Category: Full Systems

Thermaltake V200 RGB Tempered Glass Case + 550W 80 PLUS PSU – Budget Build with Ryzen 5 2600 & Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580

I reviewed the Thermaltake V200 RGB towards the end of last year, at the time it cost £79, and I classed it as a must-buy for affordable gaming. Since then priced has dropped down to just £59.99, and for just a tenner extra compared to the original price you can get the case plus 550W 80 PLUS PSU (£89.99), which is a stonker of a deal. Buy the Thermaltake V200 RGB  with 500W PSU from Scan I won’t bother reviewing the case again, it is the same as last time, but better value. As a quick recap, you get...

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ACER Predator Orion 5000 Review – i7-8700 & GTX1060 Score 78%

ACER Predator Orion 5000 Review – i7-8700 & GTX1060

The PC Gamer market appears to have been growing in recent years, and it is an affluent audience, especially when you look at some graphics cards that can cost well over £1k nowadays. So it is no surprise that Acer has been expanding their Predator line considerably in recent years. Their gaming laptops have always been superb, and the Acer Nitro N50 desktop was a very affordable entry point for PC gaming. If you want a bit more power from your PC but don’t want the hassle of building one yourself then Predator Orion range could be the option...

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Dell OptiPlex 7060 Micro Review – An ultracompact desktop for business – SSF Score 85%

Dell OptiPlex 7060 Micro Review – An ultracompact desktop for business – SSF

Large PCs are slowly going out of fashion with the consumer enthusiasts frequently building PCs using small form factor allowing you to fit a powerful PC on your table without taking up much room. Small PCs make even more sense in a crowded office environment, where large desktop PCs can become a nuisance taking up space and causing cable clutter. Solutions such as the Dell OptiPlex 7060 Micro provide a great reasonably priced solution. With a form factor that is small enough to have the base unit mounted just behind the monitor, these low power low noise machines are...

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Acer Nitro N50-600 Intel Core i3 GTX 1050 £599.99 Gaming PC Review (N50-600-28) Score 78%

Acer Nitro N50-600 Intel Core i3 GTX 1050 £599.99 Gaming PC Review (N50-600-28)

The Acer N50-600 series of desktops cover a wide range of configurations that mainly focus on the entry to mid-end of the market with the Predator Orion range being the options for the mid to upper end. The Nitro model I have been sent is the N50-600-28 which sits about as low down in the range as you can get but comes in at a bargain price of £599.00 on the PC World website. I was also sent the ACER Nitro RG270 to test it with which is a 1080p 27-inch monitor that costs just £189 meaning you could...

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Dell updates product lineup at IFA 2018

Dell has been busy with announcing products at Gamescom 2018, then immediately after releasing more products at IFA 2018. Along with the below announcements, Dell had on show several of their new Alienware PCs which feature the latest Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics cards.   Launch highlights include: New Inspiron 5000 and 7000 laptops and 2-in-1s elevate brand portfolio with performance and design at an incredible value First Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 combines upscale design and premium features with the simplicity of Chrome OS XPS 13 2-in-1 with new 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and updated XPS 13 with i3, continue...

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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Announced: Improved CPU, Wi-Fi & Ethernet – The perfect budget Kodi box?

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B has been an amazing device used by millions worldwide from commercial application to Kodi builds. For the home user wanting to use Kodi, Plex, or just run an ultra-low powered server the processing power and more importantly, the ethernet speeds have been an issue. Some of these issues have been resolved with the announcement of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ which bumps up the CPU to a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 and increases the ethernet speed to 300Mbps. It is not gigabit, but it should peak at 37.5MB/s so is more...

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Microsoft Surface Event: Surface Studio and Surface Dial

The annual Microsoft Surface event may not have as much hype behind it as the Apple and Google events, but they still announce some very interesting products. The Surface line has been a big success for Microsoft, then there have been announcements such as the Hololens which throw a curve ball and create a huge amount of buzz. While not as wacky as the Hololens, or even that unique Microsoft announced the Surface Studio at the latest event. It is an all in one aimed very much at creatives, with a 28-inch, 4,500 x 3,000 and extremely attractive design....

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#AcerBlogLive2016 : Acer Predator G1-710 Small Gaming PC Initial Impressions

The first day of the #AcerBlogLive2016 is over and it has been great so far. I am loving the focus on the high end gaming equipment. The monitors are the things that really stand out from the event, but there is also pre-built gaming PCs and laptops. I am not a huge fan of pre-built systems, especially from large companies, as they tend to be over priced for the specification, and often have components that are already out of date by the time they are launched. Out of the 3 PCs at Acers event, the Predator G1 is the...

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Intel Launches Skull Canyon Gaming NUC with Skylake Intel Core i7-6770HQ CPU

Intel’s NUCs (Next Unit of Computing) have been a niche but successful project by intel that offers a fully-functional desktop computer in an extremely small form factor. They have proven particularly popular with HTPC enthusiasts. The latest offering from Intel is the most powerful yet that is aimed at gamers and is expandable with an external graphics card using Thunderbolt 3. Based around a Skylake Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor with a 45W thermal design profile (TDP) and Iris Pro 580 integrated graphics, the Skull Canyon includes a USB 3.1 Type-C port connected to a Thunderbolt 3 controller for full...

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Intel’s 2nd Generation Compute Stick Has Impressive Core M3, M5 chips

Intel’s Compute Stick might not look as exciting as some of the other gadgets at CES, such as LG’s OLEDs, but it is still impressive nonetheless. It is a great example of how far computing has come, it is a fully fledged Windows PC that can plug directly into your HDMI. The first release had some issues, it was slow, it had only one USB port, and port networking capabilities. The 2nd generation clearly aims to alleviate some of these issues, the entry-level Compute Stick ($159) packs in an Atom x5-z8400, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with...

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Raspberry Pi 2 launches with significantly improved quad-core ARMv7 chip

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has officially launched its latest single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B+ 1G, which boasts an upgraded quad-core processor and double the memory of its predecessors. The previous generation used a Broadcom BCM2835 system-on-chip processor  with a 700MHz ARMv6 CPU, this was already an outdated chip on release but the aim was to produce a single-board computer on the cheap for enthusiasts to mess with. It became hugely successful and one of the main uses people found was an ultra cheap XBMC computer. The BCM2835 has been replaced with a BCM2836, which bumps the...

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LG Chromebase Announced. A 21.5-inch ChromeOS Desktop

ChromeOS has been mainly reserved for laptops until now. LG has decided to try and buck this trend by announcing the LG Chromebase, a 21.5-inch ChromeOS powered all in one desktop. The display is 1080p IPS LCD which hides an Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD inside. You will also find your usual inputs as well as a HDMI port which will allow it to be used as a monitor. There is also a 1.3 megapixel webcam and a microphone for easy video calling, as well as a pair of built-in 5W speakers. Obviously this is not...

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