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I'm Alex, and I'm on the PC and Hardware teams here at Destructoid. While I've been playing games since I was a kid, I admit that I haven't really gotten into the gaming community until very recently (2011).

Anyway, I mostly play Battlefield 3, Guild Wars, FFXI, and Starcraft II at the moment. If you ever need any PC help (including troubleshooting or advice on PC buying) feel free to hit me up at alex@destructoid.com

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Review: ROCCAT Isku FX

Remember when I reviewed the ROCCAT Isku? Well, the company has turned out another model, the Isku FX, which is essentially the same keyboard, except the keys can now change colors. While there are some other small things included for the slightly increased price, I set out to see if the FX was worth it over the regular Isku.   more

Review: ROCCAT Isku FX photo

Review: Digital Storm Marauder

For some people, putting together their own custom computer isn't worth the time and effort. Thankfully, companies like Digital Storm exist to fill that void by providing excellent desktops at reasonable prices that are alrea...   more

Review: Digital Storm Marauder photo

Review: ROCCAT Kone[+]

Arguably one of the most important components in PC gaming is the mouse. To play at your max, you've got to have the precision and control for your favorite first-person shooter, MMO, or whatever game you play, so it only mak...   more

Review: ROCCAT Kone[+] photo

Review: ROCCAT Isku

We're going to take a closer look at the ROCCAT Isku today. With a backlit keyboard, built-in wrist rest, tons of customization, and awesome software, what's not to love?   more

Review: ROCCAT Isku photo

Review: Li Lian Li PC-B25F case

Anyone who's heard of Lian Li knows they produce some of the most expensive computer cases. Seriously, they're crazy expensive. Though with all the cool features and chic designs Lian Li brings to the table, some would argue ...   more

Review: Li Lian Li PC-B25F case photo

Razer's Project Fiona set to be revealed January 10th

Turns out the Razer Blade isn't the only thing set to be paraded around CES this winter, as Razer's website pcgamingisnotdead.com features a brand new video titled "Project Fiona." With Razer promising an all new form fa...   more

Razer's Project Fiona set to be revealed January 10th photo

Review: iBuyPower HS11 tears down negative expectations

Lately, we've been doing a lot of articles covering PC hardware that require basic knowledge on how to build your own computer. However, one option I often overlook is pre-built computers by companies such as iBuyPower. Today, I'm going to review the iBuyPower HS11: a holiday special made for gamers who want a good deal, but at the same time, are not interested in building the computer themselves.   more

Review: iBuyPower HS11 tears down negative expectations photo


Review: iBuyPower HS11 tears down negative expectations photo
Review: iBuyPower HS11 tears down negative expectations photo
Review: iBuyPower HS11 tears down negative expectations photo
Review: iBuyPower HS11 tears down negative expectations photo
Review: iBuyPower HS11 tears down negative expectations photo
Review: iBuyPower HS11 tears down negative expectations photo



StarCraft II goes 50% off for Black Friday

Ever want to get into StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, but never had an excuse to start? Well for Black Friday, Blizzard is selling it for 50% off, bringing it down to a grand total of $29.99 -- pretty cheap in my opinion for an awesome game. Don't delay in taking advantage of this deal, as it expires November 28th!   more

StarCraft II goes 50% off for Black Friday photo

Two Razer Blade laptop prototypes stolen

In case you don't know, the Razer Blade is Razer's (overpriced) solution to breathing new life into PC gaming. Two of these monsters were stolen from the company's Bay area R&D labs over the weekend and Razer clearly does...   more

Two Razer Blade laptop prototypes stolen photo

Behind the scenes of Battlefield 3's graphics

To help usher in Battlefield 3, NVIDIA has released some behind-the-scenes footage from GeForce LAN 6 detailing how DICE made the game the gorgeous masterpiece it is. The video series features rendering architect Johan A...   more

Behind the scenes of Battlefield 3's graphics photo

Lots of NVIDIA toys to play with at BlizzCon

NVIDIA has shared a little of what's in store for BlizzCon this year. Just about everywhere you look at the convention, you'll find GeForce GTX-equipped PCs powering all the Blizzard games you love such as World of Warcraft&n...   more

Lots of NVIDIA toys to play with at BlizzCon photo

Review: OCZ Vertex 3 vs. Crucial M4 solid-state drive

Even among solid state drives, there is a wide range of performance despite the large improvement over traditional hard disk drives. A couple weeks ago, I reviewed the OCZ Solid 3 ($167.49) and it turned out to not be th...   more

Review: OCZ Vertex 3 vs. Crucial M4 solid-state drive photo

Review: OCZ Solid 3 solid-state drive

A lot of people have been asking whether solid-state drives (SSD) are up to par, if they're worth your money when compared to a traditional hard disk drive (HDD). Some critics will even go as far as saying that an SSD is the ...   more

Review: OCZ Solid 3 solid-state drive photo


Review: OCZ Solid 3 solid-state drive photo
Review: OCZ Solid 3 solid-state drive photo
Review: OCZ Solid 3 solid-state drive photo
Review: OCZ Solid 3 solid-state drive photo
Review: OCZ Solid 3 solid-state drive photo
Review: OCZ Solid 3 solid-state drive photo



Official Battlefield 3 PC requirements released

The official PC requirements for Battlefield 3 were finally posted today! Minimum System RequirementsOS: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) 32-BitProcessor: 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ or Althon X2 2.7 GHz)Memory: 2 GBHar...   more

Official Battlefield 3 PC requirements released photo

While AMD goes for brains, NVIDIA goes for brawn

If you have looked into building your own computer, you'll know that shopping for a video card can be a daunting experience to say the least. With tons of specs to look at, things tend to get a little confusing when comparing...   more

While AMD goes for brains, NVIDIA goes for brawn photo

Review: The Titan aluminum mouse pad

I don't know how many of you use aluminum mouse pads, but this is the first one I've ever tried out. Unlike your typical rubber mouse pad, these are rigid. It freaked me a little out at first, but it's pretty cool. You won't get those annoying frayed ends on the edges of the mouse pad, it stays clean, and my mouse has excellent accuracy with it.   more

Review: The Titan aluminum mouse pad photo


Review: The Titan aluminum mouse pad photo
Review: The Titan aluminum mouse pad photo
Review: The Titan aluminum mouse pad photo
Review: The Titan aluminum mouse pad photo
Review: The Titan aluminum mouse pad photo
Review: The Titan aluminum mouse pad photo