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Custom PC UK

Custom PC UK October 2018

Custom PC is the UK’s best-selling magazine for PC hardware, overclocking, gaming and modding. Every month, Custom PC is packed with in-depth hardware reviews, step-by-step photo guides and informative features, all with a focus on tinkering with your computer’s insides. Along the way, you’ll also find hard-hitting tech opinion, game reviews and all manner of computer hobbyism goodness, from small Pi projects to extreme PC mods.

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3 min.
zen and the art of cable maintenance

Whenever I post one of my PC builds on Facebook, the most common comment is something along the lines of ‘but where are all the drives and cables?’ I’m not alone here, either, I see it regularly on my friend’s posts too. The impression I get is that, even now, most people’s PCs look like they’re full of braided bindweed. Priorities are a factor here, of course. If you just want to get your PC up and running as quickly as possible, and you don’t care how it looks, then as long as you’re not blocking airflow or expansions slots, you might as well bung it all together any old way. My advice,though, is to spend the time doing it properly. There’s a reason for the title of this column that…

3 min.
build a board

With no new GPUs on the horizon, and mainstream CPU upgrade cycles slowing, I’ve started obsessing less over every detail inside my PC case. Over the past few years I’ve found myself accepting that the internal components I already own (Haswell-era hardware) work just fine, and in the face of performance-hitting hardware vulnerabilities such as Spectre and Meltdown, I’m not that tempted to upgrade my CPU and motherboard anyway. The same can also be said for my M.2 SSD and monitor. Also, the current price of memory means I’m holding onto my existing DDR4 as if it were made of gold. Instead, this year I’ve appeased my upgradeitis by turning my attention to getting the most out of my mouse and keyboard. This move is partly because it’s important to keep my…

3 min.
women on twitch

I get asked why I’m not on Twitch now and again, usually by people who are amused or interested in what they perceive as the novelty of me being a female gamer. It’s certainly true that being a woman on Twitch can be big business – the top search results for ‘Twitch’ on YouTube all feature women. However, any financial rewards from streaming or Let’s Plays aren’t worth the abuse and hassle that many women gamers experience, and let’s be honest, popularity correlates with cleavage. This situation creates a problem for many female streamers who feel pressure to wear conservative clothes to minimise abuse or sexual objectification, but don’t get the big numbers. It’s lose/lose. So I abstain from sharing my (obviously) spectacular gaming fails with the Twitch and YouTube communities, despite…

2 min.

Corsair launches quiet liquid cooler Corsair has introduced a new all-in-one liquid cooler to its Hydro series, which the company says is designed to be ‘seen, not heard’. The new H100i Pro features RGB lighting in its pump block, and also comes with two of the company’s ML120 fans with magnetic levitation bearings, which the company says enables them to spin quieter than standard fans at high speeds, with speeds variable from 400 to 2,400rpm. The H100i Pro also features a redesigned contact plate and an adjustable low-noise pump, with Corsair’s iCUE software able to control the speed of the pump and fans, as well as the lighting. The H100i Pro is available to purchase online from www.scan.co.uk now for £110 inc VAT. ARCTIC fanless coolers The cooling aficionados at ARCTIC have developed…

1 min.
intel 8-core mainstream cpus in the works

Intel is reportedly working on a new line-up of mainstream CPUs that feature up to eight cores, according to a leak reported on www.coolaler.com. At the top of the rumoured heap is the 8-core Core i9-9900K, which has a base clock of 3.6GHz but can boost to 5GHz across two cores (or 4.7GHz across all cores), while also supporting 16 threads via Hyper-Threading. Next down is the Core i7-9700K, which still has eight cores but doesn’t have Hyper-Threading and can boost to 4.9GHz on one core. Finally, the Core i5-9600K is rumoured to have six cores and a 4.6GHz boost clock on one core. As always with the rumour mill, none of his has been officially confirmed by Intel, so it may turn out to be a load of guff. If…

6 min.

More classic game remakes I was delighted when I read the last issue to find out that there’s now a spiritual successor to Descent. Back in the mid 1990s, when my family got its first PC, Descent was the game that came bundled with it. I spend many an hour (usually when I should have been revising for my GCSEs) playing that game. Unfortunately, unlike some classic games that have survived on Steam or GOG, it hasn’t aged well. If I play it now, the mouse response, regardless of settings, just isn’t what it was back then. (Maybe PS/2 rollerball mice were better for that?) So imagine my delight when I read your Engine room piece on Overload. The classic Descent gameplay, but with modern graphics and system compatibility. I can’t wait. It…