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Custom PC UK December 2017

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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US$ 37,76
12 Números

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3 min.
what you need for gaming

The GPU is where you should allocate your budget if gaming is your top priority Amid all the clamour about 18-core and 16-core CPUs, Intel has just announced what it describes as its ‘best gaming desktop processor ever’. It doesn’t have 18 cores. It doesn’t even have eight cores. It has six cores, and two of them aren’t likely to get used in most games. What’s more, the main reason it’s Intel’s best ever gaming CPU isn’t because it has six cores, but because one of its cores can boost to 4.7GHz. Just one of them. That’s how many cores get really stressed by most games, even today. I say this because, while plenty of enthusiasts know what sort of spec you need for gaming, the comments I’ve seen in various PC…

3 min.
window to the soul

The graphics card will face upwards, meaning you can properly see your GPU cooler I always read the Custom PC letters pages, and one letter from a reader in Issue 169 particularly struck me recently. It was about the design of some desks forcing you to put your case on the left, and then being unable to see the efforts of your labour inside the case. It’s a situation that hits my rant button, as I also like to see my PC’s interior, but my options are limited, and not just when it comes to the desk design. Not everyone wants to put their PC in the same place, after all. It’s not just a case (ahem) of left or right; some of us must put our PC on the floor instead…

3 min.
child’s play

These technologies are essential for participation in 21st century society It used to be that games made you into a school shooter or serial killer, but now there’s a subtler bogeyman in town: bratty kids. No one wants them, everyone hates them, yet some kids are still really annoying, and apparently it may be the fault of video games. Okay, ‘bratty’ is a bit unfair. What I’m actually referring to is the ‘social and emotional development’ of children, which every single one of us has experienced, probably as a gamer. We were all kids, we played games, we still do, society hasn’t collapsed. Some headlines have recently been grabbed by a longitudinal study (that’s good – it means studying people over a really long time), which claims that too much gaming time makes…

3 min.

Intel Coffee Lake announced In what’s been a bumper year for CPU releases, Intel has responded to the threat from AMD’s Ryzen range by lifting the lid on its latest mainstream CPU range. Codenamed Coffee Lake, the new CPUs marks the eighth generation of Intel’s Core architecture. The new range sees more cores being added to the unlocked K-series chips, with the arrival of the first quad-core Core i3 CPU and the first 6-core Core i5 chip. Meanwhile, the top-end Core i7-8700K CPU will have a single-core turbo frequency of 4.7GHz – the highest yet. Intel describes the CPU as its ‘best gaming desktop processor ever’, and it will also offer up to 40 PCI-E 3 lanes when used with a motherboard based on Intel’s new Z370 chipset. Intel also says the new…

1 min.
pedants’ paradise

Alphabet soup Usually there are very few errors that are noticeable in Custom PC, but here’s one! ‘Soups up’ is incorrect for the American slang ‘supes up’. It stems from the 1950s when kids were hot-rodding cars and developing what eventually became fuel injection. All the various techniques were referred to as, wait for it, Super Charging, which when referring to a vehicle was abbreviated to ‘suped up’. My mom was born in Pittsburgh PA, so I take a great interest in American standard and English slang. TAMSIN MC CORMICK Ben: Thanks Tamsin, I’d honestly never thought about the etymology of the phrase ‘soups up’, I think I must have just been thinking ‘mmm, soup’, but I’ve now been on a little research quest. After consulting several British and American English dictionaries, and…

3 min.

Why no Linux? I really wouldn’t want to scare you guys (not too much, anyway), but having just absorbed the contents of the latest mag (169), I’m worried that you maybe should really change the cover name to Custom (M$ OS games only) PC. If you want to Truly be a ‘custom’ PC mag you should at least try to mention the existence of Linus Torvalds. I built my current PC a couple of years back, using a guide published by yourselves, and good it was too. It has a BitFenix case, mini-ITX motherboard, Core i5 CPU and so on. However, I didn’t pay the customary £100 for the ‘obligatory’ M$ OS. I run Linux Mint (free download). I haven’t entertained Mr Gates at all in my humble abode for years now.…