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Custom PC issue 230 out now!

Issue 230 is all about demystifying the world of memory. Learn all about latency timings, clock speeds and capacities, as well as whether it’s worth upgrading to DDR5. In addition to answering all your questions about memory, there’s also a massive Labs test of DDR4 and DDR5 kits.

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Issue 229

Our PC building masterclass gives you a grounding in all you need to know about the art of PC construction. Whether you’ve never fitted a motherboard before, you just want a few tips or it’s been a while since you last built a computer, our primer takes you through every step of the journey, from start to finish.

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Issue 228

Issue 228 shows you how to build a killer gaming PC in a tiny package, complete with a full-size graphics card. Not only are there reviews of ten mini-ITX boards, covering both AMD and Intel sockets, but there’s also a full feature that tells you all you need to know about choosing your case, airflow considerations and building your final mini system.

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Issue 227

Intel and AMD clash in an epic battle, as we pitch 12 of the latest CPUs against each other in a massive Labs test. With prices ranging from £165 to £720, and tests run at both stock speed and overclocked settings, you can find the right processor for your needs and budget.

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Issue 226

Play the latest games in ultra high definition with our guide to speccing up and building a 4K gaming PC with a normally-priced GPU. Also in this issue: 240mm AIO liquid coolers, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, Wi-Fi mesh routers, GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and PC audio explained.

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Issue 225

In Issue 225 we show you how to build a stunning water-cooled PC with hard tubing, guiding you through the whole process from start to finish. From bending tubing to installing all the gear, you just need to follow our guide and you’ll have all the details you need to make a cool, quiet and exquisite-looking machine.

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Issue 224

In Issue 224 we show you how to build a barn storming gaming rig for under a grand. Our affordable PC sports a 6-core Intel Alder Lake CPU, 1TB of PCI-E storage, 16GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT GPU, enabling you to play demanding games at ultra settings.

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Issue 223

In Issue 223 we give you a manual of tips to help you build a faster, cooler, quieter and less troublesome PC. From dealing with bent CPU pins to positioning fans correctly, we have 50 nuggets of wisdom to help you out.

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Issue 222

Issue 222 contains a big group test of Intel Z690 motherboards, so you can choose the right foundation for your Alder Lake system. We cover both DDR4 and DDR5 options, with prices starting from £199. There’s also a group test of ATX cases, and tips for reducing your PC’s noise.

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Issue 221

Issue 221 is packed with all you need to know about upgrading to Intel’s latest 12th-gen CPUs, with options starting from just £540. We take you through the CPUs’ cooling requirements, whether you want DDR4 or DDR5 memory and how to overclock the new CPUs. There are also reviews of Z690 motherboards and a guide to building an Alder Lake PC.

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Issue 220

Issue 220 is all about Alder Lake; Intel’s revolutionary new CPU design that contains two types of cores. We review and overclock Intel’s latest CPUs, explore what makes the new microarchitecture tick and see what DDR5 memory has to offer.

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Issue 219

In Issue #219 we show you how to downsize your desktop and build a top-notch gaming PC that’s no bigger than a shoebox. From choosing the right case to picking the right components and setting up your cooling, we’ll show you how to assemble an uncompromising mini PC that’s perfect for your needs.

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Issue 218

In Issue #218 we show you how to build an 8-core PC for just £625, complete with 16GB of RAM and a 500GB PCI-E SSD. Our affordable powerhouse takes advantage of AMD’s latest Ryzen 7 5700G APU, giving you loads of CPU power without having to buy a graphics card - it can even play Doom Eternal at 1080p with High settings.

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