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The most awesome PC cases mods of 2017

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Human ingenuity never fails to surprise.

A quick walk through the exhibit halls of this year’s Computex would have you expecting high-tech gadgets-and-gizmos-a-plenty, but what I didn’t expect was the sheer artistry in the presentation.

I’m talking specifically about the number of PC case mods that surprised and delighted those in attendance at Asia’s biggest tech expo.

PC case modding, as I have learned, is an art form in itself. The creation of something aesthetically pleasing or amazing (or sometimes even downright ridiculous) comes with the burden of making sure the computer still works after all the outrageous updates.

Yes, these masterpieces are working, functioning computers. From the flashy to the downright surprising, here are my favorite PC case mods.

Warcar by Fuxk

This car runs on the road and runs on Windows!

Wheel of Star by Modder Crow

Round and round she goes! This PC case mod literally turns and turns heads.

Mystic Light Sync by Black Mod (Baluc & Soccer)

This amazing case is not only a PC, it’s a fully functional arcade game, too!

Ipason I7 7799K by Ipason 

One bad-looking (and I mean that in a good way) PC. This will definitely light up gaming enthusiasts!

Conquer by Cougar

Who knew copper-orange could look so hardcore?

Aside from being fantastic works of art, this high-tech hobby is a great example of how the balance between the fun and the functional can result in amazing things.

SEE ALSO: Coolest and most useful tech finds in Taipei

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Steam Lunar New Year Sale is live!

Hold on to your wallets and pray it survives

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It’s time to roll up our sleeves, hold on to our bleeding and weeping wallets, and pray for the almighty Gaben because the Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale has officially begun.

The sale will run until February 19. Some of the discounted titles include:

Cuphead

US$ $16.99 19.99

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NBA 2K18

US$ 38.99 59.99

BUY HERE

Pyre

US$ 9.99 19.99

BUY HERE

Nioh: Complete Edition

US$ 34.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Complete Edition

US$ 90.99 129.99

BUY HERE

Sniper Elite 4

US$ 20.39 59.99

BUY HERE

The Evil Within 2

US$ 29.99 59.99

BUY HERE

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition

US$ 19.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

US$ 29.99 59.99

BUY HERE

Tekken 7

US$ 24.99 49.99

BUY HERE

Steam also rolled out improvements to Steam Wishlists. The update includes more ways to filter and categorize your options, as well as customizing relevant information. Viewing Early Access and review scores have also been tweaked to notify you as soon as changes have been made. The patch was released just today here.

SEE ALSO: Top 9 Steam Holiday Sale Deals

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Integral Memory announces world’s first 512GB microSD card

When you want more space

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How much storage do you need for your Android device? Most phones nowadays start at 32GB of internal storage and go up to 256GB depending on the configuration. But, what if that’s not enough? If your phone supports storage expansion via microSD card, this might satisfy your need for more bytes.

UK-based Integral Memory just announced the world’s first 512GB microSDXC card. We’ve reached the point where our phones have more storage than our slim notebooks.

The tiny memory card is fully compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. It’s guaranteed to avoid bottlenecks, especially when used with apps, unlike other cheap memory cards in the market. It’s not only for phones though, it’s also for digital cameras, action cameras, drones, camcorders, and PCs that accept microSDXC cards.

With this large storage, what’s the catch? Unfortunately, it’s the speed. The 512GB microSDXC card only meets the Video Class 10 standard for Full HD recording. To be specific, the card has a V10, UHS-I Class 1 specification and can handle transfer speeds up to 80MB/s. This means high bit rate 4K video recording might be challenging for the card.

The 512GB microSDXC card will be available some time in February 2018. No pricing info yet, but the full specifications of the card is available on Integral Memory’s website.

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Microsoft’s new patches may be harming your PC

The Meltdown and Spectre patches are duds!

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The Meltdown drama continues. Days after researchers confirmed the existence of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, big firms like Microsoft and Apple started issuing patches against the bug. Microsoft’s fixes, however, might be doing more harm than good.

Microsoft’s series of patches have been causing issues among those who installed it already. Users are reporting that the patches have caused their PCs to run slower than usual.

Surprisingly, Microsoft themselves have confirmed the reports. A wide range of devices are indeed slowing down because of the patches. The firm has also listed down the affected PCs, as described below.

First, PCs that run Windows 10 on newer processors like Skylake and Kaby Lake show “single-digit” but hardly noticeable slowdowns. Meanwhile, PCs that run Windows 10 on fourth generation or earlier chips will suffer from noticeable slowdown. Finally, those that run Windows 8 or 7 on older chips will be most hit by the performance issues.

The chaos doesn’t even stop there. Some users have even reported that their PCs have stopped booting entirely. In an open thread on Microsoft’s support forums, a user suffering from a bricked PC has been joined by a torrent of users who are suffering from the same issue.

As with the performance issues, Microsoft has issued a statement regarding the unbootable state. This time, they have pinpointed that AMD processors are to blame for the issue, citing a lack of documentation on AMD’s part.

Microsoft has since halted distribution of the erring security patch to AMD processors. Their support team is working to resolve the issue among those already affected by the issue. Meanwhile, Microsoft and AMD developers are working to put out a more stable fix for the Spectre flaw.

Despite the lack of workable fixes for the issue, Microsoft is assuring its users that harmful exploits have not been discovered out in the wild. Not yet, that is.

SEE ALSO: Newly discovered bugs leave two decades of devices vulnerable

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