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How to buy an NVIDIA RTX 3000 series GPU (3060TI, 3070, 3080, 3090)

Are you struggling to get your hands on an RTX 3060TI, 3070, 3080, or 3090? Here are the best ways to increase your chances.

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Here are some tips to make ensure you find one of the new NVIDIA RTX 3000 graphics cards.

With the global pandemic ravaging supplies for luxury items, it has been nothing short of a hassle to get PC components. While consoles are more plentiful in supply, drops of graphics cards have sold out in mere seconds, leaving many potential buyers increasingly frustrated.

We were able to snag an RTX 3080 for retail price, and during the long 2-month journey, we learned about plenty of avenues to be in tune with all of the drops.

Before we hop in, let’s talk odds. For the RTX 3080, you will be regularly dealing with extremely low supply. The odds of getting one of these is low.

For the RTX 3070 and 3060TI, the drops have been larger, and many have successfully got their hands on a card. Lastly, if you’re willing to pay $1,500, drops for the RTX 3090 last a bit longer than the 3080 due to the higher price.

With that being said, here are some of the strategies that can get you the best chance at getting an RTX 3000 GPU.

Stock Checkers

There are a variety of stock checker bots across social media and on independent websites. To stay updated, you’ll need lots of notifications. The best social network to find out about drops is Twitter. If you turn on tweet notifications, there are accounts dedicated to tweeting when stock is available. Here are some of those accounts.

In addition to accounts like these, you can follow Newegg’s official Twitter account for stock alerts/drop announcements.

There’s also the option of Twitch streams that monitor websites. If you play games and keep them on in the background, they stay completely silent until stock drops. The stream will play a notification sound, and then the chat will be spammed with the link to the available card. We used Falcodrin’s stock checker for our daily notifier.

Best Buy

Your best bet to get any card is from Best Buy. While Newegg has plenty of drops, Best Buy has a queue system for buyers.

Once you see a drop is live (often around the afternoon EST), you’ll have the opportunity to enter a virtual line of buyers to get a card if inventory is available. It’s better than spamming “add to cart” and being met with errors like competing websites.

Computer Stores

For the US and Canada, Microcenter and Canadian Computers occasionally get a supply of cards. In the US, Microcenter runs by first come, first serve. So if you’re by one, you should visit now and then to test your luck.

For Canada, Canadian Computers has a pre-order system where you’ll have a card reserved for you when it comes in stock. It may take some time (over a month), but you’ll be guaranteed a card. We were able to get an RTX 3080 in 5 weeks with them.

What’s the best way?

If you’re in Canada, Canadian Computers is the best way. If you’re not, keeping an eye on stock checkers and waiting for Best Buy drops is the way to go. Best Buy has a much better system for buyers, and we were able to grab a 3070 on launch day from their site.

As long as you have Twitter notifications for stock alerts, you shouldn’t miss many of the restocks. Normally, there is one sizable restock a week at Best Buy, but occasionally it takes 2 weeks.

Hopefully this helps you get a card!

Apex Legends

Every confirmed change coming in Apex Legends Season 12

With Apex Legends Season 12 being released soon, players may be wondering what kind of changes the update will bring to the game.

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Apex Legends Season 12 is set to launch very soon and we have all of the details on every known change the update will bring to the game.

With every new season of Apex Legends, players expect a heap of changes to come and bring some excitement to the game.

Apex Legends Season 12 was recently announced, and as it is launching soon we thought it would be a great idea to detail all the changes coming in the new update that we know about.

Apex Legends Season 12 Legend Mad Maggie

apex legends mad maggie launch trailer

Like any new season, Apex Legends Season 12 is bringing a brand new Legend to the roster. Mad Maggie will be an Offensive classed Legend with a kit that is built for being fiery and aggressive.

Her relationship with Fuse is bound to be explosive, adding further lore and yet another connection between the Legends. We’ll have to see how strong her kit will be once the season launches on February 8, as Maggie could shake up the meta.

For now, check out our piece on all her abilities.

Olympus changes

new poi on olympus apex legends

Season 12 will also be bringing some changes to the beloved Olympus map. Since arriving in Season 7, Olympus hasn’t seen many significant changes. The launch trailer was revealed on January 27, finally giving fans a sneak peek at the crazy update the map will be getting.

It seems an explosion has caused Olympus to teleport and stabilize just above the city that it was previously floating above. Players will now be able to see the city below, as well as a brand new skybox that seems to be more grounded and within the planet’s atmosphere rather than in the sky.

Further, the launch trailer also revealed a new POI as well, and that the explosion has caused objects and buildings to be misplaced all over the map. You may even see some structures and objects from other maps placed on Olympus after this huge phase explosion shown in the trailer.

Legend buffs & nerfs

crypto apex legends

We will have a much better understanding of Legend buffs and nerfs when the patch notes are released and we will update this article when the information drops.

Having said that, we know that there are plans to bring changes for Crypto and Pathfinder. Crypto has been needing a rework for some time and Pathfinder is still lacking a personalized Passive ability, so perhaps these are changes that we will see in the Season 12 patch.

Apex Legends Anniversary

apex legends anniversary login rewards

Apex Legends Season 12 will also celebrate the game’s third anniversary, with login rewards for players and a possible event filled with new skins.

Not much is known about the anniversary celebration apart from the login rewards, but be sure to stay updated with our guide on the event.

New LTM “Control”

apex legends control LTM

Players will finally be getting a brand new LTM in Season 12 called “Control.” This LTM will see teams of nine players battle it out to take control of three objective points. Although there hasn’t been any indication of setting, we could be seeing a variety of POIs used as maps for this mode.

This mode will be available for the first three weeks of Season 12, but many believe the mode will eventually become permanent, using the three weeks as a play test.


That’s all for the changes coming in Apex Legends Season 12. We will be updating this piece with all the changes when the patch notes are released. For now, be sure to check out the most popular Legends in the current season.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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FIFA 22

How to complete Ultimate Team Varane Flashback SBC in FIFA 22

Raphaël Varane is one of the best CBs in FIFA 22, and FUT players are going to want to complete his Flashback SBC.

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Varane flashback SBC FIFA 22

Manchester United defender Raphaël Varane was already one of the best CBs in the game and his Flashback upgrade is set to take him to the next level. Here’s how you can complete Varane’s FIFA 22 Flashback SBC.

Flashbacks SBCs have been extremely popular in FIFA 22 and Ultimate Team players should be excited to see another top player join the likes of Benzema, Pato, and Kane.

Varane’s Rare Gold card was already a meta defender option and this Flashback upgrade can very well make him the best CB in the game. However, given his club and nationality, Varane is far from an affordable defender.

Ultimate Team players will be required to submit seven squads to get their hands on this mighty CB, and we’ve got the cheapest solution to give you a hand.

FIFA 22 Flashback Raphaël Varane stats

Varane Flashback stats FUT

Varane is an absolute monster that is sure to improve the majority of squads. Thanks to his French nationality and Premier League association, fitting Varane into squads should be a simple task. For starters, Varane’s pace will allow him to keep up with some of the fastest forwards in the game.

Varane is the most complete defender in the game with very few weaknesses. He can pass well and move the ball up the pitch. Of course, his defending and physical stats are some of the best in the game. Varane will be a brick wall at the heart of your defense.

Cheapest way to complete Flashback Varane SBC in FIFA 22

Varane Manchester United CB

To complete this SBC players will need to give up seven squads: Past and Present, Les Bleus, Top Form, 2x 87-Rated Squad, 88-Rated Squad, and League Finesse. With a value of around 1 million coins, Varane will be out of reach for some. However, if you have the coins to complete this FIFA 22 SBC you absolutely must.

You can check out the cheapest solutions below.

Past and Present requirements

  • # of players from Real Madrid or Manchester United: Min 1
  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 84
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75

Past and Present solution – Cost: 44,000 coins

Past and Present SBC solution

Les Bleus requirements

  • # of players from France: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 86
  • Team Chemistry: Min 65

Les Bleus solution – Cost: 116,000 coins

Les Bleus SBC Solution

Top Form requirements

  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 86
  • Team Chemistry: Min 60

Top Form solution – Cost: 150,000 coins

Top Form SBC solution

87-Rated Squad requirements

  • Squad Rating: Min 87
  • Team Chemistry: Min 85

87-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 195,000 coins

87-rated squad SBC solution

87-Rated Squad requirements

  • # of TOTW players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 87
  • Team Chemistry: Min 50

87-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 200,000 coins

87 rated squad sbc solution

88-Rated Squad requirements

  • Squad Rating: Min 88
  • Team Chemistry: Min 45

88-Rated Squad solution – Cost: 265,000 coins

88 rated squad sbc solution

League Finesse requirements

  • # of players from the Premier League: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 85
  • Team Chemistry: Min 70

League Finesse solution – Cost: 68,000 coins

League Finesse SBC solution

The Varane Flashback SBC is available until February 27, so you’ll have plenty of time to complete this pricey reward.

TOTW players will be slightly overpriced at the moment due to active SBCs requiring in-form players but you may be able to snipe some for cheap.


For more FIFA 22, check out how to complete Ultimate Team Hero player pick SBC in FIFA 22, or check out the upcoming TOTY Honourable Mentions players & release date.

Image Credits: EA Sports / FUTBIN

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Call of Duty: Warzone

How to fix Warzone Status Savannah error

The Savannah error message is a regular problem for Warzone Pacific players, and we have some fixes to help get rid of it.

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Warzone Pacific Status savannah error

Follow our quick and easy guide to help you fix the Savannah error message in Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific and get back into the battle royale action.

Every now and again, an annoying Warzone error message will pop up during your Warzone experience and prevent you from playing the game. Warzone Pacific has had multiple run-ins with error messages such as error code 47, error code 48, and dev error 6039.

The “status: SAVANNAH” notice prevents you from joining up with friends and fortunately, we have a few quick fixes with one of them likely to fix your version of Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific.

How to fix Warzone Status Savannah error

savannah error in warzone

You’ll know if this error happens to you as you’ll receive an error message saying “Unable to join game session, the host cannot be joined or gameplay is paused. status: SAVANNAH.”

This frustrating error will leave you unable to play Warzone with friends, and it will require one of several fixes to make it go away.

How to fix Warzone Status Savannah error on PC

Warzone Pacific Operator firing PPSH

For PC players, you have a couple of key fixes that are simple enough to perform and seem to resolve the issue.

Update Warzone

Lots of players either forget to update Warzone or, for whatever reason, have their updates set to manual, meaning their version isn’t current.

So simply:

  1. Load up Battle.net
  2. Select ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’
  3. Hit the cog button beside Warzone, and click on ‘Check for Updates’
  4. Make sure any outstanding updates are installed
  5. Retry the game and try and join up with friends

Delete files

If the solution above didn’t work, then we’d encourage you to dive into Modern Warfare’s data and delete folders that may have become corrupted.

To do this:

  1. Go to Modern Warfare’s game files
  2. Delete the following files:
    • code_post_gfx.psob
    • data0.dcache
    • data1.dcache
    • techsets_captive.psob
    • techsets_common.psob
    • techsets_common_base_mp.psob
    • techsets_common_mp.psob
    • techsets_common_sp.psob
    • techsets_estate.psob
    • techsets_global_stream_mp.psob
    • techsets_lab.psob
    • techsets_mp_frontend.psob
    • techsets_stpetersburg.psob
    • toc0.dcache
    • toc1.dache
  3. Go to Battle.net
  4. Hit the cog button beside Warzone
  5. Choose ‘Scan and Repair’
  6. Launch the game after it’s finished

How to fix Warzone Status Savannah error on PS4 & PS5

Warzone operator holding a sniper rifle

PlayStation users on either the PS4 or PS5 have it even easier than PC players for their fix as it only requires a few simple steps.

Here’s how to fix the Savannah error on PlayStation:

  1. Go to your respective console’s home screen
  2. Scroll along the game bar until you get to ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’
  3. Press the ‘Options’ button on your controller
  4. Now select ‘Checking For Updates’
  5. Once your system is fully up-to-date, Warzone should now work properly

How to fix Warzone Status Savannah error on Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

Warzone players in Pacific Caldera

Similar to the PlayStation fix, we are looking to make sure that Call of Duty: Warzone is as up-to-date as can be.

Xbox users will need to do the following:

  1. Go to ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’
  2. Find the game’s reserve data and uninstall it
  3. The game will now need to update itself
  4. Once this is done, start up Warzone and try to join a friend or two

We hope these solutions will be of use to you, and if you are suffering from the Savannah error, then one of these fixes should hopefully cure that.

Also, check out everything we know about the rumored Warzone 2 that’s reportedly set for a 2023 launch.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software

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