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Get a free Bluetooth speaker just for sharing your experience

Yes, you heard right.

We believe there’s no limit to how we can improve and make better, cooler products year after year. With that said, when you have something to say about our products, we take it very seriously. And we’d like to show how much we appreciate your time by sending you a Wedge Bluetooth Speaker , free to your door*, when you purchase any power supply from our High Current Gamer series and write your review during the promo period of Dec 1- Dec 31, 2015. Pro-tip: there will be deals for this running all month, on Newegg. So if you’re planning on upgrading your system, building a whole new one, or just doing some overclocking when Fallout 4 comes out, pick up a PSU from the High Current Gamer series, and get a free Wedge when you write and post your review!

Here’s how:
  1. Write a review of the HCG power supply you’ve purchased during the promo period of Dec 1- Dec 31, 2015. Purchase can be made at ANY retailer- not just the ones we’ve listed.
  2. Post your review to websites such as Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s Newegg, and more (see the complete list below)
  3. Fill out this claim form
  4. Enjoy crisp, clear music and calls with your shiny, new (and free) WEDGE

Here are a few of our favorite sites where you can post your review, but you might have others, too:

Amazon NewEgg Tiger Direct Best Buy Fry’s
Walmart Target Groupon NCIX Canada Computers
Office Depot Staples MicroCenter B & H Photo BJ’s Wholesale Club
CDW Shop.com SuperBiiz.com Directron Provantage
Facebook Youtube eBay

*Free shipping within the continental US; allow 2-6 weeks to process shipment.

Terms and conditions

  • Promotion applies to purchases of Power Supply Units from the High Current Gamer series made between Dec 1 – Dec 31, 2015 .
  • Promotion is open to US residents only. Free shipping within the continental US only.
  • In order to be eligible, product review must be accompanied by proof of purchase.
  • Limit 1 per household.
  • We encourage honest feedback and reviews. Content of the product reviews will have no impact on the free gift.
  • Promotion is subject to change without any notice.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment below. Happy reviewing!

 

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Top 5 reasons to always have a power bank on hand

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If you own a smart phone, this harrowing experience may be all too familiar.  You’re hiking on top of a mountain, taking panoramic shots of the scenic sights, and as you reach the summit, your phone decides it’s time to play dead. Or you’re trying to drive with your phone’s GPS app, and your phone decides to leave you hanging. Chances are, you’ve probably been in a situation where your phone has died at the most inopportune time. Thankfully, with the rise of devices that can do almost anything under the sun , there are portable battery chargers that give you the freedom and power to re-juice while you’re out and about without the need for a wall outlet. Because, let’s face it, there are better things to do than camping out by a wall outlet. If you can’t keep your hands off your phone, a portable battery charger may be the right solution. Here are 5 reasons why you should always have a backup battery charger on hand.

 

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#5: When the moment calls for a selfie.

Ah, the selfie.  When you want to immortalize that special moment by sharing a selfie from wherever you are, a portable battery pack will keep fueling your urge to share your smiling mugshot to your heart’s content.

 

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#4: Emails and social media

For the social media gurus, those important Snapchats, tweets, or posts won’t be hampered by a dead battery.  If you are constantly on the go, portable battery packs let you charge as you go while you’re chronicling all the fun you had over the weekend. So don’t worry about you battery life, take as much pictures as you like, and update your Facebook page as often as you like.

 

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#3: Traveling – When we’re out on a trip, many of us considering our phones to be an absolutely essential traveling companion. Whether we use our devices to check travel itineraries, navigate new cities with our GPS apps, or to take pictures and video, phones have become the most important gadget for traveling.  Since all of these functions use up a lot of battery, having a back up battery charger will really come in handy and save the day.

 

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#2: Music – For many of us who have to get from point A to point B, no matter which mode of transportation we choose, music makes the commute a little more bearable and adds a spring to our step. And playing your favorite tunes while you work out can actually improve your performance. A portable battery charger will keep your motivational montage music going while you conquer those weights. Portable chargers are to parties what lighter fluid is to barbecues- both keep the fun going. A portable battery pack keeps your summer playlist jamming, so you can be the life of your next party.

 

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#1:  Playing that one game – We’ve all downloaded tons of games on our phones. But there’s always that one game you get hooked on. That one game that has you trying to beat your friend’s top score for hours on end. Whether you’re checking up on your virtual farm or checking if your empire is under attack, games eat up a lot of your battery. Nobody likes to be stuck near a wall outlet with a short cable charger limiting your movements.

 

Wrapping things up

There are many factors to consider when comparing the many portable charging options out on the market now, but guides out there can help you find the right one. Portable battery chargers come in myriad capacities and form factors that suit every individual’s needs and lifestyles. From those that slip easily into pockets and purses, boast an array of USB ports that crank power out at amazingly rapid amperage levels, to ones with multiple functions such as built-in LED flashlights and card holders, the range of options are simply endless.  Technical features aside, portable battery packs come in a wide variety of color options as well as levels of ruggedness to suit your lifestyle. Finding “the One” can boost almost every facet of your mobile life- your music player, GPS navigator, Bluetooth headset, and personal health wearable will never run out of juice when you’re on the move.

 

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Hackintosh

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I was given the task to build a system that would be on par with the MacPro for an upcoming event.

What is a Hackintosh?

Building ‘Hackintosh’ computers has become a lot easier and more popular in the recent years. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, a Hackintosh is essentially a machine running OS X on a non-Apple approved and manufactured hardware. This used to require extremely restricted hardware choices. Now you have a wide variety of options and the installation process is very simple. There are many reasons to build a Hackintosh instead of buying a Mac directly from Apple. One of the biggest reasons that drive users to building their own “Mac Pro” is the price and it’s no secret that Apple charges premium cost for its products. A few examples of advantages of a “Hackintosh” are that it’s easy to upgrade, different configurations, runs quieter and also a great learning experience. The Hackintosth community has grown exponentially over the years and I figured I’d give it a shot. I am building a set of system, one capable of performing on par with current high-end MacPro and capable of powering a 4k monitor. I want to be able to choose my own case and I want to keep everything absolutely silent, from the hard drives to fans, and everything else. Most of all, I want to do it on a budget of about $2,000, not including a 4k display. And the other build will lean towards for to a “value” system, if you’re in a tight budget.

Here’s a list of the parts I used for this build.

Parts list at Newegg / Amazon; just a little over the 2k mark

P280white Macpro

$109.99

P280

Mac Pro

$339.99

Intel i7 4770K 1150 3.5GHz Quad-Core

Intel Xeon E5 3.7GHz Quad-Core

$429.99

Gigabyte Z87X-UD7-TH Rev. 2.0

Proprietary Apple MB

$319.99

Viper 32GB DDR3 Quad Kit 2133Mhz

32GB DDR3, 1866Mhz

$139.99

ADATA SX900 256GB SSD

256BG Flash Storage

$329.99

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 WindForce

Dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors

$109.99

Antec Kuhler H2O 1250

CPU Air Cooler

$224.99

Antec HCP-850 Platinum

450 Watts PSU

$2004.92

$3,499

ISK Macpro

$64.99

ISK600

Mac Pro

$239.99

Intel i5 4670K 1150 3.4Ghz Quad-Core

Intel Xeon E5 3.7GHz Quad-Core

$118.99

Gigabyte H87N-WIFI

Proprietary Apple MB

$154.99

Viper 16GB DDR3 Dual Kit

12GB DDR3, 1866Mhz

$144.99

ADATA 256GB SSD

256BG Flash Storage

$259.99

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 WindForce

Dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors

$69.99

Antec Kuhler H2O 650

CPU Air Cooler

$89.99

EA-550 Platinum

450 Watts PSU

                   $1,143.92

$3,099

First thing you need to ask yourself is, how do you know what is and isn’t compatible? Well, the answer is simple….Google it!

Before you even start ordering your parts, I can’t stress enough to do your research first and get the correct parts; this will save you a lot of time in the long term. Once you have your hardware, you’re going to need to assemble it into a working computer. This is actually my favorite part, you get to choose from a wide selection of computer cases that you want your “MacPro” to be in. I chose our very own Antec P280 White Window. From the outside, the case is very elegant in terms of design, which is exactly what I wanted. And the very important feature for me is that it’s a silent case with excellent advanced cooling. After I chose the chassis, I decided to go with the HCP-850 Platinum, having this high end PSU might have put me over the budget I was hoping for or some might say this to be overkill, but the advantage of this is you can upgrade later without worrying about not having enough power. For a processor, I chose the quad-core Intel Core i7-4770K chip, clocked at 3.5GHz. This processor is one of the most highly supported and praised processors for a Hackintosh. Plus later on, with my Kuhler 1250 cooling my CPU, I can overclock it up to 4.2GHz or higher. For RAM, I went with 32GB Viper DDR3 by Patriot. And storage, I decided to go with ADATA SX900 256GB SSD. The SSD will be used for the operating system and apps, for a quick boot and quick performance. But later on I’ll add a standard hard drive for storage. With that kind of flexibility, upgrading with ease is one of the perks that come with building your own system. For a motherboard, I chose the Gigabyte Z87X-UD7TH Rev 2.0 (make sure your CPU matches the motherboard socket). Finally, for a GPU, I went with the Gigabyte GeForce GTX770 Windforce. This card received a lot of excellent reviews and is known to be compatible with Hackintoshes. I thought about going for something with more power, like the GTX Titan or the Radeon R9 290 but I didn’t want to go over my budget.

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Once I got all of the parts, it was time to put them together, a process that’s very familiar to me. I’ve built a fair share of systems and I must say that other than being fun, it’s also rewarding. I’m not going to go into full detail on putting the rig together, but I will say this: If this is your first time taking on this kind of challenge, Google and Youtube are your best friends, read up and watch some tutorial videos, it will help ALOT. Putting the components together is actually the only challenging thing about the entire process. It still wasn’t hard; it’ll just take a few quick reads and hands on work. After you double check everything, time to power up this baby and install OS X.

I won’t bore you guys with the step-by-step details, there are tons of guides online regarding this and it’s surprisingly easy.

Here’s a quick link to a really helpful guide I found on Youtube

To summarize, I have no problem with Apple products. In fact, if you have the money, by all means go for it and get yourself a MacPro. BUT I highly recommend the alternative purchase of a hackintosh. Not only will it save you a decent amount of money, but it’s also a good investment and a great learning experience. Here are the systems I built for Macworld / iWorld 2014.
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