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Dead (Flappy) Bird

rp_dead-bird-1024x769.jpgJust a test/fan PC port version of the late Flappy Bird app. Play at your own high blood pressure risk. No copyright infringement intended. Not responsible for any medical expenses whatsoever.
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$600-$1200 Hybrid Gaming HTPC and Mini Bitcoin/Litecoin Miner

Cooler Master 110

1. Processor

Intel Pentium G3220

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The dual-core G3220 runs at 3.0 GHz and earns a CPU Mark Score of 3240 points, that is only about three times slower than the second generation i7 2600k. At least that is not 10 times like most of us would have thought!

This processor is also available almost everywhere with a very soft asking price, around $70.

The Pentium belongs to a very cost-efficient and basic family line, yet you actually get a lot for what you pay for. If you want to build a simple HTPC, the G3220 also has the integrated Intel HD Graphics that plays well –even at 1080 resolution and it can tackle many modern games if served lightly.

The major drawbacks are the memory bus on the Pentium is only 1333MHz (21.3 GB/s), low end video controller and it does not support Hyper Threading. Can live with that ? Get the G3220!

Intel i3 4130

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If you have a little extra cash to spend on the CPU, you could get a dual-core i3 4130 for a bit better performance.

This CPU has higher memory bandwidth of 1600MHz (25.6 GB/s), faster clock speed at 3.4 GHz along with Hyper Threading Technology that delivers two processing threads per physical core and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400.

In real life, that would be 1.5x faster than Pentium G3220 for a damage of 55 gold. The step-up video controller is what means the second most for this upgrade.

The power consumption between the G3220 and i3 4130 is too little to notice, hence they are perfect processors for a mini computer in a mini chassis.

Why not AMD ? Why not the dirt-cheap Sempron ? Sempron is ok. Ok. Move on. The FX line is currently one of the best price CPUs in the market for sure.

However, the motherboard controller (970, 990) haven’t been changed much since last couple years and the lack of mini ITX options for this specific hybrid build is slightly disturbing. You can pick APU, but it will cost a little more for the same specs and performance.

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2014 Buyer’s Guide to Build A Custom PC from $400 to $2000

Last updated on Feb/2014

Project 30The PC Hardware market has always been an exciting haven for geeks, things are almost constantly changing.

See, in just a little more than six months period, Intel brought out the 3rd and 4th Generation Core-i Processors, SAMSUNG becomes one of the most popular brand for Solid State Drive -almost feels like it was out of nowhere; Mechanical hard drive price is settling down quite a bit after the flood, yet the cost for RAM is pumped up slightly as of October 2013.

On other hand, AMD have just now announced their new lines of R9/R7 video cards while NVIDIA is seeding the successful, power-efficient Geforce 700 series with a price-cute everywhere.

Perhaps this is a prime time to once again upgrade or build your new custom computer.

What is it good for? Homework, of course!

Right.

So with educational purposes bear in mind, let’s put together a foundation that is totally capable for many purposes and demands. Be it a gaming rig, powerhouse pc, enthusiast machine or just a regular entertainment box — it all starts here.

The goal of build your own computer is no other than, to build your own computer. Therefore, your final configuration probably is not the same as what I’m planning out here and that is the idea.

This article serves as a guideline so that you should feel more confident to shop for hardware parts when it’s time to pull the switch. You don’t have to stay with everything I suggest, but I do recommend each component because they are mostly praised by our locals and online customers, as well as the reviews all around the web.

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The Differences between All Mainstream ASROCK Z87 Motherboards

ASRock Z87 Motherboards Comparison GuideIn this small guide we will be looking at several mainstream ASRock Z87 Motherboards (instead of ASUS Z87), including the first ASRock Z87 Pro3, Pro4, Extreme3, Extreme4 and the Extreme6.

Keep in mind that the common specification such as color of SATA ports, number of DIMM Slots, I/O Sound ports, etc.. are not mentioned because you can easily guess or find information about them on the manufacturer website. Here we only reveal the main differences between each of these ASRock Z87 Motherboards. Read more…

 
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The Differences between All Mainstream ASUS Z87 Motherboards

Compare ASUS Z87 MotherboardsIn this article, similar to The Differences between all Asus Z77 V-Series Motherboards, you will be able to learn many new features of the current Mainstream Asus Z87 Motherboards on today market.

I will add Enthusiast and Overclocking Series when I got my hands on them. But first we will cover the ASUS Z87-C vs. ASUS Z87-A, ASUS Z87-Plus vs. ASUS Z87-PRO, ASUS Z87-DELUXE and the Z87 SABERTOOTH motherboards.

The Differences between All Mainstream ASROCK Z87 Motherboards

I also think it necessary to explain some of the exclusive bonuses of these motherboards for your convenience, so don’t forget to check out the feature notes in the bottom section! Read more…