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Custom PC issue 215 out now!

In Issue #215 we show you how to take your PC building skills to the professional level. Our in-depth ‘Build a Better PC’ guide takes through loads of tips and tricks, from the art of cable tidying to reducing fan noise and lighting up your PC’s interior.

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Issue 214

In Issue #214 we cut through the sprawling jungle of modern overclocking, clearing a path from basic manual overclocking to advanced techniques, on both Intel and AMD chips. There are settings for 24 old and new CPUs to try, so grab this issue and make your CPU faster for free.

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Issue 213

In Issue #213 we pit Rocket Lake-S against Zen 3 in a mammoth clash of the CPU titans. We review 14 new and old chips from both AMD and Intel, with prices ranging from £130 to £750. Can Intel finally catch up with AMD or is it too little too late? Read our latest issue to find out.

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Issue 212

In Issue #212 we show you how to build a first-class water-cooled gaming PC that can play the latest games at top settings. We take you through all the component choices, as well as the process of building it, water-cooling it and overclocking it. If you’ve ever fancied taking your PC building skills to the next level, then now is your chance.

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Issue 211

In Issue #211 we put all of Nvidia and AMD’s latest GPUs through their paces in several top-tier games, including Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, to find out which cards offer the best bang per buck in each price league. We’ve tested with and without ray tracing, and with DLSS, and found some surprising results.

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Issue 210

In Issue #210 we show you how to build a gaming PC with the latest tech for £1,396, including a liquid-cooled AMD Zen 3 CPU, a 1TB PCI-E 4 SSD and a GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. We take you through component selection, building the machine, flashing your motherboard’s BIOS and overclocking your new PC.

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Issue 209

In Issue #209 we fully interrogate new Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT gaming graphics cards. With ray tracing support, buckets of memory and 400fps+ frame rates, can AMD finally beat Nvidia? In addition to the GPU reviews, there’s also a deep dive into AMD’s new RDNA 2 GPU architecture where we show you how it all works.

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Issue 208

In Issue #208 we get our mitts on AMD’s new Zen 3 CPUs, which promise to massively boost gaming performance over previous Ryzen chips. We put the new chips through their paces, find out what memory works best with them and show you how to overclock them. There’s also a deep dive into what makes the Zen 3 microarchitecture tick.

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Issue 207

In Issue #207 of Custom PC we dissect Nvidia’s new blisteringly fast GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, which leaves the RTX 2080 Ti in the dust at close to half the price. In addition to a full review, there’s also a deep dive into what makes Nvidia’s Ampere architecture tick, and we get a first look at the top-end RTX 3090.

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Issue 206

In Issue #206 of Custom PC, we show you how to take the shrink ray to your massive desktop tower PC without sacrificing performance. We take you through the case and component options, as well as cooling considerations and hardware tips. There’s also a mini-ITX motherboard labs test.

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Issue 205

In Issue #205 of Custom PC, we go all out on the bells and whistles, showing you how to make a fancy PC that you can proudly show off. From creating a dazzling light show, to making a water-cooling loop system hard tubing, we show you how it’s done, and we also take you through making custom details with a vinyl cutter.

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Issue 204

In Issue #204 of Custom PC, we show you how to build an awesome 1080p gaming rig on a tight budget. Our £699 PC has all you need to run the latest games at decent frame rates, including a 3rd-gen Ryzen CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 500GB PCI-E SSD and, most importantly, a potent GPU. We take you through all the bits and pieces you need, as well as how to build it step by step.

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Issue 203

In Issue #203 of Custom PC, Intel returns fire at AMD by unleashing the fastest ever gaming CPU. We put the new Core i9-10900K through its paces, and show you how to overclock it. What’s more, we also review the Core i5-10600K, test a load of LGA1200 motherboards and find out what memory you need for a 10th-gen Intel Core system.

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