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PC Video Card Roundup

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Graphics Upgrades for Every Budget

By Dave Spohn

It's always a challenge to keep up with the rapid pace of progress in graphics technology these days. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 280 has easily held the top spot for overall single-GPU performance since its release, but ATI got back in the race with their aggressively priced Radeon HD 4000 series. An assortment of dual-GPU cards have recently hit the market, such as the Radeon 4870 X2, to which Nvidia ultimately responded with the new GeForce GTX 295. As a result, there is a staggering amount of graphics processing power available for those who want it, but there is also an abundance of great cards for gamers that are keeping a close eye on their budget.


Choose Your Weapon

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Buying a Mouse for Gaming

By Dave Spohn

The most personal peripheral on your PC is likely your often-overlooked mouse. Gamers in particular tend to have an intimate relationship with this device, which remains the preferred controller of the PC crowd despite a wealth of alternatives from gamepads to joysticks. A mouse for gaming has to be comfortable as well as functional, and something as subtle as a left button that's a little too sensitive or a wheel that's a little too stiff can drive some gamers to distraction. Mice are loaded with features these days, so let's look at some of the things the latest generation of these devices has to offer.


Beta Testing

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End_of_Beta_iiiBeta Testing Basics

Helping Shape the Game

Today's video games are remarkably complicated pieces of software, and it takes a great deal of rigorous testing to ensure that the final product is not only reasonably free of bugs, but also enjoyable to play. While the opportunity to beta test a game was once quite rare, it's become a great deal easier to get into betas in recent years. One reason for this is that there are more online games in development. Game companies have also discovered that beta tests, like playable demos, can be very good promotions.

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