156 articles published since January 14, 2021
About Rich Edmonds
Richard is a Senior Commerce Writer at Valnet and has been covering the technology industry for more than a decade. He's been building PCs and managing network infrastructure for just as long. When he's not creating content for Valnet, you can often find him inside a chassis somewhere.
We've got all the hottest discounts on the best keyboards right here!
The keyboard is one of two primary forms of inputting commands to even the best desktop PC. It's used for typing up words, commands, and even playing games. With the advancement of mechanical switches and other premium features, the price of keyboards has soared. It's still possible to buy one without spending too much money, but if you do seek a premium keyboard and want to save in the process, we'll be updating a shortlist of only the best keyboard deals right here.
If you're on the lookout for the best DDR5 RAM modules on the market, then we've got something for you.
The launch of Intel's 12th-generation Alder Lake chips marked the arrival of DDR5 RAM kits on the market, which is the next evolution of system memory. DDR5 is faster than DDR4, and at least for now, that comes at a premium. But with AMD Ryzen 7000 as well as Intel 13th-generation chips out in the world and benefiting from it, it's worth the higher price tag. We're now entering the era of DDR5 for those wanting to extract the most from their systems, so these are the best DDR5 RAM kits you need to know about.
Get rid of those pesky USB cables with these excellent wireless gaming pointers.
Tired of being tethered to your gaming PC? You'll want a wireless gaming mouse! These handy pointers utilize Bluetooth or 2.4GHz dongles for wireless connections that do away with USB cabling. With one of our wireless gaming mouse recommendations, you can finally cut the cord and enjoy a cable-free gaming experience.
If you want to build a small PC, you're going to need a Mini-ITX motherboard. Here are our picks for some of the best.
Planning to build a compact PC? There's a good chance the small form factor PC cases you're considering will support motherboards up to a maximum size. Mini-ITX are the smallest form factor motherboards and we've compiled a list of the best Mini-ITX motherboards for AMD and Intel processors.
Should you buy an AMD or Nvidia graphics card?
The AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT launched as a direct competitor to take on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti and AMD was largely successful in its endeavor. The RX 7700 XT is more powerful, yet more expensive, and is capable of some smooth 1440p gameplay. Should you be on the market for the best graphics card for your budget, we'd recommend the AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT. However, should you value ray tracing and DLSS support, there's only one choice — Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4060 Ti.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 is the best GPU you can buy right now. Here are our favorite after-market and reference design picks.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card is incredibly powerful, even when inside the best RTX 4090 laptops. It's the best graphics card and more capable than any other GPU available on the market, but more than a clear mile. It's also incredibly expensive. All that performance will come at a premium and Nvidia will gladly charge you for it. Still, we've rounded up all the best aftermarket RTX 4090s right here for you to choose from.
Dock your laptop and expand your horizons with these top Prime Day deals.
Amazon's first Prime Day of 2023 was a success for many who managed to bag some savings on products they needed. We saw countless discounts applied to a wide variety of electronics, including PC hardware and accessories. Whether you're using an older laptop to build a work-from-home office or just invested in a new portable PC and need some additional ports, a docking station is an excellent accessory.
Need help to pick the best RTX 4060 Ti? We're here to help!
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti is here and it didn't quite have the landing the company expected. The price to performance and generation gains have been underwhelming, to say the least. It's still a capable GPU, however, especially if you connect it to a 1080p gaming monitor. This guide will showcase some of the best Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 Ti GPUs.
Keeping you CPU cool is essential if you want a working PC. If you want some of the best thermal paste around, here are your options.
Thermal paste is critical in keeping processor temperatures low. It's what ensures the most effective transfer of heat between the chip itself and the metal block attached to the socket. Some of the best CPU coolers will come with thermal paste already applied, but we've compiled a list of our favorite thermal pastes in case you need to reseat the CPU or remove the cooler for some reason.
Our collection of the best liquid coolers reflects the ever-evolving market, with fresh options updated overtime to include new coolers.
When planning to push the best CPU beyond its factory-set limits, you're going to require some serious cooling. Air coolers that consist of a heatsink and fan are generally good enough for standard use, but when you're looking to up clock speeds and power draw, a closed-loop all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooler is the preferred option. In this guide, we'll be taking a look at some of the best AIO liquid coolers you can buy to help take the heat away from the CPU.
The best gaming experiences are currently had at 4K. The best graphics cards are able to keep up with the maximum refresh rates of 2160p monitors with visual settings cranked up high, providing countless hours of smiles. But if you're on the hunt for a GPU to pair with your new 4K monitor or TV, we've got you covered with our shortlist of recommendations for the best 4K GPUs. These cards are overkill for 1080p and 1440p but can be used for achieving super-high frame rates.
No, not that Snow White!
Launched as a standalone brand in 2021 by iBuyPower, HYTE hasn't been in the PC case-making business for very long, but the company already has three chassis under its belt. It all started with a splash with the ITX Revolt 3 tower case. Then, there was Y60, and now we have the slightly smaller Y40. A few color options were available with the HYTE Y40, but there hasn't been an option for an all-white scheme ... until now. There's absolutely nothing different between the Y40 versions aside from paint coating, so today, we're reviewing the HYTE Y40 Snow White Edition alongside all other Y40 cases.
Maximize your framerate at Full HD with one of these graphics cards!
Full HD was all the rave back in the early 2010s. TVs, laptops, and monitors were all leaving the 720p resolution behind, in favor of 1080p. It's hard to fathom just how quickly display tech advanced as we're now seeing graphics cards capable of displaying images to screens with four times as many pixels (2160p or 4K). Still, 1080p is a common resolution today as it's less demanding on PC hardware, allowing those who primarily play esports and value high frame rates above visual fidelity to enjoy excellent experiences. Here are the best 1080p GPUs for gaming.
Prime day is the time to save on hardware for your gaming PC.
The first Amazon Prime Day of 2023 is in our rearview mirrors and already Amazon is planning a second to close out 2023. Dubbed the Amazon Prime Big Deals Day, we're expecting some big deals on electronics, including many PC gaming hardware such as mice, keyboards, headsets, graphics cards, and more. If you want to upgrade your rig with some new parts or pick up a monitor with an uprated resolution, we'll have you covered when the deals start.
We're expecting BIG discounts for Amazon's second Prime Day in 2023.
Amazon Prime Day isn't quite over for 2023. The online retail giant is expected to provide a second run of discounts in October before the year is out. We saw promotions in July slashing the price of various solid-state drives (SSD) and one can hope we'll see a repeat come October. We're always on the hunt for the best SSD deals and will be promoting the ones we come across in the Prime Big Deal Days.
We'll be sharing all the best CPU and GPU deals from the second Prime Day of 2023 right here!
Amazon Prime Day already greeted us with countless technology-related deals in July and the online retail giant is working hard behind the scenes to prepare the stalls for another round. We're still waiting for Amazon to confirm when precisely its Prime Big Deal Days will take place, but if we were to make some bets, we'd say it will be somewhere in the middle of October to match what we experienced the year prior.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 looks like a much better deal for gamers.
AMD has caused some unrest in the Nvidia camp with the launch of its AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT graphics card. It's a direct competitor to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070, which launched with an MSRP of $599. Even with a higher price tag over previous generations of the XX70 Nvidia GPU, we were still happy with the performance available for butter-smooth 1440p gaming. Now that AMD undercut the RTX 4070, beating it in a collection of PC games, Nvidia has slashed the price of its GPU, and AIB partners are following suit.
Gaming at 1440p resolution is becoming more commonplace as gamers gradually migrate away from 1080p displays. Having more pixels to handle, it's important to have the best graphics card for the job, which is where our collection of GPUs comes into play. You'll find some of the most powerful, yet affordable graphics cards from AMD, Intel, and Nvidia.
Ready to unlock 4K gaming? Here are the RTX 4080 GPUs you should consider buying.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 is a powerful graphics card capable of smooth 4K gameplay. However, not all RTX 4080 GPUs are created equal, so we've rounded up our recommended choices should you be in the market for this GPU specifically. Here are our picks for the best graphics cards with the RTX 4080.
If you are in the market to buy a new motherboard for your gaming rig, then we've got some solid options in our collection of the best motherboards.
The motherboard is an important part of any PC, especially a system geared towards gaming. There are various factors to consider such as the socket, chipset, storage interfaces, headers/ports, and RAM support. The more money spent on the motherboard, the better the feature set and overclocking capabilities. The processor, be it AMD or Intel, is then able to interface with the motherboard and play all your favorite PC games. Here are our recommendations for the best gaming motherboard.