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Best PC gaming deals of the week – 17th January 2020

Hark, it's your deals herald once again, back with the best PC gaming deals of the week. There's a lot to sink your teeth into this week, with Humble's Winter Sale still rolling on, offering up big juicy discounts on loads of the bestest best PC games of 2019, as well as a small saving on today's big release, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Nvidia also…

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Wired2Fire’s Predator PC is primed and ready for 1440p gaming for just under £1300

At the end of last year, I put together our official RPS Rig, which included everything you needed to build a gaming PC for less than £1000, including your monitor, mouse and keyboard and all the extra peripherals that go with a modern PC. However, many of you asked what that rig would look like if it was just the PC that cost £1000 (you…

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Get a free Stadia Premiere bundle with a new BT broadband package

Google Stadia has had a bit of a rocky launch so far. The free version of Google's cloud gaming service still isn't available yet, and the number of games available to play on Stadia has been wanting to say the least. However, the tide might finally be turning for Stadia, as Google have just struck a new deal with UK phone and internet giant BT…

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Feature: Taking a stand against desk-hogging monitors

Samsung’s Space monitor is a revelation

Why aren't more gaming monitors like the Samsung Space monitor? If there's one thing I've come to loathe about some of our jumbo best gaming monitor picks, it's their desk-hogging stands. Some monitors I tested last year practically demanded their own table, their stands were so enormous, while others barely left enough room for my keyboard and mouse mat. Not so with the Samsung Space.…

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Razer’s Basilisk and Deathadder mice get new V2 models

Razer's Deathadder and Basilisk mice are some of the most popular gaming mice on the planet, and today Razer have unveiled V2 models of each one. Upgraded with flashier sensors, superior switches, more buttons and braided, shoelace-like cables, the Deathadder V2 and Basilisk V2 are primed and ready to compete with all of our best gaming mouse contenders from 2019. Here's wot I think.

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AOC have a new 49in monitor to rival Samsung’s CRG9

At the end of last year, you may have noticed I took quite a shine to the enormous Samsung CRG9 monitor. With its 49in screen and 5120x1440 resolution, it was an absolutely fantastic way to play Red Dead Redemption 2, as well as many of the other best ultrawide PC games available right now. Well, now AOC have one to rival it. Just like the…

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Best graphics card 2020: The best AMD and Nvidia GPUs for gaming

It's been a busy 12 months in the race to become to next best graphics card, and 2020 doesn't show any signs of it stopping, either. While we've had nearly all the best graphics cards we're likely to see from Nvidia this generation, AMD are just getting started, and will be releasing their hotly anticipated 1080p best graphics card contender, the RX 5600 XT, next…

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Monster Hunter: World performance guide: Get your PC Iceborne ready

Monster Hunter: World is one of the biggest games on PC right now, and it's just got even bigger with the launch of its giant Iceborne expansion. So, if you're been thinking about jumping into Capcom's dinosaur-hunting / hat-making sim, but aren't sure if your graphics card can run it properly, then have a read of my Monster Hunter: World PC performance guide below. Here,…

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Actually, this is our first proper glimpse at Intel’s Xe GPU, but details are still thin on the ground

Earlier this week, we got our first glimpse of Intel's Xe GPU in action when they showed a live demo of it running Destiny 2 on one of their new Tiger Lake laptops during their CES press conference. At the time, the GPU code-named DG1 was buried deep inside the laptop, but now Intel have released some official images of the desktop version of their…

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Best PC gaming deals of the week – 10th January 2020

Welcome to 2020, deals hunters. Your deals herald is finally back from her Christmas holidays and she's primed and ready to deal out some hot deals of the decade. We've got fresh off the press savings to be had on Monster Hunter: World's Iceborne expansion, plus loads of EA bits and bobs and Square Enix games, including 50% off the complete edition of their massive…

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I’m worried that MSI’s new HMI gaming monitor is going to kill me in my sleep

There have been plenty of new monitor announcements over the course of this week's CES tech jamboree, but none have been more terrifying than MSI's Optix MEG381CQR. This curved 38in ultrawide display is one of several new gaming screens coming from MSI this year, but it will be the first to incorporate Human Machine Interface elements, or HMI for short. It's not entirely clear what…

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Crucial’s new Ballistix MAX RAM lets you 3D print your own lightbar

While most of the CES excitement has centred around new graphics cards like AMD's Radeon RX 5600 XT, CPUs and strange new concept devices like Alienware's Switch-like UFO PC this year, Crucial have something a little different on their CES booth this year: a new line of next-generation high-performance RAM that lets you 3D print your own personalised lightbar.

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Move over Thronos, there’s a new Razer mega chair in town

Last year, I was both awed and terrified by the massive Acer Thronos gaming chair. It was a huge, mechanical monstrosity with three screens attached to an LED-encrusted metal arm that swooped down over your head, and you knew the moment you'd locked its fold-out keyboard tray into place that it was going to eat you alive and never let you leave. Thankfully, Razer's new…

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Corsair’s new K95 XT keyboard has built-in Elgato Stream Deck controls

Ever since the streaming bods over at Elgato were subsumed into Corsair's giant PC peripherals basket back in 2018, I've been waiting for the inevitable mash-up moment where both companies collide in a single bit of hardware. Finally, that time has arrived, as Corsair unveiled a new version of their top-end K95 Platinum keyboard at CES earlier this week that has built-in support for Elgato's…

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LG enters Nvidia BFGD arena with 12 OLED G-Sync Compatible TVs

It's all gone a bit quiet on the Nvidia BFGD (or Big Format Gaming Display) front recently, but this year's CES tech celebration has finally yielded some very promising news. LG are entering the fray this year with 12 G-Sync Compatible OLED TVs. That's right. Proper OLED TVs, not extortionate over-priced monitors.

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Six months after launch, ray tracing finally comes to Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood was one of Nvidia's big ray tracing poster children last year, and it was even one of the free games you could get if you bought a new RTX graphics card over the summer. However, whereas its other freebie stablemate Control teleported its ray tracing support in at launch, Wolfenstein: Youngblood positively dragged its cybernetic heels over it, with months and months passing…

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Alienware’s Concept UFO PC does an incredible Nintendo Switch impression

I'm calling it now. Alienware's Concept UFO PC is hands down the most exciting thing to come out of this year's CES tech fest. It's effectively a Nintendo Switch, but it plays PC games, which, let's face it, is all any of us have ever wanted ever since the Switch first came into existence. Alienware and Dell Gaming's vice president Vivien Lien even went full…

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AMD FreeSync 2 HDR is dead, long live FreeSync Premium and Premium Pro

On top of announcing their new Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card and a bunch of new 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 laptop processors yesterday, AMD also announced some changes to their various FreeSync standards at this year's CES. Until now, we had regular FreeSync and FreeSync 2 HDR, the latter offering exactly the same variable refresh rate tech for super smooth, tear-free gaming as regular…

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This is our first glimpse of Intel’s Xe GPU

2020 is the year Intel finally make their return to the discrete graphics card arena, and last night they gave us our first look at their upcoming Xe GPU during their CES 2020 press conference. Admittedly, Intel only showed one of their mobile Xe GPUs in action rather than a full desktop version, but when that demo involved running Destiny 2 on one of their…

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AMD want their Ryzen 4000 CPUs to be “the best laptop processors ever built”

AMD kicked off their CES 2020 press conference with some big promises last night. Not only are they calling their upcoming Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU the "ultimate 1080p graphics card", but they're also hoping their new set of 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs will be "the best laptop processors ever built". Those are fighting words considering AMD have always been a bit of…

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