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System Build   |    August 01, 2014

CPU System Workshop: This Build Goes To 13

Combined with a bounty of baller hardware, we offer for your consideration a PC that looks great, cools great, and performs great. This is our 13th build, and one lucky QuakeCon attendee is going to walk away with it; it felt right to dub this rig “Lucky

System Build   |    August 01, 2014

Intel Core i7-4790K

Devil’s Canyon is more than a mere rest stop between Haswell and Broadwell on Intel’s roadmap.

Intel Americas Inc.
Phone: (408) 765-8080
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System Build   |    August 01, 2014

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK

The GA-Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK provides a strong foundation for our CPU System Workshop rig.

Gigabyte
Phone: (626) 854-9338
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System Build   |    August 01, 2014

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edition (GV-N780GHZ-3GD)

The 780 GHz Edition impressed us a couple months ago when we first benchmarked it, and in the Lucky 13 its performance is even more jaw-dropping.

Gigabyte
Phone: (626) 854-9338
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System Build   |    August 01, 2014

EKWB Custom Liquid-Cooling Loop

Our build’s Intel Core i7-4790K and its unlocked multiplier were just begging to be overclocked, and our GeForce GTX 780 was overclocked from the get-go. In order to help these components realize their full potential, we called in a specialist: EK Water B

EKWB
Phone: 3-865-909-6610
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Heavy Gear   |    August 01, 2014

GX Gaming Zabius M Mobile Gaming Headset

If you find yourself gaming on the road, this is the headset you won’t want to take off.

KYE International Corp. (Genius)
Phone: (305) 468-9250
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Heavy Gear   |    August 01, 2014

ASUS ROG Striker Platinum GeForce GTX 760

If you’re looking for a serious gamer’s graphics card in this class, you’d be hard-pressed to do better, and with ASUS GPU Tweak software and a couple minutes, you can have it running like a much more expensive card.

ASUS
Phone: (510) 739-3777
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Heavy Gear   |    August 01, 2014

ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO

We expect the MAXIMUS VII HERO to bring a number of new citizens to the ROG.

ASUS
Phone: (510) 739-3777
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Hard Hat Area   |    August 01, 2014

ASUS PB287Q

The PB287Q is priced at $650, and the comparatively affordable price (for real sticker shock, check out the prices of 4K Ultra HDTVs) lowers the barrier of entry for 4K UHD.

ASUS
Phone: (510) 739-3777
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System Build   |    August 01, 2014

Aerocool Strike-X Air

Cases that are big and roomy usually win our approval, and Aerocool’s Strike-X Air is about as big and roomy as it gets. As far as using it in the CPU System Workshop goes, we should’ve thought of it sooner.

AeroCool
Phone: (510) 661-9948
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System Build   |    August 01, 2014

PNY XLR8 240GB SSD

If you’re looking for a quality high-performing SSD that can handle your capacity demands without blowing a hole in your upgrade budget, check out the XLR8 240GB SSD from PNY.

PNY Technologies
Phone: (973) 515-9700
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System Build   |    August 01, 2014

PNY XLR8 16GB DDR3-2133

The XLR8 16GB DDR3-2133 memory is designed for gamers and enthusiasts, so it’s right at home in our build.

PNY Technologies
Phone: (973) 515-9700
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System Build   |    August 01, 2014

LEPA G1000-MA

Reliability, efficiency, and performance—when you’re talking about a power supply, there’s not much higher praise. And because we’re giving this system away at QuakeCon, we want to make sure the winner receives a system that will last.

ECOMASTER Technology Corporation
Phone: (626) 913-8899
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System Build   |    August 01, 2014

GX Gaming Manticore Keyboard & Gila Mouse

The keyboard and mouse are your primary tactile connection to your PC. If you enjoy gaming, then you need to make sure these two components nail their respective functions, not just to enhance your personal enjoyment but to give you a competitive advantag

KYE International Corp. (Genius)
Phone: (305) 468-9250
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System Build   |    August 01, 2014

CPU System Workshop

We started this month’s CPU System Workshop with the same goal as always: Have fun and build a powerhouse PC. In the end, we accomplished that goal and built a rig that looks awesome from any angle and runs quiet.

Hard Hat Area   |    August 01, 2014

Let The Games Begin

It’s QuakeCon time, and that means that it’s also time for another event that we have come to look forward to at CPU mag: the Modders-Inc.com Staff vs. Staff Mod-Off, which pits the Modders-Inc.com staff against one another in a contest of modding skills.

Heavy Gear   |    August 01, 2014

ADATA Premier SP610 256GB

At roughly $0.50/GB, the 256GB SP610 is a very good solid-state drive. You’ll definitely want to keep it mind the next time you’re ready to build or upgrade a system.

ADATA
Phone: (626) 839-1988
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Heavy Gear   |    August 01, 2014

PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 780 Ti Customized Overclocked

If you’re looking for the strong, silent type in a graphics card, PNY’s got you covered with the XLR8 GTX 780 Ti Customized Overclocked.

PNY Technologies
Phone: (973) 515-9700
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Hard Hat Area   |    August 01, 2014

Intel LANFest InfernaLAN Spring 2014

There are two InfernaLANs held each year at Intel's campus in Dupont, Washington. The BYOC is the real draw for most attendees, and it’s easy to see why. You’d be hard-pressed to find more good-natured violence anywhere else.

Front Side   |    August 01, 2014

Digital Economy

A current snapshot of the world of technology and the tech jobs market.

Hard Hat Area   |    August 01, 2014

Black Gold

Adam “U.P.C.” Birli’s Mad Reader Mod entry, Black Gold, looks like the sort of mod you’d expect to see in the den of a mansion (or a palace, if they have dens).

Front Side   |    August 01, 2014

What's Happening

News, product release information, and stats from the tech industry.

Back Door   |    August 01, 2014

Q&A With Jacob Freeman

EVGA's Jacob Freeman is often seen talking to enthusiasts at LANs and other tech events. In this Back Door interview he discusses the SuperNOVA line of power supplies.

EVGA
Phone: (714) 528-4500
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Heavy Gear   |    August 01, 2014

EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2

The SuperNOVA 850 G2’s ECO Thermal Fan System makes it a good option for silent-PC builders, as well as performance enthusiasts who want clean power and modular cabling.

EVGA
Phone: (714) 528-4500
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Heavy Gear   |    August 01, 2014

AMD's Radeon Graphics & Mantle API

AMD has a long history of producing cutting-edge GPUs, and with the R9 series and the Mantle API, AMD is actively working to write the future.

AMD
Phone: (408) 749-4000
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