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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!

Fortnite

New Fortnite invisibility glitch found in Predator Cloaking Device

Fortnite players have discovered an exploit with Predator’s Cloaking Device that allows you to remain invisible for an entire match.

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Predator's Invisibility Cloak in Fortnite Season 5

You can hide from your opponents in Fortnite Season 5 with Predator’s Cloak Device and become invisible. Now some fans have found a way to exploit the device for an infinite invisibility glitch.

Epic Games brought The Predator to Fortnite Season 5 as part of the v15.21 update. You can battle him as a boss to unlock his skin and if you acquire the hunter’s mythic Cloak Device then you can become invisible.

Once you activate the device, other players won’t be able to see you other than getting a glimpse at your outline from a distance. You can use this to get a drop on your foes and then take them out when they least expect it.

One player discovered a glitch involving the Cloaking Device that you can exploit to gain infinite invisibility.

Predator in Fortnite Season 5

Fortnite invisibility bug in Predator’s Cloaking Device

This exploit was found by YouTuber Glitch King, who posted a video in which he showed off a way to extend the invisibility effect throughout the entire duration of a match. It’s so easy to perform that anyone can do it.

All you have to do is use the Cloaking Device and then unplug your internet. You can reconnect immediately and the game will keep you invisible until the match ends, or until you log off. You will be undetectable to other players and can use this to your advantage.

It’s not surprising to find an exploit like this since we’ve seen it happen several times in Fortnite. It was only recently that a few players discovered one that allowed them to use the jetpack to fly infinitely in the Floor is Lava tournament.

The most surprising thing about this glitch is how fast it was discovered. The Predator and his Mythic Cloaking Device have only been in the battle royale for a few hours and fans have already found a way to exploit bugs.

This exploit is fairly easy to take advantage of, and as the title of the video suggests; it will make players think that you’re hacking. It can be considered game-breaking since you will be almost impossible to spot during the match.

That said, it’s still difficult to kill The Predator, so it’s unlikely that many players will be taking the time to disconnect and reconnect their internet. If the bug persists, then it could become a real problem.

We might see Epic Games disable the new mythic soon until they properly patch up the glitch. We’ll be sure to update you if they do. You can read our guide to beating Predator to learn how you can unlock him as a skin.

Image Credits: Epic Games

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GTA Online Update January 21: Slamtruck, new Podium Vehicle & discounts

The Slamtruck has charged its way into GTA Online along with a new Lucky Wheel Podium Vehicle, and lots more discounts.

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The Slamtruck has been added to GTA Online’s huge repertoire of vehicles along with a new Podium Vehicle and plenty of mouthwatering discounts.

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in the world of GTA. The Cayo Perico expansion continues to deliver new moments and clips for fans to revel in, yet new, supposed details about GTA 6 keep rolling in.

From new GTA 6 patents to strange files in RDR2, GTA Online has taken more of a backseat this week. But that hasn’t deterred Rockstar from delivering another weekly update with exciting new content, and even a new vehicle to buy.

Our usual GTA Online leaker TezFunz2 has been able to get early info on the new update once more.

GTA Online January 14 patch notes

Slamtruck added to GTA Online

Originally announced during the Cayo Perico expansion, the Slamtruck is now a permanent member of GTA Online.

The Slamtruck looks like your average pickup truck, but more stylish, and packing a ramp. This versatile vehicle is going to cost you $1,310,000 if you want to add it to your collection.

slamtruck in gta online

GTA Online Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel Reward

The Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel has put a free Peyote Custom up for grabs for Lucky Wheel enthusiasts.

Normally costing you a hefty $620,000, you can lowride in style if you’re indeed lucky enough. Here’s the official description of the vehicle:

Once upon a time, in order to get your hands on a real Peyote you had to scope the right neighborhood, try to hotwire it before anyone saw you, lie low for two days, and only go to the mod shop after you’d dug the bullets out of your ass. Now, Benny will personally steal it, change the plates, dig the bullets out of his own ass, supermod it, and tell your friends you did it all yourself. Eligible for customization at Benny’s Original Motor Works.

peyote custom vehicle in gta online

2x GTA$ & RP GTA Online Rewards & Races

There is an opportunity for 2x GTA$ & RP on Bunker Sell Missions, Bunker, Diamond Casino, and Missile Base Adversary Modes this week. There’s also Double Bunker Research Speed as well.

As usual, we have information on the new races and time trials too.

  • Premium Race: Cutting Coroners
  • Time Trial: LSIA
  • RC Time Trial: La Fuente Blanca

Login bonuses

Players can scoop the following free Login Reward:

  • Vapid Aged Tee

Major GTA Online Discounts

Underground Bunkers are the subject of this week’s property upgrades and potential renovations. GTA Online players can get 40% off of Bunkers and a further 30% off of Bunker Renovations too.

Here are some additional discounts too:

40% Off Vehicles

  • APC ($1,855,350)
  • Caracara ($1,065,000)
  • Caracara 4×4 ($525,000)
  • GB200 ($564,000)

25% Off Vehicles

  • Winky ($825,000)

That’s your lot for this week’s update and we’ll hopefully be back at the same time next week with more GTA Online update news.

Image credits: Rockstar Games

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How to complete Fortnite’s Season 5 Week 8 challenges

We have brand new challenges to complete in Fortnite Season 5 Week 7, and here is the best way to get them all done.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 8 challenges

There are brand new challenges available for you in week 8 of Fortnite Season 5. Here’s how you can get them done while making your way to the next tier of the Battle Pass.

Fortnite Season 5 is set to end on March 15, 2021, which means you just have a short while left to get through the Battle Pass. Luckily, there are plenty of new weekly challenges that give you opportunities to earn XP, and get yourself some cool cosmetics.

We’re now in week 8, and Epic Games have brought brand new tasks for you to tackle that are available until Thursday, January 28. Many of these revolve around farms, as well as the destruction of property. Here’s everything that you’ll need to do.

Fortnite Season 5 Week 8 challenges

You can complete a total of eight seven Epic Quests at own leisure, along with a timed Legendary challenge that’s available until the end of the week.

While last week’s challenges focused on shields, the theme this time around is farming. Here are all the Fortnite Season 5 Week 8 challenges:

  • Destroy apple and tomato produce boxes at The Orchard Farmers Market (3)
  • Drive a car through the corn field at Steel Farm (1)
  • Deliver a truck to Sunflower’s Farm (1)
  • Pistol Damage (250)
  • Collect Gold Bars (500)
  • Blow up a gas pump (1)
  • Distance traveled Gliding (3,500)
  • Eat Fish (10/20/30/40/50)

As you may have noticed, three of the challenges will require you to head over to a Farm or Farmers Market on the map. You can land directly at the Orchard’s Farmer’s Market, and start destroying boxes there before rotating to the Steel Farm.

Aside from that, we have a fairly standard set of Epic Quests that you’d come to expect, and that are fairly easy to complete. Pistols are common, so you’ll have no trouble finding one, and then use it to deal a total of 250 damage to players.

You can gain some distancing while gliding right after you jump from the Battle Bus, and Gold Bars can be found in safes, tills, and washing machines. You can blow up a gas pump by heading over to a gas station, and then shooting one repeatedly.

Gold Bars in Fortnite

You’ll earn 20,000 XP for each Epic Quest that you complete, and can earn up to 140,000 XP total by getting them all. Then you can increase your earnings even further by attempting week 8’s Legendary quest.

This requires you to catch some fish with a Rod, Harpoon Gun, or explosives before eating them. This challenge has different tiers, and you’ll need to eat 50 fish in order to complete it. This will net you a total of 55,500 XP.

That sums up many of the weekly tasks, and we’ll post separate guides for Farm challenges when they go live. Be sure to complete them before they expire on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

Image Credits: Epic Games

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