---AMD reveals new R9 cards that will be available soon. It's 270X and 280X, both of which AMD promises will be the kings in their respective price ranges. For example AMD says 270X for $199 will be 50% faster than GTX 660 which just dropped to $180 price. We will see how true is this, hope AMD is not pulling another marketing trick going poof after that. 270X is touted for 1080p gaming with ability to run any new game with highest settings. AMD R9 280X is aiming at new 4K monitors, which should become mainstream next year.
---Microsoft is rolling out 8.1 update for Windows 8, it will be available around 10/18, make sure your computer is set to receive updates from MS. This 8.1 update is really important and it makes things a bit brighter especially for those who don’t like Win8 interface. There will be numerous improvements, among them - long expected by all users. Also MS SkyDrive integration will come to the next level, as you know it is a cloud storage from Microsoft. If you have Windows 8 phone you have all your pics and videos uploaded automatically to SkyDrive and you can see them on your computer right away too. Easier searches on SkyDrive will be enabled, as well as text recognition and subsequent search through it in pictures. Imagine taking a snap of your favorite restaurant menu and then searching through items in it as text entries.
---AMD released fastest Vishera FX processors to date - FX 9370 clocked at 4.4GHz/4.7GHz Turbo Boost and mind-blowing FX 9590 stock clocked at 4.7 GHz with Turbo Boost pushing it to 5.0GHz. Both processors are eight-core, so we are talking about serious processing power for applications that can take advantage of 8-core setup. AMD may not be as great as Intel when it comes to optimization for specific applications and 4770K still beats both mentions processors in many cases, but the simple fact of owning 8-core 5.0GHz processor is warming hearts of many power users. Those CPUs are not for average enthusiast though, priced at $400-900 range accordingly. Another show-stopper - very high TDP around 220W stock for both processors and that means that only best of the best air coolers (think CM Hyper 212 EVO) and most liquid coolers will be able to run such beauty without burning it to ash. For most uses we still recommend high-clocked FX 8350 with some overclock - it’s more adequate in pricing and heat generation terms.
---New video cards from both Nvidia and AMD are scheduled to be released this holiday season. Both already slashing prices on current generation inventory making it a really good time to buy a new computer now. Especially with all the discounts and promotions we have going on. All computers are eligible for a several free upgrades until the end of the year!
---Nvidia offers new generation videocards for enthusiasts, professionals and all gamers. If you wish to have absolutely the fastest gaming computer you should look at that new card - GTX 780. It takes last gen GTX 680 performance to the next level with features like new Kepler SMX engine, GPU Boost Tech 2.0, new FXAA/TXAA techniques, 3D Vision Surround and more. Average performance increase is around 20-30%, that makes GTX 780 another fastest card in the world from Nvidia (not counting GTX TITAN). GTX 780 uses advanced cooler from GTX TITAN so it looks bad-ass too. All that power is not required for WOW gaming computer but will certainly be helpful in many gaming computers aimed at newest DX11 gaming titles.
---World of Warcraft continues to evolve with new patches and improvements. Make sure you are ready for it. With new graphics WoW looks better than ever but it is also not as easy to run on older computers as before, that is if you want to enjoy all new features. If you run raids you should definitely consider some upgrades from time to time to not loose your competitiveness. Get a new gaming PC today to enjoy WoW 100%!
---Intel is still on top with it’s new Haswell processors. Clocked similarly to older Ivy Bridge they provide 5-10% performance increase at the same price levels. It’s a small step but it’s always welcome. As usual new motherboards come along the way, since we are switching sockets from LGA1155 to LGA1150. Old CPU coolers still fit new socket though. We can tell that new motherboards like H87 and Z87 make su happy, with more features like higher number of USB 3.0 native support ports and more, we see great reliability across the board on this upgrade and we definitely recommend it.
---AMD had dropped prices on most high end processors, while introducing several new ones. AMD FX 4350 and FX 6350 introduced pushing frequency limits and filling empty gaps in CPU lines. All AMD FX processors have got around 10% price cuts making them much more attractive for mid-high end custom gaming compuers, considering that they can also be easily overclocked to much higher levels.