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Fortnite’s Daybreak sounds a lot like a PvE mode

Posted on May 11, 2021 by

Fortnite will seemingly introduce a new experience soon.

Fortnite looks to be ready to go beyond battle royale with an upcoming mode called Daybreak. Files for the new mode were datamined in today’s v16.40 patch.

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According to Fortnite Intel, Daybreak is a limited-time mode that rewards players an exclusive umbrella for their first win. Although the files themselves don’t reveal much, they do confirm that Daybreak will feature NPCs, and monsters/marauders for players to fight.

The main quest appears to be repairing a helicopter and escaping the island. That island has actually leaked earlier this month, courtesy of noted leaker Hypex. In one of the documents presented in its trial with Apple, Epic Games described Daybreak as an “open world simulation sandbox mode,” suggesting there’s more to it than just this LTM.

The idea is that some of the mechanics introduced with Chapter 2 Season 6, such as crafting and hunting, will come into a play in Daybreak.

This mode is likely coming soon, considering that files for it were added with the new patch. This hopefully means a proper announcement is close.

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No, the Gears of War Devs Aren’t Working on a Star Wars Game

Posted on May 11, 2021 by

After Gears of War developer The Coalition confirmed that it was working on ‘multiple new projects’, rumors sprung up saying the team was working on a Star Wars game. Sadly, that’s not the case. In a Reddit post by senior community manager Shaun Akerman (TC_Kilo on Reddit), he confirmed that the team at The Coalition are not working a Star Wars game, stating: “Just to clarify regarding the Star Wars thing. We are not working on any such title. We have nothing else to announce at this time.” [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/01/14/how-star-wars-games-can-flourish-now-that-ea-lost-exclusivity”] The original rumour popped up earlier this month, with GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb summarising, “Now, I’ve heard rumours that [there] could be a Star Wars thing from out of the Coalition. But I haven’t been able to confirm that, and these are rumors are kicked around in a few different places […] Basically I’m not putting any money on that”. Yesterday, The Coalition confirmed it will now make the leap to developing future projects on Unreal Engine 5, and that it did indeed have multiple projects planned. That led to fan speculation that the Star Wars project was among them – but the studio stepped in to deny that early on. The Coalition has not denied the idea that the Gears-focused studio will work on new IP. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/01/13/open-world-star-wars-game-in-the-works-at-ubisoft-ign-news”] The Star Wars games license had previously been held exclusively by EA until earlier this year, when it was announced that Ubisoft Massive is working on its own open world Star Wars game. The new Lucasfilm Games brand is now looking to partner with multiple developers for Star Wars games – but it seems The Coalition isn’t yet one of them. Lucasfilm Games isn’t just Star Wars, however, with Bethesda’s MachineGames working on an Indiana Jones project. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Liam Wiseman is a Freelance News Writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @liamthewiseman

Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer | Override, Armor Synthesis, and more explained

Posted on May 11, 2021 by

Season of the Splicer is the 14th season of Destiny 2, running from May 11th to August 24th.

This is the game’s second season in 2021, taking over from Season of the Chosen which is drawing to a close today after its three month tenure.

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The major new features of the new season seem to be building on the successes of the last, with six-player matchmade activity Override a headline feature on launch day.

Additionally, there’s the long-awaited introductions of a transmog system and seasonal challenges, as well as several other new features that are sure to keep you plenty busy between now and late August.

Here’s what we know so far about what’s new in Season of the Splicer:

Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer — Override

Last season saw the introduction of Battlegrounds, which marked the highly anticipated return of matchmade activities to Destiny 2.

One of the two major activities introduced in Season of the Splicer develops on this. Override will feature six players instead of three. But otherwise the concept remains the same, with in-game matchmaking allowing solo players to find teammates much more quickly.

Once again this is a PvE activity, with each six-person Fireteam pitted against the environment and enemies within the Vex Network.

And as with last season’s Battlegrounds, free players will have access to a limited trial of Override. This will last for a one-week period after your first log-in to Season of the Splicer. To continue playing after that time, you will need the Season Pass.

New Mission: Armor Synthesis — Transmog in Destiny 2

Another popular long-time request among Destiny players is the introduction of a transmog system. Fashion-forward Guardians will finally see their wishes come true with the arrival of Armor Synthesis.

This mission — which is available to Season Pass holders and free players alike — kicks off the new season and introduces the long-awaited transmog mechanic.

How will transmog work?

According to a Bungie dev blog released last month, the new Armor Synthesis system is made up of four stages:

  • Defeating enemies to earn Synthstrand.
  • Spending Synthstrand on bounties to earn Synthcord.
  • Returning to the Tower and using the new Loom station (see below) to convert Synthcord into Synthweave.
  • Using Synthweave to convert armour pieces into Universal Armor Ornaments.

Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer — H.E.L.M. and Tower updates

The H.E.L.M. social space became the new base for Vanguard operations at the beginning of the last season. Crucially, it housed the Hammer of Proving, which tracked your season progress.

According to what we learned back then, the Hammer should still be in play until at least November. So new additions to the H.E.L.M. should be an expansion rather than a replacement — provided you played Season of the Chosen when it was still current, that is.

Despite the changes that come with a new season, the H.E.L.M. seems set to remain important, with new stations that will allow you to work with Splicer Tech.

Elsewhere in the Tower, the new seasonal vendor Ada-1 has set up shop. The newly-introduced Loom (unlocked during the Armor Synthesis mission) allows you to create Synthweave. This paves the way for personalised armor modifications, based around the ability to turn almost any armor piece into a Universal Ornament.

What else is new in Season of the Splicer?

In addition to the major new features and changes detailed above, you can expect the usual roster of new season rewards. This includes another 100 tiers of battle pass progression; new Conflux Chests unlocking Splicer Upgrades; and either partial or full access to reward items (depending on your Season Pass ownership status).

You can see the full roadmap below, but there are a couple of other stand-out features worth mentioning.

The Destiny 2 team have also introduced Seasonal Challenges in response to player feedback. These will be added to week-by-week for the first ten weeks of the 15-week season. Once in place, they will be available to complete at any time before the end of the season. Reward items vary but will always include an XP increase.

Additionally, Season Pass holders will have access to an exclusive Weekly Pinnacle Mission type called Expunge.

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The best full-tower case in 2021 Best full-tower case

Posted on May 11, 2021 by


These best full-tower cases will make your high-grade components sing. A larger full-tower chassis will give your CPU the room it needs to breathe and your graphics card a little elbow room for the ever-larger coolers that adorn them. The space they afford will also allow you to craft elaborate custom loop cooling designs like a pro.

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Admittedly some full-tower cases are a little extreme for most standard PC builds. Still, if you're planning your dream PC build, one of these will give you ample space for an EATX motherboard, the biggest and best graphics cards, all the drives, and the ultimate liquid cooling set-up.

Of course, the overall best PC case is mostly going to come down to personal taste. And while a full-tower case can hold so much more, they come at a cost. We wouldn't necessarily recommend one for a normal, mainstream build, but for those looking to go large, these may be right up your street. If you want something a bit less immense—or are working on a budget PC build—one of the best mid-tower cases might be more to your taste. 

We've listed our favorite full towers below, along with an overview of why we think they might be a good option. Alternatively, if you want to look at the other end of the scale, we also have a guide to the best mini-ITX cases for those small form-factor builds. And, if all this custom build nonsense seems like a bit much, check out our guide to the best gaming PCs and save yourself a headache. 

The best full-tower case

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1. Corsair 1000D

The biggest and baddest of them all.

Form Factor: Super tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Extended ATX, Mini-ITX, SSI EEB, microATX | Dimensions: 27.4 x 12.1 x 27.3 inches | Weight: 29.5kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; 420mm; 480mm | I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 3.1 Type-C | Drive Bays: 6x 2.5-inch, 5x 3.5-inch

Supports just about any crazy build
Can house an E-ATX and Mini-ITX build at the same time
Supports dual 480mm front radiators
Space eater

There are big cases; then, there are big cases. Actually, to describe this case as big would still be an understatement. The Corsair 1000D is bigger than what many would define as a full tower. It's so gargantuan, Corsair calls it a super tower. It's a behemoth of a PC case, ready to house the biggest and baddest systems. Standing tall at a staggering 27.3", this super tower features enough space to house 18 fans, and up to four massive radiators simultaneously.

In addition to the insane cooling support, the 1000D features a unique triple-chamber design with convenient French-door-styled storage compartments and telescoping radiator trays for easy installation. It's a case that is so massive; it can house both an entire E-ATX build and a mini-ITX build at the same time.

Because it is 2021, of course, there is also an RGB-lit front panel I/O with built-in smart lighting and fan control courtesy of Corsair's Commander Pro controller. The Obsidian 900D has long been a top choice for massive, over-the-top builds, and it only fitting that the 1000D would come along to knock it off its throne.

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2. Cooler Master Cosmos C700P

The best full-tower case for flashy builds.

Form Factor: Full tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (Support 12″ x 11″) | Dimensions: 639 x 306 x 651mm | Weight: 22.2 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm | I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 4x USB 3.0 | Drive Bays: 2x 2.5-inch 2, 8x 3.5-inch

Integrated RGB lighting system
Adjustable motherboard layout
Potential cable routing hurdles

The C700P, like the original Cosmos, is one of Cooler Master's largest enclosures and comes with an equally hefty price tag. The premium case maintains the same handlebar design of the original but adds a few modern touches that make it one of the most beautiful cases we've seen.

A pair of understated RGB light bars system in the top and bottom of the case illuminates the exterior in a tasteful manner that doesn't distract from the overall aesthetic of the build. Another upgrade from the original is a new curved tempered glass panel that allows you to showcase a gorgeous interior.

As expected from a premium case, the new Cooler Master Cosmos features support for the most high-end components, including E-ATX motherboards, multiple oversized graphics cards, and radiators up to 420mm in length. The only minor problem we found with the size and capabilities is the potential issues you might have routing accessory and power cables with specific motherboard tray configurations. It'd be great to see Cooler Master include some extensions for this.

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3. be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900

The best high-end full-tower.

Form Factor: Full tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 577 x 243 x 586 mm | Weight: 14.39 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; 420mm | I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, Qi Wireless Charger | Drive Bays: 10x 2.5-inch, 5x 3.5-inch

Highly modular
Wireless Qi charger
Extensive cooling support
Modular = fiddly

Initially known for their silent power supplies and fans, be quiet! entered the case market with a big splash and has done well in a short period since its first case launch in 2014. One of the company's newer cases, the Dark Base Pro 900, remains one of our highly recommended full towers thanks to its sleek design and enthusiast-friendly interior.

The case is one of the most modular cases we've ever seen. You won't find too many rivets in this one. Instead, just about every single panel can be removed, making this case a modder's dream. There's also a whole lot of customization available with options for an inverted motherboard layout and even some nifty features like wireless Qi charging and preinstalled LED lighting.

The Dark Base Pro 900 is large enough to support the biggest motherboards and radiators up to 420mm in size. It's a huge full tower that can support just about any custom cooling you can dream up. It also looks very sleek with a few color options to spice things up. Priced around $200, the Dark Base Pro is a rare case but comes with all of the bells and whistles to make it worth it.

Best mid-tower case | Best mini-ITX case | Best CPU cooler | Best DDR4 RAM | Best gaming monitor| Best gaming headset

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4. Thermaltake View 71

The best full tower for tempered glass lovers

Form Factor: Full tower | Motherboard Support: Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, 12” x 13”(E-ATX) | Dimensions: 592 x 274 x 577 mm | Weight: 18.9 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 360mm; 420mm | I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 | Drive Bays: 6x 2.5-inch, 3x 3.5-inch

Tons of tempered glass
Includes three RGB LED fans
Highly modular case
Airflow somewhat stunted by glass front

With RGB now firmly entrenched in the PC building psyche, tempered glass cases are clearly more than a passing fad. Thermaltake’s View 71 boasts four tempered glass panels to show off your LED-soaked skills, and it comes with three RGB LED fans pre-installed as well.

The View 71 RGB is the perfect full-sized tower for RGB enthusiasts. The tempered tinted glass does a great job making internal lighting stand out. And unlike some of the other tempered glass cases we’ve used, the View 71 comes with swinging doors, so you don’t have to remove the entire glass panel every time you want to make a change. 

The case also includes a vertical GPU mount and extensive liquid cooling support for all-in-one and custom loops. If you want a big case with e-ATX support to showcase your components inside, View 71 is the way to go.

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5. Phanteks Enthoo Pro

The best budget full tower

Form Factor: Full tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, EATX, mATX, SSI EEB | Dimensions: 235 mm x 535 mm x 550 mm | Weight: 13.8 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm; 140mm; 240mm; 280mm; 360mm; 420mm | I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 | Drive Bays: 7x 2.5-inch, 6x 3.5-inch

Great cable management
Supports several liquid cooling options
Affordable large tower
Outdated aesthetic

When it comes to PC cases, Phanteks is one of the most underrated brands around. The company is slightly newer to the scene, but they've done a fantastic job making things easier for first time builders and enthusiasts alike. The Enthoo Pro is one of our favorite full-sized towers.

Phanteks was one of the first manufacturers to include pre-installed cable management ties. This little feature makes a world of difference when it comes to the tedious task of keeping your cables in check. The case also offers a ton of flexibility, which makes it great for all sorts of large builds.

Out of the box, the case comes with a 200mm fan in the front panel and a 140mm fan in the rear. This is enough to provide quite a bit of airflow in the case but the top panel lets you take things even further with support for a radiator up to 420mm in size. Priced just under $90, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro is a fantastic value and beefy enough to support a wide variety of full-sized builds.

PSVR 2 Reportedly Includes 4K Lenses, Eye Tracking, and Haptic Feedback

Posted on May 11, 2021 by

PSVR 2 will reportedly include a 4K display, eye tracking, haptic feedback, and more according to a newly published report. UploadVR cites multiple “reliable sources” on the matter, who say that Sony has shared details with its partners about these PSVR 2 features. The report suggests that the new revision of the headset could feature a “4000×2040 pixels (2000×2040 per eye)” resolution, gaze tracking and a lens separation adjustment detail, a feature that can be seen on the Valve Index headset. The 4K resolution would be a big step up from the original PlayStation VR, which featured a 1080p resolution. Eye tracking within the headset will allow for foveated rendering, a technique that allows VR experiences to reduce the quality of rendering in players’ peripheral vision – essentially allowing for developers to increase the quality of what players actually see. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/01/12/heres-our-wishlist-for-psvr-2-beyond-526-teaser”] Another feature mentioned in the report is haptic feedback, which the report suggests could be implemented via a motor in the headset (and would complement the headset’s new controllers, which also feature haptic feedback). An onboard camera would track the position of the controllers, reducing the amount of peripherals needed to make the headset work. Another small note mentioned in the report is that the headset will reportedly connect to the PlayStation 5 via a single USB-C cable. We’ve contacted Sony for comment on the report. A next-generation PlayStation VR headset was confirmed in February 2021, with Sony announcing that the device would not be launching this year. We got a closer look at the headset’s controllers in March when Sony revealed that the orb-shaped peripherals would feature finger tracking, haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. In other PlayStation VR news, a Sony patent was recently found that depicts technology that would let spectators mess with players while they are inside of virtual reality. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=playstation-vr-2-controllers-4-images&captions=true”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

Days Gone PC won’t support DLSS or ray tracing

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Days Gone is coming to PC next week, and ahead of Sony launching yet another PlayStation game on the platform, it’s confirmed what you can and can’t expect from the port.

In anticipation of Days Game’s launch on PC, Bend Studio has published a short blog that reveals what you can expect from the title when it lands on May 18.

If you were expecting DLSS support and ray tracing, you may be disappointed. Bend Studio’s Kevin McAllister writes in the blog that DLSS support will not be available “at this time.” Whether it’s coming later or not remains unclear.

As for ray-tracing, that’s a bit more definitive; “Days Gone on PC does not support ray tracing” writes McAllister. Don’t expect that feature to appear at any time, then.

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Don’t be too put off by these missing elements, though – there are some nice additions, too. For example, the game’s photo mode will sport a “Super Resolution” feature, which will be a nice way for you to show off the braying hordes of the undead as you toss flaming Molotov cocktails into their ranks.

The blog also reiterates that this version will contain all post-launch content that was released for the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and notes that the title will feature both unlocked framerates and ultrawide monitor support. All of this info was revealed when Days Gone was announced for PC, though.

You can also check out the Days Gone minimum and recommended PC specs at the link.

We know that we can expect more PlayStation exclusives to arrive on PC in the future, and it seems what features they will (and won’t) have will alter on a game-by-game basis.

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PSVR 2 includes 4K panel, foveated rendering, gaze tracking, haptic motors – report

Posted on May 11, 2021 by

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PlayStation‘s PSVR 2 could be a massive upgrade as a new rumor suggests the hardware comes with a 4K panel, foveated rendering, gaze tracking, and haptic motors.

As per a new report from UploadVR, the next-generation PlayStation VR headset that’s confirmed to be in development at Sony may be set to include a 4K panel, resulting in a total resolution of 4000×2040 (meaning you’ll be treated to 2000 x 2040 per eye).

For anyone keeping track, that’ll put the headset fairly high up in the pecking order of VR headsets, with the PSVR 2 coming in with a higher resolution than the Oculus Quest 2 (which is capped at 1832 x 1920 per eye).

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UploadVR also reports that the in-development hardware refresh will have inside-out tracking, something we’ve seen hinted at for PSVR 2 before. Inside-out tracking allows the PSVR controllers to work without the need for external sensors, making them more versatile and allowing you to use them in tighter spaces.

The report also mentions gaze tracking for foveated rendering, which may prove to be the biggest update if it is indeed featured in the hardware. The tech basically allows developers to focus resources on where you’re looking once you’re ‘in’ a virtual reality location, meaning the area in your direct sightline can feature increased draw distance, better rendering, and so on.

This will give developers the ability to leverage the PS5’s power in areas only where it’s immediately necessary, hopefully allowing for impressive visuals and minute loading times – even when working at 4000×2040 resolution.

The report also notes that the headset will feature a USB-C connection, suggesting the headset will not be wireless.

Sony has been keeping the next-gen version of PSVR under wraps for the most part, though we have heard a little about what it’s planning to do with its controllers in an official update that went live earlier this year.

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Posted on May 11, 2021 by


The best gaming PC is one surefire way to land a graphics card and processor in light of current stock issues. Buying a pre-built gaming system is your best bet because system builders often have a steady supply of the latest GPUs and CPUs coming in. And although there have been cases of PCs shipping with no GPU, buying a full pre-built gaming PC is still a viable option to secure an Nvidia RTX 3080 or AMD RX 5900X.

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If you prefer gaming on-the-go, you'll want to take a look at our best gaming laptop guide.

While DIY PC building is super satisfying, we admit it's probably not for everyone. Besides, the best gaming PC doesn't have to be a hassle. Getting a professional outfit to do the hard work for you is the simplest route into PC gaming; you can forgo the potential stress of part-matching, tech-sourcing, and faffing around putting it together.

All you need be concerned about in deciding on a pre-built rig, is finding a good balance of price and performance on the spec sheet. Ideally, your gaming PC will have one of the best graphics cards and the best CPUs for gaming, but there's something for everyone out there. Just make sure they offer good after-sale support—that's the mark of a great system builder. 24/7 tech support and generous warranties are often overlooked, but could save a headache down the road. 

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1. Alienware Aurora R10

The best AMD gaming PC

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X–Ryzen 9 5950X | GPU: AMD RX 5300–Nvidia RTX 3070 | RAM: 8GB–64GB DDR4 | Storage: 1TB HDD–2TB HDD + 2TB SSD | Warranty: 1 year (onsite)

AMD CPU + Nvidia GPU combo
Ton of USB ports
After sales care
Noisy
Divisive Case Design

Our favorite Aurora R10 config:

Ryzen 7 5900 | Radeon RX 6800 XT | 32GB DDR4-3200
$2,529.99 $2,519.99 at Dell
If you thought Nvidia GPUs were tough to find, AMD’s GPUs are even rarer. But this config delivers both the latest 12-core Zen 3 CPU as well as the Radeon RX 6800 XT.

It took a while to come, but Alienware finally listened and created an AMD-focused line of its popular Aurora machines. The latest edition, the Aurora Ryzen Edition R10, delivers the latest AMD Zen 3, Ryzen 5000-series CPUs, and Nvidia's high-performance RTX 30-series graphics cards.

This is also one of the few places you might be able to find yourself an AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, too—the red team GPU actually capable of going toe-to-toe with Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080.

The latest AMD Ryzen processors are exemplary in terms of both performance and price, with the Ryzen 9 5900X, in particular, being a spectacular chip not just for productivity but for gaming too.

The different configurations start at $1,080, for which you get a six-core Ryzen 5 5600X alongside a Radeon RX 5300. We'd recommend upgrading the graphics to a GeForce GTX 1660 Super for less than $30 extra so that you can nail 1080p gaming in that sleek Alienware chassis.

Like the other Aurora cases, it's not necessarily the easiest to upgrade due to its bespoke design, but as a first machine, the R10 will not do you wrong. And given the general component drought right now, the fact that you can bag an all-AMD Alienware machine with just a month lead time is actually pretty great.

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2. Alienware Aurora R12

The best Intel gaming PC

CPU: Intel Core i5 11400F–Core i9 11900KF | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1650 Super–RTX 3090 | RAM: 8GB DDR4-3200–128GB DDR4-3400 | Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD + 2TB SATA HDD | Warranty: 1 Year (onsite)

Toolless access
Upgradeable
Solid after-sale support
Pricey higher end configs
Case starting to show its age

Our favorite Aurora R12 config:

Core i5 11400F | RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB DDR4-3200 | 512GB SSD
$1,749.99 at Dell
This specific configuration of the new Alienware gaming PC will get you the impressive RTX 3060 Ti for a sub $2,000 price tag. You’ll also get a new Rocket Lake Core i5 11400F, an impressively speedy gaming chip that doesn’t demand either crazy cooling or a heap of power.

Alienware is a household name for gaming desktops that share a, shall we say, unique aesthetic. While the extra-terrestrial styling may not appeal to everyone, their performance remains undeniable. The freshly minted Aurora R12 uses the same compact design as its R9 and R10 forebears and gives the new Intel 11th Gen processors. Nvidia RTX 30-series GPUs have a home in Alienware's Aurora chassis. 

There are six different configurations of Comet Lake CPU to choose from: the Core i5 11400F, Core i5 11600KF, Core i7 11700F, Core i7 11700KF, Core i9 10900F, and Core i9 11900KF. They're paired with Nvidia GPUs from the GTX 1650 Super up to the unfeasibly expensive RTX 3090. That gives you a range of Alienware gaming machines from reasonably affordable 1080p gaming right up to blistering 4K workload-smashing performance, and the Alienware AIO cooling system will help keep the cozy interior of the case at a reasonable temperature too.

Now, we're not entirely sold on the high-end Rocket Lake 11th Gen CPUs, but the fact that Alienware is now offering the Core i5 11600KF in its Intel range is a great shout. Both the new Intel Core i5 chips make great gaming CPUs, thanks to their Cypress Cove core architecture, and would probably be our pick for a new Aurora R12 build

We have played with the RTX 3090 version of the last-gen Aurora R10, sans liquid chilled GPU, and in gaming terms, you're not really going to get a lot higher frame rates than you would with the RTX 3080 build. That's not a huge surprise given our own testing of the RTX 3090 at launch; it only makes sense if you need that 24GB frame buffer for creative work.

The unconventional design of the case exploits every inch of its limited space but initially feels a bit awkward to tinker with. However, the ability to access nearly every part of the PC without tools is a definite plus and expedites upgrades and maintenance. There's an obvious priority here on providing a convenient, premium product with some potential for upgrades, and the Aurora design accomplishes that goal.

The issue with all gaming PCs and parts right now is availability. And that's now hitting Alienware as hard as the rest. Picking up a new Aurora R12 rig today means you're not going actually to receive it for a month at least.

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3. HP Omen Obelisk

The best gaming PC around $1,500

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666 | Storage: 256GB M.2 SSD, 2TB HDD | Warranty: 1 year

Powerful components 
Designed to remove needless frills and keep costs low
Limited Software 
Not the most optimal airflow

Our favorite HP Omen config:

Core i5 11400 | Nvidia GTX 1650 Super
$799.99 at HP.com
For under $800 you can grab this six-core, 12-thread Rocket Lake gaming PC, and while it might only come with a GTX 1650 Super as standard, you can upgrade to an RTX 3060 Ti if you’re willing to pay the extra $350. The standard config comes with 8GB dual-channel memory, and a 256GB SSD.

Hewlett Packard has been around since before the Second World War, and that historical expertise is evident in the design and construction of the Omen Obelisk. The Obelisk is highly customizable, starting with a GTX 1660 Super and Ryzen 5 3600 and reaching up to some top-class parts, including the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. We received the original review unit packed an RTX 2080 and an 8th Gen Core i7 8700, but we've come a long way since then.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the Obelisk is the price tag. Despite the high-end RTX card and that rock-solid CPU (as well as 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and 2TB HDD), the Obelisks comes in just under $2,000. This is largely due to HP trimming off all the non-essential frills that tend to pad out the price of several similarly specced machines. 

You won't find an over-elaborate liquid cooling system or a massive suite of spectacular RGB lighting; the Obelisk is an appropriately named dense black block of computing power. If you value smooth lines and compact design over the flash and spectacle of RGB, you'll appreciate the dark, slightly brooding aesthetic of the Obelisk.

It's similarly configured to the slightly more expensive Corsair Vengeance, but it comes in a much smaller frame. While on the one hand, there's less space to muck around in the case if you do decide to upgrade in the future, the Obelisk can slip easily into much tighter spaces than a larger case and is easier to transport. It's the epitome of function over form and available at a great price.

Read our full HP Omen Obelisk review.

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4. Origin Chronos

The best AMD-powered small form factor PC

CPU: Up to Ryzen 9 3900X | GPU: Up to RTX 3090 | RAM: Up to 32GB 3,000MHz | Storage: Gen4 PCIe SSD up to 2TB | Warranty: 1 year

Powerful Micro gaming rig
Vertical or horizontal positioning
Huge choice of components
Wifi not great
Limited storage options

Our favorite Origin Chronos config:

Ryzen 9 5900X | RTX 3080
$3,131 at OriginPC
Configured with our favorite Zen 3 CPU from AMD and RTX 30-series GPU from Nvidia, this small form factor Chronos v2 machine can be both a stunning gaming rig and a hell of a workstation machine too.

Origin PC's Chronos machine is a small form factor build that can house the most powerful gaming components around. And, to be honest, the fact you can squeeze a 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 in there means you could have yourself one hell of a powerful workstation too. That next-gen hardware is now available in the Chronos V2 design.

But that way lies supreme expense. Origin PCs aren't cheap, but they are really well-built, super customizable, and you could still create a far more affordable gaming machine from a Ryzen 5 3600 and a GTX 1660 pairing. If you're not sold on the actual Origin Chronos chassis and maybe fancy a little more Perspex in your build, you can go for the lovely Fractal Define Nano S instead. There's also the Fractal ERA if you're the serious type.

That will negate any potential thermal issues you might encounter, dropping super high-end components into the smaller confines of the Chronos case.

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5. Corsair Vengeance A4100

The best PC for streaming

CPU: Intel Core i5 9400F | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1660 6GB | RAM: 8GB DDR4-2400 | Storage: 1TB HDD 7200RPM + 128GB SSD | Warranty: 2 year

Solid Performance
4K Capture Card
Cool Case
No USB Type-C on front panel
Desperately needs a larger SSD

Our favorite Corsair Vengeance config:

Ryzen 5 5600X | RTX 3070
$2,149.99 at Corsair.com
The Vengeance a7200 machine comes with the latest hardware from AMD and Nvidia and will make for one supremely powerful gaming PC straight out of the box. This is future-proof gaming in your hands in just three weeks.

If you're looking to kick start your career as the next big Twitch streamer, the last thing you need to worry about is letting down your audience because your broadcast crapped out in the middle of your epic Call of Duty: Warzone match. Enter the Corsair Vengeance A4100.

This powerful AMD/RTX combo means that you'll be able to play and stream most games without much trouble. What makes this system stand out is the inclusion of an Elgato 4K60 Pro capture card, which allows for delay-free 4K gameplay footage capture from your gaming PC, consoles, or 4K camera via HDMI.

This powerful Corsair rig has everything you need for gaming, streaming, and everything else in-between.

Read the full Corsair Vengeance A4100 review.

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Best Gaming PC FAQ

Q. Why buy a pre-built gaming PC?

A. One of the most significant advantages to building your own PC is the ability to hand-pick every single component in the system. This allows you to take your time shopping around for deals and finding the perfect combination of parts to fit your budget and performance needs. The downside for most inexperienced builders is that this whole process can take some time and can cause quite a headache if something goes wrong. You only get warranties on the individual components, not your finished build, and this is where the best pre-built gaming PCs shine.

Q. What do you get for your money?

A. When you pay the premium to configure or purchase a pre-built PC, you pay for more than just the parts. You are paying for warranty service, support, and peace of mind that professionals put your system together. These are some of the things we value highly when considering what the best gaming PC is. We also look at other unique selling points like design, upgradability, and anything you wouldn't be able to do when building it yourself.

Q. What sets a pre-built machine apart from a DIY build?

A. One of the most significant factors that make PCs stand apart from the competition is the design. Pre-built systems like the Alienware Aurora R11 or Corsair One use unique in-house chassis designs you wouldn't be able to purchase when building it yourself. You can take some comfort in knowing that these systems were designed and built specially to house your configuration, though that can make upgrading more awkward later on down the line.

When we set out to choose our top choices of pre-built gaming PCs, we look at almost every major manufacturer and system integrator to find the best combination of value, reliability, customer feedback, design, and performance for various budgets and needs.

Resident Evil Village Has Shipped Over 3 Million Units Globally

Posted on May 11, 2021 by

Since its launch on May 7, Resident Evil Village has shipped over 3 million units globally. Capcom announced the news in a press release, revealing that this newest entry available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC is off to a strong start. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/05/07/13-things-you-need-to-know-before-starting-re-village”] Since 1996, cumulative shipments of Resident Evil games have exceeded 100 million and Village builds upon the success of Resident Evil 7 biohazard, which itself has shipped 8.5 million units as of December 31, 2020. This news also follows Capcom’s announcement that it has hit record-high profits for the fourth consecutive year, in big part due to the releases of both Monster Hunter Rise and the remake of Resident Evil 3. In our Resident Evil Village review, we said that playing it “is like visiting a disturbing and deadly Disneyland, where every attraction is a house of horrors. I got just as big a thrill out of revelling in its frenzied violence as I did retracing my steps through the gradually revealed recesses of its sizable village setting to uncover the darkest story secrets of its monstrous main cast.” [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/05/08/17-brilliant-little-details-in-resident-evil-village-spoilers”] For more on Resident Evil Village, check out our Wiki guide that will help you survive this horrific world and see which fan favorite character was cut from the game. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

The best Australian PC gaming deals this week null

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Last updated: May 7.

A couple of times a week, we trawl through the deepest, darkest corners of the world wide web in order to unearth some of the best PC gaming deals in Australia. This story will largely focus on highlighting PC hardware and peripherals discounts, but if there are any appealing AU-exclusive games bargains, we'll include them too.

Without further ado, here's our current selection of deals — as always, if you spot anything else good, let us know in the comments section below. This round-up will be updated weekly… or just whenever there's an especially good bargain to be had. As bargains expire, we'll remove them from the page. 

For a wide range of deals, as well as live price comparisons, check out our sister site Getprice.

Cheap gaming PCs in Australia

Dell G5 gaming desktop | i7-10700F | RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | AU$2,024 (usually AU$2,699)
If you’re after an RTX 3060 Ti build and couldn’t be bothered building it yourself (not to mention hunting the components yourself) then you may be pleased to receive AU$675 off this ready-to-go desktop PC. Via Dell.

New Alienware Aurora R12 gaming desktop | i7 11700F | RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |  AU$2,474 (usually AU$3,299)
The specs on this may not measure up to the Dell listed above, but it definitely looks a heck of a lot fancier, and the CPU is better. Just look at those pleasant alien blue lights. If you’re after an RTX 3080 model, that one will set you back AU$3,989 (down from AU$5,699) at the moment, with an i9 11900F. Via Dell.

Alienware M15 R4 gaming laptop | i7-10870H | RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 512SSD | AU$2,719 (usually AU$3,399)
In addition to the specs above, this flash gaming laptop has a 1080p screen with a blistering 300Hz refresh rate. These M15 R4s are seriously elegant bits of kit, so it’s worth consideration. Via Dell.

Alienware M17 R3 | i7-10750H | RTX 2070 Super | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | AU$2,999 (usually AU$4,499)
If the Alienware vibe is more your speed, this M17 R3 may appeal more than the above listed, though it’s only marginally better spec-wise. The screen is a 17.3 inch 1080p display with 144Hz refresh rate. If you’d prefer, you can get an M17 R3 with an RTX 2080 Super, 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD for AU$3,769 at the moment, down from AU$5,799. Via Dell.

Cheap gaming monitors in Australia

ASUS TUF VG279QM | AU$495 (usually AU$699)
A little over AU$200 savings on this 27 inch HD monitor which boasts HDR and a 240Hz refresh rate, which can be overclocked to 280Hz if you fancy it. It’s not currently in stock but Amazon reckons it’ll be dispatched within 1 to 3 weeks. Via Amazon.

AOC AGON AG273QG | AU$499 (usually AU$799)
Here’s a 1440p 27 incher with all the usual modern mores: a 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and G-Sync. It also comes with AOC’s gaming screen shield, which is probably a divisive touch, but you can take it off. Via MWave.

Acer XZ272P curved gaming monitor | AU$279 (usually AU$479)
If you want a screen with a bend in it, this 1080p monitor could do the trick, and a 165Hz refresh rate is pretty good at this reduced price. Boasts FreeSync tech and HDR 400. Via Scorptec.

Cheap gaming headsets in Australia

Razer Kraken Ultimate | AU$139.30 (usually ~AU$170)
This stylish set of cans sells anywhere between AU$160 and AU$220 locally, so this is a decent price. This pair has THX 7.1 spatial surround sound and, yeah, the usual Chroma RGB lighting so you can look like a fancy robot. Via Amazon.

Cheap gaming keyboards in Australia

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum | AU$230.40 (usually AU$299)
This pricey Cherry MX Speed slab reviewed astonishingly well back in 2017, though its stablemate the K100 beats it out in our best gaming keyboards list. Features more RGB than you could ever imagine feasible on a gaming keyboard. Via Amazon.

Razer BlackWidow Chroma | AU$132.20 (usually AU$219.95)
The price on this green switch mechanical keyboard generally hits between AU$170 and AU$200 in Australia, so this current Amazon deal is quite good, albeit a bit priceier than it was a week ago (AU$120). It has an advertised 80 million keystroke lifespan and all the colours you could possibly want, unless 16.8 million isn’t enough for you. Via Amazon.

Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 | AU$190.40 (usually AU$269)
It may not be the more recent K70, which scored well in our review, but this older model still does the trick: red mechanical key switches, a very compact design, and more RGB colours than you could poke a stick at across several lives. Via Amazon.

Cheap gaming mice in Australia

Razer Deathadder V2 | AU$79.50 (usually AU$139.95)
A great price on this well-rated gaming mouse, which boasts a best in-class 20,000 CPI sensor and optical click sensors. We scored it an admirable 88 back in 2020, so well worth investigation. Via Amazon.

Razer Naga Trinity | AU$104.30 (usually AU$169.95)
If you need a gaming mouse with a crapload of buttons, the Naga Trinity is probably already on your radar. There are up to 19 programmable buttons and interchangeable side panels, so you can choose whether to go button mad or not, depending on what you’re playing. Via Amazon.

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