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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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DIY!

DIY – Do it yourself! But…why?

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BUT WHY?!?

Building your own system is very rewarding and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Here’s a few of the many reasons to consider and can hopefully convince you to start building your own system.

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Getting Started

If you have no hardware experience, the idea of building a computer from the ground up seems daunting—but it’s one of the most satisfying projects a tech enthusiast can take on. It only makes sense that buying an already built retailer’s pc is more convenient for us all and saves us a lot of time. Like they say “Why build when you can just buy one?” that’s a great question. Some even say that building your own system can be a money saver, which is true in some degree, but that’s not the best reason to commit on a project like this. In my own personal experience, building my first rig was a fantastic hands-on educational experience, time consuming yes! but, very rewarding. It gave me a deep sense of satisfaction every single day when I press the power button, watch it light up, and know that I was responsible for this creation! Some of us spend hours per day on a computer and not even know how that little mysterious black box does all these amazing things for us. Putting together your own rig gives you a glimpse of the mystery inside the black box.With your own build you can customize your system just how you like it, you can make it your perfect media center or your ultimate gaming machine. Upgrading your PC in the future becomes easier and cheaper, because your parts aren’t required to be bought from a specific manufacturer. With a custom build you can do fun stuff like overclock your CPU and get “more bang for your buck” (as they say).

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Unnecessary Pre-Installed Softwares

No Pre-Installed unnecessary software  Norton Internet Security Trial, why? I’d venture a guess that the average number of useless pre-installed garbage programs that come on a machine measures at 10-15. These programs are generally useless and completely use up you valuable processing power, taking a clear toll on your system stability. These programs border on Adware and Malware programs (that many offer ANOTHER software to remove them for you if you dish out that additional $19.95). By building your own system, you start with a blank hard drive and whatever operating system and software you choose to install. That’s it.

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Submerged Rig

Build from the ground up Whether you’re in the market for aesthetics or pure performance, 99% of the time, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Like in the car industry, there are tons of aftermarket parts out there that you may have never heard of, cases with clear windows and LED lights can make even the nerdiest kid  seem cool (but only to his friends). You can even make the most outdated system seem like brand new and cool! Until they actually turn on your computer or look inside your rig. There are literally thousands of ways to personalize your machine to your visual tastes as well as completely tailored to your actual computing needs. Did heat kill your last machine? No worries, throw about five more fans on there and a heat sink the size of a soda can or install liquid cooling! (I suggest the Kuhler 1250!) or if you live inside a volcano, why not just submerge your system in water?!

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Done!

You’re so pro! While the task may seem daunting at first, it’s actually quite straightforward to put together a computer. All you need is a small screwdriver, some plastic wire ties, and a pair of wire cutters and you can put one together. Anyone who can read can follow the motherboard hook ups, each specific cable are specifically matched to only go into one slot, if it doesn’t click its best not to force anything in! It took me about 4 hours to build my first system, now I could do one in less than an hour. There will be some trial and error, but other than that it’s a simple game of patience. It take a couple of practice builds, as time goes on, you’ll be able to build a rig just like the image above!

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Word Of Advice

But beware….know what you’re getting into! Don’t get me wrong, building your own system can be fun, self fulfilling, a great experience, etc…. all that good stuff, but you will come across some problems, some WTF moments (more than you can count), and it will be very frustrating. And on top of that, it takes a good amount of time researching, will test your patience and willingness to deal with unseen problems that will take some time to troubleshoot. If you’ve never taken a shot at opening a PC’s case and installed parts, like a higher end GPU or a simple hard drive, I recommend starting there first. If you managed to swap/add out those components and your computer didn’t explode, good job! But then you might think that building a new rig is just a matter of snapping together a few parts. It is, but building from the ground up takes much more than an hour or two. My build took three and a half days, a newegg order, a returned board, two trips to Fry’s, one sales associate who gave me the “what the hell is this guy talking about look” when I asked a question, and a trip to Best Buy. If that sounds like a lot, well, it was and there were moments in the process when I wished I’d just bought an already built HP desktop. But when it finally all came together, all that sweat and blood (you get cuts here and there!) makes the results even sweeter. So go out and start building your own custom machines today!

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Under powered PSU Myth

An Underpowered PSU Myth and Fact

Constantly cruising the blogosphere and internet forums can expose you to a lot of information. It seems that everyone is an expert, so who do you trust?
One discussion that seems to keep popping up again and again is poor PC gaming performance and how to improve it. Surprisingly we saw more than a few
threads that looked like this:

Q: “HELP! My BF4 keeps artifacting!”

With the response: “Check your PSU”

Or

Q: I am getting horrible frame rates!

A: What kind of PSU do you have?

While it certainly is great to get free advice, this advice probably does more harm than good, here’s why: Good or bad, your PSU does not affect your PC’s
performance.

That’s right; a malfunctioning PSU will not affect your frame rate just as replacing an old PSU will not speed up your PC.

This requires a bit of a technical explanation. As you know a computer PSU converts the AC (alternating current) that comes from the wall socket into DC (direct current) that your computer components want (that is why laptop power cables have that large brick, it’s a converter). So as the names suggest, AC power is like a wave, it rises and falls, where DC power is more continuous, like a line.

To provide an illustration, many people see PSU and performance to be a proportional relationship much like that of a flashlight. New batteries mean a strong beam and a flickering or dim beam means low power. But that’s not the case with your computer’s PSU. When it comes to PSU, either your PSU can power your gaming PC’s components. Or it can’t.

But how do you know when your PSU is bad, under strength or malfunctioning?

Easy, in most cases your entire system will just shut down.

Allow me to explain. A quality PSU will include integrated safety features such as over and under current protection. These features are designed to detect a power deficiency and shut down your gaming PC before it begins to damage components. So if your power level drops below the necessary levels, even for a second, these safety features kick in and shut down your PC preventing damage. This can mean the blue screen of death, a black-screen or just a full system crash.

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Blue screen of death

While it might be annoying, this ‘fail safe’ is meant to protect your PC, its components and you.

So what if these safety and fail-safe measures malfunction or don’t exist?

Then you have a real problem. Sometimes the PSU is still able to provide its 12 volts, but not stability (see Continuous Power). This type of  an underperforming PSU can ‘blow caps’ where the soldering melts off the PCBs. Even worse is a full PSU failure. This is bad; without safety features like Circuit Shield, a PSU failure can mean a problem of the smoky, flamey variety. No exaggeration, to be clear, we are talking about exploding PCs. So, therefore, a PSU’s safety features are just as vital as its wattage.

So when choosing a PSU or trying to improve performance, you have a lot to consider. You certainly want to make sure that you have enough power to push
all your hardware and deciding what is ‘enough’ a full discussion better left for next time. But the main point is, if you PC isn’t performing, I feel bad
for you son, you might have 99 problems, but your PSU aint one.

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