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Custom PC UK March 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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United Kingdom
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3 min.
topple the tower

Remember the huge desktop tower PC cases we used to have in the 1990s? Imagine using those now! Hey, do you remember when mobile phones were big ridiculous bricks you carried around in suitcases? Remember when we allocated huge rooms to housing paper books, records and huge CRT TVs. It’s like the huge desktop tower PC cases we used to have in the 1990s – imagine using those now! Yeah, about that … It seems amazing to me that, around 30 years later, the PC is still so firmly stuck in the era of tower cases. They’re relics from a time when you had to buy separate expansion cards for graphics, sound, networking, hard drive controllers and even joysticks. Plus you needed multiple drive bays for 3.5in (and 5.25in) floppy drives, CD-ROM…

3 min.
is pc vr on its deathbed?

The issues appear to be mobility, cost and availability of key titles Sony recently announced a sales milestone of two million PlayStation VR sets, and the Oculus Go and HTC Vive Focus will soon be on their way as standalone VR devices. Meanwhile, in contrast, there’s been very little noise on the PC VR front recently. Last year, at CES 2017, Acer showed off its more affordable PC VR headset, there were portable backpack PCs for VR on display, and there were rumours of several PC VR headset competitors in development. Yet here we are in 2018, still with no PC VR headset other than the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, and those two headsets have both been heavily discounted in the past six months. Neither HTC nor Oculus have announced a…

3 min.
uk net neutrality

People who want unrestricted access will pay more Lots of you will already know about net neutrality, but for anyone not up to speed (that’s a net neutrality joke right there), the battle currently being played out in the USA is a pending repeal of laws that keep Internet provision free of certain unfair practices. ISPs are governed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by chairman Ajit Pai. At the moment, ISPs are regulated against all sorts of behaviour, such as throttling speeds based on what you’re doing online, selling tiered access, or restricting the content of competitors. Ajit Pai argues that these precautions are paranoid and that open competition between ISPs is best for the Internet. I’m for net neutrality, and against the attempt to repeal it, simply because I don’t…

3 min.
incoming

High-speed SODIMMs a gogo Following the launch of ASRock’s mighty X299 mini-ITX board (see p26), both Corsair and G.Skill have lined up to offer super-fast quad-channel SODIMM memory kits to accompany it. G.Skill’s 32GB (4 x 8GB) kit offers a 4000MHz top frequency, with 18-18-18-38 from a 1.35 voltage. Meanwhile, Corsair’s similar kit (pictured) offers the same frequency and capacity, but higher timings of CL19-23-23-45 at the same voltage. The kits aren’t cheap though – the Corsair one has a quoted retail price of £560 inc VAT. Raijintek keeps a low profile Cooling specialist Raijintek has just introduced a swanky-looking low-profile cooler that’s highly reminiscent of Zalman’s flower coolers. The Juno-X features a 92mm fan, complete with RGB lighting, which is surrounded by the many fins of the radial-style aluminium heatsink. The whole…

2 min.
subs vs newsstand covers

As a subscriber, I personally prefer the sub cover with the full photography. Its clean and minimalist appearance shows off Anthony, Ben’s and the rest of the CPC team’s great builds in their full glory. A collection of the cover builds would make for a great CPC calendar. CAMPBELL POOTS I love the subs covers – it’s what I’d call photographic art, and it stops being that when they’re plastered with text. At some point I plan on framing some of them to put on the wall, so please don’t change to the retail text covers. TOTAL ZOMBE As a subscriber, I did find it a little odd to receive a different cover at first. Then I thought it was kind of cool, but really I don’t mind. It’s all about the price and…

3 min.
letters

Keeping SSDs cool I recently built my first PC, having been inspired by years of reading your fantastic mag. I have a 512MB M.2 Samsung 960 Pro NVMe drive. Can you offer any suggestions as to what the normal/safe operating temperature should be for this drive, or any M.2 PCI-E NVMe based drive? My 960 Pro has an average operating temperature of 44°C, during web browsing, while having multiple MS Office documents open and running several virtual machines. I have this drive installed in a Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 9 motherboard in the bottom M.2 slot (directly below the chipset), which I believe would offer the best thermals. The M.2 drive is covered by Gigabyte’s own Thermal Guard heatsink. I t’s now winter and I’m concerned that, when it gets to the…