Brad ChacosSenior Editor, PCWorld

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Brad Chacos spends the days jamming to Spotify and digging through desktop PCs. He covers the gaming, graphics cards, and how-to beats for PCWorld, and spends his mornings running the news desk for PCWorld, Macworld, Greenbot, and TechHive.

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Windows 10: The 10 coolest features you should check out first

From Cortana to the fancy new Start menu, you won't want to miss these Windows 10 features.

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How to install the Windows 10 Preview: Everything you need to know

Try the Windows 10 beta safely: Here are the hardware requirements, and how-to's for preparing virtual machines and partitioned hard drives.

Microsoft's Surface RT tablets won't be upgraded to Windows 10

But Windows RT tablets will receive some sort of update with partial Windows 10 functionality.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 graphics card review: Maxwell meets PC gaming's sweet spot

Nvidia's $200 GTX 960 aims for the mainstream enthusiast 'sweet spot' and hits it dead center.

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Windows 10: The 10 most important new Consumer Preview features

From Cortana to Xbox streaming and the audacious Windows Holographic, these are the biggest announcements from Microsoft's Windows 10 Consumer Preview event.

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Windows 10's new features: Cortana, a 'Spartan' browser, Xbox streaming, and more

Microsoft showed off new, consumer-focused features for Windows 10.

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NZXT's $100 Doko box aims to kill Steam Machines and HTPCs

NZXT's $100 Doko uses Gigabit Ethernet and USB over IP technology to stream your entire PC to your TV.

Windows 7 exits mainstream support: What you need to know

Don't panic! Windows 7 exiting mainstream support on January 13, 2015, shouldn't have a major effect on day-to-day use.

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Google reveals Cast for Audio, a Chromecast-like way to beam music to sound gear

First Chromecast took over your TV, and Google Cast for Audio hopes to do the same for speakers and other audio gear.

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LG reveals the first ultrawide gaming display with AMD FreeSync support

An ultrawide field of view AND no image stuttering or screen tearing. Yep, this display was made with gamers in mind.

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New tool lets Chromebooks run Linux in a desktop window

So much for the old 'Chromebook are useless offline' meme.

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11 hilarious, brutally devious ways game developers punish pirates

The Sims 4's encroaching pixelization is the latest in a long line of hilarious anti-piracy efforts.

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The 10 best PC games of 2014

From puzzlers to old-school RPGs and a whole lot more, these titles were the cream of the PC gaming crop in 2014.

7 critical things to do immediately with a new PC

Quick, while it's still pure and unsullied! Set up antivirus, clear out bloatware, and perform other tasks to keep your PC humming well into the future.

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Your new PC needs these 22 free, excellent programs

Start off right with solid security tools, productivity software, and other programs that every PC needs.