So you’re able to stay at home and help stop the spread of Covid-19? Great! …now what? If you’re a PC lover whose suddenly got a lot of time on their hands, we have some ideas for you.
#StayHome Idea 1: Clean up!
Whether it’s your setup or the inside of your PC, now is the perfect time to dust your monitor, disinfect your devices and dispose of things you don’t need.
#StayHome Idea 2: Change your thermal paste.
If your thermal paste is overdue for a refresh, now’s a great time to do it. Not sure how to apply thermal paste? We’ll walk you through it in this video:
#StayHome Idea 3: Upgrade your components
With a less hectic schedule comes time to install that new cooler you bought. No components lying around? No worries! Go look around the internet and find all the parts you need to plan your perfect system.
You can never be too cautious with your cables. Check them out; if they’re too old to be safe or useful, toss them. And if you‘re less than happy with your PST cables, may we suggest you give ours a try?
Behind every ARCTIC product you love is a fantastic team of people who work very hard to bring it to you. We also have a lot of fun in the process! In our new Meet the Team blog series, we’ll introduce you to the ARCTIC family.
First up is Melanie Eichhorn. Melanie joined ARCTIC’s Finance Department as an accountant last year. Her duties include the balancing accounts and Amazon bookkeeping. She deals daily with billing, crediting and editing Remittance Advice, among other things. In her spare time, Melanie is a passionate gamer.
What do you like most about working at ARCTIC?
The team is great, of course. You feel immediately welcome and can also talk about personal things. Plus, I love numbers and order, I deal with that on a daily basis and it’s a great feeling when the accounts in the accounting are tidy.
What’s your favorite ARCTIC product?
This is an easy one! It is the Arctic Freezer XTREME! I installed it myself in my computer at home 10 years ago and have never had a problem with the cooler. It is still running flawlessly and hasn’t let up on performance
What is your connection to gaming?
I’ve been a gamer since I can remember. I started with consoles and then I quickly switched to the computer. I usually play World of Warcraft, The Sims or Assasins Creed and almost every genre of games. Working at a company that makes components and accessories for computers is absolutely great. One always pays attention to new product releases and whether they could be relevant for your own computer. Plus, you can suggest products to your friends and viewers in the stream with a clear conscience if you know them well.
Yesterday we launched The Z2-3D dual monitor arm, which combines flexibility, ergonomics and functionality with outstanding value for money. It enables use of multiple monitors, while its included cable management contributes to an orderly workspace. Through gas lift technology, the Z2-3D (Gen 3) offers maximum flexibility in screen orientation ensuring comfortable, ergonomic seating.
Here are a few reasons this desk mount is worth setting up, whether you‘re using it for work or for play:
Ergonomic screen positioning
Our monitor arms are height adjustable and allow you to easily
adjust your screen to the ideal, ergonomic screen setting. The
top of screen should sit just below eye level.
The Z2-3D (Gen 3) monitor arm helps keeping the desk tidy and creates more valuable space for the important things.
Full mobility for more comfort
Thanks to the Z2-3D (Gen 3) gas lift technology, the screens can be pulled up or pushed away smoothly and moved freely vertically.
Easily accessible SuperSpeed USB Hub
The SuperSpeed USB Hub provides a convenient place on your desk for connecting USB devices. Up to four devices can be connected simultaneously.
ARCTIC supports more than 30 esport teams and organizations.
The cooperation with our partners is most-valuable for us, thus, we’d like to present our “partner of the month”:
Dominik “NeXxX” Weber
EraseME was founded by Dominik “NeXxX” Weber in 2014 and has been growing ever since. At this point, more than 75 members have the chance to be part of the gaming-history, thanks to EraseMe’s experienced eSport management.
The organization reached a huge milestone in 2016 by becoming a registered association. Despite growing fast and becoming more professional, they never lost their values. A friendly and family-like atmosphere is just as important to them as their performance goals.
We asked the founder and CEO Dominik “NeXxX” Weber: What can we expect to see of EraseME in the future?
“We’ve signed a new CS:GO team, because the last season didn’t go as we hoped. The new team has a lot of potential.
With three players that were previously known as “nooky” in Team Germany, plenty of gaming experience is added to the team. Fai brings a lot of calmness and harmony to the team which rounds it all off.
Additionally, the young talents add a new impulse, thus,creating a unique synergy and team dynamic that will be very hard to stop.”
Where/ What does EraseME play?
99 Damage Division 2
ESL Championship qualifier
“Virtuelle Bundesliga” qualifier
ESL Championship qualifier
League of Legends:
After ESL championships, the EraseME team was promoted to Division 2.
Various ESL Cups and tournaments
We’re happy to support EraseME on their journey, and are excited to see where it will lead them.
It’s getting colder. It already smells like Xmas cookies and the city is decorated with lights and ornaments – it’s holiday season! And that means it’s also time to start thinking about gifts for people you care about. For some of them it can be a pain to find the right present. But if you have some gaming fans and PC enthusiasts on your shopping list, you don’t have to look any further for the best gifts – just use some ideas from our gift guide for gamers.
Merch – Show Your Love for Your Favorite Games
Plushies, action figures, backpacks, shirts and mugs – there is a never ending list of cool merchandise for all kind of PC games. If your budget is a little tight, you can do nothing wrong with a fan article of your loved one’s favorite PC game. Sure, it won’t expand his gaming repertoire or enhance his playing experience, but it will definitely conjure a smile on his face. Also, there are some cool fan articles and merchandise that are also quite handy. A cool and colorful Pacman lamp will brighten up the day every time it’s turned on. And thanks to a cool hoodie or jumper with a game logo or nice geeky quote on it, there is no feeling cold during winter days.
Let Your PC Stay Cool as a Winter Day
PC gaming systems develop quite some heat. If you don’t want to hear your gamer friend complaining about it, a cooling solution can be a nice idea for a Xmas gift. Try to find out which component he wants to save from overheating. Also ask which brand he has for his graphics card and CPU to get a compatible cooler. Also it’s good to know whether he prefers air cooling, water cooling or perhaps a hybrid model. No matter how small or great your budget is, you will find a compatible solution. And one thing is for sure – a new CPU or GPU cooler will be his highlight for Xmas.
Liquid CPU cooler – the perfect gift for gamers
Best View and Best Sound
For the best gaming experience, a good gaming headset and an ideal monitor setup are important. You surely can make a gamer happy with a new and stylish headset. Here, it’s a nice idea to select one with a design that reflects his gaming preference. E. g. for military games, a gaming headset camouflage design is a nice idea. You could also look for a headset in his favorite color.
To get the best overview while playing a video game, two or even three monitors are the best. To set them up, monitor arms are a good option. If the monitor arm also has a USB hub, the gamer can easily plug in his keyboard, mouse or even a desktop fan to stay cool during the excitement of gaming.
Get the perfect overview while gaming with monitor arms
You want to get your gamer friend away from his PC? You try to share his love for video games, but don’t get the hang of it? Present him with a board game version of his favorite PC game on Xmas. From World of Warcraft over Starcraft to the Zelda themed Monopoly – there are lots of different parlor games that are based on video games.