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Important Things To Consider When Upgrading Your Gaming Rig At Home

I grew up in the 90’s and life being a kid back then was so different. Back then, we spend almost all our days under the scorching sun and play games that required us to sweat and bleed and get sunburned. The extent of dust and mud soiling our shirts and faces is the gauge of how awesome our day had been. Kids’ games were meant for outdoors during that time and never would we have guessed that it would change drastically after just a decade.

The time when internet already had its own feet and was available to the global public, the world changed. Now, internet dictates the very way of life of humans and all of their possessions. As for the lives of the newer generations of kids, the days of outdoor games were long gone and computers are the new boss in town. The improving yet scary influence of offline and online games now demands most of a kid’s time. In fact, kids these days rarely get sunlight and sleep because of addiction to computer games. I know this for a fact since until now, even I already have a kid of my own, I still spend some time playing well-known online games and easily get hooked over and over again.

As console and PC games get more and more realistic and heavy in content, so as its demand for PC performance and compatibility. The PC games that are in demand right now requires 5 times more PC power compared to the games kids play 5 years ago. A decade ago, kids usually did not have any worries with the PC requirements of the LAN games they are playing since gaming cafes were still in business and in demand. The café owners do their best to offer the best gaming experience for their customers so once the word of mouth gets spread out, they get more customers day in, day out. However, in the recent years, with the improvement of online gaming wherein gamers can play with other gamers around the world, playing at home became more favored than going cafes.

Playing at the comforts of one’s home has a lot of perks. Aside from you don’t need to look for cafes with free seats, you can trash talk all you want without having to provoke someone. Home players are also more hygienic and safe from common illnesses that can be passed on through closed rooms with a lot of people. And lastly, if you’re a kid, then you won’t worry that your parents would look for you since they can see you at home all the time. With all these perks mention and many more, it is no wonder that more and more online players are switching to home-based.

However, playing heavy and demanding online games at home also has a drawback which definitely dictates whether you’ll thrive with it or not. This drawback entails spending bucket loads of money if you want to satisfy yourself. What I am talking about here is what I was mentioning about above, the ever increasing demand for PC performance and compatibility. PC upgrades are already on your hands and for you to keep up with the benchmarked performance of the world, you really need to be a techie yourself in order to know exactly what are the demands.

For hardcore gaming, buying a pre-installed, packaged PC setup could be a gamble not unless you bought the most expensive brands out there that tops the best list, especially if you are eyeing for a laptop. As for a desktop setup, most of the expert gamers out there recommend self-assembly. In this way, you yourself can purchase the right merchandise at your own budget that suffice your craving for the games you want to play.

Literally, all PC hardware and peripherals can be upgraded but only a few are the most critical if you are assembling a rig that can satisfy the high demands of gaming. For this article, we identified five of the components that you must take into consideration if you are planning for upgrades for your gaming PCs. Check out the list below because you may never know, you need that exact help.

(1) The CPU and Motherboard

Most of the time, if your PC needs upgrading for gaming, your CPU and that goes to the motherboard as well, are not the ones that needs upgrading not unless you’re using an ancient PC. However, CPU and motherboard serve as the brains of your PC and if you’re preferred game is dealing with AI-enabled features, then the brain needs to be bigger. Upgrading CPU and motherboard is a little bit tricky because of compatibility issues. You can check the socket types and compatibility of both hardware by using known software detectors. If you’re still unsure what you want for your new CPU and motherboard, it is better to consult an expert on PC assemblage.

(2) Graphics Card

Graphics card or video card is the fuel of PC for gaming. There are two ways to bump up your graphics, either you go multi-GPU or you totally swap your old less powerful graphics card with a new more powerful one. The first one may be cheaper compared to swapping however there are a lot of things to consider in order to correctly upgrade your PC with noticeable change in performance. In adding a 2nd card, you need to confirm if your motherboard has the 2nd slot. Also, the 2nd graphics card, must bet compatible or 100% identical with the existing one. Lastly, you also need to make sure if the power supply can support the 2nd graphics card the moment it is added. As for the total swapping for a new and more powerful graphics card, for as long as the motherboard slot is compatible, the new and improved graphics card will work like magic.

(3) RAM

RAM is the memory your PC needs to run single and multiple programs. Different programs have different RAM utilization and the combination of active programs and background services will eventually consume up the RAM. In order for programs to run smoothly and fast, the memory should be enough w/ a little allowance. As long as your motherboard has the correct slot, your new RAM will give a breather to your PC and will ensure you with a smooth-reacting programs.

(4) Cooling system

Most of the PCs nowadays are built-in with its own fan to cool off the components inside the system boxes. This time, the high performing games heat up PC components too much that if not taken into consideration will always cause over-heating. With a gaming PC, fans can no longer cool down the components, a more powerful cooling system is already needed. The most famous cooling system right now for customized home setup for gaming is the liquid hydrogen cooling system. This cooling system can also be colored which adds flare to the PCs. You may want to research more about the said cooling system using the internet.

(5) Storage

Last but not the least is the storage. This component may be the least important since it is very easy to identify the status of a PC’s storage. If storage is running low, owner can simply have an external hard drive or a data stick. However, if you want to make sure that the PC will still have data space for updates and other documents outside the game to be saved upon, swapping out the storage with new and larger one will always be a good choice.

Final Thoughts…

Upgrading your desktop PC is a worthwhile activity for you and for any member of the family. It will be just like matching the right shape to get a score. Again, you really need to make sure that the compatibility of the new component to the existing motherboard or existing same component that needs augmentation. The rule of the thumb here is that, only upgrade your gaming rig if you have the means. If you make your PC upgrades the top priority of your life, then you really need some good backing to it to convince your loved ones and family about it.

Games has come a long way from being physically demanding activities to home-staying, power draining brain washing mechanism. Both style and era may have its own pros and cons yet one thing’s for certain, all are made in order to make kids happy and busy during their free time. Both the old and the new kinds of games also aim to teach various life lessons that are very valuable for the development of one kid. So, if you are already an adult that takes care of his or her own kid, make sure that your kid gets to experience his or her right to play and learn from playing. In the end, our children deserves the right to be happy from whatever sources they may find it and our role as adults in this seeking is to provide and guide them to the right ones.

Laptops for Gamers 2017: The Predator and the Aero 14

What I hate the most while playing games in an average laptop is – obviously – lag. Even the most patient people would lose their temper because of the delay in gameplay. Well, I could just play on my desktop but I don’t want to miss playing games whenever I’m on travel. Now that I need a new gaming laptop because I have to stay in another country for a few months, I’m sharing two of the most awesome options out there for my next buy:

Acer Predator 17 X

This gaming laptop perfectly captures the usual theme of games which is heroic monsters. Acer Predator 17 X is definitely something that you can call “monstrous” because of its power. The best part? Its heavy-duty performance is matched with a high-tech cooling system.


Here are the highlights of Acer Predator X:

Full-Packed Features

A gaming laptop is nothing without powerful features. The Predator has a big wrist rest. This is very useful since gamers usually place their wrists on a hard, metallic surface which is unhealthy and painful after long hours of playing. The laptop also has a button for turning off the touchpad. Speaking of touchpad, it contains hard buttons and edges that light up. The gadget’s chiclet keyboard has a colorful backlight and can be customized. On the left side, four hotkeys are placed.

The Predator also has huge speaker grills, which are improved with a genuine subwoofer with a vent below. Cooling fan vents at the back measuring 1 1/2 inches tall are included in the top features of this gaming laptop.

This laptop is so easy to boot up because of its SSD and 1 TB spinning drive. All in all, the Predator has a powerful sound system and a smart combo of hard drive and SSD.

Rich Screen

The Predator has less stuttering and no screen tearing because of the well-controlled frame rate, thanks to the 17-inch screen with a 4K UHD 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. It doesn’t stop there – G-Sync technology of Nvidia makes it all the more worthwhile. I know this can mean a battery-draining movie time but hey, every good thing comes with a price. On battery, it is estimated that the Predator would last for at most 2 hours only.

Best Cooling Fans

What annoys me sometimes is the loud noise of a laptop’s cooling fans. But, despite Predator’s three fans, the whole thing doesn’t create loud noise at all. Because of these, the speakers sound even more genuine and the keyboard stays cool no matter how long you play.

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On the other hand, let’s take a look at the disadvantages of the Predator:

Too Expensive for Last Gen Video Card

Unfortunately, not all features of the Predator are worth the expensive price. Not all people can be convinced to spend $3,000 for a laptop that uses a previous generation video card. You would only settle for way lesser than 60 fps when playing the newest 4K-resolution games despite max settings.

Annoying Power Sound

I know this is bordering on nitpicking, but turning this laptop on in public is social suicide. Powerful speakers may be a good thing – but it can make things worse when the power-on sound is too loud and irritating.

Very Long Recharge Time

I’m very particular about recharge time because I don’t have much patience for it. Sadly, the Predator has an extremely time-consuming recharge process. For only 2 hours of battery power, it needs a longer recharge time – 3 1/2 hours!


I’ve read from pros that the Predator, despite its prominent flaws, can still be awesome after a series of adjustments. After all, its powerful performance is still hard to beat. You just have to rely on electricity most of the time with this laptop.

Gigabyte Aero 14

It is said that Gigabyte Aero 14 is a dream laptop for gamers. Why? This gaming laptop may not be the thinnest or lightest among its competitors but based on its promising design and performance, it is actually considered to be the most affordable one. Let’s find out more about this gadget!


Check out the best things about Gigabyte Aero 14:

Thin and Lightweight Design

Gigabyte is a Taiwanese company specializing in thin laptops for gamers. But, their best one so far is the Aero 14. The laptop measures 0.78 inches thick and weighs 4.17 pounds. It is so portable because it spans to only 14 inches. It is also known for affordability despite the 3K screen, long-lasting battery, GTX 1060 graphics chip from Nvidia, and the newest Intel quad-core. Gigabyte did a great job in packing everything essential for a gaming laptop in just one thin frame and light weight.

Competitive Price

In less than $2,000 with the Aero 14, you can already have a gaming laptop with a machine that’s completely VR-capable. Reviewers even tagged it as a better performer in more areas compared to Alienware 13 R3 and Razer Blade aside from the cheaper price. Other 13- to 15-inch laptops, despite being fan favorites, are nothing to Aero 14 when it comes to reasonable pricing.

Display Hinge

To better enjoy a game, a laptop’s screen must offer the best quality display. Before talking about the display quality of the Aero 14, let’s gush over the idea that its screen can bend backwards – up to 190 degrees! The laptop has a well-designed rear base that’s extended.

Now, the Aero 14’s display is so bright. With only 50% brightness, the screen is already too brilliant and colorful to look at. Games offer a lot of colors for the eyes to see, so Aero 14 will definitely make the experience much better. Besides, gameplay relies on color coding. Equipped with only an IPS display, Aero 14 is keeping up with the contrast quality of OLED monitor from Alienware 13 and IGZO display of Razer Blade.


Of course, there are some downfalls that we need to know about Aero 14:

Low Battery Life

Despite how far Aero 14 has come when it comes to battery life compared to the massive two-hour-battery group of laptops, it just falls short to its promise of a full day’s worth of battery life. There are reviewers claiming that Aero 14 can only last for a maximum of 6 hours. Still, the laptop has a big 94.24-watt hour battery, larger than the average 52-56 Whr batteries.

Full of Bloatware

First of all, what is bloatware? It is a software with unnecessary features but uses big amounts of RAM and memory. A software becomes a bloatware after being useless because of needless features. Bloatware is also considered to be pre-installed in newly-bought PCs.

Now, that’s Aero 14’s biggest problem. You will wait longer before playing because of bloatware continuously emerging on the screen after turning the laptop on.


The thing about expensive gaming laptops is having a high price yet flawed features are still present. Why not invest on a laptop that’s affordable yet still better than most? No wonder Aero 14 is one of the ultimate fan favorites.

Final Thoughts

The Predator and the Aero 14 are just two of the many gaming laptops that proved themselves worthy of purchase because of their prominent well-designed features. Because of the inevitable flaws from each laptop which is normal, you just have to focus on your preferences whenever you choose a brand or model. Some people go for battery life, some for affordability, while others focus on the display. It is totally your call.

New Features of Windows 10 UI

Despite the upcoming release of the Windows 10 Creator’s Update, Microsoft still pushed through in adding fresh features rather than eliminating bugs. Are the newest changes worth the trouble? Well, let’s take a look at these new features of Windows 10 user interface one-by-one:

Compact Overlay Window

The newest Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 15031, was just recently launched by Microsoft. In all fairness, the “Compact Overlay window” feature is trendy and even more modern-looking. It is similar to the smart TV’s picture-in-picture interface.

Now, we are going to find out the purpose of this new Windows 10 feature.  As we have observed being computer users, we can only see one window on the screen. That means, you can’t do multiple computer tasks manually especially if you’re watching a video in full screen. Sometimes, we need to check our email or browse something for a few seconds while watching a movie, for example. This process can be possible without this new Window 10 function, but you have to own more than one monitor.

Compact Overlay window allows users to watch a video while chatting on Skype and other quick tasks. Or, to amaze professionals, the feature allows them to conduct an interview on Skype while typing on MS Word. To sum it all up, you can do whatever you want at the same time in just one monitor.

Unfortunately, since Compact Overlay window feature is still new, the interface is not yet applicable for Netflix analogy. It can only be applied, for now, with Movies & TV and Skype.

Dynamic Lock

We’ll head now to a more futuristic feature of Windows 10. The new feature is called the Dynamic Lock function, one of the features as well of Windows Hello. For Windows Hello, your face becomes the password because the Webcam is being used as the security device.

For Windows 10, Dynamic Lock enables the Webcam to detect if the user is in front of the computer. If the user disappears, the feature locks the PC. When the user comes back again, he can just sit in front of the monitor while Dynamic Lock unlocks the PC. No more hassle of typing your complex password after being gone for a few minutes.

User Interface

A total transformation of Windows 10 UI is being finalized for launching of the so-called Project Neon. Microsoft recently gave a sneak peek to excited techies. Project Neon focuses on transitions and animations. It wants extra fluidity to the interface while blurring the operating system and apps.

Reports suggest that the new UI would include every single Window device, even the Xbox One console, phones and HoloLens. Microsoft wants Project Neon to be a hit for everyone, not just PC users. It also wants Neon to stay programmable despite the overhaul. Neon uses Microsoft Design Language 2 (MDL2). Design language controls essential features such as desktop icons, fonts and controls. For mobile, it supports dialog windows, pickers, toggles, switches and other features.

Final Thoughts

Microsoft services became essential in our daily lives, especially when working in the office or managing businesses. So, it is exciting to think that the company still works on providing infinite possibilities for our PC experience.