Alex CocilovaAssistant Editor, PCWorld

Alex covers desktops, everything from fancy to practical. He's also an avid (addicted) gamer and loves following the industry.

MSI Radeon R9 280X video card review: AMD teaches an old GPU some new tricks

It's basically a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, with some new features and a compelling price tag.

Essential free software you can't afford to miss

No cost, no regrets. Our picks cover security, diagnostics, browsers, games, and entertainment.

Hands on with the 2DS: An entry level investment

We got some up-close time to handle the upcoming Nintendo 2DS. It's got a new look and a primary audience

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BootRacer 4.5 screenshot

BootRacer review: Utility will time your PC boot, but won't speed it up

BootRacer is a simple, free download that will time and record your PC's startup time. If you need to actually speed up the boot...well, that's on you.

Explore 10 incredible open-world games

Why wait for Grand Theft Auto V? Grab your parachute and take the plunge.

Free Game Friday: Bending time

Spend your free time bending time with these fun, free, time-altering games.

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11 great PC co-op games to play with your buddies

Shooting aliens, robbing banks, and hopscotching wormholes are all more fun with friends. Load up a co-op game, and start making memories.

Get back to work! Great software for reducing distractions

Text editors fill the screen. Utilities block time-sucking sites. All in the name of keeping you busy with the task at hand. Try one of these handy tools to keep you focused.

Free Game Friday: Love the line

It's simple, one dimensional and we wouldn't be able to create much without it. The line is the most underappreciated shape around and it's time it got justice in the form of some free and fun flash games! Get to it and show the line the love it deserves.

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The astounding evolution of the hard drive

Invented more than 50 years ago, the hard drive has transformed from a room-size appliance capable of storing just a few megabytes of data, to a pocket-size device that can stash terabytes.

Ashampoo MP3 Cover Finder finding covers

Ashampoo MP3 Cover Finder review: Organize your playlists—for a price

Ashampoo's MP3 Cover Finder is a tool to provide metadata and visual covers to mp3 files that are missing them or are incorrect. It uses intelligent fingerprint technology and searches the Internet to identify the tracks.

Free Game Friday: Boom

There's a reason why action movies are so popular, and believe me, it isn't for the story. Explosions fascinate and awe, so I put together a few free games that make them the star. Bombs away!

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Play your own way with these 10 awesome PC game mods

PC gamers never leave well enough alone with the games they buy. They tweak and adjust files, create new models and maps, and generally mess around with everything they can to craft completely new experiences. Check out these ten mods to get the most out of the games you already own.

Asus Zenbook UX301 Ultrabook

Asus demos two new Zenbooks, three Transformers, and an ultraportable laptop at IFA

New proudcts include Ultrabooks with Gorilla Glass lids, Windows/Android hybrids, and a budget-oriented ultraportable.

Free Game Friday: Feed your free time with these food games

If you love to eat and spend free time playing free games, this is the place for you. Enjoy these tasty morsels of bite-sized fun.

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