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Custom PC UK

January 2020

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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12 Issues


2 min.
take your time

Despite being 42 years old and having enough white body hair to start worrying that I’m turning into the Wampa from The Empire Strikes Back, managing excitement is still a problem for me when it comes to PC building. I’m a bit like a five-year-old ripping open a chocolate wrapper – I want my new gear up and running now – I don’t want to have to spend days setting it up properly first. However, taking your time makes the difference between having a neat and tidy build, and a box full of messy wires, as we show you in our masterclass on p76. It means you don’t block your case’s airflow, and that you can easily add upgrades in the future. I’ve written before about how much I love the…

1 min.
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EDITORIAL EDITOR Ben Hardwidge ben.hardwidge@raspberrypi.org FEATURES EDITOR Edward Chester edward.chester@raspberrypi.org MODDING EDITOR Antony Leather GAMES EDITOR Rick Lane CONTRIBUTORS Gareth Halfacree, K.G. Orphanides, James Gorbold, Mike Jennings, Phil Hartup, Richard Swinburne, Rys Sommerfeldt, Tracy King PRODUCTION EDITOR Julie Birrell PHOTOGRAPHY Antony Leather, Ben Hardwidge, Brian O’Halloran, Fiacre Muller, Gareth Halfacree PUBLISHING PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Russell Barnes russell@raspberrypi.org DESIGN criticalmedia.co.uk HEAD OF DESIGN Lee Allen DESIGNERS Ty Logan COMMERCIAL & ADVERTISING ADVERTISING Charlotte Milligan charlotte.milligan@raspberrypi.org +44 (0)7725 368887…

3 min.
postpone threadripper

I know this column will get me some angry tweets, but seriously, hear me out. I understand that creating Threadripper is like grabbing low-hanging fruit when AMD is already making EPYC chips that are practically the same. However, it’s missing out on bigger opportunities by focusing its scant resources on a new Threadripper platform, which the forthcoming 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X will already sufficiently serve. That’s because, at the other end of the market, Intel’s recent price drops mean AMD has no products to effectively compete with the Intel Core i3-9100F and Core i5-9400F. While a lot of enthusiasts will indulge in a Core i9-9900K or Ryzen 9 3900X, more CPUs at the other end of the scale are sold to DIY folks building capable rigs on a budget. AMD has…

3 min.
political protests

Unless you look for them, politics aren’t usually obvious in mainstream video games. Developers and publishers want to reach the largest possible audience so, as with any other business and product, games developers like to avoid controversy. But what happens when ‘avoiding’ politics involves actively taking the side of an authoritarian regime? Enter Blizzard. You’ve probably heard by now that professional Hearthstone player Ng Wai Chung, aka Blitzchung, was punished by Blizzard for undertaking a protest during a tournament. His words explain his politics, ‘liberate Hong Kong’. In response, Blizzard banned him for a year (later reduced to six months) and confiscated his 2019 winnings (which were then reinstated after a backlash). Blizzard cited some of the tournament rules, which say that ‘engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion,…

4 min.

Razer launches first gaming monitor Razer is known for making all sorts of gaming peripherals and accessories, but the Raptor 27 represents its first foray into monitors. It has a 27in IPS panel with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, along with a 144Hz refresh rate. According to Razer, the Raptor 27 boasts a DCI-P3 colour range and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Meanwhile, its wide standing foot is equipped with RGB LEDs, and there’s hardly any visible bezel around the edges of the screen. There’s also a built-in cable management system in the back of the foot for HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and headphone cables, and the foot flips up a whole 90 degrees. There’s no word on final pricing yet, but the price at the original time of announcement at…

3 min.

Readers’ drives pics I would like to congratulate you and your team for the very impressive turnaround in Custom PC’s fortunes. I know from other feedback that I was not alone in being close to cancelling my subscription in the months leading up to the sale to Raspberry Pi, as the magazine had felt a little stale. As a PC Pro subscriber, I also found the duplication of content infuriating. The quality of the magazine – physically as well as content – has been steadily improving ever since, and I have happily renewed my subscription recently. However, I have one request. I really enjoy reading about (and being inspired by) the hugely impressive machines featured in ‘Reader’ drives’ but I am equally frustrated because it’s so often difficult or even impossible to…