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PC Perspective Holiday Buying Guide 2012!

Author: PCPer Staff
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Various

Chris Barbere's Picks

Yamakasi Catleap Q270 WQHD 'Pixel Perfect' 2560x1440 LED Monitor

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I've been running a three monitor setup with 3 ASUS 23" 1920x1080 (5760 x 1080) resolution monitors for the better part of the year and loving all that real estate.  Sadly, everything isn't sunshine and candy canes.  The primary reason I built the setup was so that I could game using Eyefinity across all that real estate, and when it actually works, it's glorious.  Unfortunately, most games just aren't built to handle that much resolution and menu's and UI just become a mess.  I find I'm running 90% of my games in a window on a single monitor just to make it work.  Of course, there's no reason I have to 'suffer' at 1920 x 1080, and I've been eyeing the 2560 x 1440 monitors as a replacement for my center screen for a while.

You would be hard pressed to find a US vendor selling one for under $600-$700, but just head on over to eBay and there's a plethora of 27" 2560 x 1440 monitors for under $400!  Just make sure you get a "Pixel Perfect" version.

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Check out our article and review on the Korean 27" WQHD Monitors!

Company of Heroes 2 Pre-Order

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I believe I've spent more time playing the original Company of Heroes than any game I've ever played in my life, and I've played a lot of MMO's in my past, so that's saying a lot.  Released over 6 years ago, I still play this regularly with friends online and it's by far one of the best RTS games ever made.  Company of Heroes 2 is due early next year and moves the battlefiedl from the European theater to the Western Front and the German invasion of the Soviet homeland.  I can't wait to get my hands on some T-34's...

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Amazon Prime Membership

For $79 per year, if you shop on Amazon more than a few times a month, this is worth every penny.  The free 2 day shipping and $3.99/item upgrades to overnight shipping alone make it worth it for me.  There's many things I used to hop in the car and head to the store for that I now just fire up Amazon and order.  I mean, why go to the store and pay $10 for 25 feet of bubble wrap when I can get 175 feet of it from Amazon for $20?

On top of the shipping perks, you throw in thousands of titles available for streaming through Prime Instant Video (sadly no Media Center Plug in yet!) and a "Lending Library" of eBooks for your Kindle, and this $79 pays for itself in no time.

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December 13, 2012 | 08:09 AM - Posted by YTech2 (not verified)

For this PCper Season Holiday Gift Picks;

I preferred:
- iFixIt.com Pro Tech Tool Kit
The tool kit would be a great addition to my current set. Then probably a bigger tool box. Unfortunately, the cost is a little high and could only find US vendors. Meaning, I'd have some extra burden to ship to Canada.

- Samsung 840 Pro 256
I read a lot of good feedback about this piece. Sadly, I could not find any Canadian Vendors. I may go for the OCZ Vector (non-sandforce version) or an Intel.

To add, I have been looking for a good wireless headset to allow free distance movement (~20 feet radius) for live broadcast, skype, gaming, and other. So far, I could not find anything better than my wired 10 years old gadgets.

December 13, 2012 | 06:01 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Ryan seems to like the Vengeance 2000. As it's based on the 1500 I think it's a good headset built-quality and sound-wise but I'm not sure on how far away you can go with the 2000.

December 13, 2012 | 10:42 AM - Posted by Adeste Fideles (not verified)

i thought josh would have picked more hair and ryan more amenable minions.

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