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Its time for our System Builders Guide once again and there’s some magic in the air this February – no, it’s not love, but it is lower-priced SSDs. Grabbing a 120GB SSD for your rig has never been easier than now and things are only going to drop lower now. If you’re on the fence about including one in your budget, perhaps this month’s guide will persuade you. Today we’re diving into the budget segments and introducing a new, low-end setup that should squeeze into even the tightest budgets. A shift in the GPU market has also affected many of my builds for better and worse, but I’ll explain why later. Dive in!

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During a lecture held by Nvidia at the Steam Dev Days conference, the graphics manufacturer noted that OpenGL already supported some extensions and optimisations for processors that could bring about the same performance benefits as AMD’s Mantle API. The lecture’s theme was “Beyond Porting” and talked about the number of ways in which developers can take advantage of the features and optimisations in OpenGL that not only make it a better API in some scenarios compared to DirectX, but that it will allow developers to optimise the same game on other platforms.

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Lag. Tearing. Stutter. Frame drops. Spliced frames. Missing frames. V-Sync frame drops. If any of these things have annoyed you at one point or another, then you must be a gamer! All of these issues are common on the PC platform and, to a certain degree, also seen on hardware-locked console platforms. But all of these things have a single thing in common and as a gamer it’s something you’ve come to both love and loathe – refresh rates. But if we’re to solve all of these issues, the mindset of monitor and GPU manufacturers as well as game designers needs to change when it comes to refresh rates. We’re well into 2014 now and we’re beginning to see this happening, but what is needed to be done and why?

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Nvidia is really keen on getting their game streaming service up and running and at the core of its goals is the product driving everything – the Geforce Shield, a handheld Android-running console powered by Nvidia’s fourth-generation Tegra hardware. The game streaming service was in beta less than two months ago, but Nvidia feels that it’s working well enough to finally become a selling point for its products and to that end, they’ve finally revealed who their hardware partners are for “Nvidia GameStream”, the title they’ve finally settled on for their service. Do you want to get in on this hotness? Hit the button to find out more…

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Variable refresh rates have been a hot topic since Nvidia revealed their plans for gamers with their G-Sync technology, which aims to make V-Sync redundant and smooth out gameplay on hardware that can’t boost framerates beyond 60fps. At their Geforce event held in Montreal, Canada in October 2013, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was on hand to demo a hardware experience tailored specifically by Nvidia to allow for lag-free gaming. The catch was that the technology needed an expensive card to replace the scaler in a monitor that itself sold for over $500 and only worked with Geforce graphics cards. Many gamers, power users and owners of existing Kepler graphics cards are keen on seeing what the tech can do for them, but the money issue, and the fact that a new monitor is required, is what is preventing them from upgrading.

AMD now says, though, that they can enable similar functionality for no cost at all. All that’s required is a supported monitor and a graphics card from the HD5000 or later families. Read on to find out more.

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Here it is ladies and gents! The last System Builders guide for 2013. Its been quite a year for the tech industry and things are going to get even more interesting next year with CES 2014 opening cans of worms in every direction as new disruptive technologies move to shape the future of the desktop PC. For now, though, its still very familiar and friendly and that’s what I hope will remain with the platform as is morphs throughout next year – that it remains friendly, easy to jump into and easy to customise. For now, lets dig into the high-end builds and see what your money gets you. Caution! Excessive drool ahead.

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We’ve arrived at the second episode of our System Builders Guide for this month and we’re so, so close to either buying those presents that you’ve got on the list that you still need to purchase, or nearing the day when you can rip off the pretty foil that covers the gifts your loved ones are giving you. Either way, it’s Ho-Ho-Ho time everywhere and the festive season craze has now gripped everyone. What better way to prepare than to show someone this list of extremely tempting computer hardware in the hope that they’ll buy one of these things for you? Hit that button and start planning your convincing arguments!

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Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the final episode of the System Builder’s Guide for October. Its a special day today because Battlefield 4 is now out and available! Although we won’t get the game for a while yet locally (its a 1st November launch for us) it’s still one of the most anticipated games of this year and will surely accompany a flurry of upgrades and new systems being built to power the online wars that will be played out on the DICE servers. Its also a pretty demanding game in its own right and looks incredible, especially in the single-player campaign. So lets get down to the high-end builds where it’s all about the speed.

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Hello and welcome to the second episode of the System Builders Guide this month. We’re returning to the mid-range today and looking at what is probably the most volatile part of the market, where a large percentage of readers typically spend their money and budget for. As you’ll notice from last month’s guide, the budgets have been raised to accommodate price hikes – that doesn’t change today, moving up to the R11,000 and R16,000 price brackets. Its unlikely that we’ll be dropping to lower ones any time soon, at least before year-end, so it’ll have to do for now. Let’s see what you money would get you.

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Aaaand we’re back! This is the first Builder’s Guide in the last month and things have been crazy. Between the Haswell launch, AMD’s new Radeon R-200 series, the GTX770 and GTX760 in addition to Steam Machines, hands-on time with the PS4 and the Xbox one at rAge 2013, the entire landscape has changed in just over forty day’s time. There have also been massive price jumps for memory and SSDs and our exchange rate with the Dollar is still not as favourable as we’d like, despite the US government grinding to a halt for almost two weeks now. While the rest of the world loses their heads, let’s stick to daydreaming about hardware, shall we?

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