The Best Amazon Black Friday Tech Deals 2020 Guide​

Amazon Black Friday Tech Deals

The Best Amazon Black Friday Tech Deals 2020 Guide

Kaelum Ross

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Nov 27, 2020

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30/11 Update: We’ve just added our favorite Cyber Monday deals, check them out below.

28/11 Update:
Well that was fun! We’ve left the deals up that still seem to be floating around this weekend and will be posting the best Cyber Monday deals on 30/11, stay tuned!

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It’s finally here!

One of the best times of the year for tech shoppers to buy their laptops, PC parts, and Christmas gifts is on.

This page will be our feature to guide you through the best Amazon Black Friday tech deals, Cyber Monday, and all the other questions you may have at the bottom of the page.

We’ve included some quick links to relevant spots to keep an eye on, but our absolute favorite deals will be updated live on this page, so bookmark and return when you’re on the lookout.

Quick Amazon Tech Links for Black Friday / Cyber Monday

Amazon Black Friday PC Parts

Best Cyber Monday Amazon Tech Deals

Best Amazon Cyber Monday PC Case Deal: Thermaltake V150

Already one of the best budget PC cases at its normal price, getting a further 20% off is a fantastic offer if you can’t afford our more premium chassis picks.

Best Amazon Cyber Monday RAM Deal: Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2 Internal SSD

Quite possibly the fastest M.2 SSD on the market right now is on 50% off. 

Yes, this is a pricey investment for a storage upgrade, but we think you’ll be wowed by what this can accomplish when using your OS and popular software.

Best Amazon Cyber Monday RAM Deal: Crucial RAM 16GB DDR4 2666 MHz

RAM can feel particularly pricey these days, so to see a 16GB upgrade at this price feels like a blessing! This is the best price we’ve seen for 16GB 2666 MHz and is a great time to upgrade if you need to.

Best Amazon Cyber Monday Headphone Deal: Sony WH1000XM4

Quite simply one of the most amazing products on the tech market today. I own a pair of these myself and after loving the build, sound, and noise-cancellation quality so much, have forced endless friends and family to buy them too!

They’re more than worth the full price, so to get this at a significant reduction is a steal; I can’t recommend these enough.

Best Black Friday Amazon Tech Deals

Best Amazon Black Friday Gaming Mouse Deal: Logitech G502 Hero

We’re legitimately surprised that this mouse is on 50% off its list price at the time of writing because it’s already one of the best and most popular gaming mice available. This is an excellent time to upgrade if you’re on the lookout for one.

Best Amazon Black Friday Headphone Deal: Beats Solo Pro Wireless

fantastic reduction in price on these Beats headphones. 

With great quality, wireless range, and noise-cancellation; at this price point, there isn’t much else competing with them.

Best Amazon Black Friday Alexa Deal: Echo Dot 3rd Gen

A great price to add 1 or more of these to your existing (or new) Alexa home setup.

When does Black Friday start?

Black Friday starts on November 27th and is expected to commence at 00:01 PST.

The deals will then appear throughout the day until midnight.

It’s important to note however that many of the best Amazon Black Friday tech deals will occur earlier (some of them are even available now! Our favorites are below).

When does Cyber Monday start?

Cyber Monday will start on November 30th and is similarly expected to commence at 00:01 PST.

Cyber Monday vs Black Friday Amazon Tech Deals

“Does Cyber Monday have better deals for tech?” is a question asked every year.

The short answer is usually yes, but not for everything.

Black Friday is historically the largest shopping event, with large (often newer) products going on sale on Amazon.

With our focus on tech, as you may expect from the name, Cyber Monday does tend to pack an extra deal or two.

However, we will say that for plenty of items, the lowest price they reach is also on Black Friday (or even the earlier November deals Amazon tends to run).

So with that said: Cyber Monday may be best for tech, but if there’s a specific item you have an eye on that has a Black Friday deal before Cyber Monday, it’s still a great time to pick it up (especially if you’re worried about stock levels).

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The 6 Best Tools for Building a PC (and Extras)

Best tools for building PC

The 6 Best Tools for Building a PC (and Extras)

Kaelum Ross

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Nov 9, 2020

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So you’ve finally got your parts selected…

You’re ready to plunge into the world of PC building…

Well, just one more step before you order your build: checking you have the right tools!

Today’s feature goes over what tools/extras you may need for your next PC (and the best variant of them with cost in mind).

Note: You do not need every item on this list to build a PC. Many of these are optional but will help certain builders (we’ll make it clear in each section).

Main Picks

Extras

 

Best Tool for Building a PC: LENOX 6-in-1 Screwdriver

If there’s one item to add to your basket before your PC purchase, it’s this fantastically cheap multi-purpose screwdriver.

While I know there’s a lot of people out there looking for the best screwdriver set for computers and PC build, the truth is buying a full toolkit is overkill.

What kind of screwdriver do you need for PC building?

A no 2 Philips screwdriver will cover 90% of what most builds need.

That said, it’s helpful to have a no 1 (smaller head) variant for the occasional screws that are a little tighter.

I like the LENOX because it is (surprisingly) in the same price bracket as a single-type screwdriver, yet comes with 6 different heads (without a reduction in quality).

Overall, this one is a bit of a no-brainer.

Not only is it great to have the 2 Philips head types when setting up your PC, but getting the other 4 screwdriver types is a nice addition for future DIY projects given they come at no cost.

At its low price-point, this is without a doubt the best tool for PC building.

Best Anti-Static Wristband for PC Building: Rosewill Anti Static Wrist Strap

An anti-static wrist strap is a cheap, easy way to ground yourself and remove the risk of static interference when handling your pricey PC parts.

I recommend the Rosewill band – > The cheapest on the market that has widespread usage. There’s no need to overcomplicate a simple product, this is all you need.

Do you need an anti-static wristband to build a PC?

The short answer is no, but it’s recommended.

This is a popular product amongst tech builders for a reason: for a tiny price, you are avoiding the risk of static damage to items you spend big money on.

You’ll then have the band for all future upgrades/builds.

Alternatively, you can ground yourself manually every few minutes; which will cover most of the risk if you’re careful.

(There’s already good resources on how to ground yourself when PC building).

But as far as I’m concerned, the tiny spend is worth the ease of building and peace of mind.

Best Cable Ties for PC Building: Hmrope 100pcs Cable Zip Ties

Many PC parts come with cable ties (most often the PSU or PC case).

If you know for sure that some will be included for you, this may be unnecessary.

That said, you can never have too many cable ties for organization.

The various SATA/Power/Misc cables you’ll be working with will quickly disorganize your build if you don’t have these handy.

The Hmrope ties are the cheapest available online and still do the job as effectively as its pricier competitors for PC builds

Best Thermal Paste for PC Building: Noctua NT-H1

Thermal paste is an important part of the PC building process.

It is what allows the smooth transition of heat from the CPU to the accompanying CPU cooler. Do not start your PC without first having applied thermal paste.

Most CPUs or stock coolers usually come with enough paste for at least one application.

It’s worth checking what with the one you’re purchasing. If it is included then it will likely do the job just as well as Noctua so this is completely optional.

I (and many other builders) like to pick up some paste just in case:

  1. Thermal paste isn’t included with your CPU
  2. You need to re-apply the paste after a sub-par first attempt

You do not need to buy an expensive/high-volume tube of paste. 

The Noctua NT-H1 paste ticks the boxes perfectly and is, in our opinion, the best thermal paste for PC building today (being one of the cheapest on the market, with enough volume for a few applications and widely used/available).

Extras

The above 4 items are the best tools for building a PC. We’ve just included a couple of extra optional small items that we think may be valid for some of your setups.

Best USB Hub for PC: Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

I recommend a USB hub for two types of people:

  • Those with limited USB hubs on their PC (particularly likely for smaller form factor PC cases)
  • Those (like myself) who like to have more easily available ports on their desk – as it can be a pain to reach behind the PC if your front I/O ports are out.

This Anker offering is one of the best USB hubs for a PC setup.

It ticks all the right boxes: low in price, sturdy/attractive design, wide usage, and USB 3.0.

You can get a product with more ports if preferred, but we will need to fork out more for a good product (and larger numbers of USB ports demand more power, so are more often accompanied by a mains power requirement to allow you to use for charging also).

Best Headphone Stand for PC Users: NZXT Puck

Last but not least is a unique product from one of the best PC Case brands in the game.

The NZXT Puck is essentially a magnetic stand to stick to the side/front of your PC case (or another magnetic surface if your PC isn’t).

It sounds simple, but it’s a surprisingly effective/aesthetically pleasing way of storing your headphones.

And the puck is actually in two parts, so you can choose to separate them and use the other piece for say, a game controller.

The slight crevice around the side of the puck also allows you to have some neat cable management for your accessories on the front side of your PC (something that is usually lacking in setups).

It’s by no means required for your build, but neatly storing your expensive PC headphones is something that is often overlooked, so a product to do it stylishly is one we’d recommend.

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The 10 Best PC Case Brands in 2020

Best PC Case Brand

The 10 Best PC Case Brands in 2020

Kaelum Ross

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Oct 1, 2020

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After our endless amounts of case reviews over different categories, budgets, shapes, and sizes, it’s clear that some chassis brands have shined better than others.

But which manufacturer makes the best quality computer cases?

Today’s What in Tech feature breaks down the best PC case brands on the market today depending on what you’re looking for.

Treat this page as a hub, as we’ve got separate features on the best cases from each of these manufacturers in the links below.

Best PC Case Brands

Overall Best PC Case Brand: Lian-Li

Oh boy, was it hard to decide how to rank this top spot.

Specifically, the battle between Lian-Li and Fractal Design was neck and neck; with both manufacturers offering absolutely incredible cases across most typical buying criteria.

But as it stands right now, we have to give the accolade to Lian-Li.

You may not be as familiar with this manufacturer as say, Corsair or Thermaltake.

But they’ve been in the PC Case business for a long time. Their flagship models today strike an incredible balance between aesthetics, build quality, internal spec, airflow, and cooling capability.

All wrapped into price tags that feel too good to be true next to some of its competitors.

The PC-011 Dynamic, in particular, is what we consider to be the best PC case available today.

Lian-Li is a seasoned manufacturer on the top of their game.

You really can’t beat their top cases for overall value whether you’re after a PC case for gaming, streaming, or production (whether high-end or more budget-leaning).

All of this is why we consider Lian-Li the best computer case brand on the market today.

Best PC Case Brand for Silent Builds: Fractal Design

Now like we said, our number one pick on this list was very hard to finalize.

Fractal Design feels just as deserving to take the top spot.

With a similarly incredible execution in balancing quality, design, and internal specs with fantastic pricing, Fractal has been my personal go-to choice for PC cases for a long time.

There is one key area that separates Fractal and Lian-Li: noise vs airflow.

Fractal Design is the undisputed king of silent PC cases.

They manage to achieve this by surrounding their high-quality exteriors with sound dampening insulation, setups that minimize internal vibrations, and side panels that are (usually) covered in thick metal instead of thinner tempered glass.

With this approach comes a very minimalist PC case design that is beautifully subtle and practically silent (particularly in its mid/high-end models).

With that increased insulation comes a slight loss in airflow/cooling capability.

Now make no mistake, for the amount of sound dampening Fractal achieves in its cases, they still perform very well in temperature benchmarks and are more than capable of running a powerful PC.

We just think that for the average builder, the perks of slightly superior airflow and a case focussed on high visibility (for your beautiful RGB components!) will win you over.

But if your focus is on a quiet case, know that Fractal Design is easily one of the best PC case brands today, and its flagship models are incredible products.

Runner-Up Best PC Case Brand: Phanteks

Phanteks are one of the more popular manufacturers on this list with a huge variety of great towers.

Among them is one of the best PC cases today in the P400, and some of the most innovative high-end cases in the Enthoo 719 and the EVOLV series.

Even Phantek’s cheap to mid-range cases are often built with a level of quality that you’d pay more for from many other brands.

We don’t think their offerings in the mid-range are quite as good as Lian-Li and Fractal.

But that’s only because the PC-011 and the Define R5/7 are such fantastic products, it’s hard to compete with them.

But if your budget is a little shorter than those chassis, or is much higher that you’re looking for a specialist case like the Enthoo 719, then Phanteks are still well worth considering.

Best PC Case Brand for Premium Options: Thermaltake

One of the best selling brands on this list, Thermaltake has some fantastic cases on offer.

Although for your typical tower build, our top picks may provide slightly better value, Thermaltake has a couple of special things on offer:

Yes, you are paying a little more for some unique aesthetics, but design is a big factor when buying your case.

Thermaltake is, to put it simply,  a great choice if you’re looking to build something extra unique to show off.

Most Stylish PC Case Brand: NZXT

We’re sure most of you are very familiar with NZXT, and there’s a good reason for that.

Few other brands have made their mark through sticking to a slick, striking aesthetic as this manufacturer.

Most of the flagship models have decent SGCC steel build qualities with some beautiful matte finishes.

NZXT’s cases aren’t just pretty though; they also offer plenty of utility for a large variety of builds.

Their flagship H510 model in particular is a fantastic mid-range case, and we appreciate that they offer comparable quality across their mATX and ITX variants.

If the aesthetic of NZXT is up your alley, know their cases are a great choice for more than just looks.

Most Popular PC Case Brand (Best for Variety): Corsair

There’s probably not a person reading this who doesn’t have some dealing with Corsair.

This classic brand has had cases featured throughout tons of our reviews.

One case, in particular, has been featured more than any other to date: the Corsair Crystal Series 680X (one of the best premium cases available today).

Although we like cases like the PC-011 and the Define R5/7 over Corsair’s mid-range offerings, it is simply incredible how many chassis this brand manufactures at any one time.

Anything from unique designs, to RGB powerhouses to dual-chamber setups, one thing we really commend Corsair for is offering as much variety as possible for its enormous consumer base.

They’re a great brand to pay attention to if you’re focussed on picking something extra unique.

Best Traditional PC Case Brand: SilverStone

On the other end of the variety spectrum is SilverStone.

This classic manufacturer is great at sticking to what it knows best: making traditional-style no-frills PC cases.

And we don’t mean that negatively by any means.

SilverStone cases still look great and perform very well for the price, if you’re after something more minimalist (and aren’t interested in Fractal Design) then this should be your go-to.

Another area they shine in is in the world of horizontal PC cases; combined with their simplistic designs, SilverStone cases are perfect for someone looking for an HTPC case.

Great Unique Cases Alternative: InWin

While not taking any particular top spot, InWin is still a great PC brand that we particularly enjoy for creating some very unique offerings that perform as well as they look.

Cases like the D-Frame, 905, A1 Plus, and 925 have designs you simply won’t find from any other manufacturer; so don’t write them off.

Good All-Round Case Options: Cooler Master

Another very popular manufacturer, Cooler Master has made a name for themselves by offering a great variety of cases in all different shapes and sizes – particularly working well as a cheap PC case brand, with a huge array of budget options.

Both their cheap and premium options are worth considering; our standout choice from them is easily the Cosmos C700P  – this is one of the best choices for high-end enthusiast builds.

The only reason we don’t rank them higher is some of the other manufacturers above simply tend to offer more with their competing products in each price range.

Runner-Up Best Silent PC Cases: Be Quiet!

Last but not least is another option for those after a quiet PC case.

As much as we love Fractal Design, if for whatever reason you are looking for an alternative (be it aesthetic or stock/budget issues), Be Quiet!’s range, as the name would suggest, offer excellent noise-reduction solutions.

The Silent Base 801 in particular is a stand-out offering from them, which you can read more about in our coverage here.

 

Honorable Mentions

While the above are the best PC case brands on the market today, there are still some other great manufacturers that you shouldn’t look down upon if you’ve found something out of this list that takes your eye.

We have, for example, previously recommended cases from Antec, ASUS, Anidees, Cougar, Azza, EVGA & darkFlash.

None of these brands are bad, (Antec for instance once manufactured one of the most popular cases on the market).

It’s just that the above 10 will cover a large majority of user needs and be the best balance of build quality, price, and features.

But if you’re looking for something extra unique, check out our feature on just that.

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 – Tech Deals Guide

Prime Day Tech Guide

Amazon Prime Day 2020 Tech Deals Guide

Kaelum Ross

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Oct 13, 2020

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Well that was fun!

Thanks for checking in to our Prime Day 2020 guide. Prime Day is now over until 2021, so come back to this page then when we’ll update it with the best deals next year.

Best Prime Day Amazon tech deals

Prime Day is wrapped up now until 2021, we’ll see you then!

Do you need Amazon Prime to get Prime Day deals?

Yes, but in 2020, Amazon offers new users a 30-day free trial (check the links below to see if the offer is still available).

Should you wait for Black Friday/Cyber Monday for tech deals?

Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday are historically larger events, we don’t expect many tech users to gain enough of a discount to warrant waiting several more weeks.

When you read forums and listen to Reddit posts, there will always be someone to say “if you just wait X months, it will be cheaper”.

But this is always the case with every sale! You can always wait longer and get things cheaper.

But Prime Day will undoubtedly be a great chance to pick up good tech deals, so if you want something soon, we recommend making this your time to do it.

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Should you wait for AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs – Desktop Guide

Should I wait for Ryzen 4000 Desktop

Should you wait for AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs - Desktop Guide

Kaelum Ross

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Aug 29th, 2020

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Ah, the burning question for many desktop builders: “should I wait for Ryzen 4000?”

AMD seems to be on a roll in recent years so it’s no surprise gamers and enthusiast builders alike are keen to understand the benefits.

Short answer: With the great CPU options currently available on the market (covered in our detailed feature here) and the very speculative release information of the Ryzen 4000 desktop series (undoubtedly made worse due to Coronavirus supply chain concerns) we would strongly suggest investing in the current well-performing CPU options available to you.

Not to mention you will also inevitably be facing price hikes/stock issues on the release of the 4000 series.

Looking for the detail? We’ve broken it down below to give you what you need to cater to your own situation.

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Ryzen 4000 Release Date

This is the million-dollar question.

In various press-releases/media enquires, AMD has been somewhat ambiguous as to the timeline for the APU release.

The release date has also been a bit of a moving target (at one point the series was cited to come out in May…).

As it stands, there is no clear release date for when retailers will have stock of the Ryzen 4000 series.

You may have seen information citing July 21st or Q3.

However, this is AMD referring to the availability for OEMs (i.e. HP and others building full machines). Not for you to buy from individual retailers.

We’d put our money on the lack of a very clear release date being down to Coronavirus supply-side issues.

Supply chains all across the world are struggling right now and PC hardware is no exception.

The most common estimate you’ll see for Ryzen 4000 APUs is  “late 2020”, however with the above in mind, we think there’s a significant chance you could be waiting well into 2021.

Finally, it’s not just about the processors releasing, but about them being in stock (anybody who went after the Intel 10k series will know this pain).

You could be waiting months after release to purchase unless you’re willing to fork out well above the RRP (never worth it).

Should you wait for Ryzen 4000 Desktop 2

How much better will Ryzen 4000 CPUs be for desktops

When considering the great Ryzen 3000 vs 4000 battle, you’re not truly going to know the upgrade impact until lots of third-party benchmarking is available for the new APUs.

That said, AMD has cited a 15% increase in IPC (instructions per cycle/clock) compared to the previous range (on average).

Now, that doesn’t mean a 15% increase in real-world performance, far from it.

Depending on the activity, the real-world difference could be as anything from 0-15%.

For gaming, the best 3000 series options (tied with a good GPU) will undoubtedly give you everything you need unless you are looking for very high-end performance (think 1440p with 144hz, even here a good current-gen CPU/GPU combo can do great things).

Diminishing returns for purchasing new CPU ranges will be a key consideration for gamers building, so only think about waiting if money isn’t much of an obstacle for you.

If you have a budget, it will definitely be more practical to purchase one of the best middle-ground CPUs available now and forking out more for your GPU.

For general usage, there’s no question, the best CPUs available today will give you lightning-fast performance for average functionality, forking out for an overpriced low-supply 4000 CPU would be a waste.

For production usage (editing, rendering, etc.), there may be some useful application if you’re working on very high-end production, with the increased threads and clock speeds offering some benefit.

That said, we still think that the overwhelmingly large majority of production users will be able to perform everything they need to at great speeds with existing combos.

Final Word – Should you wait for Ryzen 4000

Simply put, unless you are really focussed on the absolute best, regardless of diminishing returns versus budget, or you just want the vanity points of owning the “best” series CPU, we highly recommend instead focussing on the great AMD options already available.

Between Cornavirus supply potentially pushing release to 2021 and the inevitable price hikes/stock difficulty at initial release (not to mention the great value & performance of the existing 3000 series) we’re sure the Ryzen 4000 will be great, but it’s probably not worth the wait for you right now.

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How to Limit or Turn Off Auto Updates on Steam – Quick Guide

How to Limit or Turn Off Auto Updates on Steam

Kaelum Ross

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Jun 9, 2020

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Want to stop a Steam update that will inevitably slow your internet speed?

Perhaps a new “fix” is known to crash the game and you want to hold off until the devs resolve?

Whatever the reason, we’ve created a fast guide on the options you have to disable auto-updates on Steam.

Quick note before we start: Steam auto-updates by default for a reason. Which is why they make it close to impossible to fully stop.

For the most part, new versions will fix issues or add features, so only disable updates if you have a reason to (we only recommend this for single player games).

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How to Turn Off Auto Updates on Steam for Specific Games

To stop Steam from updating games one at a time, start at your Steam library and right-click the game in question and click “Properties”.

Once the window opens, go to the “Updates” tab and you’ll see an “Automatic updates” dropdown box.

Set it to “Only update this game when I launch it” as below.

Steam does not give you the option to completely disable auto-updates so this is the best you can do within the app.

If you want to then play a Steam game without updating, your best option is to play in offline mode.

How to Turn Off Auto Updates on Steam for All Games

Unfortunately, there isn’t a supported way to do this.

But below are the closest methods found.

Option 1 – Download Steam Games at Certain Times

If you’re doing this because you don’t want games downloads affecting your broadband speeds, you can schedule Steam updates.

Click “Steam” in the top left corner and then “Settings”

Then go to the “Downloads” tab and you will see an option to set a time window for Steam updates as below:

If you really want to ensure Steam doesn’t update games, you can set the schedule to something like 4-5am and then make sure Steam is off or in offline mode during that period/when you play games.

Option 2 – How to Limit Steam Download Speeds

Another effective way to deal with Steam slowing down your internet is to set a Steam Bandwidth Limit.

Going to the same settings menu as option 1 above (Steam – > Settings – > Downloads) you can easily set a download limit for Steam as below:

How to Access Previous Versions of a Steam Game

Some games allow you to play older versions on Steam.

To do this, once again right-click on a game in your Steam library and click “properties”.

Go to the “Betas” tab and click on the dropdown box.

If there are other versions available, simply click on the one you want and Steam will download that version.

(Our example uses Super Meat Boy, which uses an older version for speedrunners).

How to Hide, Unhide or Remove a Game From Your Steam Library

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How to Hide, Unhide or Remove a Game From Your Steam Library

Kaelum Ross

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May 25, 2020

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Trying to hide that Barbie dress-up game you got in a Humble Bundle?

Or perhaps you’re trying to permanently delete Dota 2 because you can’t stop playing it?

No? Just me?

Well, whatever the reason, this quick guide will show you how to hide a game in Steam, re-add or remove it permanently.

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How to Remove a Game From Steam Library

Note: if you remove a game from your Steam account, you will no longer own that game (if you ever wanted to play it again, you’d have to buy it again!).

To completely remove a Steam game, start by visiting Steam Support and logging in with your account.

You’ll be presented with the below page, click “Games, Software, etc.”

Remove Game From Steam Library 1

On the next page find the game either in “recent products” or by searching – here we’re using Super Meat Boy.

Remove Game From Steam Library 2

Click on the game and you’ll be taken to its support page, select the “I want to permanently remove the game from my account” option.

Remove Game From Steam Library 3

You’ll be taken to a final screen to confirm you want to remove, click the option below.

Remove Game From Steam Library 4

And voila! The game will be removed from your account and you will no longer see it in your library.

How to Hide a Game on Steam

What’s the difference between removing and hiding a Steam game?

Well, removing a game permanently deletes it from your Steam library.

Hiding means you won’t see it in your normal library but you still own it/can access with a little more effort.

If you just want to hide a game in Steam, it’s very easy.

Simply find the game you want to hide in your library and right-click on its icon (or name if you use list view), then click “Hide this game” as below:

Hide Game in Steam Library 1

That’s all there is to it! The game will no longer appear in your normal Steam games list.

Now what if you want to see those titles?

How to Unhide a Game on Steam

To find hidden Steam games, simply click “view” at the top left of steam and then Hidden Games as below.

Unhide Game in Steam Library 1

This will show hidden Steam games in a separate library.

From there, all you have to do is right-click on a game and follow the menu as per the below screenshot to “remove from hidden”.

Unhide Game in Steam Library 2

And that’s it! No more embarrassing games or clutter in your Steam, enjoy!

 

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The Complete Guide to Motherboard Sizes – EATX vs ATX vs Micro ATX vs Mini ITX

Motherboard Size Guide

Motherboard Sizes - The Complete Guide

Kaelum Ross

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May 24, 2020

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Sizing up your motherboard is a big deal.

What is an ATX motherboard anyway?

Who wins in the battle between E-ATX vs ATX vs mATX vs mITX?

Whatever the question, we’ve put together this guide to explain the differences between motherboard sizes.

With this piece and our detailed feature on PC case sizes, you have everything you need to size up your next build.

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Motherboard Size Comparison Chart

Motherboard Sizes Comparison Chart

Note: Sizes are approximations, check product listing for exact dimensions

Form FactorProsCons
E-ATX • Best for the most powerful PC builds
• Up to Quad-GPU/8 x DDR4 RAM support
• Fantastic overclocking/cooling options
• Best for high-end, production, and servers PCs
• Most expensive
• Very large/bulky
• "Overkill" for many users
ATX • Best "all-round" option
• Plenty of GPU/hardware room
• Fantastic overclocking/cooling
• Lots of ATX case styles available
• Perfect for most gaming PCs
• Still quite large/heavy
• More expensive than Micro ATX
Micro ATX • Best budget motherboard
• Compact with stylish case options
• Dual-GPU possible
• Most have 4 x RAM slots
• Good part compatibility
• Dual-GPU setups may be hard
• Less cooling/overclock potential
Mini ITX • Smallest motherboard size
• Perfect for a portable build
(e.g. a VR demo / LAN party PC)
• Cheap motherboard/case options
• Most mITX cases look fantastic
• Single GPU build only
• 2 x RAM slots
• Limited space for other features/cooling
• Harder build due to size
• Effort needed to find parts that will fit.

Motherboard Sizes Explained

E-ATX Motherboard

The largest of the main types. An Extended-ATX motherboard is for builders focussed on building the most powerful PC possible.

This mobo form factor is designed to work alongside a full tower PC case, providing you with incredible space/features.

This often includes support for Quad-GPU builds and 8 RAM slots (which could achieve up to 256GB of memory).

Not to mention the breathing room to cool all of these components with immense overclocking potential.

Perfect for very high-end gaming & production (editing, rendering, etc), an E-ATX motherboard will open up utility you can’t get from any other size.

Note that there are, of course, diminishing returns when building such a powerhouse.

If you’re the average gamer or don’t need the best PC money can buy, E-ATX can be overkill.

The boards are very expensive and alongside an E-ATX case, are enormous. Make sure you have space.

That being said, if you care less about the budget and more about the most power possible, this is the size for you.

ATX Motherboard

The mid-tower motherboard. ATX has reigned as the most popular size for a long time, and for good reasons.

When considering EATX vs ATX, sure the latter will have slightly less space for high-end builds.

But ATX still has everything important to the majority of gamers/enthusiast builds.

Including support for 2-3 GPUs, 4 x DDR4 RAM, plenty of SATA ports, and their ATX case-counterparts come with plenty of decent cooling options.

Even if it’s not the best motherboard for overclocking (that belongs to E-ATX), it’s still a very close second and will achieve what most gamers need.

The other great advantage is due to the popularity, there are so many good ATX mobos available at competitive prices.

An ATX build is still going to be fairly big with limited portability. Bear that in mind if you’re building an on-desk setup.

But overall, if you’re looking for the best “all-round” option, an ATX build is the way to go.

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mATX Motherboard

While ATX may be the most popular overall, Micro ATX motherboards have been giving them a run for their money in the last few years.

Why? Well, the quality of this form factor has dramatically improved.

With a majority now having 4 x DDR4 RAM slots, good SATA connector availability, and even 2 PCIe slots for a small SLI/Crossfire GPU build.

This is the smallest PC build you can create while still accomodating a majority of mainstream components.

Note that as we get to this size, running a dual-GPU build will usually get cramped and isn’t ideal.

It’s certainly possible, but the preference would be to stick to a single graphics card (with the utility to overclock).

As we discuss further below in our top picks, the Micro ATX motherboard size nails affordability.

If you want something compact/cheap but not so small that you have to be extra careful with your hardware choices, this is the pick.

mITX Motherboard

And then there are those looking for the smallest PC possible.

A Mini-ITX build is for those very focussed on portability or a compact style (e.g. LAN-party build, HTPC, or perhaps a streaming computer).

With such a tiny size, you’re of course compromising on feature availability.

Most Mini-ITX mobos come with 2 RAM slots (still providing up to 64GB), a single PCIe slot, and limited SATA ports.

The cases that support them are also on the smaller side. Leading to limited ventilation/cooling. You’re going to struggle with overclocking.

With this small size, you will need to pay more attention to the other parts you buy (most notably GPU/PSUs).

This can often include having to buy parts that are a bit more expensive (usually offset by the cheap motherboard and cases, however).

With all that being said, the convenience of a portable PC is massive and compact builds often look fantastic.

If this is what your heart is set on, don’t fret! You can build a great gaming computer on a Mini-ITX motherboard.

 

How to Choose a Motherboard Size

Ahead of giving you our top picks, we’ve broken down the key criteria for what to look for in a motherboard.

Just know that not all these factors will be important to you individually (many people don’t need to worry about having more than a few SATA ports, etc.).

Don’t be overwhelmed by all the factors, just focus on what’s important to you, and check out our recommendations if in doubt.

Computer Case Size Comparison Chart

Form Factor / PC Case Size

Let’s start with an obvious one.

Whatever motherboard you pick, you want to make sure that you have an appropriately sized case to go with it (e.g. E-ATX case for an E-ATX motherboard).

Check out our joint-feature on PC case sizes if you want more info.

But in short, the type of motherboard you want will probably also guide the case size you need anyway (e.g. if you’re looking at a smaller motherboard, the case will have fewer hardware space/cooling options, but that’s the trade-off for portability).

CPU compatibility

Motherboard CPU CompatibilityAlthough not explicitly related to size, this one is worth covering as it’s one of the most important buying factors.

When purchasing a motherboard, make sure it’s compatible with the CPU you’re looking at.

Firstly there’s LGA vs PGA vs BGA.

There’s already good resource if you want the very technical explanation, but in short:

  • LGA is most common for Intel CPUs.
  • PGA is most common for AMD CPUs.
  • BGA is more for manufacturers and not worth considering for your individual build.

Note: this isn’t universal, you may (rarely) in the future see an AMD CPU on LGA – but this will usually be very clear in a listing.

The most common socket types right now are LGA 1151 for Intel, and AM4 for AMD.

These will support the most common CPUs you’ll be looking at for gaming.

There will be more terms in this area that will probably confuse you like Z370 vs z390 (which is mainly just a difference in wifi/USB compatibility).

If you are confused here, don’t worry – just check the product listing!

We’ve only provided this info for the full picture. Once you’ve found the CPU you want, it’s pretty clear what a motherboard supports in the product listing like below:

CPU Chipset Compatibility Explained

 

PCI Slots

Motherboard PCIe SlotsOne of the big factors for a gaming computer.

The larger your motherboard size, the more PCI Express (PCIe) slots you will have available, these are what allow you to install graphics cards.

An E-ATX motherboard for example, will often have 4 PCI-e 3.0 slots, allowing for a 4-way GPU PC. 

Aside from GPUs, other PCI slots are often included if you have other focusses (e.g. installing a high-quality independent sound/network card).

Just know that you’ll usually have to put them in a place that blocks you from fitting an extra GPU.

That’s the beauty of a large motherboard though. Not many people need 4 GPUs, so those PCIe slots can come in handy for other things.

PCI-E x4 vs x8 vs x16

When looking at PCI-E slots you may notice the different numbers next to them (i.e. PCI-E 3.0 x4/x8/x16).

Putting it simply, a motherboard can only circulate a certain amount of data/bandwidth at a time.

So if you have a lot of PCI-e slots, some of them will be x4 – x8 which means they can’t output the same bandwidth as your main x16 slot/s.

But: There have been many benchmarks on what the performance difference is between these types.

The difference between PCIe x4, x8, and x16 is very minimal for performance/gaming.

We’re talking a couple of FPS in games.

This is because most GPUs don’t come close to actually requiring the x16 power that an x16 slot provides.

Whichever x type, you’re still going to be getting a majority of the card’s power overall.

SATA Ports

Motherboard SATA portsLarger boards will come with more SATA ports to allow you to connect more SSDs, HDDs and optical drives.

For most gaming builds, you’ll have more than enough SATA ports for your requirements on most boards.

It’s worth checking if you’re purchasing an mATX / mITX motherboard to ensure you have enough.

It’s only if you’re building say, a video editing PC, or if you have other requirements that means you want to install a lot of storage, should you be too worried about confirming these beforehand.

Miscellaneous

NVMe M.2 Storage

Motherboard M2 StorageM.2 storage is less common than the standard 2.5″ SSD but worth your consideration if you’re all about speed.

It’s a type of solid-state drive that larger motherboards have become more compatible with over the last few years.

M.2 SSD vs SSD (2.5″) – An M.2 SSD installed via NVMe is around 5 times faster than a SATA-installed SSD.

Note that this is during benchmarking. In real terms to the user, this will likely be around 2-3 times faster.

These storage units are of course a lot more expensive (here’s our top pick) but run like a dream when you’re installing your OS and common apps on there.

If you like the sound of this, we recommend looking at an ATX or E-ATX motherboard.

You might be able to squeeze out the utility for an NVMe M.2 within mATX but it will likely mean the board is sacrificing bandwidth somewhere else.

Most motherboard listings will detail their support for this storage type so don’t fret about compatibility too much.

Just make sure to get an NVMe M.2 SSD (SATA ones perform similarly to a 2.5″ SSD) – here’s our top pick.

RAM slots

Motherboard RAM SlotsA majority of motherboards from E-ATX to Micro ATX will provide a minimum of 4 x DDR4 RAM slots.

The smallest form factor, mITX, tends to come with a maximum of 2 x DDR4 RAM slots.

In reality, this means you can still make a build with up to 32GB of storage which is plenty for gaming and most other functions.

Of course if you’re focussed on the best speed possible, more slots will help.

Not just because of the increased overall storage, but more RAM sticks are marginally more effective than overall storage (e.g. 4 x 8GB RAM is better than 2 x 16GB RAM for most users).

We wouldn’t worry about RAM compatibility too much unless you’re running some high-quality production/editing/streaming computer.

Gaming PCs won’t need more than 32GB for a while.

If you do have specialist requirements, high-end E-ATX/ATX motherboards include up to 8 RAM slots/256GB capability!

I/O Panel

Motherboard IO PanelThe features available in an I/O panel will typically increase not just with chipset (which allows your mobo to support more inputs, e.g. USB 3.1 type C) but also the size.

E-ATX/high-end ATX motherboards often have a host of great ports available.

Smaller motherboards will usually have the standards though (some USB/audio ports) but check that your choice will have what you need, or you have a suitable extender.

Extra features

Finally, there are all the extra bells and whistles motherboards can come with.

The most common ones are:

  • Integrated sound card
  • Integrated network card (Wi-Fi/ethernet)
  • Integrated Bluetooth (if not, adapters are dirt cheap)

Typically, larger motherboards include more of these features as it’s easier for the manufacturers to add.

We would say it’s often preferred to buy a standalone sound card or network card if you have PCIe slot room (not essential if your budget is tight, though).

Even Mini-ITX boards can come with these features integrated, just know that you may not get quite the same quality as large integrations or standalone cards.

That being said for smaller builds, we’d recommend getting integrated versions of features you need where possible so you’re not having to use your very finite USB/PCI inputs.

Which Motherboard Should you get?

Best budget gaming motherboard

If your focus is on affordability above all else, go with Micro ATX.

While you may not get the same features as E-ATX/ATX you’re not going to need them for a cheap build.

Things like excellent cooling/space for multi-GPU builds aren’t so important for a cheap gaming PC where you should be focussing on 1 graphics card.

Micro ATX builds are the perfect balance between being small enough for good mobo/case affordability while not so small that you have to fork out more money/effort for “specialist” small parts.

Our best cheap gaming motherboard picks:

Best mid-range gaming motherboard

For most builders, the sweet spot is an ATX motherboard for gaming.

With all the feature a large majority of builders need, good space for parts/cooling in their compatible cases, and lots of choices, ATX mobos are perfect for most setups.

Even if you don’t need every PCIe/SATA/RAM slot, know that having an ATX case/motherboard gives your parts more room for ventilation (and makes the build process easier).

Our top picks for the best ATX motherboard:

Best high-end gaming motherboard/production PC

Now let us be clear: the options above will be enough for a majority of readers.

But, if you’re less concerned with budget and more with creating the most powerful PC you can, then you want to look at an E-ATX motherboard.

These will give you the most space and utility possible with no compromises made for compactness.

This is what makes them appealing not just for gaming, but for someone looking for the best production PC possible (video editing, rendering, etc).

Not to mention the large cases that come with the most room for cooling, drives, and ease-of-build.

In fact, even if you wanted an ATX motherboard for your high-end build (also doable), we’d recommend looking at E-ATX full tower (or “super tower”) cases for the best airflow/cooling options as long as you don’t mind the size.

Our top picks for the best E-ATX motherboards for gaming:

Best small motherboard for portable/HTPC build

Finally, there are those after the smallest motherboard for a portable build or HTPC.

It will come as no surprise that Mini ITX motherboards are the best option for you if this is what you’re hunting for.

Yes, as we’ve discussed, you’re losing out on some hardware compatibility and other features with a PC this small.

But combined with a high-quality case and some consideration for which parts you’re going to buy (ensuring they fit), you can still create a gaming PC capable of LAN parties or streaming.

Our top picks for the best Mini ITX motherboard:

FAQ

XL-ATX vs E-ATX?

XL-ATX motherboards are another form factor that traditionally are a similar width to E-ATX, but a bit longer.

We’ve chosen not to include them in our guide for a couple of reasons:

  • This size type is super uncommon and the options available aren’t great.
  • The use-cases are incredibly specific, given you can build anything from a powerful server to gaming PC on an E-ATX mobo, we’d wager XL-ATX isn’t necessary for anybody reading this.
  • Similarly to “full tower vs super tower”, XL-ATX is loosely defined and is a marketing term as much as it is a legitimate form factor. A lot of “extra-large motherboards” are E-ATX or even ATX anyway.

Short answer: don’t worry about Xl-ATX.

 

What order should I pick PC Parts?

Reading this guide and the criteria for selecting a motherboard, you may be confused as to how you should build your PC (e.g. do you pick a compatible motherboard for your chosen CPU or vice versa?).

It’s a bit of a “chicken and egg” situation, there’s no “right” order to pick parts in.

But here’s the outline we would recommend for most gamer builds (from first to last):

GPU – > CPU – > Motherboard – > Case – > RAM/storage/extras – > PSU

Don’t think that the above also represents order of importance, a PSU is very important!

It can just make sense to pick it last once you know the power requirements of your PC/what size PSU will fit in your case.

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The Complete Guide to PC Case Sizes – EATX vs ATX vs mATX vs mITX

PC Case Size Comparison

PC Case Sizes - The Complete Guide

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May 16, 2020

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The verdict is in, size does matter!

…for PC cases at least – but as with all things technology, there’s a bunch of terms to know.

We’ve got:

E-ATX vs ATX vs mATX vs mITX.

And…

Small form-factor vs mini-tower vs mid-tower vs full tower vs super tower.

I know, I know, they don’t roll off the tongue.

But we’ve put together what’s important.

In this guide, you’ll have what you need to understand the differences between computer case sizes and decide the type that’s right for your next build.

Table of Contents

Computer Case Size Comparison Chart

Computer Case Size Comparison Chart
 
Smaller FF
Mini Tower
Mid Tower
Full Tower
MotherboardsMini ATXMicro ATX
Mini ATX
ATX
Micro ATX
Mini ATX
E-ATX
ATX
Micro ATX
Mini ATX
Graphics Cards11-22-33-4
Case Fans*1-32-53-96-12
Expansion Slots245-87-12
2.5" Drive Bays0-20-40-80-12
3.5" Drive Bays0-32-65-85-14
5.25" Drive Bays0-10-31-42-6

*With larger PC tower sizes, you will usually be getting more room for bigger fans, not just higher quantities.

PC Case Sizes Explained

Full Tower Size: E-ATX (Extended ATX)

The largest form factor of the popular options, a full tower case gives you the most space for high-end, demanding PC builds that require the best overclocking and plenty of cooling/hardware options.

As you can expect with the large internal dimensions, you’ll also have the best ventilation/airflow capabilities.

If you’re looking to achieve the most powerful build possible (whether for gaming, a server build, or editing/production) then this is the most capable option.

Bear in mind these cases are very bulky, heavy, and on the expensive side.

If you’re looking for something compact or on a budget, check the sizes below.

Mid Tower Size: ATX / mATX

The most popular form factor, a mid tower case strikes a great balance between space/price and is the “jack of all trades” choice.

For a majority of enthusiast builds, a mid tower case will still have all that you need for a gaming PC.

Providing great cooling options for overclocking and enough space for a strong SLI/crossfire build with lots more room for the rest of your hardware.

ATX is a great middle-ground; unless you want to build an absolute monster (E-ATX case) or something smaller (continue below…).

Mini Tower Size: mATX / mITX

Mini tower cases have become very popular in recent years due to the increasing quality of micro ATX motherboards/compatible parts.

The great thing about this form factor is that it provides you with decent compactness while still providing enough internal space to fit most popular products.

As we get smaller, bear in mind you’ll, of course, be limited in the hardware/cooling space and airflow available.

But if your gaming build is only 1 (at a push 2) GPUs and you don’t need lots of other bays/expansion slots, an mATX case may be the best option for you.

Smaller Form Factor Size: mITX

The smallest form factor on the list.

These are ideal for a portable / LAN party case or someone looking for something quite presentable and flashy (e.g. a streaming PC build).

You can still install many major parts inside an SFF case.

But be aware that for certain hardware (particularly PSUs/GPUs) you will have to get one of the larger mITX cases.

If however you’re looking for the smallest computer case possible, you’ll have to buy some less common (“specialist”) parts that’ll be a little more expensive.

If your heart is set on a tiny computer case, don’t let the above cautions put you off.

As long as you check your dimensions, you can still create an awesome gaming PC.

PC Case Size Guide

How to choose a PC case size

We’ve recommended the best PC cases for the main build types further below.

But if you want to understand what the criteria is for your case, here’s what to pay attention to:

Hardware support

It should go without saying this is one of the main factors.

As per our graph comparison, larger cases and the big motherboards they support will give you more options for your hardware.

This includes:

  1. Expansion slots – More will allow for multi-GPU crossfire/SLI builds and other components depending on your needs (dedicated sound cards and network cards).
    • Remember to always check the dimensions for GPU compatibility and how many slots your motherboard has.
  2. Drive bays
    • 5.25″ drive bays – Less popular nowadays, but still useful for things like CD/Blu-Ray Drives and additional card readers.
    • 3.5″ drive bays – Suitable for your standard 3.5″HDDs. Having a high allowance here is good for those focussed on storage (e.g. video editing PC build).
    • 2.5″ drive bays – For your SSDs, having a good amount of these will be good for those focussed on speed.
  3. Miscellaneous – Some very large cases will support awesome things like multi CPU/PSU builds and 8 DDR4 RAM slots if you’re interested in power more than a low budget.

Cooling

With big PC cases, comes big cooling capability.

For air-colling: the larger the tower, the more fans you’ll be able to fit in (not just quantity, but size too – often up to 200m).

Larger cases will, of course, include more room for air-flow and ventilation also, which is key for power-hungry builds.

And then there’s water cooling. Whether your focus is on a silent PC build or finding the best overclocking case, you’re going to have a lot more radiator space in a full/mid tower.

Nowadays, smaller form factors do have these capabilities, but they’re usually limited in what you can install and more reliant on air cooling.

If you’re serious about buying a water cooling case or pushing your overclocking to the max, go for a larger tower.

Cable management

With larger cases (particularly full/mid) you will commonly see significantly better options for routing your cables into “hidden” areas.

Typically routing behind a compartment underneath the motherboard installation area.

This is not just handy for aesthetics, but also makes the build process a lot easier.

Sure, mATX/mITX will (usually) have the space you need for smaller parts.

But you’ll have to be extra neat/efficient with your cable positioning, tying, and ensuring that you’re not using cables that are overlong (very common!).

If a clean-looking build is extra important to you, you could even purchase a dual-chamber case. 

These have dedicated areas to hide not only your cables but your other “less attractive” components (HDDs, PSU, etc).

PC Case Size for gaming

Size / Design

Now as nice as it is to have great room for parts, cable management and airflow, the small form factors have a very important thing going for them:

Portability.

You may not really care about this if you plan to have your PC stationary.

But if you’re a LAN party regular. have limited space or plan to use your build in multiple locations (e.g. a VR demo PC) then don’t understimate the usefulness of this perk.

And then there’s aesthetic.

It should go without saying that cases of all shapes and sizes come in really nice designs.

But it all comes down to personal preference, do you want a monolith towering over your desk or a small compact machine that fits tightly with the rest of your setup?

Price

As far as the case itself goes, smaller form factors will offer the best value due to less material requirements in their manufacturing.

You can, of course, get PC cases for all form factors in all price ranges, but if we’re talking about value, $ for $, you’re going to get more bang for your buck from small options.

There is a balance here, however.

If you go too small (mainly mITX/SFF cases), you may run into needing “specialist” PSUs/GPUs if the dimensions are low.

These parts tend to be more expensive than their mainstream alternatives.

Because of this, MicroATX tends to be the sweet spot, which leads us nicely into our budget choice…

Which PC case size should you get?

Budget gaming PC case

For a cheap PC build, the best option is Micro ATX.

This form factor and motherboard type will have less space and feature availability than ATX/E-ATX.

But you’re not going to care about losing these things in a budget PC (e.g. triple-GPU support and cooling options that would be excessive for a cheap build).

An mATX form factor hit the sweet spot between being smaller, but not too small that they lack compatibility with major parts and require “specialist” hardware like many mITX towers.

Our favorite “all-round” recommendation for a cheap gaming PC case is the Cooler Master Q300L.

It’s popular for a reason, offering impressive utility, build quality and design for its price range.

Looking for something else? All our PC case articles provide the best budget choices for their category, whether it’s a silent build, white PC, or even a pink tower.

Mid-range gaming PC Case

If you happen to like the compactness of an mATX, you can still use that form factor for a mid-range PC.

But as we approach a more “typical” gaming build, our recommendation would be to go for a mid / ATX tower.

Even if you don’t necessarily need every hardware allowance a case offers, working with a larger unit provides better airflow/ventilation, cable management and overall ease of build.

There’s a ton of great options out there in this range, but our pick for best mid tower case easily goes to the Fractal Design Define R6. Especially if you are interested in noise reduction.

If you want something a little more flashy, we highly recommend the NZXT H710.

If you’d like more options, check out our other case articles.

Powerful gaming PC Case

What about those less focussed on budget, and ar instead asking: “how do I build the best gaming PC possible?”.

We don’t want to “gatekeep” the top end PC builds, you can get a lot done in a standard ATX case (including SLI/decent cooling for overclocking).

But for the best performance possible, you want to look at full / extended-ATX towers.

This form factor will offer you incredible options for fans, water cooling, multi-GPU, cable management, and much more.

Because they’re focussed on high-end builds they tend to come with superior build quality and awesome designs.

We’ve built a full page for the best E-ATX computer cases.

But for a quick view, one of the best full tower case is the Thermaltake View 71.

This monolith supports up to 9 fans, 4 water cooling radiators (all of impressive sizes), and plenty of expansion slots/vertical graphics card installation options.

Between this space and cooling utility, you’re going to achieve incredible overclocking potential on a multi-GPU build.

We also feel compelled to include a runner-up pick for those more focussed on style than build in the Thermaltake AH T600.

Take on look at the product and you’ll see why!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still more than capable of building a very powerful PC, you’re just paying a little more for the aesthetic.

Whether it’s a PC for video editing, server stand-up, some other high-end production build, or of course gaming, the space of a full tower will give you incredible utility.

Small PC / HTPC Case

Finally, there are those after a lightweight PC case.

If your goal is to build something for portability, a home theatre, or simply because you like a tiny aesthetic, then you should definitely be looking at a Mini ITX case.

We would highly recommend checking out our horizontal PC case article that includes a lot of great options.

But for a top pick: you can’t go wrong with the Thermaltake Core V1.

For its price, the V1 offers great build quality and features considering its limited space.

If money is less of an obstacle in your small PC build, check out the InWin A1 Plus.

Other tips / FAQ

 Motherboard compatibility

The best identifier of a case’s internal size compatibility is what type of motherboard a case can support, which should be one of the main factors of your decision.

We’ve included the common “mini/mid/full” form factor definitions in our chart but know that these terms are not as accurate as motherboard compatibility.

For example, you may run into a full tower case which is really more the size of a “large mid-tower”.

There’s also a huge variance in what is considered a “mini-tower”.

This is why a “case with ATX support” is more reliable than a “mid-tower case”, so always check the motherboard compatibility in the product listing.

Can my MicroATX motherboard fit in my ATX case (and similar questions)?

Yes.

As per the comparison chart, nearly all cases will fit motherboards smaller than its main form factor.

So you could also fit a Mini-ITX mobo inside an ATX tower.

That being said, there isn’t really much point to putting a smaller motherboard in a larger case (unless you wanted a large space for airflow and had low build requirements).

In nearly all cases though, you’d be better off getting an ATX case for an ATX motherboard, mITX case for an mITX motherboard, and so on…

Super Tower vs Full Tower PC Case?

“Super Tower” is a bit of a marketing term without a very clear definition of what size it represents (not unlike “XL-ATX”).

Typically, this form factor is going to be on the larger side of a full tower case.

So if you’re looking for the largest computer case possible, then this term is a good sign.

But we wouldn’t recommend excluding full towers in your search, as there are a lot more options available and plenty of these are just as spacious as the super form factor.

PC Case Size Dimensions

We’ve chosen not to include specific “typical” dimensions for each of the form factors in this article because they’re simply too varying from model-to-model.

We’d highly recommend you look at the dimensions of specific cases you’re interested in, as opposed to relying on “typical” dimensions.

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How to Check Your Steam Purchase History

Check Steam Purchase History

How to Check Your Steam Purchase History

Kaelum Ross

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May 16, 2020

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“When did I buy that game?”

Whether you’re just curious or trying to find recent purchases for a refund, Steam has a very simple way to check when you purchased a game (and how much it cost).

Check Steam Purchase History Steps

Step 1 – Login to your account and wait for the main screen to pop up.

Once there, click on your profile name in the top right corner and a small drop-down box will open below it as per the screenshot. Click “Account details”.

Steam Purchase History 1

This will take you to your main account details page.

From here simply click “View purchase history”.

And that’s it! You should then see a list of your entire purchase history since the account started.

This will show you when you got a game, how much it was and any refund details if applicable (also covers Steam wallet purchase history).

Can’t view Steam purchase history?

You should be able to see every game attributed to your account no matter how old on this menu.

If that’s not the case and you need to know, your best bet is to contact Steam support.

See total amount spent on Steam

If you want to depress yourself by knowing how much money you’ve spent in total on Steam, they added a feature for this a little while ago.

Just go to this link and log in – don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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