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What To Consider When Choosing A Power Supply?

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If you’re a competitive PC gamer or someone who build a lot of custom PC’s, then you’ve probably already purchased a handful of power supplies (PSU for short). A power supply, as the name implies, powers the entire computer and it’s essential that you choose one that can provide the correct amount of energy you need.

If you’re building a custom gaming PC, then this article is perfect for you. Custom PC’s have much higher demand for power than regular PC’s that are predominantly used for work. And that’s largely because gaming PC’s have parts that require tremendous amount of energy, such as the graphics card. Most higher end graphics card even requires you to plug it directly to the power supply to work properly.

Choosing the correct power supply from the beginning is an important decision you need to make. You need to be able to choose one that’s high quality (so it doesn’t break or fry all your internal parts), has the correct wattage your rig needs, and is efficient so you’re not bleeding on the electric bill each month. With that, you’ll need to understand what to look for when choosing a power supply for your gaming rig.

The Size

First thing you’ll want to consider is how big of a power supply do you need? This will largely depend on your build, your existing case, and where you want to put it in relation to the other components in your case. In most cases, there’s a dedicated place for your power supply. However custom/boutique cases often don’t, and if it’s a very tight build, then you’ll need a small/compact one that can fit into a tight corner.

When choosing the size of the power supply, you need to keep in mind what the form factors are.

ATX: Stands for Advanced Technology Extended, is probably one of the most common form factors you’ll find.

Micro-ATX: As the name implies, these are small. And they’re mostly used for small cases. If you’re using a micro-ATX power supply, chances are this PC is mostly for work or multi-media use and not for hard core gaming. Cases this size aren’t usually good for gaming as there are overheat issues, in addition to the lack of power from typically a much smaller power supply.

Do You Need Modular?

You can opt for a power supply that’s modular or one that has fixed orientations. As you’d expect, modular means you can plug and play with only cables that are actually needed. You won’t have unused cables dangling and wasting space. It’s nice benefit to have and can often result in a cleaner more compact custom build. Great for cable management.

The downside to modular PSU is that they tend to cost more. So if you’re on a budget, consider going with a PSU with fixed cables. But if you need the flexibility and cable management advantage, go with a modular one.

Power Supply Efficiency – Demystified

You’ve probably seen the different levels such as Bronze 83% and Platinum 92% and wonder what in the world these means. Today we’re going to demystify all of the jargon for you so you can better decide which power efficiency is for you. In a nutshell, the efficiency of the chosen PSU correlates to how much energy it’s drawing from the wall, and how effective it is at converting that raw energy into DC (direct current) for your rig to use.

Efficiency formula = DC Power / AC Power

What does the number mean?

You’ll often see 80+ or 80 PLUS. This is the level of efficiency of DC / AC. In the vast majority of cases, it must exceed 80% efficiency. You’ll rarely see anything below that. And that’s where the certification comes from. 80 PLUS means this is over 80% efficient at converting DC/AC.

What does Bronze, Silver, Gold, etc. mean?

In short, the more expensive the metal is, the more efficient (and also expensive) the PSU will also be. Each level of metal also indicates it’s efficiency level. There are six levels total.

  1. Base level: No metal attached. This will indicate a PSU between 80% – 82%.
  2. Bronze: The cheapest metal on the list. PSU labeled Bronze indicates efficiency between 83% – 85%
  3. Silver: Efficiency between 85% – 92%
  4. Gold: Efficiency level between 88% – 92%
  5. Platinum: Efficiency level between 92% – 94%
  6. Titanium: Ironically not the most expensive but “toughest” metal. It’s rated to be above 95% efficiency. Also most expensive.

How Much Power Is Actually Enough?

It might be tempting to just shell out the cash for a Titanium 95% right off the bat just because it’s the biggest and baddest PSU on the planet. And since your rig already cost you quite a bit, what’s a few more hundred for a beast power supply? But before you do that, calculate how much energy your rig actually use. There’s plenty of online calculators that can help you with that. And if you’re building your computer using PCPartPicker, then it’ll automatically tell you if your PSU is sufficient to run everything.

Which high-end power supply we recommend?

If money is NOT a concern, we recommend the Seasonic Prime Ultra 1000 Titanium SSR-1000TR (PSU on the cover image). It’s practically one of the best PSU we’ve ever tested and runs silently.

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The higher tiered power supply are absolutely worth it if you have a machine that can make them break a sweat or utilize their capabilities. You really need to have the need in order to justify the investment. It’s like hiring Usain Bolt to teach track at your local high-school. We’re sure he’ll be great. But is he really necessary? So for those who are conscious about their budget, we recommend buying what you really need. But make sure you over budget the power consumption in case you upgrade your PC.

On the flip side, if you absolutely must have the best and want to future-proof your build, getting the best of the best is the way to go. Your machine will run quiet, as the more expensive PSU hardly make any noises. And you’ll never have to worry about replacing the PSU when upgrading parts. Ultimately the decision rest in your hands.

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6 Awesome Indie Games to Watch for in 2021

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Gaming is truly at its peak in 2021. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X released late last year, and presumably they will stop selling out long enough for more people to be able to buy them at a reasonable price. Nintendo will be upgrading to the Nintendo Switch Pro soon. Competitive gaming is booming in cities like Las Vegas and Philadelphia. While it’s fun to to think about rumored for a new Pokémon remake and Halo sequels, lets not forget all the awesome indie games that are due out this year.

1. 12 Minutes

12 Minutes is a single-player mystery game centered around a 12-minute loop of time. As the story goes, the protagonist’s wife announces that she is pregnant. Shortly after, a police officer shows up and accuses the wife of murdering his father. After a scuffle, the officer knocks out the protagonist and kills the expecting wife. You then rewind 12 minutes and are tasked with trying to alter the events ahead. The gameplay is a top-down adventure style taking place in a small apartment.

12 Minutes is set to release on PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One.

2. Stray

In this open world game, you play as a stray cat. That’s right, not a super hero, not an black ops soldier, or an electric mouse – just an ordinary stray cat. In this futuristic cyberpunk city, you can roam the alleyways, making friends and solving puzzles.  The imagery is beautiful and intricate, especially for an indie game.

Stray will release in October and will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.

3. The Medium

Video games of the honor genre need to be unsettling to pay off. The Medium certainly delivers on this front. The main character, Marianne, is a pregnant medium who can exist in both the real world and the spirit world at the same time. Players must use this dual-reality system to solve puzzles and forge ahead. Gaming is breathtaking with hyper-realistic graphics and a suspenseful score that will give you goosebumps.

The Medium released on January 28th and is available on PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One.

4. Sable

Sable is a third person open world game. Play as the titular character Sable, as you travel through a desert wasteland, scavenging and meeting new characters. Sable gets around on her glider which looks like a lot of fun. The graphic novel-like design looks like an early-gen Borderlands, and is very pleasing.

Sable will release later this year on Mac, PC, and Xbox Series X.

5. 30XX

This old school platform game has all the 32-bit look and sound of your favorite SEGA game. This sequel to 20XX has everything you want in a visually nostalgic game. The pixels are purposely reminiscent of Mega Man. Be patient, though. One death, and your character goes all the way back to the beginning of the game.

30XX is available now on PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

6. Skatebird

Skatebird brings you the money thing missing from all the Tony Hawk Proskater video games: a bird that rides. Simply put, play as a bird on a skateboard as you kick flip and ollie off skate ramps. The game shares many of the mechanics of the Tony Hawk games as you play from a 3rd person angle. As you can imagine, gameplay isn’t heavily grounded in reality. This just means that more trick combinations lead to wilder stunts.

Skatebird will release later this year on PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

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Pokémon Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary!

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Pokémon, the worldwide phenomenon, turns 25 this year. Feeling old yet? For some, the thought of Pokémon conjures up some nostalgia as they think back to their childhood. For many others, the thought has them reaching for their phone to play the mobile game. To celebrate its birthday, the Pokémon company promises all kinds of fun for 2021. From the trading cards to Pokémon GO, let’s unpack the pocket monster craze and see what’s in store for the birthday celebration.

Pokémon Trading Cards

Pokémon hit America by storm in ’96 and kids everywhere couldn’t get enough. Forget about Pogs, no one cared about Beanie Babies anymore. Everyone wanted Pokémon cards. Like Magic the Gathering, Pokémon TCG is a turn-based game where you stacked your monsters up against the other players. For many, it was much more about collecting than actually playing. The crown jewel of the Pokémon TCG was the First Edition holographic Charizard. Stories of people selling their holo Charizard today for thousands of dollars have collectors calling their mom to dig through the attic.

TV Show

If you were a fan of Pokémon in the 90s, you are no doubt singing the theme song in your head. The anime followed young Ash Ketchum and his Pokémon, Pikachu as they travelled across the land, making friends, catching Pokémon, and battling trainers – trying to become the very best like no one ever was. The show introduced fans to Team Rocket, the regular villains of the series who wanted to use Pokémon for nefarious purposes.

Pokémon on Gameboy

How far games have come since the original Pokémon video games were released. Pokémon Red and Blue released in tandem for the Gameboy in 1996. A brilliant marketing ploy – Game freak released two nearly identical games to the public. The gameplay was the same, except that players needed to play both games to get all 150 original Pokémon. Sure, you could trade with your friends to complete your PokéDex, but most kids just begged mom for both. Remember Mew? Mew was the legendary 151st Pokémon. Game freak built-in code for this Pokémon, but never gave fans an official way to see or catch it. There were rumors that Mew was hidden under a truck by the SS. Anne, but that was bogus. Bust out your Gameshark and enter the cheat code if you wanted a full PokéDex.

Red and Blue have seen many sequels, and the franchise has evolved (no pun intended) with better graphics and more Pokémon. There are now over 800 unique Pokémon that you can catch in the latest games: Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Pokémon Go

In 2016, Pokémon got an adrenaline shot and thrusted back into the mainstream with Pokémon Go. The mobile game lets players use the real-world GPS on their phone to walk around and catch Pokémon using augmented reality technology. Just like the card game or Gameboy, the goal is of course to Catch ‘Em All. Players can team up to take down strong monsters or trade to get what they need. The game is regularly changing and adding new features. Various events like Community Days encourage players to meet up and play together. The game is made so that kids (and adults) can go outside and get some exercise – you have to walk around to find Pokémon, but with COVID-19, adjustments were made so that people can play safely from home.

What’s in Store for 2021

Katy Perry

Pokémon announced that they will be releasing Pokémon themed music throughout the year. Their first collaborator: Katy Perry! More artists are lined up to be announced throughout the year.

Merch

Pokémon promises a rollout of cool merchandise. They teamed up with Bear Walker to release Pokémon skateboards. McDonalds will have Pokémon toys in their Happy Meals. New Trading Cards will be available all year. Build-A-Bear will have your favorite Pokémon available to build and take home.

Games

Another favorite game, Pokémon Snap is getting an overhaul. The reboot displays shiny new graphics and will be released in April of this year.

Pokémon Go is celebrating the original 151 Pokémon with their Kanto Event. The mobile game will highlight the original characters from the red and blue Gameboy games.

Diamond and Pearl?

Rumors are flying around about an announcement that will be made later this month. Fans are speculating that it will be a reboot of the Diamond and Pearl installments of the Gameboy games. Nothing has been confirmed yet.

Pokémon promises all this and more for their 25th anniversary. Whether you haven’t played Pokémon since middle school, or you have kids that play – or you haven’t stopped playing all this time, 2021 is sure to be a nostalgia packed year for fans all over.

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Gamers Hopeless as PlayStation Store Pulls Cyberpunk 2077

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The long-awaited arrival of the futuristic RPG, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally here. And just like that – it was gone. Execs at Sony pulled the game from the PlayStation Digital store amidst complaints about quality.  Gamers wonder when the game will return to the store.

It all started in 2013. Gaming studio, CD Projekt Red, creators of the Witcher game series announced they were developing a new game: Cyberpunk 2077. Cut to the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo in June 2019. The trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 was presented to an excited crowd. The presenter? Keanu Reeves. Reeves explained that he partnered with CD Projekt Red to deliver the game. There is a character in the game named Johnny Silverhand. The character is in the likeness of Reeves.

With movies like the John Wick series, Reeves’ career has seen a strong resurgence. The actor too has enjoyed a cult following. His ‘awesomeness’ has dedicated Reddit and Twitter pages. The partnership between Reeves and the gaming studio was enough to send fans into a frenzy. The trailer with hyper-realistic graphics only added to the excitement. The trailer promised a release date in April of 2020

As April 2020 neared, CD Projekt Red pushed the release back to September, stating they wanted to perfect the game. And then they pushed it back further to November, citing delays due to the COVID-19 restricitons.

The game finally released on December 10th for excited fans everywhere. Those who had preordered the game were able to play instantly. And that’s where it all went wrong. Immediately after launch, gamers experienced a bevy of performance issues. Gamers reported heavy glitches and bugs that made the game impossible to enjoy.

Despite the release of a software patch the following day, gamers still had issues with gameplay. This led to PlayStation pulling the game from their digital store. They offered this statement on Twitter:

“SIE (Sony Interactive Entertainment) strives to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, and we will begin to offer a full refund for all gamers who have purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation store and want a refund.”

CD Projekt followed suit by tweeting:

“Following our discussion with PlayStation, a decision was made to temporarily suspend digital distribution of Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation Store” 

This was a tweet from the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account posted Friday.

“You can still buy physical versions of the game in brick and mortar stores and online.”

Despite the well documented issues, Cyberpunk 2077 has still seen high sales. The game sold 13 million units in the first 10 days since its release. Reports have claimed that while gameplay on PlayStation and Xbox have been riddled with issues, PC gamers are not having nearly as many issues.

PlayStation has not given any updates as to when gamers can expect Cyberpunk 2077 to come back to the digital store.

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