Best Budget Graphics Cards for 1080P Gaming in 2016 – Buyer’s Guide

Who said gaming is expensive? Gaming on budget is possible. We now have GPU’s that can play games on Ultra setting@1080p 60fps at sub $200. Well the problems with GPU’s are…sigh no it’s the developers. Unlike consoles, games won’t get optimized for PC. The only optimization comes from the GPU manufacturers. They’ll release game ready drivers as soon as new games released. But it doesn’t guarantee best performance. That’s why you have to invest in a decent GPU that’s capable of gaming at ultra or medium settings for future games. If you are into crossfire or SLI two of these budget cards then it’s not worth it and some cards don’t support pairing at this range. Its better invest in a single slot option rather than gets into problems at this price bracket.

Best Card under $200

Zotac GTX 1060 mini 3 GB gddr5


GTX 1060 is the new card based on Nvidia pascal architecture. You can run almost all games at 1080P 60FPS and VR ready. And can even do 1440p at medium ultra settings. It’s on the league of GTX 980 as well. If you think it’s the same card as GTX 1060 6GB, it’s not. There’s difference between the regular version and this 3GB version in terms of core configuration. Hence the lower price and 6GB version goes for high price. What difference it makes on games? It’s an interesting question. The difference is 0 to 3 fps at 1080p. And goes up to -9% differences at max settings at 1440p compared to 6GB version.

The worthy alternative to this card is RX 480 4GB. I would’ve chosen 480 over 1060 if both go for the same price. Why? 1060 beats RX 480 at all current DX11 games but RX 480 is more future proof and may perform better in upcoming titles and overclocking capability. And it does perform better on DX12 games like doom plus it does have more VRAM. But considering the extra premium price the 3rd party vendors asking for it instead of $199 launch price and the extra power consumption we like to invest that in better CPU to make sure we won’t have any bottleneck with GPU in modern titles.
GPUGTX 1060
Shader units1152
Texture Units72
ROP48
Floating Point Performance3.94 TFLOPS
Texture Fill Rate57.6 GTexel/s
Engine ClockBase: 1506

Boost:1708
Board Power120W

Pros:

Sub $200 & 1440p gaming

Performance of Previous flagship GTX 980

Lower power consumption

VR ready

Cons:

3GB VRAM enough? Are we into GTX 970 saga again?

DX12 performance concerns




Best GPU Under $150

Slot is opened and yet to see one card that’s fits here. We really feel RX 470 and GTX 1050 will battle here.

Best GPU under $120

Sapphire Radeon RX 460 2GB gddr5




RX 460 launch price is under $100 but the various models asking for a hefty price tag of $149 at launch. But it’s stabilized and we managed find RX 460 under $120. Its 2GB version but fully capable of 1080P gaming. The worthy alternatives are GTX 750Ti and GTX 950. But Considering RX 460 outperforms 750ti by approx 30% and by 950 approx 10% we choose RX 460. And its power consumption is low and doesn’t need external power connector. It runs on any crappy PSU and saves little bit of money in the long run.
GPUAMD RX 460
Shader units896
Texture Units56
ROP16
Floating Point Performance2.15 TFLOP
Texture Fill Rate57.6 GTexel/s
Engine ClockBase: 1900

Boost:1200
Board Power<75W


Pros:

1080P gaming

No 6 pin power connector needed

Cons:

Need to lower setting from High to Medium in some titles.



Wrap-up

There are older generation cards that can do 1080P games as well. But considering the price performance ratio, new architecture and performance these new selected cards fit well here for 1080p gaming. Also make sure to get a CPU that won’t bottleneck or overkill. It’s about balance when you pair CPU and GPU. Feel free to ask questions and express opinions as well. And we do like suggestions and we’ll update this guide in every 3 months to get updated with latest trends in budget gaming.




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Best Media Cabinets with Glass Doors - Buyer's Guide

Looking to store your favorite books and dvd's at one place? And you want a cabinet with glass doors right? Give me the nod. I tried, and its hard find one good list of media cabinets with glass doors. That is why i decided to list the  cabinets with glass doors.It wasn't a hard task but it took me serious amount of time. after all, we really want to store that games and dvd's at one place. my precious!


Best Cabinet under $100


It’s a perfect little champ that can store over 100 discs. It doesn’t take a lot of space of your living room, office room or bedroom. It does come with two color options. Black and Espresso. Both models are differing not only in color but finishing and price as well. But both models are well under 100$.The dimension of the media storage is 41”x8”x18”. And this would look great if two shelves are placed side by side.
Pros:
Build quality
Cheap
Beautiful
Less space required
Suitable for DVD/ Blue-ray collection/Videogames
Cons:
We expected it to be slightly higher in size

Best Cabinet under $200



We couldn’t find anything better under this price range. And why would we? Our eyes struck on this cabinet and fall in love with it. It does have sliding glass door which is very convenient to use. It's wall mountable, and the 8 shelves are adjustable. It can hold DVD’s up to 500. There are two sizes. Oak and walnut. I prefer walnut because it looks like expensive furniture from classic film of 19’s. The dimension is 32.4 x 9.5 x 31.9 inches.
Pros:
Well built
Easy to assemble
Easy to open sliding glass
Looks beautiful
Cons:
Color is not accurate as seen in the picture

Best cabinet under $300



A well assembled high-quality media cabinet. It can hold DVD’s up to 336. It’s good to store small books as well. The price isn’t steep either compared to other models. Models with real wood cost high.
Pros:
Solid build
Cons:
Heavy

Best Cabinet under $400


Beautifully crafted great piece of furniture that well worth the money. It does have fully adjustable shelves. It can store up to 1000 Disks’. It weighs 147 pounds which is heavy and not lightweight.
Pros:
Easy to assemble
Attractive and good design
Sturdy
Cons:
Small shelf
Heavy

Best Cabinet under $500

Leslie Dame MS-1400 Mission Style Multimedia Storage Cabinet



It does look 2 MS-700 cabinets put together with glue. It doesn’t make any sense to me but instead of ordering two ms-700, this might be better option and convenient for some. It can hold 672 DVD’s. The shelves are fully adjustable. It’s really heavy and weighs 283.3 pounds.
Pros:
Stable and sturdy
Cons:
Heavy

You may have noticed that we bumped into the same company more than once. It’s not because they paid us or wanted to. It happened coincidentally. And I dig more information about them and they are legitimate leading manufacturer of home and kitchen furniture with good support. And finally, you may not like what we like and it’s up to you purchase them or not. You may find better deal locally and before you purchase anything ask the seller more about the product and how long it’ll take them to ship to your home.


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Best 4K UHD Blu-ray HDR Players in 2016 - Buyer's Guide

Last week we carefully selected 4k UHD TV’s and this week we are selecting the best 4k Ultra HD blue players from different manufacturers. We almost expected that PS4 Pro would come with UHD blue-ray player. But it didn’t happen. Else it would’ve been on the list.4k content is now pushed by every company. Netflix also announced 4k content support with HDR.
Why buy UHD blue-ray player?
As the name says, it supports Ultra HD (4k) and HDR (High dynamic range) content which are of high capacity. So a new format is required. The typical blue- ray player won’t support this UHD-HDR content. But UHD blue-ray player can play normal DVD’s, Blue-ray disks and UHD blue-ray disk. So, your old discs won’t be useless if you have a 4K UHD TV.
Do I need it?
You don’t need it if you don’t have 4K UHD – HDR supported TV.We plugged the best 4k UHD DDR Tv's list at the bottom. It’s directed towards PS4 Pro owners, but it’s the best 4k UHD HDR TV’s on the market at the moment, and we update it frequently to tackle new trends.If you are getting new 4K Tv, then it's required enjoying new content. It’s the new standard. Of course, you have to pay a premium for it at the moment. But the price will fall as new models come to market. Also, 4K HDR content is still being pushed by streaming services.
Simply put everything will be at peak on your 4k TV with UHD (Picture quality, sound) and if your TV support HDR then it's ice on the top. Perfect!
Without further ado, have a look at the best UHD blue-ray players.
Microsoft Xbox one S (slim)



It’s a gaming console from Microsoft. It’s more than a console it a home entertainment system. Why Xbox One S? Why not? It costs less than the current dedicated UHD Blue-ray players, and it can play many games as well which is an addition. And you get lots of content as well. It’s the no-brainer UHD blue-ray player and decides to upgrade it to 4k UHD HDR TV later.
SAMSUNG UBD-K8500

Expensive but we can’t complain because UHD blue-ray player’s availability is low. UBD k8500 is Samsung’s UHD player. It does ask for a premium at the moment, but if we wait more we’ll have more options and price war will start
Panasonic UB 900 and UB700

Both are 4K UHD HDR capable. It’s Panasonic’s version of jab aiming at Samsung. 700 is smaller compared to 900 but lacks 7.1 surround sound and that premium look.
Philips BDP7501

Philips has its UHD blue-ray as well. You can find it here. It seem priced low compared to rivals.
Sony UBP-X1000ES 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Sony indeed does have its plans after decide to opt out UHD blue-ray from its PS4 Pro console. Sony decided to go with its dedicated blue-ray player for technophiles. They unveiled it with their $15k projector. It won’t be available till 2017. We hope it’ll be priced right.we heard its asking a premium of $900.
Oppo UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player




We heard Oppo readies a UHD blue-ray player for $499 soon.

And the Winner is,

Xbox One S

4K UHD HDR TV List
http://www.videogamerplus.com/2016/09/best-4k-tv-for-ps4-pro-buyers-guide.html



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Best Electronics Gifts for Holidays 2016 - Buyer's Guide

Hello, Here is a collection of electronics items that I found cool, fun, useful and worth looking at for your next gift purchase. Especially if you are looking any particular toy for kids to play. These gifts are carefully selected with a genuine interest and curiosity. And my eyes stuck on these. Being a tech enthusiast and gamer, I found these gadgets are fun. This list is still in work in progress and will get updated till Christmas and don’t blame me if it becomes a massive electronic gift guide. Bookmark this page and come back later if you don’t find what you are looking. I need your help as well. What you going to buy this holidays?

What’s cool with this list?
  • Carefully chosen
  • Gifts that does do awesome things
  • Fun, attractive, useful


Starting with
Best Electronic Gifts under $50

All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) 

If you have watched Iron man 3 then you know Jarvis who responds to commands by iron man. Well, Echo is something like that except it doesn’t look like a mighty robot.

Haktoys S611 Storm Ryder 2.4GHz 4 Channel 12" LED RC Quadcopter, 6 Axis Gyroscope, 360° flip-n-rolls 

How about this drone? A fantastic gift worth every penny and fun to play with it. Kids will love it. Cool to have it in your gaming room as well.



DKnight Big MagicBox Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless Speaker

I like it not because I’m a music fan. It does produce quality sound at a reasonable price. And it notifies you about incoming messages and can be used a speaker phone.


Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock with Battery Backup and Audio Input
Want to get up early for Christmas? This clock will help you to wake up. There’s lot of cool stuff about it.

MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths - For All LCD Screens
Bought brand new TV or monitor? Or Want to clean your lCD screen? You will find this useful


SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter
You don’t want to run out memory at that great moment. You ought to pick one.


Etekcity 10 Pack Power Extension Cord, 16AWG-13A, UL Listed
You might find this handy during Christmas. You don't want to get stuck finding the extension cord for that last light.


Best Electronic Gift $50+

Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Camera
Who doesn't like instant camera especially if it can shoot and print amazing memories? It’s really cute and going to be a perfect gift for your girl.




Cozmo
OMG! this one is a real surprise. Have you seen movie Wall-E.Cozmo robot looks like that Wall-E robot. Cozmo is a cute robot with unique personality and emotions. You'll definitely love it!

Sphero Special Edition BB-8 App-Enabled Droid with Force Band 
Star Wars fan? gotcha. This may be for you. Like Jedi, You can control BB-8 with force band. The force is strong with you


PS4 PRO
PS4 Pro is the new gaming console from Sony. It can do 4K HDR gaming. It’s an amazing gaming machine at an incredible price point that rivals PC master race. Liked by millions of PS4 fans, kids and gamers around the world it’s going to be a blockbuster gift.




4K Ultra High Definition TV
LG Electronics 60UH6150 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
It’s the best in resolution. It’s the latest and greatest in tech at an affordable price.Yeah expensive but eye candy bro!



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Best 4K UHD TV for PS4 Pro and PS4 in 2016 – Buyer’s Guide

Sony announced new PS4 pro and it’s capable of 4K HDR gaming. Now you are in market for 4K TV to hook with your new shiny console right? Which 4k TV for PS4 pro to choose from? Here we recommend some good TV’s that’s 60"+ HDR TVs.
Before you buy
What Sony recommend (Unofficial)?
1. They recommend size of 60” and up for average living rooms
2. HDR10 capability
Bigger the better but it seems little weird. Room size, seating size and media types are all different for each person. The price of UHD TV’s fall recently. But it doesn't mean its still affordable. May be its a good time to pick one. But watch out for below points if you are getting TV for gaming because streaming and gaming on TV is a bit different.
How to check whats the best size for your living room?
Its really simple. its the viewing distance(inches) divided by 3 = Recommended TV size. For ex.
if you are sitting 10 ft away from TV (10 feet*12 inches). That's 120 inches. 120 divided by 3 = 40" is the recommend TV size.

Before you upgrade, you should get TV with
1. True Ultra- HD
It’s the new standard now.
2. HDR10
Have a look at What is HDR. the video is just a glimpse of what real HDR looks like.


There are two standards. Dolby and HDR 10. Some TV’s support only one standard. Some support two. But Sony recommends HDR 10 capability. Companies name it differently. LG calls it HDR pro. Sony does have their own branding and calls 4K HDR. And samsung adopted SUHD branding.
3. 10bit panel
8-bit TV’s are outdated. If the price is cheap then it might be 8bit. Get 10bit. What’s the difference between 8bit and 10bit? Here is the excerpt from 4k.com and check what they say

4. Low input lag
The main problem of TV’s compared to monitors is high input lag. Select the one with very low input lag.
Based on official recommendation and high end spec you should look at these models depends on budget.

And here is the PS4 pro display chart


Best 60"+ UP HDR TV's for PS4 Pro and PS4

Under $5500
Sony XBR65Z9D 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

But wait.WTH?  Sony thinks we are billionaires? That’s hell expensive. We need to spend more on the games and less on parts. The next best option is.
Under $2500
Sony XBR65X930D 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart TV (2016 Model)

Under $1500
LG Electronics 65UH8500 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

Couldn't find anything great within 1500$. But if you can fetch a $200 more, this 65" TV will be good.It supports both HDR10 and Dolby vision.



That’s still way expensive dude. Gimme something cool? Wait I’ll work on this. Bingo. Next one that struck our eyes and that don’t break bank is
Under $1000
LG Electronics 60UH6150 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV


Due to various factors not everyone require 60" plus TV's. So we are expanding this guide to include tv's under 60". The least size we recommend is 55". 

Best 55"- 60" TV's for PS4 pro and PS4

Best Under $800



Still can’t find what to get? May be wait for new TV’s to come out or price to fall. New models come out early march. You’ll get awesome deals and can save lot of money. Also don’t go with black Friday deals. You often get bad quality products.

If you have any recommendation, please let us know!

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PS4 Pro ? Chaotic and Confused

Finally, Sony announced its new console called ps4 pro aka. PlayStation 4 pro. Now naturally so many questions arise like should I buy ps4 pro or buy PC or wait for new Xbox one Scorpio or next big thing from Nintendo.

Hype Wagon

Everyone was on the hype train and cheered they are getting a new 4k capable console. Every media on the internet was publishing about ps4 neo since day one. They built the hype train. It's the future console, Xbox one killer, almighty console, powerful enough to destroy all pc in the world and blah blah blah. What is wrong with this media?Is that a good thing? Yes and no

What did we get? PS4 Pro? Native 4k?


Name looks good. So ps4 capable of 4k 60 fps gaming? It's a native 4k resolution console or Not? Damn can't answer that question because the Last of us remastered is going to run native 4k on Ps4 pro! We can only find out PS4 is real 4k when games are released. I'm saying media built that kind of hype to get people pumped up. Are you the Xbox fanboy? No!. So you are a PC master race peasant who doesn't know anything about PS4? NO. I'm just saying the media is fueling the war between PC, PlayStation, Xbox. They all have their ecosystem to cope with and actively trying to get more people to their base.

PS4 vs. PS4 Pro

The main difference is the GPU power which is capable of 4.2 TF where original ps4 is 1.8 TF.

PS4 vs. High-End PC

The average PC is already moving beyond what is capable of yesterday. It changes fast and every year new iteration of GPU come out offering double the performance for the price.

Why Sony Strike now?

Many PC gamer use entry-level gaming PCs with GTX 950, 750TI, RX 270 where they are gaming on a budget. These pc's cost around $400-$500 depending on budget. PS4 Pro price is $399. You can't build a modern 1080p 60fps capable full PC withing $400 range now. So every new gamer got a choice to get into PlayStation Pro community. It's their best option depending on the current situations. On the other hand, the 0.1% 4k gaming is becoming an expensive and exclusive niche to target. It's only small percent.

PS4 Pro capable for 1080P 60 fps?

Yes, even the PS4 was capable of 1080P PS4 60fps games in few titles. With the new GPU power PS4 Pro is accomplished its mission 1080P 60 FPS gaming performance. Moreover, you'll get HDR (up scaling the game resolution to higher resolution) and more detailed graphics.The HDR feature is available on powerful GPU for a long time and there's tricks and tips to run the resolution you desired

Should I buy PS4 Pro instead of PC? And why?

I would say yes. Because even if you try to build a comparable PC, it'll cost higher than $400.
The comparable GPU to perform the level of PS4 Pro is RX 470 and GTX 1060. And both price tag is between $175- $200. And a hefty price in other countries where they are over priced as hell.

What does this mean to Microsoft?

They were trying to capture the PC market share. But Sony landed the first blow. Unless Microsoft announces something comparable at the same price point, they will struggle.

What does this mean to High-end PC gamer?

Nothing!

What does it mean to GPU manufacturers

unless they cut the price of GPU, they'll lose money.

PS4 Pro was the correct move?

I would say yes. It was the right move.

Why should I care your opinion?

Don't. Thanks for reading!

 Also check out my 1080P 60 FPS PC build under $500. trying to squeeze more and more for best vlue everyday!

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