a moment before emitting a shimmering glow. It’s pretty obvious when it happens. Kill those enemies for a chance to drop Reactant. Once you’ve picked up 10 Reactants, your Relic will crack open. Just finish up the mission to see what’s inside!

If you’re running Void Fissure missions with more than one person on your team (four people his highly recommended), you’ll get a choice from the parts that every person on your team has opened up. If you didn’t find what you want, maybe someone else found something that you did.

But seriously, make a spreadsheet. It’ll make your life far easier.

Head back over to our main Warframe guide for everything else you need to know about Digital Extreme’s loot shooter.

Warframe: Damage types, how they work and when to use them

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When you first start in Warframe, you won’t have to worry too much about different damage types. Just shoot guys until they’re dead.

But as time goes on and you begin to face more and more difficult enemies, you’re going to have to learn how to slaughter them with maximum efficiency. Speaking most generally, certain enemy types are vulnerable to specific types of damage. When you’re Modding your weapons to be most effective against enemies, you’re going to want to focus on specific things, depending on what sort of missions you’re looking to do. Read the rest of this entry »

Warframe guide: essential tips for beginners

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Warframe is almost impressively obtuse. The free-to-play loot shooter layers systems upon systems upon systems, all of which have an impressive amount of depth to them. Unfortunately, the game is almost aggressively uninterested in making sure you understand any of it.

There’s Warframes to mod, guns and swords and crossbows to craft in the Foundry, Dojo rooms to build, Endo and Mutagen Samples and Argon Crystals and, well, a whole bunch of other stuff. Like, a lot of other stuff. Be ready to grind.

To help you on your journey into one of the biggest — and best! — free-to-play loot games out there, we’ve got a bunch of tips and tricks for making your Tenno the best Tenno that it can be. Read the rest of this entry »

Warframe: How to acquire and equip warframe mods

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At their core, Warframes aren’t terribly complex. They all move basically the same way and have four unique abilities. The 40+ Frames are basically character classes, but you can swap between them at any point — assuming you’ve unlocked them first.

So how do you go about getting them? Well, Warframes require a lot of work to unlock (assuming you don’t just outright buy them). Which makes sense, considering it’s basically like getting a brand new character every time you pick one up. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Fallout 4 Mods

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Now that Fallout 4 is in its third year and the DLC has dried up, is there any point in returning to the Commonwealth Wasteland? Yes! There are loads, largely thanks to the still-growing list of mods, overhauls and user tweaks. Here, I’ve gathered over 50 of my favourites, ranging from weird weapons to wild weather.

Before we start, a couple of things to remember: some mods will require some or all of the DLC expansions, as well as additional mods, while others don’t play nicely with each other. The mod descriptions on Nexus will usually tell you, so keep an eye out.

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Kingdom Come Deliverance guide: walkthrough, tips and tricks

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an atypical roleplaying game even putting the lack of supernatural creatures aside. There’s a greater focus on simulation, and a much steeper learning curve – getting into it is not easy or overly intuitive, especially compared to the majority of games that tend to lead you by the hand. Explanations for Kingdom Come’s various systems are particularly hard to come by, so if you’d rather not bash your head (and indeed your lockpicks) against every secured door you see, then take a seat, pour yourself a Saviour Schnapps, and have a gander at our guide to the game. This article was updated on March 9th 2018 with another million side quests and things.

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Kingdom Come Deliverance: how to master lockpicking

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The Middle Ages was no picnic. No wonder that, in so many RPGs, you tend to nick everything that hasn’t been nailed down – anything to give you an edge over the harsh environment. Every true hero naturally includes lockpicking and maybe even pickpocketing as part of their repertoire – you don’t save the world without first breaking a few locks. (Also, heads.) Despite its more grounded world and its more mundane protagonist, when it comes to stealing, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is really no different.

As you might expect, the game’s most valuable items are usually stored behind locked doors or in secure chests, with complex locking mechanisms barring your way. That’s why the Lockpicking skill is one of the most essential in the game. It doesn’t matter if you want to get equipment, food or other treasures – they can all be locked away from prying eyes.

Therefore, this article reveals everything you need to know about lockpicking. We’ll start with the lockpick itself, the most vital tool of every master thief. Then we’ll introduce you to the skill and its various upgrades. After that, some advice on how to overcome locks more easily, and how not to get caught while doing so. Read the rest of this entry »

Kingdom Come Deliverance: side quests

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Kingdom Come Deliverance: The Good Thief

This will likely be the first side quest you come across, unless you flee from Rattay immediately after waking up there. Once you’ve finished the intro and gathered your things, go and talk to Miller Peshek, who will give you this multi-part quest.

It seems you’ve racked up quite the debt by lying unconscious in his mill the past two weeks, which doesn’t exactly seem fair, but then it is the Middle Ages. Peshek wants you to repay the money he’s had to spend on herbalist appointments and whatnot, and if you want to be debt-free in 1403, you should get Peshek off your back ASAP. Unfortunately, the actions the miller requires of you are not exactly… savoury. Read the rest of this entry »

PUBG best weapons guide: A complete rundown of guns in PUBG

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has 25 guns currently available, each with its own set of scopes and attachments to glue on, which means it’s fair to say that keeping track of them all can be a little difficult.

This Battlegrounds weapons guide will make that easier. The random nature of the shrinking circle means you only have limited control over what situations you’ll get into – in other words, you always want to make sure you have a short-range and a long-range weapon. We’ll run you through the pros and cons of each gun, then finish with some advice on attachments.

If you’re looking for more general tips, take a look at our complete Battlegrounds guide. If you’d like to learn more about where to loot, hop on over to our map guide.

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A guide to Destiny 2’s endgame

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So you’re done with Destiny 2’s story – which you either loved or hated – and are ready to enter the endgame. Luckily, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about how to minimise the grind and get yourself raid ready as quickly as possible.

In this guide, I’ll run you through how Power Levels work, what activities you can get up to and some specifics on how Engrams, Mods and Infusions work. Let’s get cracking!

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The PUBG map: where to loot, how to win

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So, you’ve read our complete guide to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. You might even have seen our guide to the best weapon loadouts for every conceivable situation. Now it’s time get properly acquainted with Erangel, the only current map for Battlegrounds. See, I bet you didn’t even know its name, did you?

We’ll be looking at general tips for spotting a good landing zone, areas that tend to be teeming with players and those that are a bit more peaceful. We’ll also be covering vehicle spawns and some tips for how to hide and move around without (probably) being shot in the back of the head. Read the rest of this entry »

PUBG best weapon guide: loadouts for stealth, sniping, assault and more

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has 24 guns currently available, each with its own set of scopes and attachments to glue on, which means it’s fair to say that keeping track of them all can be a little difficult.

This Battlegrounds weapons guide will make that easier. Specifically, we’ve come up with several ‘builds’ that you can follow. However PUBG is a fickle game where a lot of your decisions fall to chance, and these builds aren’t set in stone. Instead, try to think of them more as tips to follow in case you ever have to decide between multiple options. It’s also worth noting that items found within the airdrops have been deliberately excluded from this guide, simply because of their extremely low frequency.

Before we get started, you should consider reading our general Battlegrounds tips first. Read the rest of this entry »

7 essential mods for XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen

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Now that the new, humungous XCOM 2 expansion pack has had a couple of weeks to bed in, the game’s mod community has been steadily fixing up their tweaks to work with War of the Chosen [official site]. Over time, there’ll be more Steam Workshop offerings which take specific advantage of the onslaught of changes WOTC introduces, but right now what I’m interested in is assorted quality of life improvements that remove pointless dead time from the game, offer more tactical detail and generally make the whole shebang slicker and quicker to use.

These, then, are the XCOM 2 War Of The Chosen mods that I just don’t think I could do without. (Well, I could, but I’d be complaining the whole damn time).

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds complete guide: tips and tricks to win

It hasn’t even been a year since Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds launched into early access, and yet somehow every living creature in the known universe has played it. Its popularity shouldn’t come as much of a surprise though. I can’t think of a better way to relieve stress than by being dumped onto an island with 99 other people and forced to murder and scavenge my way to the top, all in the name of an ethereal chicken dinner. Bagging that poultry isn’t easy though, so we’ve thrown together a whole bunch of tips and tricks to help you get a taste of that sweet, sweet victory. Read the rest of this entry »

How to make your own faction in Endless Space 2

Endless Space 2’s races are a fascinating bunch who wouldn’t seem out of place in a Mos Eisley cantina, but maybe you’ve had enough of them. Or perhaps you want your next galaxy to be full of new aliens to pal around with. Good news, then, because buried in the game setup menu is an option to create new factions. In an effort to get to grips with the editor and put together this guide, I’ve been working on my own: the Oak Blokes. Read the rest of this entry »