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The Best Gaming PC Cases This August 2020 That Will Fit Any Setup

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Are you going to build your own PC soon? If so, you will need a good PC case. While you’re probably engrossed with the thought of buying the best CPUs and graphics cards out there, you should never overlook the case itself.

A PC case is important because it houses all of your gaming components inside it- protecting it from dust and other harmful agents.

In this article, I will talk about the best gaming PC cases this August 2020 that will fit just about any setup and configurations out there.

Things to Consider

Before going out there to buy one, it is important to know what things you need to consider before making a purchase. Here are just some of the important ones:

1.Size

The size of the PC case is one of the most important considerations simply because it will dictate whether or not you can fit this motherboard or that graphics card.

There are three types of motherboards: ATX, Micro-ATX (mATX), and mITX (Mini-ITX). Get a case that can fit the size of the motherboard you are getting. In most cases, you’d want to go for an ATX case so that you will have enough room to cram whatever components you can think of, but the choice is entirely up to you.

If you want a relatively compact build, go for an ITX case.

2.Airflow

A good case is one that allows good airflow all throughout. Most mesh cases should be great in this department, though you will have to clean your PC more often because it can also allow more dust to come in.

Now, why do you need good airflow? That is because if there is good airflow inside of the case, your components will be much cooler and if that happens, the better their performance will be.

This is especially true if you are thinking of overclocking your gaming processor as you need to get the temperatures in check for maximum stability and performance.

3.Component Compatibility

Now, I mentioned earlier that getting an ATX case allows for better component compatibility, but they are not created equally. While all of the said cases support an ATX motherboard, some are more compact than others.

So, if you want to put a triple-slot graphics card with three huge fans, obviously, you’d want a case that can fit that beast of a card. You will have to take the measurements of both the card itself, as well as the case to ensure that you have ample clearance.

Also, if you are thinking of adding an AIO cooling solution, you need to also consider the clearance for the radiator as well.

4.Storage Support

How many storage drives do you intend to use? Most PC cases can support 2-4 drives, but if you want to use more, then you’d have to buy one that has all of the slots that you need.

It is also worth noting the size of the drive cages as well. If you are using a typical hard drive, you will need 3.5-inch drive cages for that. Most SSDs and hard drives nowadays, however, sports 2.5-inch form factors which make them a bit more compact.

5.Side Panels

If you are going full-blown RGB with your setup, getting a tempered glass side panel makes sense so that you can see all of them in their full lighting glory.

Of course, tempered glass side panels are easier to break, so getting one that doesn’t have a glass panel might be ideal for you if that is what you want.

Best PC Cases This August

1.Fractal Design Define 7

Price: $210

Fractal Design Define 7

Fractal Design is one of the premium case builders on the market. They offer expensive products but that translates to better overall build quality and the svelte looks that are evident in a premium case.

That being said, the Fractal Design Define 7 is what I would consider to be the best high-end ATX case out there. It’s got the looks and the build quality you are looking for in an expensive product.

It is a mid-tower case that can support up to (3) 140mm fans while also adding as much as (3) 120mm fans for maximum airflow.

I love the fact that it has a specific slot for custom water cooling setups, making this an ideal case for PC enthusiasts.

It does have USB 3.1 ports on its IO and you will be happy to know that it also has a USB Type-C port as well.

Overall, its cooling performance is superb, though I have to say that this is one of the heaviest cases out there.

But, if you want the best premium PC case, the Fractal Design Define 7 takes the cake.

2.NZXT H510

Price: $70

NZXT H510

NZXT is another good case manufacturer and its craftsmanship definitely shows in the NZXT H510.

It is another mid-tower ATX chassis that can support most motherboards and graphics cards on the market without a problem. It cannot handle a 360mm AIO cooling solution though, but you do have the option to put a 280mm AIO instead.

Despite its compact design, the H510 is known for its great airflow and good cable management system, making this ideal for performance and setting up a tidier build.

You get two included AER fans which are the company’s own products and they perform admirably. They are able to cool down the hottest processors and even the most high-end graphics cards with aplomb.

People that want a tempered glass side panel that is easier to remove will be happy to know that the H510 now uses only a single thumb screen, so removing the side panel requires no tools at all.

The only thing that hinders this PC case is that it doesn’t support a 360mm AIO but other than that, it is definitely one of the best budget cases out there.

3.Phanteks Evolv X

Price: $200

Phanteks Evolv X

Building one gaming system in one PC case seems to be standard stuff, right? But, what if you are thinking of building two different PCs? Well, if you want just a single chassis for that, the Phanteks Evolv X has got you covered.

Although it is just a mid-tower ATX chassis, it does have ample room to put in two different systems inside. Just get a beefy PSU and you are ready to go.

It has radiator support of up to 420mm, so putting your own cooling solution will not be a problem here.

As is evident with the company’s other products, the Evolv X also has a superb and durable build quality and if you are the type of person that wants to put some RGB bling here and there, this chassis can support it.

It has 10 total drive bays so putting your hard drives and SSDs will not be a problem. They are modular which means that you can remove any unused cages if needed.

People that want a USB Type-C connector will also be happy to know that the case comes with a single port on its IO as well.

4.Lian Li Lancool II Mesh

Price: $100

Lian Li Lancool II Mesh

Lian-Li has been killing it in the PC case market thanks to its stellar products offered at relatively inexpensive prices.

The Lian Li Lancool II Mesh is a mid-tower chassis that is known for its amazing airflow. Fit a 360mm AIO in here and you can tame even the hottest gaming processors on the market.

As you can tell by the name, this version has a mesh front panel that translates to better overall airflow compared to its standard version. Although you would have to clean your PC more often, getting good airflow all the time makes your components run a bit cooler, thus providing better overall performance.

It does have an amazing cable management system and the inside is quite spacious which allows you to put even the biggest graphics cards out there.

This may either be a pro or a con depending on your preference, but this version doesn’t come with RGB lighting on the front (but is available on the standard model). This is not a problem at all since it still supports RGB lighting, albeit you will have to spend more for that.

While there is a version that comes with a USB Type-C port on its front IO, you will have to spend an additional $15 for it which is a bummer. But hey, at least the option is there.

5.NZXT H200i

Price: $125

NZXT H200i

Not a lot of people are fans of ATX cases as there are some that want to prefer building in a much smaller chassis. If an ITX case is what you are looking for, I can wholeheartedly recommend the NZXT H200i.

The chassis has ample room to fit all of your PC’s components which is something that is unheard of in other ITX cases.

This version comes with the company’s smart device that allows you to put any RGB fans here and it allows you to control them using the NZXT CAM software.

I love the fact that this case still has ample airflow and it is surprisingly quieter than others as well.

The only thing that I do not like about this case is the price. It is a bit on the pricier side, though most ITX cases are, by nature, more expensive than their bigger counterparts anyway.

6.Thermaltake Core V21

Price: $70

Thermaltake Core V21

Okay, what if you do not have $100 to spend on an ITX case? If that is so, then the Thermaltake Core V21 might appeal to you.

This is another mini ITX chassis that has a compact cubed design that allows you to put this anywhere in your house as it doesn’t have a large footprint at all.

The chassis has a separate receptacle for the motherboard and for the liquid cooling solution so clearance issues will not be a problem here. The only thing that you need to keep in mind that radiator support is only up to 280mm, so a 360mm or bigger AIO cooling solution is out of the question.

Do keep in mind that while this ITX case has a lot of ample airflow, you’d want to spend a bit more money to get better case fans as the included fans’ performance are just abysmal.

Other than that, this is a great budget ITX case that I am sure a lot of people will love.

Conclusion

There are a lot of interesting PC cases out there on the market, but I find that the recommendations in this article will be the best-sellers this coming August.

If you are building your own gaming system soon, be sure to come back to this article to find out the best of the best.

Also, you’d want to be thinking about getting a good gaming keyboard while you’re at it.

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Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

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It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.

Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.

Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.

It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).

That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).

With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.

Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.

Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.

1080p and 4K Gaming

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.

Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.

You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.

NVIDIA Hardware Use

According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.

That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).

Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.

The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.

This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.

What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.

According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.

Conclusion

Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.

Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99

If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500

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Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.

Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.

Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively. 

Design

Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.

The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.

Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.

It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.

I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.

The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.

For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.

The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.

You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.

Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.

However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.

It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.

I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.

Performance

Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.

Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.

How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.

It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.

This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.

The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.

Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.

Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.

In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.

Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.

I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.

Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.

There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.

This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup. 

While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.

All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.

The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.

Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.

That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.

I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.

Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.

As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.

Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.

Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.

Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.

The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.

Verdict

For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.

I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.

I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.

Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.

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The Best Gaming PC Cases This August 2020 That Will Fit Any Setup

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Are you going to build your own PC soon? If so, you will need a good PC case. While you’re probably engrossed with the thought of buying the best CPUs and graphics cards out there, you should never overlook the case itself.

A PC case is important because it houses all of your gaming components inside it- protecting it from dust and other harmful agents.

In this article, I will talk about the best gaming PC cases this August 2020 that will fit just about any setup and configurations out there.

Things to Consider

Before going out there to buy one, it is important to know what things you need to consider before making a purchase. Here are just some of the important ones:

1.Size

The size of the PC case is one of the most important considerations simply because it will dictate whether or not you can fit this motherboard or that graphics card.

There are three types of motherboards: ATX, Micro-ATX (mATX), and mITX (Mini-ITX). Get a case that can fit the size of the motherboard you are getting. In most cases, you’d want to go for an ATX case so that you will have enough room to cram whatever components you can think of, but the choice is entirely up to you.

If you want a relatively compact build, go for an ITX case.

2.Airflow

A good case is one that allows good airflow all throughout. Most mesh cases should be great in this department, though you will have to clean your PC more often because it can also allow more dust to come in.

Now, why do you need good airflow? That is because if there is good airflow inside of the case, your components will be much cooler and if that happens, the better their performance will be.

This is especially true if you are thinking of overclocking your gaming processor as you need to get the temperatures in check for maximum stability and performance.

3.Component Compatibility

Now, I mentioned earlier that getting an ATX case allows for better component compatibility, but they are not created equally. While all of the said cases support an ATX motherboard, some are more compact than others.

So, if you want to put a triple-slot graphics card with three huge fans, obviously, you’d want a case that can fit that beast of a card. You will have to take the measurements of both the card itself, as well as the case to ensure that you have ample clearance.

Also, if you are thinking of adding an AIO cooling solution, you need to also consider the clearance for the radiator as well.

4.Storage Support

How many storage drives do you intend to use? Most PC cases can support 2-4 drives, but if you want to use more, then you’d have to buy one that has all of the slots that you need.

It is also worth noting the size of the drive cages as well. If you are using a typical hard drive, you will need 3.5-inch drive cages for that. Most SSDs and hard drives nowadays, however, sports 2.5-inch form factors which make them a bit more compact.

5.Side Panels

If you are going full-blown RGB with your setup, getting a tempered glass side panel makes sense so that you can see all of them in their full lighting glory.

Of course, tempered glass side panels are easier to break, so getting one that doesn’t have a glass panel might be ideal for you if that is what you want.

Best PC Cases This August

1.Fractal Design Define 7

Price: $210

Fractal Design Define 7

Fractal Design is one of the premium case builders on the market. They offer expensive products but that translates to better overall build quality and the svelte looks that are evident in a premium case.

That being said, the Fractal Design Define 7 is what I would consider to be the best high-end ATX case out there. It’s got the looks and the build quality you are looking for in an expensive product.

It is a mid-tower case that can support up to (3) 140mm fans while also adding as much as (3) 120mm fans for maximum airflow.

I love the fact that it has a specific slot for custom water cooling setups, making this an ideal case for PC enthusiasts.

It does have USB 3.1 ports on its IO and you will be happy to know that it also has a USB Type-C port as well.

Overall, its cooling performance is superb, though I have to say that this is one of the heaviest cases out there.

But, if you want the best premium PC case, the Fractal Design Define 7 takes the cake.

2.NZXT H510

Price: $70

NZXT H510

NZXT is another good case manufacturer and its craftsmanship definitely shows in the NZXT H510.

It is another mid-tower ATX chassis that can support most motherboards and graphics cards on the market without a problem. It cannot handle a 360mm AIO cooling solution though, but you do have the option to put a 280mm AIO instead.

Despite its compact design, the H510 is known for its great airflow and good cable management system, making this ideal for performance and setting up a tidier build.

You get two included AER fans which are the company’s own products and they perform admirably. They are able to cool down the hottest processors and even the most high-end graphics cards with aplomb.

People that want a tempered glass side panel that is easier to remove will be happy to know that the H510 now uses only a single thumb screen, so removing the side panel requires no tools at all.

The only thing that hinders this PC case is that it doesn’t support a 360mm AIO but other than that, it is definitely one of the best budget cases out there.

3.Phanteks Evolv X

Price: $200

Phanteks Evolv X

Building one gaming system in one PC case seems to be standard stuff, right? But, what if you are thinking of building two different PCs? Well, if you want just a single chassis for that, the Phanteks Evolv X has got you covered.

Although it is just a mid-tower ATX chassis, it does have ample room to put in two different systems inside. Just get a beefy PSU and you are ready to go.

It has radiator support of up to 420mm, so putting your own cooling solution will not be a problem here.

As is evident with the company’s other products, the Evolv X also has a superb and durable build quality and if you are the type of person that wants to put some RGB bling here and there, this chassis can support it.

It has 10 total drive bays so putting your hard drives and SSDs will not be a problem. They are modular which means that you can remove any unused cages if needed.

People that want a USB Type-C connector will also be happy to know that the case comes with a single port on its IO as well.

4.Lian Li Lancool II Mesh

Price: $100

Lian Li Lancool II Mesh

Lian-Li has been killing it in the PC case market thanks to its stellar products offered at relatively inexpensive prices.

The Lian Li Lancool II Mesh is a mid-tower chassis that is known for its amazing airflow. Fit a 360mm AIO in here and you can tame even the hottest gaming processors on the market.

As you can tell by the name, this version has a mesh front panel that translates to better overall airflow compared to its standard version. Although you would have to clean your PC more often, getting good airflow all the time makes your components run a bit cooler, thus providing better overall performance.

It does have an amazing cable management system and the inside is quite spacious which allows you to put even the biggest graphics cards out there.

This may either be a pro or a con depending on your preference, but this version doesn’t come with RGB lighting on the front (but is available on the standard model). This is not a problem at all since it still supports RGB lighting, albeit you will have to spend more for that.

While there is a version that comes with a USB Type-C port on its front IO, you will have to spend an additional $15 for it which is a bummer. But hey, at least the option is there.

5.NZXT H200i

Price: $125

NZXT H200i

Not a lot of people are fans of ATX cases as there are some that want to prefer building in a much smaller chassis. If an ITX case is what you are looking for, I can wholeheartedly recommend the NZXT H200i.

The chassis has ample room to fit all of your PC’s components which is something that is unheard of in other ITX cases.

This version comes with the company’s smart device that allows you to put any RGB fans here and it allows you to control them using the NZXT CAM software.

I love the fact that this case still has ample airflow and it is surprisingly quieter than others as well.

The only thing that I do not like about this case is the price. It is a bit on the pricier side, though most ITX cases are, by nature, more expensive than their bigger counterparts anyway.

6.Thermaltake Core V21

Price: $70

Thermaltake Core V21

Okay, what if you do not have $100 to spend on an ITX case? If that is so, then the Thermaltake Core V21 might appeal to you.

This is another mini ITX chassis that has a compact cubed design that allows you to put this anywhere in your house as it doesn’t have a large footprint at all.

The chassis has a separate receptacle for the motherboard and for the liquid cooling solution so clearance issues will not be a problem here. The only thing that you need to keep in mind that radiator support is only up to 280mm, so a 360mm or bigger AIO cooling solution is out of the question.

Do keep in mind that while this ITX case has a lot of ample airflow, you’d want to spend a bit more money to get better case fans as the included fans’ performance are just abysmal.

Other than that, this is a great budget ITX case that I am sure a lot of people will love.

Conclusion

There are a lot of interesting PC cases out there on the market, but I find that the recommendations in this article will be the best-sellers this coming August.

If you are building your own gaming system soon, be sure to come back to this article to find out the best of the best.

Also, you’d want to be thinking about getting a good gaming keyboard while you’re at it.

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Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

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It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.

Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.

Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.

It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).

That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).

With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.

Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.

Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.

1080p and 4K Gaming

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.

Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.

You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.

NVIDIA Hardware Use

According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.

That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).

Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.

The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.

This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.

What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.

According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.

Conclusion

Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.

Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99

If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500

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Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.

Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.

Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively. 

Design

Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.

The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.

Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.

It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.

I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.

The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.

For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.

The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.

You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.

Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.

However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.

It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.

I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.

Performance

Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.

Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.

How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.

It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.

This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.

The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.

Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.

Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.

In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.

Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.

I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.

Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.

There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.

This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup. 

While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.

All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.

The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.

Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.

That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.

I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.

Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.

As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.

Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.

Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.

Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.

The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.

Verdict

For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.

I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.

I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.

Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.

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