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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.

6 Ways to Generate Income from Being an Online Star

Whenever I see popular tweets and Instagram photos or watch YouTube videos of ordinary people for the past few years, I kept thinking how much time they have everyday just to conceptualize and produce something to post. The answer all along is simple: many of them really reserve time for it because that’s how they earn. Some online stars just do it for the fame. But for others, they already turned it into a personal empire where they get all the gold just by being themselves.

These online stars who turned into entrepreneurs can be the perfect business models for businesses that want to expand their products and services to the internet community. The thing is, most online stars began their career for the sake of pure fun and entertainment. I bet some of them were just bored and unknowingly created a post that would soon become viral or trending.

Now, let’s think about businesses that use products and services to earn. Some of them don’t last long after emerging online because they either try too hard to get noticed or focus on the wrong things. They invest a big amount of money on manufacturing products without planning further how to market their brand.

The bottom line of all these – fans! You have to capture the attention of people to earn money. You have to brand yourself or your business in an entertaining and interactive way. Patrick Allmond, the owner of StopDoingNothing.com and Focus Digital Marketing Agency shared his business knowledge on Entrepreneur about the interconnection of popularity, branding and profit. Here are six ways to earn money while utilizing online popularity:

Make your own website.

When you want to expand from being a social media famous to an actual online celebrity who earns, staying on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube or Instagram is not a good idea. You have to own your platform. That means you have to own the information you share to people by creating your personal website. Sharing your knowledge on Facebook doesn’t mean you exclusively own it. It becomes a property of the social media site, even your followers.

Other than creating a website, you also have to make an email list. Another good option is to create your personal social media website through Buddypress and other similar sites. I know this is a tall order, but you really have to bust some moves in order to earn. After all, there’s no such thing as easy money.

At least with your own website, you get to be yourself. Your personality can shine through with no inhibitions. In Facebook, you might get reported by conservative people or haters if you say something contrary to their beliefs or opinions. The result is losing your page and followers.

Also, if you’re proud enough right now with your online store on Facebook and Instagram, think way ahead. What if these social media sites suddenly shut down?

Merchandise yourself and what made you popular in the first place.

Just a fun thought: If I am famous on YouTube because of my funny statements and weird hairdo, I would make colorful statement shirts with a silhouette of my head.

Having a million followers in different sites does not necessarily mean that you earn something from each one of them. If that’s the case, then there are a lot of millionaires already. Again, creating your own email list is one of the best ways to earn money out of this.

Then, you have to promote something that your followers can purchase as soon as possible. One important thing: sell products or services two ways – cheaper ones for average followers while something expensive for diehard fans. The best products or services are those that can really be used by your followers.

An example of service is writing makeup reviews. Using your popularity on YouTube because of your makeup tutorials, search for sponsorships and create a list of emails.

Catch attention by being shameless.

Let’s be honest – some people can be blunt when it comes to their knowledge about sex and relationships. A little off for some but very useful for those who seek advice. Some pros in real life would not cross this line of sharing their knowledge to the world because the topic is controversial and sensitive. But, they’re losing opportunity since people would really find someone who does the opposite.

Things you can do when you’re a pro in sex and relationships are writing articles or books about your tips on your own website, creating catchy infotainment YouTube videos with subtle images and statements, or just tweeting something funny about your experiences. When your followers are consistently entertained, you maintain your “clients” who are ready to purchase your products or services anytime. Not convincing enough? Look how popular Cosmopolitan magazine is.

Never be ashamed of sharing your ideas, knowledge and expertise. You can change lives and earn money at the same time. And that’s by being yourself. How cool is that?

Be unique.

Are you looking up to YouTubers such as Jenna Marbles, NigaHiga and PewDiePie? Well, you can follow their techniques but never their style. If you replicate their humor and most popular topics, chances are people would tag you as a copycat. But, you can find inspiration on how they market their products or services. For example, Jenna Marbles usually puts under her video’s description a link to her online store. One of the factors she became popular is her cute dogs appearing in almost every video she posts. So, she now produces merchandise bearing images of her funny-looking pups.

Teach every relatable thing you know.

It is one thing to educate people. But, you also have to catch their attention. That’s why most blogs and videos bear the title “How to” in the beginning. The pros in this kind of business think about topics that are relevant and interesting to almost all people. Examples are makeup tips, guides to social situations and other self-help content. As much as possible, share your personal life lessons while giving advice, be honest with your failures and successes, and teach your followers how you achieved something. You can even tell some of your secrets to have a closer relationship with your followers.

Always be out there.

Make sure to be present online as much as possible. Share new posts all the time that are based on what’s currently trending. If you already have thousands of followers, some of them would really think something’s wrong if you’re gone for a while. That’s why I noticed many online stars apologizing to their followers why they’re gone for so long. Some even dedicate a whole video just to explain what happened.

The fanbase of some online stars is not very different to an actual Hollywood celebrity’s. Fans always look forward to updates and even comment on what topics they want their idols to talk about next.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are so many ways to earn money nowadays. Technology provides massive opportunities in connecting with millions of people all over the world. Take advantage of that opportunity by letting yourself known to the public and make money out of that in the future. The best part? You will definitely love your career because you’re having fun.

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.