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Top Ten Gifts for the Holidays

PC enthusiasts are hard to buy for. What, you’re going to buy someone a video card? Expensive and foolish, unless you know exactly what they already have and what they want. Instead, here are some gift ideas for builders, overclockers, and gamers that won’t break the bank or insult their intelligence. You know, stuff you’d actually want and use yourself. Not yet another Portal-referencing T-shirt. We’re better than that.

 

 

 

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PC Modder Ruler
 

Price: $40


Buy it here!

Measure twice, cut once, right? With templates and guides for fan holes and switches, screw sizes, water cooling barbs, and tubing diameter, it’s an all-in-one modding accessory.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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64GB Patriot SuperSonic Magnum USB 3.0 flash drive

Price: $75


Buy it here!

A flash drive might seem like a crummy gift, but that’s only if it’s a small capacity USB 2 drive. 64GB of USB 3.0 storage is another story, and at only $75 for the 64GB model you’ll be getting your friend something useful while still having money left over for yourself. There’s also a 128GB version for $130.
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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BitFenix Alchemy LED Strips

Price: $35


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What’s the point of a fancy build if nobody can see it? Run some LED strips along the edges of your case to provide classy, even lighting for your rig. BitFenix’s Alchemy LED strips run cooler than cold cathodes, are easier to install, and are chainable. They come in five colors and multiple lengths, and there’s even a waterproof version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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USB OTG cable and Nexus Media Importer

Price (USB OTG Cable): < $2

Price (Nexus Media Importer): $3

 

Buy USB OTG Cable here!

Buy Nexus Media Importer here!


Got a fancy Android phone or tablet like the Nexus 4 or 7, but bummed out by the tiny, non-upgradeable storage options? For the price of a sandwich you can get a cable that’ll let you connect any thumb drive to your Android’s microUSB port, plus the software to let you stream or download your movies, music, or photos from the drive to the Droid.
 

 

 


 

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iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

Price: $60


Buy it here!

Everything you need to crack open and repair components, laptops, smartphones, whatever. Other than a soldering iron. There’s a 54-bit magnetized screwdriver, a ruler, tweezers, anti-static strap, and more spudgers than you can shake an additional spudger at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Black Blood of the Earth

Price: $40 for 750ml


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This isn’t coffee, it’s Arcturian Mega-coffee. For the caffeine monster in your life who’s tired of Bawls, Monster, or other such sugary nonsense, get a bottle of Black Blood of the Earth. It’s hyper-concentrated, vacuum-extracted coffee essence. The guy who makes it estimates (estimates!) that it’s roughly 40 times more caffeinated than coffee. It’s priced like a good scotch, and you should enjoy it like one. Slowly, and no more than 100ml per day.
 

 

 

 


 

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Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

Price: $33


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A headlamp is a great way to make sure that no matter what dark cranny of your build you’re working in, you’ll always have light. And you’ll have both hands free for swapping out parts, tightening a hard-to-reach screw, or tidying up your wiring. The Black Diamond Spot is around $30, has adjustable lighting settings, includes a red low-light mode, and runs for a long time on three AAA batteries.
 

 

 

 

 


 

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Cyber Clean

Price: $7


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Canned air is great for getting dust out of your computer and out from between your keys, but for actually cleaning your keyboard, mouse, phone, or other surfaces that get a lot of hand-time, pick up some Cyber Clean. Just press it on and peel it off. It takes dirt, grease, dust, and gunk with it, and it’s reusable. (note: the image is from Cyber Clean’s website.)
 

 

 

 

 


 

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Raspberry Pi

Price: $35


Buy it here!

What can you do with a $35 board with Ethernet, USB 2.0, audio, an SD slot, and a 700MHz Broadcom SoC with integrated GPU and 512MB RAM? Build your own web server, tiny Linux client, XBMC box, run your home automation system, control a Pip-boy; whatever you want! There are several Raspberry Pi build logs already on OCN to spark your imagination.
 

 

 

 

 


 

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Lamptron FC10 Fan Controller

Price: $110


Buy it here!

Okay, everyone loves the FC6v2, and we get that - but the Nixie tubes on this controller set it apart from the rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Comments (6)

I might get a few of these for myself lol
I really want to get some BBotE, but not at $55 shipping to Switzerland
I'm really digging Cyber Clean and iFixit
Nice suggestions.
Loving that fan controller.
Thank you for suggestions, the cyber clean sounds very handy. am i able to reuse the cyber clean alot? Or is there a limit before you need to get a new one?
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