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Custom PC UK August 2019

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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2 min.
balancing act

I’m still amazed by the spec we’ve managed to cram into our budget PC build this month (see p78). I keep looking at it in disbelief. Normally, building a sub-£600 PC involves several substantial compromises – I’d usually expect to only have 8GB of RAM, a 250GB SATA SSD and a sub-£150 graphics card. There’s none of that this time around – our bargain blaster has it all – 16GB of memory, a 500GB NVMe SSD and a GeForce GTX 1660. It can even cope with some gaming at 2,560 x 1,440 as well as 1,920 x 1,080. The only area where the core spec could be described as compromised is the CPU and motherboard, but even the Intel Core i3 CPU we’re using is perfectly capable for gaming performance. The CPU…

4 min.
computex 2019

EK wooden waterblocks EK launched its Lignum series of water-cooling hardware, which replaces the acrylic tops with locally sourced walnut wood, giving them a softer, warmer look. The new line-up included the EK-CPU Lignum block, EK-HTC Lignum 12mm compression fittings and a single full-cover GPU block for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition. SilverStone curved glass chassis SilverStone’s new Alta S1 is a large ATX case that makes use of curved aluminium and curved tempered glass. It supports motherboards measuring up to 355 x 355mm, with three 200mm fans along the base pushing air upwards in line with natural convection. You can also install a massive 560mm water-cooling radiator here too. Despite its size, heft and use of premium materials and production methods, it costs $300 US, which is expensive but seems…

3 min.
game adaptations

I firmly believe that video games are art, because they both reflect and influence culture. This is also why films are art, as are comics and books. But where comics and books have been exhaustively adapted into films, games remain a relatively untapped source for Hollywood. Where are the blockbuster video game movies? Sony has just announced PlayStation Productions, a new company that will make film and TV show adaptations of Sony games, but until now there has only been 36 live-action films based on video games (with another few coming up), compared with hundreds based on comics and graphic novels, many of which rank among the most successful films of all time. If you add books to that list, it becomes uncountable. The written word and movies have always had a…

5 min.

AMD unveils Ryzen 3000 series AMD has revealed its next-generation Ryzen 3000-series CPUs, based on the Zen 2 architecture. The company estimates that Zen 2 can process up to 15 per cent more instructions per clock (IPC) than Zen, and it also has a redesigned floating point engine and more on-die cache. The series also introduces us to the Ryzen 9 brand (see what AMD did there?), with the Ryzen 9 3900X squeezing 12 cores into a Socket AM4 package. Add support for Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) and you get an AM4 CPU that can execute 24 threads concurrently. The Ryzen 9 3900X also has 70MB of cache, plus base and boost clocks of 3.8GHz and 4.6GHz respectively. Despite the core count, AMD says it has a thermal design power (TDP) of 105W. The…

1 min.
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Sundewgrower65 Peristaltic pumps in computers? Why not? Ben : I assume it’s because you ideally want a continuous flow of coolant in order to shift the heat quickly and effectively around a loop, and peristaltic pumps involve moving liquid a bit at a time, rather than continuously, which could result in heat building up. @cs278 I think my subscriber edition of issue 190 has a print problem, p68-69 and 72-73 are really washed out and difficult to read. Photo doesn’t do it justice but the word ‘games’ seems to be missing from the top left. Ben: This is a printing issue that seems to have affected some copies of Issue 190. If your magazine looks like this, let us know and we’ll send you another one. @DominicNeagle The negative points on the Division 2…

3 min.

Modding is too rich for my blood There’s been an unbelievable transformation of the physical quality of the magazine. In one fell swoop you’ve moved from the Isthmian League into the Champion’s League positions of the Premiere League. I have been always been impressed with the content and maturity of the prose, which I’m glad has not changed. I was a life-long subscriber to Amiga Format (I know I’m showing my age now). Then, when it was decommissioned, I moved onto PC Format. That magazine became dissociated from its followers (I’m sure there’s a political comparison somewhere) and consequently, it was shelved, as it didn’t listen to its subscribers. The subscribers were then unceremoniously transferred over to PC Gamer, hence my move over to subscribing to yourself for the past two years. I…