MSI is Now Offering Cashback on Selected Motherboards

Consumers have a staggering array of options when considering a new motherboard and it can be quite tricky to narrow down the choices. MSI produces a stunning range which targets various price points and user demands. Whether you’re looking for a flagship X99 server-grade product, or affordable H170 gaming motherboard, there’s something to suit everyone’s budget. The company has recently launched a promotion which allows you to receive cashback on the following motherboards:

X99A GODLIKE GAMING – £40.00
X99A GAMING 9 ACK – £40.00
X99A GAMING 7 – £30.00
C236A WORKSTATION – £30.00
Z170A GAMING M9 ACK – £30.00
Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION – £30.00
B150A GAMING PRO – £22.00
H170A GAMING PRO – £22.00
C236M WORKSTATION – £22.00
Z170A GAMING M7 – £22.00
Z170A GAMING M5 – £22.00
Z170A-G45 GAMING – £22.00
Z170A GAMING PRO – £22.00
Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON – £22.00
Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X – £22.00
Z170I GAMING PRO AC – £22.00
Z170A TOMAHAWK AC – £15.00
Z170A TOMAHAWK – £15.00
Z170A SLI PLUS – £15.00
Z170M MORTAR – £15.00
H170M-A PRO – £15.00
H170I PRO AC – £15.00
B150M NIGHT ELF – £15.00
B150M MORTAR – £15.00
B150I GAMING PRO AC – £15.00
B150I GAMING PRO – £15.00

Please note the cashback offer is only available residents of the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Spain and Turkey. Furthermore, you need to have a valid proof of purchase from participating retailers. If you’re eligible, the claim process is really simple and shouldn’t take too long to complete. The promotion ends on the 18th April 2016, and all claims must be filled 30 days after the purchase date. Although, you can’t leave it longer than 60 days to complete.

To register your product and instigate a claim please visit this page. Cashback offers are always a great incentive and reduces the price of a product you’re considering by a decent amount. Perhaps, this is enough of a saving and an encouragement to upgrade to a higher-end model. Please remember the promotion is for a limited time so it’s important to register your claim as soon as possible. Personally, I feel the Z170A Pro Carbon is a bargain even without the cashback offer.

Humble Store Features Deals On Activision Games

Humble Bundle are known for their bundles, but more recently they’ve started up several other offerings. If you feel like comics or books, the humble book bundles currently offering sci-fi and thriller stories from upcoming authors or you can immerse yourself in the world of elves and dwarves with the Lord Of the Rings audiobook bundle including the original hobbit story for only $15. One of the less used sources for games the Humble store gives both charity and companies are cut of the sales, and currently you can get a selection of Activision games at large discounts.

Feel like playing the merc with a mouth? Get the Deadpool game for 50% off at £14.99 or restore balance in The Legend of Korra for only £2.99 (75% off). Want something a little darker? Enjoy playing the dark side of life as a vampire in Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines for only £3.74.

Of course, any Activision  collection wouldn’t be complete without their contribution to the Call of Duty series, all of which currently feature 50% off their standard price. This collection also includes the Call of Duty Complete Zombie Experience which has every game and DLC involving Call of Duty zombies for only £67.48.

With series like the Amazing Spiderman games and Transformer War For Cybertron series also discounted your wallet may give way under the weight of the deals you are sure to find on the Humble Store this weekend.

Steam Offers Great Deals On Borderlands And Dead Rising Series

Normally it gets to a weekend you have to find which games you need to complete to “tick” them off your list of purchased but not played games? I’m sorry to do this but I might be adding to that list as Steam is offering great deals on both the borderlands and dead rising series of games.

When I say great deals I am talking about up to 80% off Borderlands games and 70% off all Dead Rising games and DLC’s.

Are you a fan of the Borderlands games? Only managed to play one so far? With the originally only costing £2.49 and the sequel setting you back £4.99, you really have no excuse to not enjoy the games. Feel like you need more? Then get the Game of the year editions containing all their explosive DLC’s and then you can grab the pre-sequel. If you own both 1 and 2 and was waiting for a good time to get the pre-sequel, then wait no longer as you can get the triple pack (all three games) with the price discounted based on how many you already own (it cost me £3.49 to get the pre-sequel as I own both 1 and 2).

Feel like a little more mayhem then why not try out the dead rising pack? Featuring both Dead Rising 2 (and its many DLC’s) and Dead Rising 3 (Apocalypse Edition), you can now enjoy that Friday night zombie feeling with a friend. Costing you only £4,49 for Dead Rising 2 and £11.99 for Dead Rising 3, you can grab both and all the DLC available for Dead Rising 2 for just £20.99.

Treat yourself and enjoy the weekend.

Steam Bundles will be Discounted If you Own a Game In the Bundle

It’s that time again, Sales time! We all know the most important sales for an owner of a PC is when the Steam sale comes around. You load up the page, and suddenly the money just seems to fade away from you as game after game comes along. You notice a bundle, your favourite game series has released a bundle with DLC’s and add-ons galore, but its still going to cost you a pretty large amount even though you own the main bulk of the bundle. This is all set to change though with Steam bundles losing price if you own something in the bundle.

The scale of the discount you’ll receive will changed based on several things including the price of what you own and how many of the items in the bundle you own, this means that you will only be paying the difference between your collection and the bundle. This doesn’t mean that all bundles will work like this, with older bundles (titled Must Purchase Together by Valve) will still exist for things like deluxe editions of games and those with soundtracks included in specific purchases.

Currently the system is only in place for a few bundles, and with an unclear future of when it could be rolled out to every bundle in their library, we just hope it’s done before the next Steam sale.

Nvidia Reveals Tom Clancy’s The Division GTX Bundles

Tom Clancy’s The Division is almost here and to celebrate this, Nvidia has revealed their latest GTX gaming bundle that will add even greater value to their graphics card range. Those who are planning to purchase an Nvidia Geforce graphics card will soon find a bundled code for upcoming tactical FPS, Tom Clancy’s The Division. This is great news for gamers, as the early beta testing of the game has been mostly positive, showing great potential and a good return to form for the franchise.

Of course, it the best news for those upgrading their graphics hardware, as you’re most likely upgrading to play the latest games, but with this bundle you won’t have the extra burden on your budget to purchase the game as well as the graphics card. The bundle is only available for a limited time, however, so it would be good to grab one while stocks last. How long the promotion will last is currently unknown, but I’m sure there will be plenty available.

Nvidia is still set to release more details on the bundle but for the most part, its pretty straight forward. Buy one of the valid cards from any retailer participating in the promotion and you’re good to go. The current deal covers the GeForce GTX 970 or above, but will also cover notebooks, so long as they feature a GeForce GTx 970M or above.

With Tom Clancy’s The Division currently preparing to go into free open beta on February 18th, you’ve got time to prepare to play it. While the game is available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with this promotion in place, it’s clear that PC is going to be the ultimate place to play it.

Are you looking forward to playing Tom Clancy’s The Division and will you be snapping up this offer to play it on a new Nvidia graphics card? Let us know in the comments section below.

Consortium is Now Free on Steam For a Limited Time!

Valve often works with developers to offer free weekends on a variety of games and give users an insight into obscure experiences they might have easily overlooked. Sometimes, the studio will even allow you to retain the game after the promotion has ended. Consortium is the latest title to provide this service and can be added to your Steam library if you click the install button before the end of today. Consortium takes place onboard a futuristic aircraft and features an absolutely stunning soundtrack. During the plot, you take on the role of Consortium Bishop Six, a global peacekeeper in the year 2042, and have the freedom to change how events unfold.

The game has an overwhelmingly positive reception and excellent reviews from a wide selection of press outlets. Additionally, it adopts a really unique art style and has a captivating story. This means it’s certainly worth a look especially when there’s zero cost involved. Consortium is also seeking funds to develop a sequel which you might want to back after playing the original. Here is a rundown in the developer’s own words about the game’s unique premise:

  • The first of a planned trilogy, Consortium contains a fully resolvable arc entirely aboard Zenlil, but links to further games by a much larger story and its countless mysteries. Each subsequent title will act in this way, with both an internal story and a serialization that continues to build the alternate universe.

  • Immerse yourself in an interactive story taking place entirely aboard the C-3800-D “ZENLIL” Consortium Command vessel on December 21st, 2042…

  • Built with a modified version of the SOURCE engine, explore ZENLIL, a living and highly interactive environment with complete freedom and agency. Includes turbulence and non-scripted decompression events!

  • Engage with a cast of over 20 people in innovative and life like conversation. Over 4,000 lines of fully voiced dialogue, each choice changes how they think about you. Or choose not to engage with them at all and never speak a word!

  • Experience an all original orchestral score by award winning composer Jeremy Soule

  • Act as detective investigating an on-board murder, while simultaneously playing peacemaker to a large band of mercenaries who seem to want YOU dead. Or play diplomacy with a smoking barrel, and let the tragedies continue to mount.

  • Dive into a world with well over 150,000 words of back-story and lore, where everything you read, see, speak, or hear relates to the story and characters, and everything is there for a reason.

  • A highly original energy based inventory system with original sci-fi weapons, gadgets and armor.

  • The story unfolds based largely on your actions. You may use diplomacy and talk your way through the entire game – never shooting anyone! OR, decide to use deadly or non-lethal force.

  • Forge lasting relationships with the crew of ZENLIL, and alter the course of the story through your actions. Your choices will change your play experience, and subsequent playthroughs offer the chance to make different decisions and see all new outcomes.

  • Regardless of what you choose to do or not, the experience always moves forward, adapting seamlessly to YOU.

Overclockers UK Launches Incredible Value “8Pack Approved” Bundle

Ian “8Pack” Parry is one of the most respected overclockers in the world and renowned for setting various world records! Not only that, he employs his many years of experience and specialized expertise to help retailer, Overclockers UK produce extreme grade bundles as well as pre-configured dream systems. After focusing on the elite tier market, 8Pack has decided to cater towards the mainstream customer while only recommending hardware he would feel comfortable using.

The 8Pack Approved Gaming bundle includes an Intel Core i5-6400, 8GB (2x4GB) HyperX Fury 2666MHz DDR4 memory (upgradable to 16GB), ASUS Z170-E motherboard, Alpenföhn Brocken 2 CPU Cooler and 1g Thermal Grizzly which allows for multiple applications. This basic package retails for £329.95 and includes free next day shipping via DPD. By default, the CPU is capable of reaching 4.4GHz despite having a locked multiplier. This is because you can attain substantial speed increases using BCLK adjustments. If this seems like a daunting experience, then there’s nothing to worry about as 8Pack has outlined the recommended settings to easily reach the 4.4GHz figure. Furthermore, if you encounter any problems, he’s usually on hand to help out!

While the bundled air cooler is perfectly acceptable, some users might prefer a more visually pleasing alternative. For an extra £40.94, you can acquire the OcUK TechLabs 120mm All-In-One Watercooler which comes with a Silverstone FQ121 fan in black. This is one of the best water cooling fans on the market and maintains quiet operation. Overall, this is a fantastic bundle for users on a budget and incorporates possibly the best technical support available to consumers.

It’s also great to see a number of options in terms of memory capacity and cooler preference. Since the revelations about Skylake’s CPU strap, there’s no real reason to opt for an unlocked multiplier unless you want to simplify the overclocking process. However, in this case, the hard work has already been done by 8Pack with the hardware testing and recommended profiles.

Another Fantastic Humble Bundle – Just in Time for Christmas

At this time of year, we often see sales appear, from GOG’s store opening sales and deals to the infamous Steam Winter Sale. Amongst these sales, we must remember to keep your eyes peeled for other great deals, the ones that may not be holiday deals, but don’t mean they can’t brighten up those dark mornings. One of the regular deals, Humble Bundle, is back with yet another great selection.

The Humble Square Enix Bundle features a range of games going from $1 to $13. At $1 you get Life is Strange episode 1 and the last Remnant. As if altering time in order to twist a story as you wish it to unfold and saving the world from creatures unknown but all-powerful isn’t enough, why not solve murders in Murdered: Soul Suspect. Still not interested? How about Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3!

Still not interested? Why not get Just Cause 1 and 2, 30 days of Final Fantasy XIV and Front Mission Evolved among the “pay more than the average” price bracket. With games like Tomb Raider GOTY edition and Hitman Absolution Elite Edition in the $13 bracket with even more games unlocking on Tuesday.

Check the bundle out here

Vibox is Offering an Amazing “Level up” Deal!

Are you in the market of a new pre-built gaming computer? With the current Black Friday deals, it would be hard to ignore how good some are and system builders Vibox have jumped on the band-wagon with an incredible deal.

Buy one of the appropriate computers from them and checkout with the code “LEVELUP” to upgrade your graphics card to the next model up in the range. So buy a GTX 970 will be bumped to a GTX 980 or R9 380 will be bumped to the R9 390. This excludes the AMD R9 Fury range and the NVIDIA Titan X.

This is an incredible offer meaning you could potentially save yourself hundreds. An example of an incredible saving would be to buy the WARPATH gaming computer, which currently comes in at £1659.59 with a GTX 980 graphics card. This would be bumped up to a GTX 980Ti for free.

If you are on a bit of a budget, the Element PRO at £629.94 would be a logical choice. Currently equipped with an R7 370, this deal allows you to upgrade to a much better R9 380 graphics card.

If I was in the market for a new computer, I know where I would be looking this holiday season. Be quick, limited to just 100 codes!

Amazon Slashes Price on Intel Core i7-5930K Processor!

Intel’s mainstream chipset only supports a maximum of 4 cores and 8 threads and isn’t an ideal choice for heavy multi-threaded workloads. Even on the latest Z170 platform, Intel doesn’t seem to be overly concerned with supporting 6 or 8 core CPUs and there has only been some subtle improvements in the last few years. Sadly, the X99 platform was an extremely expensive proposition given the prices of DDR4 memory, workstation grade motherboards and high-threaded CPUs. The cheapest 5830K still retails for around the £330 and used to be £80-£90 more than a 4770K or 4790K.

Thankfully, DDR4 prices have come down dramatically due to its inclusion on the Z170 platform. Additionally, the i7-6700K is priced ridiculously high and can cost around £350. As a result, X99 can actually be around the same price as a Z170 setup. Today, Amazon unveiled an amazing discount on the 5930K 6-core processor, which is currently cheaper than a 4-core 6700K. This is an absolutely stunning CPU and now available at the time of writing for £347.11. While this is a considerable purchase, it’s a significant step up from the major Skylake CPUs and useful is you do video editing. Even with streaming, the extra cores can come in handy.

How much do you usually spend on a CPU?

AMD Cutting Graphics Card Prices – Including Fury X, Fury and Nano!

AMD are in a really strong position right now, with a new series of graphics cards that may not have toppled all of the Nvidia flagships, at least not in every test, but it’s certainly put them back on the map in terms of high-end gaming. Their 3xx series of cards are knocking Nvidia down the charts, with better performance and lower prices than their competitor across a wide range of performance brackets, the new Crimson drivers and now it seems the battle is about to heat up even more, as AMD cards are seeing a range of price cuts.

Everything from the 300 series of cards, as well as the new Fury series which feature HBM memory are currently sporting some exciting deals at major retailers. Of course, it won’t be long before Nvidia play a similar price-cut game, but for now, AMD are tempting peoples wallets a little more.

R9 Fury X was originally $649, but that’s down to $589 and even down to $569 after a rebate! The R9 Nano, dropping from $649, down to $569, $549 after rebate. The R9 Fury, $549 down to a very tasty $499.

What about the 300 series? The R9 390X and 390 are down from $429 and $329 to $359 and $259 after a rebate. That’s exceptional value for money giving the performance of these cards! The R9 380 2GB and the 4GB model are down to a wallet friendly $169 and $179, or even lower with rebate at $139 and $159.

Most major retailers are already honouring these new prices, although Newegg and Amazon are currently the best deals I’ve seen, but it’s certainly worth shopping around and who knows, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, maybe we’ll see even lower prices.

The Humble Codemasters Bundle is Awesome!

Humble Bundle often discounts a number of enticing games and allows you to choose what percentage of the money goes to charity. Recently, the company expanded the amount of charities you can donate to which helps funds a cause close to your heart. The latest bundle incorporates a huge amount of Codemasters games at rock bottom prices. The $1 or more tier includes Grid 2 + Drift Pack, DIRT Showdown, Overlord, Operation Flashpoint Complete, Hospital Tycoon and Colin McRae Rally. Sadly, GRID 2 is a poor sequel and doesn’t live up to its iconic predecessor. Additionally, DIRT Showdown tries to emulate Flatout and just ends up being very annoying, and rather lackluster.

On another note, Colin McRae Rally is a mobile port and doesn’t really honor the original series. However, the Operating Flashpoint games are surprisingly good and very difficult. If you beat the average, it also comes with GRID Autosport, Overlord II, Overlord Raising Hell, GRID 2 Spa-Francorchamps Track Pack and more! GRID Autosport is miles better than GRID 2 in terms of physics and career mode but it’s still not as good as the original title.

Finally, if you pay more than $15, the pack includes GRID Autoport Season Pass, Dirt 3 Complete Edition and GRID 2 DLC pack. This is certainly worth the extra for DIRT 3 Complete given the huge selection of vehicles, tracks and superb handling model. The game was originally criticized for its horrible DLC model, but at least all of the extra content is included and you no longer have to deal with Games For Windows Live!

2K Games Developer Sale at Humble Store

The Humble Bundle is a well-known thing to PC gamers. The concept is that a selection of games will become available for as little as $1, with additional games being unlocked when you pay a little more. With you able to define how much you give to Humble Bundle’s creators, the game owners and from a selection of charities, you are able to decide just where your money goes. More recently they began the humble weekly bundle, a smaller time offer (at the moment the weekly bundle is titled “Japan Edition All-Stars”) and then the Humble store, offering games with a confirmed percentage going to charity. If you’re a fan of 2K’s games then it may be worth checking the site out as they are currently having a sale which will intrigue even the most reserved gamers.

Xcom Enemy Unknown for £6.24 (75% off), Bioshock Infinite for £4.99 (75% off), Civilization 5 £4.99 (75% off) and the expansions are both £4.99 each (Brave New World and Gods and Kinds).

Get the latest Sid Meier’s Civilization, Beyond Earth, for 50% at only £14.99, or if you feel like a great shooter with an interesting story and characters then why not grab some of the Borderlands series. The original Borderlands (GOTY edition with all the DLC’s) is only £4.99 (75% off) while Borderlands 2 (GOTY edition) is £8.74  (75% off). The latest in the borderlands series, Borderlands the pre-sequel, is also included at £11.99 (60% off).

See a few games you like? Spend over £10 and add Darkness II to your cart to receive it for free. Good games, good deals, and great causes, what isn’t there to like about that!?

Check out the deals here.

Humble Weekly Bundle ‘Japan All Stars Edition’ is Super Cheap!

The huge discounts during Steam sales and various bundles makes PC gaming an affordable proposition once you’ve paid for the hardware. Certainly, the most famous bundle company is Humble which offers a host of great games at discounted prices every week. The latest Humble Weekly Bundle entitled, “Japan Edition All Stars” includes Vanguard Princess Plus Hilda Rize, Lith, Kurmi DLC packs, Unholy Heights and One Way Heroics for $1 or more!

Although, I would strongly recommend purchasing the enhanced pack for Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae alone! This bundle also comes with REVOLVER 360 RE:ACTOR, Astebreed and the games previously mentioned. At the time of writing, you only need to pay a mere $3.28 to acquire this excellent selection of games.

All of the included games are redeemable on Steam and if there are any duplicates it’s easy to gift them to a friend. I’ve always been fond of bundles involving niche indie games which can often be overlooked due to the ginormous quantity of games on the Steam store. This is certainly one of the more interesting bundles in recent memory and well worth a look!

Do you still buy indie games on Steam, or simply wait for a bundle to get them at the cheapest possible price?

UK Customers Can Now Get 20% Off Any eBay Item From 4PM Today

As Christmas season approaches, it’s vital to find the best deals on technology, video games and other essential presents before the chaotic rush begins. Shopping online around the holiday period is usually stress-free and allows you to purchase items at a significant discount. For one day only, eBay is launching a promotion for UK buyers and offering 20% off any item over £20. However, on more expensive items, the highest discount offered is £50. This is still an excellent promotion though as eBay has a wide range of products from leading companies.

To access the promotional code, all you have to do is ‘Like’ eBay’s Facebook page, then apply the discount during checkout. Please note, purchases apply to any item via bidding or Buy-It-Now listings and you have to pay using PayPal. If you’re not overly fond of Facebook, then the code should be displayed on this thread. In terms of technology, the discount allows you to purchase CPU coolers, RAM and GPUs at a price which could be below the retailer cost value. Remember that eBay is taking the loss on 20% and not the retailer. In theory, the deal means it’s relatively easy to pick up an Xbox One around the £200 mark, or high-end items like the Swiftech H220-X for approximately £130.

Whatever your specific needs are, this promotion could be the best chance to pick up technology at rock-bottom prices. As always, check the user’s feedback and I would recommend you purchase items from leading sellers like Scan, ShopTo and others!

Steam Launched Short Time Stealth Game Sale With up to 90% Discounts

Steam has launched a new short time sale and it is a stealthy one, but it is one where you might be able to get a great deal on one of those games that you’ve been holding back getting. We’ve recently shown you where to get great deals outside of Steam, but we shouldn’t forget about the platform itself.

The sale is the first Stealth Game sale that Steam is hosting and it will continue from today thru Friday with great deals on over 60 titles that include savings of up to 90%. You’ll find games such as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry where you can dive into large open-world maps and live out an adventure for a while, but there are also Tom Clancy Games, Styx, Crysis and many more.

Mini ninjas, Thief, and Aliens vs. Predator are also great games that definitely are worth checking out while Steam Workshop fans might find Gunpoint entertaining.

If you spotted something you want, then you should right on over to the Steam Stealth Sale page that can be found at store.steampowered.com/sale/stealth_sale There is plenty to choose from, but not unlimited time to do so. Have you spotted anything that you’re missing or are you saving your pennies for something else? Let us know in the comments.

Where to Find the Best PC Gaming Deals!

Tired of paying full retail price for your games or waiting for the Steam Sale to roll around, only to find that most of the games that are on offer were the same games as the last sale? Well then, we’ve got a great guide to PC games deals for you, which could save you a small fortune and help you enjoy the latest games much sooner and for much less. Of course, there’s Steam, Origin and uPlay to pick from, but surely there are even more alternatives?


CD Keys

CD Keys are one of the most popular key reselling websites around and one of my own personal favourites having picked up a few great deals there over the last few months alone. Even better, the site lists more than just PC games and often has a 5% discount code available for liking their Facebook Page. Their stock updates quite a lot, so if your game isn’t on there, check back every day or so to see if it has become available. They even provide codes from various platforms such as Steam, Battle.net, GOG and uPlay, to name a few.

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Humble Bundle

If you haven’t heard of this one, you’ve had your head under a rock for quite some time. Humble Bundle offers up some great gaming bundles, some lasting days, weeks and some that as just a few hours via their Humble Bundles pages, as well as the ever-growing Humble Store. Most of the keys are steam, but often you’ll also find mobile and other platform keys too. The bundles are mostly pay what you want, allowing for some seriously cheap deals, while their store relies on fixed prices, with regular discounts on popular titles.

Humble Bundle / Humble Store


Bundle Stars

That’s right, another bundle store, one that has been quickly growing on my radar and offering up better and better games at increasingly tempting prices. Humble Bundle may get a lot of the fame, but this one is certainly worth keeping on your bookmarks, as it offers some very wallet friendly gaming deals.

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GOG (Good Old Games)

Don’t be fooled by the name, Good Old Games may offer a huge range of classic PC gaming titles, re-tweaked to ensure they run on modern operating systems, but they’re no stranger to new games either, such as The Witcher 3 which is proud to call GOG its home. The prices aren’t always the best on new games, but the older titles are an absolute steal and worth digging through. The best feature of GOG, however, is that all the games they sell there are DRM free, something that’s not to be sniffed at in today’s often heavily DRM-focused market.

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Gamersgate

Gamesgate has years of history behind them, offering a wide range of gaming deals. It’s rarely the best-priced store, but when you’re shopping around, it’s always worth checking all the big deal sites as this one may be the winner for you. there’s plenty of regular discounts, as well as a range of games new and old that you may not find on other sites.

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Green Man Gaming

This is easily one of the most popular key reselling websites, with a solid reputation behind their name that’s made them one of the best-known game sites around. The thing that makes them the most attractive, is their regular deals, massive discounts and sales, often seeing titles reduced by as much as 95%. They also tend to do great deals around the time of Steam Sales, helping taking some of the wind out of Valve in those busy game buying periods.

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What’s your favourite gaming deals website? Let us know in the comments section below!

Huawei Honor 7 Smartphone Now Only £209.99 For a Limited Time

The Huawei Honor 7 is an astonishingly powerful mid-range handset and legitimate alternative to the highly-acclaimed One Plus 2. This particular device features a 1920×1080 5.2-inch IPS screen with a pixel density of 424 ppi, Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB ROM and HiSilicon Kirin 935 GPU. Unlike the One Plus 2, the Honor 7 contains NFC functionality, a microSD slot allowing up to 128GB of storage and a 20MP 5152×3888 rear camera.

Additionally, the camera’s phase detection autofocus and dual-tone flash works to improve image clarity in low-light conditions. The front camera is relatively impressive for the price-point and adopts an 8MP sensor. This is more than enough to capture high-quality selfie shots or sudden action photographs. In terms of video capabilities, the handset can record up to 1080p at 30fps using HDR. According to the press release, the Non-removable Li-Po 3100 mAh battery provides up to 48 hours of battery life. However, I highly doubt normal usage involving social media communication, video watching and other tasks makes the battery last more than 12 hours.

Perhaps the most glaring concern surrounding the Honor 7 is its software package. By default, the OS is a heavily modified version of Android 5.0 and not 5.1. Furthermore, Hauwei’s previous devices like the Honor 6 haven’t been updated and still running Android 4.4.2.

On a more positive note, the mobile has a fingerprint reader on the back where you usually rest your index finger. This means you can unlock the device extremely quickly as the sensor detects your fingerprint in under a second. Also, the build quality on the Honor 7 feels surprisingly premium for such an affordable mobile and uses a metallic body.

At £249.99, the Honor 7 is very good value-for-money but in a similar price range to the One Plus 2. Although, getting hold of a One Plus 2 is an impressive feat due to a long waiting list. To tempt users into purchasing the Honor 7, there is a promotional discount available between the 27th-31st which brings down the price to £209.99. When using the checkout, enter the code, “H7BRAVE40UK” to apply the discount. While the device has some flaws, there are very few alternatives which offer the specification, 24-month warranty and build quality near £200.

In the coming days, we are hoping to receive a sample to conduct a detailed review.

Overclockers UK Offer a X99 System for Less than a Top-End Skylake i7 Setup

Intel launched their Skylake platform yesterday and we had you covered with both the two new processor reviews as well as a bunch of new Z170 motherboards. But not everyone is convinced that it might be the best way to go, as we still have the option to go down the X99 based route. Overclockers UK agree with this and for a limited time they are offering an X99 based system with a six-core Intel i7-5820K CPU for £50 less than an equivalent top-of-the-line i7-6700K  Skylake system costs.

And there are quite a few benefits on the X99 based system with an i7-5820K processor. The processor is a little slower with 4.2GHz versus 4.4GHz, but that doesn’t really make a lot of difference. What does make a difference is the X99’s ability to support quad-channel memory and it has more PCI-Express lanes. The Skylake CPU still only has 16 lanes and that’s just not enough for a proper tricked-out high-end system. Skylake does have the ability to clock higher, but the X99 still performs better in most areas and when you are rendering physics, using Photoshop, or similar creative work, then “X99 smashes Skylake out of the water”.

The two systems in question from Overclockers UK are the Titan Riptide X99 based Gaming PC for £1140.97 and the Titan Bayonet Skylake Gaming PC for £1192.99 when specced with equivalent parts including 16GB 2400MHz memory, 2TB 7200RPM Hard Drive and a Nvidia GTX 970 graphics card.

Has VIA Sold a Portion of its Company Assets to Intel?

VIA Technologies has announced part of the company will be sold under a new branch entitled, VIA Telecom. The deal is estimated to be worth $100 million and has already been completed with an undisclosed buyer. VIA used to be the world”s largest manufacturer of motherboard chipsets and produces other components including CPUs and Memory. Intel are the most likely source of the investment with enough capital to expand their stronghold in the PC and mobile sector.

According to VIA’s official statement, the takeover should be completed by the fourth quarter of this year barring any last minute disagreements. We reached out to both Intel and VIA but neither commented to deny or confirm the alleged agreement.

Hopefully, more substantial evidence will emerge in the coming weeks but I highly doubt any other major technology firm are interested in VIA. As with any unconfirmed reports, it’s important to remain cautious but I’m fairly confident that Intel are the purchasing party. Does this mean Intel’s dominance is becoming a complete monopoly? Only time will tell, and the lack of real competition is hindering any kind of price wars or significant increases in compute performance.

I do wonder what the future holds for VIA and if they are considering selling off even more assets so Intel can use their financial resources to develop upcoming technologies.

Nokia Finally Found Someone to Buy Their HERE Maps!

It has been a long search for the best buyer, but it seems that Nokia finally found somebody to buy and further develop their HERE Maps technology. As reported previously, it was thought that Microsoft will buy the HERE Maps technology, seeing that it wanted its mobile phone business. However, the recent change in the company led to believe that Microsoft may move away form the smartphone market.

Uber was interested in Nokia’s technology too, offering an outstanding $3 billion for it. But it looks like Nokia did not agree with what Uber had in mind for their technology, so they declined the deal after all. However, recently, there have been some rumours that some German vehicle maunufacturers were interested in the technology too.

Nokia declined to make any comments on the matter, but a new report surfaced and we finally know that the company is close to signing the deal with Audi, BMW and Daimler for $2.71 billion. This is less than what Uber offered, but Nokia did state that it would sell the HERE technology to someone who really has the means of improving it, didn’t they? Besides, the deal seems to be the best offer Nokia is going to get.

Besides, the German manufacturers want to use the high-definition real-time digital maps to help develop self-driving cars and automotive safety systems. On top of that, they also want other vehicle manufacturers to pitch in and help them with their plans. So as far as the details show, Nokia really hit their target on selling the technology for a lot of money and to a company, well companies, who have the means on improving it, don’t you think?

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Get Borderlands Games in New Humble Bundle Deal

Humble Bundle has had some awesome deals over the time and with the Steam Summer Sale behind us, people might be looking for other places to pick up a great deal. The newest Humble Bundle is the Borderlands bundle and it looks awesome.

Pay what you want and get Borderlands with three DLCs, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot, and the Secret Armory of General Knoxx. Paying more than the average will unlock Borderlands two with three add-ons and a coupon. The three DLCs are the Psycho Pack, Mechromance Pack and Creature Slaugherdome and the Coupon in the deal will give 75% discount in the Humble Store for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

As always, there is the possibility that more items get unlocked as people donate money to a good cause and for those who paid more than the average amount. Speaking of good causes, this time the proceeds will go to the National Videogame Museum.

There is also a third tier of rewards, and that is for those who pay $15 or more. The will also get Borderlands 2: Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, the Headhunter 5: Son of Crawmerax add-on, and the Borderlands 2 season pass add-on. In this tier is another coupon for 25% off Merch in the 2K Store.

If you don’t have these games yet, then now might be the perfect time to get them all.

Qualcomm Looks to Acquire AMD

We all know that AMD is struggling in the current market place, NVIDIA keeps crushing every graphics card they release and Intel are so efficient with releasing more powerful processors that AMD are just running in circles. Intel release on a Tick Tock schedule, while AMD seem to produce on a Tick….tick….tick broken clock schedule. They used to be the top company in both fields; however things have changed, badly.

Another of AMDs sub-divisions is the server sector, probably not what AMD is most well known for, but they are there and a formidable force. Well it seems that Qualcomm wants a slice of the action and are poised to go into talks to buy out the struggling technology giant.

It’s currently unknown whether Qualcomm is looking to purchase just the server side to help itself or if it is looking to purchase the whole company. If Qualcomm was looking at a complete buy-out, it would only need a relatively small $3billion, a fifth of Qualcomms cash position.

With the buy out, we could see more powerful mobile phones to play games on thanks to the integrated graphics of the APU range, or better and high turn over processors thanks to Qualcomms Snapdragon division.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this buy-out would benefit everyone involved or could this be the end of AMD? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to Seeking Alpha for providing us with this information

Hide Your Wallets! Steam and GOG Game Sales Are Now Live

Every year we make the same promises; “This year I will do more exercise”, “This year I will eat more healthily”, “This year I will go jogging”. If you enjoy buying and playing your games on your PC though, it’s a little different. Every year you say “I will play all my games which I haven’t completed”, and then the sales start!

Already well into its sales GOG.com offers video games without DRM (digital rights management), letting you download and play your games without any programs running in the background. With games like The Witcher 3 selling for $68.79 (around £44.38) while also offering $14.80 (£9.55) off any future purchases thanks to their regional price difference promise, people are quickly buying up copies of everything from the original Neverwinter Nights Series (D&D on PC, if you enjoy fantasy games check them out) and Spelunky (Indiana Jones like adventures with random level creation) deals are coming fast.

Add to that the Steam sale, an infamous event among its users, with flash sales changing every 12 hours and 24 hour deals knocking off large costs from games like Metro Redux (The bundle containing Metro 2033 and Last Light is only £6.79) and the Naruto Ninja Storm Revolution (£13.59), the will to save your money will change to grabbing the best deals!.

The questions are now changing. No longer do we ask “should I buy this?”. Instead, we ask “can people stop crashing their website I want to buy something!”

Enjoy the games and share any good deals and sales in the comments below!

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GameStop Is Buying ThinkGeek

Last week it was reported that the retailer Hot Topic had bought ThinkGeek and the deal seemed to be in place – and it was, but GameStop really wanted the nerdy internet shop ThinkGeek.

The reason why ThinkGeek went back on their deal with Hot Topic and went with GameStop instead is very simple, money. Gamestop offered $20 per share where Hot Topic only offered $17.50 per share. After having a closer look at the deals, ThinkGeek went with GameStop that also will pick up the fees ThinkGeek needs to pay to back out of the previous deal with Hot Topic.

We don’t know yet how GameStop will incorporate ThinkGeek’s portfolio of nerdy gadgets into their own or if they’ll just keep running it as a separate business. The last one is however very unlikely as ThinkGeek hasn’t had the biggest success throughout time. The press release announcing the acquisition notes that GameStop wants to leverage Geeknet’s product development expertise to broaden their product offering in the fast-growing collectibles category.

So from the looks of things, you’ll find a lot more toys and weird geek gadgets from USB powered devices of all ranges to remote controlled toys in your local GameStop stores within a short period of time.

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information

Great Offer From GIGABYTE on GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 in May

GIGABYTE is in a good mood and they want to give something back to their customers. To do this, they’ve launched a new campaign with an extra low price for their award winning G1 motherboard, the GA-Z97X-Gaming G1.

This motherboard already provided enough features and abilities to score the Bang for the Buck award here at eTeknix when it was released, and that statement is more valid than ever with the new campaign pricing. While stock lasts, you can grab this amazing motherboard for under £105,00 incl. VAT at participating retailers.

The GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 supports both 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors and up to 32GB DDR3 memory. It comes with onboard Creative Sound Core3D quad-core audio processor and AMP-UP Audio technology with exclusive upgradable OP-AMP, and Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting. Dual DAC-UP USB ports, gold-plated display and audio ports, high-end Nichicon audio capacitors, Killer E2200 and Intel gaming networking, 4-way graphics support, and SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer. It is backed by a 4-year warranty and is built with Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps.

It doesn’t really matter what your preferred online shop is, as it covers all the major UK sites. Aria, CCL, eBuyer, dabs, Scan, Novatech and my personal favourite Overclockers UK are all part of this deal. GIGABYTE’s GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 is an awesome motherboard for anyone planning to build a Z97 based setup and with a deal like this, the time might be now.

Microsoft Xbox One Price Drop Now Official

Have you postponed your Xbox upgrade lately? Well, its high time to get your shopping mood on! It seems Microsoft has just lowered its Xbox One price to £299.99 on its official Xbox One store in the UK.

There have been quite a few deals for the Xbox One on the UK market lately, the latest one coming from Asda and its Xbox One console bundle at just £249. However, the company now seems to be officially lowering the price tag below the £300, which in turn indicates that more attractive deals are on their way.

The Redmond giant is also teasing with future exclusive releases for its console on its webpage, including blockbusters such as Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6, Fable Legends, and Quantum Break, all due to arrive late this year.

“There’s only one place to play the best exclusives and biggest blockbusters this year, like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Forza Motorsport 6. Experience the most advanced multiplayer on Xbox Live, powered by hundreds of thousands of servers that maximize performance. Quickly switch between games, live TV, and apps. And instantly resume your game where you left off.”

In addition to the latter, Microsoft is taking the opportunity to brag about its cross-platform gaming supports, stating that its console is “the only one where you can connect with friends and play across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs”.

Additional technologies are also highlighted in the ad, such as the instant resume, the ability to stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs or tables in your home, “the industry leading controller and revolutionary Kinect technology” and even its ability to provide users with constant features and enhancements.

Nevertheless, Microsoft has actually brought a sweet deal on the table and more are yet to come from retailers all around the UK. A similar approach has been made on the US market not too long ago, indicating that the price drop might not actually be for a limited time only.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

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