Influenced by the slender construction of the Japanese Nihonto, Creative has designed a soundbar with visual characteristics reminiscent of the most deadliest blade – the Katana. Adhering to theme quite literally, Creative has provided the most appropriate title for their "Samurai-Gamer" sound system – the SoundBlasterX Katana . Touting a slick frame and reinforced brushed aluminium, the SBX Katana holds a strikingly clean finish with a simplistic approach to features and functionality.
Measuring just 2.4” in height and 23.6” in width the SBX Katana has been designed to rest under the display of the gamer's setup, holding the most visual appeal for those with multi-monitor and ultrawide displays. Featuring a – the SBX Katana may just be the most distinctive piece of audio equipment yet. Comprised of just five buttons for operation, the SBX Katana allows for volume control, switching between audio sources, LED preferences, and power/Bluetooth.
Built for the afterdark gamer, the Cougar Vantar strikes with stealth while proving to be a visual showpiece.
Taking advantage of low-profile scissor-switch keycaps, Cougar's Vantar has been designed to give gamers a responsive, tactile-feedback response for those of the nocturnal background. Silent in function yet stunning in form, Cougar implements anti-ghosting technology over a set number of keys – allowing for simultaneous button presses for impressive accuracy and supreme performance.
Built with dedicated media keys for control over audio and video files, as well as internet services, the Cougar Vantar does well to serve two purposes, realising that gamers do more than just game. Featuring an 8-colour, 8-effect customizable backlighting effect, gamers can set their own choices for visual behaviour across the entire set of keys and the Cougar logo – including a rainbow, wave, breathing, rhythm and others, with a distinctive plate surrounding the keyboard also taking advantage of the visual effect.
Built to serve two purposes through a dual-technology implementation, Antlion Audio's ModMic 5 is the modular microphone designed for both performance and show. Fitted with an uni-directional microphone, the 50+ db SNR measurement (signal to noise ratio), allows for precise noise cancellation and absolute clarity. This makes the ModMic 5 a great addition to any streaming / gaming setup, where voice-over-commentary for recorded gameplay is of the highest importance.
Also taking advantage of an omni-directional microphone, switchable when desired for the required use-case, this allows the microphone to function in an open-environment where casting or studio recording becomes the focus. This microphone features a 58+ db measurement in SNR, allowing for all sounds to be recorded in high quality.
The power supply is never the most glamourous component in a computer, but it's undeniably important – after all, your PC won't do much if there's no way for electricity to get to the components.
Power supplies sit quietly in the bottom of cases and extend their cables to every part of the rig, delivering electricity to the motherboard, graphics card, hard disk and more.
Cheap PSUs are obviously tempting, but they're usually a bad idea for several reasons – so we've explored what you should look out for when picking a PSU, and picked out some of our favourites from the huge range we have available.
Forming common ground between the classic traits of masculinity along with the modern qualities now symbolic of a lady, Noblechair's latest gaming chair within the EPIC Series line-up now comes in a black and pink variant – more appropriately known as Rose.
Designed and engineered with a premium quality, second-class to none amongst its competitors, the EPIC Series gaming chair is constructed from the highest-grade of PU imitation leather, fitted with cold foam interior for ideal breathability. Featuring four-dimensional adjustable armrests which have been crafted from the best in-class soft polyurethane, combined with a steel frame and an aluminium base, the chair allows for both backrests reclining and extended height adjustments, providing supreme strength and operation at a maximum weight of 120kg.
Teaming up exclusively with TechRadar, we're giving you the chance to win an Nvidia GTX 1080 Founder Edition graphics card – Nvidia's fastest consumer-based based gaming graphics card, built on the latest Pascal architecture. Equipped with 8GB of GDDR5X memory, a base clock speed of 1683MHz and 2560 Cuda cores, this monster of a graphics card is ideal for gaming in both 4K resolution at high visual fidelity as well as VR.
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Intel 7th Generation CPUs are now available to buy and we all know these have been highly awaited processors. To celebrate this launch, we are offering FREE Next Day delivery to the UK mainland on all baskets that include a retail i7 7700K (£349.99~) or an i5 7600K (£239.99~) processor!
To coincide with the launch of Z270, we are also refreshing their system range, including the award winning Titan Bayonet, this has been upgraded to the latest 7th Generation Intel i5 7600K overclocked all the way to 4.7GHz combined with the Asus Z270-K meaning that it is up to date with the latest technologies giving maximum performance. The all-new Titan Osprey focuses on AMD CrossFire setups with the option of added uncompromised PCIe NVMe storage thanks to the extra four PCIe lanes provided by Kaby Lake CPUs, the i5 processor is overclocked to 4.9GHz. The Titan Gladius focuses on the other side of the fence, equipping NVIDIA SLI setups – again with the added option of PCIe NVMe storage, and an i7 7700k overclocked to 4.8GHz.
Premium engineering, improvement and innovation. The Phanteks Enthoo Elite.
Taking advantage of modular design and superior materials, Phanteks Enthoo Elite is the latest chassis for the high-end market, delivering a housing that's built to house the the highest of enthusiast components. Allowing for two discrete systems to be contained within the same chassis, the Enthoo Elite allows users to install a large system measuring E-ATX form factors at the largest or Mini-ITX form-factors at the smallest to be installed within its main chamber, along with a Mini-ITX system to be held within the lower.
Giving way for a third standalone chamber for cable management and the main system's power supply, this Tri-system design is the first of its unique design, providing a clean and efficiently designed layout so that the final build is striking as it is hassle-free. Taking note of the current market trends, the Enthoo Elite revolutionizes the idea of compartmentalised design and modularity, giving its competitors something to learn from. Allowing users to do away with the secondary system for a single build, the lower unit can be removed in place of additional radiators and additional storage – giving way for a maximum of thirteen 3.5 inch drives and six 2.5 inch drives, largely in part to its removable plates and simple means of hardware layout.
Gaming Mice Examined
There's no excuse for keen PC gamers to be without a top-notch gaming mouse. A proper rodent can improve your accuracy, increase comfort levels and make games easier thanks to extra buttons, more features and better sensors.
If you've never considered a new gaming mouse then it can seem daunting, as there are loads of features to take into account – but we've explained them all here to help you make an informed choice. We've also rounded up some of our favourites to point your cursor in the right direction.
Placing an emphasis on power efficiency and prolonged stability, Super Flower has refreshed their Leadex Gold Series PSUs, the Leadex II Gold Series. Incorporating a wealth of improvements in the construction and materials of internal components, the latest models will feature 100% Japanese capacitors on the PCB and 100% Taiwan A Grade capacitors on the modular back panels. This provides sustainability for prolonged durations of use with operating temperatures rated for 105℃.
Integrating a multitude of power protection features, should there be an external interruption causing loss of power on the system, the PSU makes the necessary procedures in the form of Over and Under Voltage Protection, Over Current and Over Power Protection, Short Circuit and Over Temperature Protection. As these units are rated for 80+ Gold, 87% efficiency at 100% load is where the PSUs will be able to operate.
Like a true ruler seeking control of an army, the BitFenix Shogun stands tall, looking to be the de facto ruler for BitFenix's latest line-up of chassis.
Disguised in haze-black tempered glass panels with a stealthy aluminium exterior forming a shell around its interior layout, the BitFenix Shogun houses a host of unique and distinctive features, reminiscent of the Shinobi and Ronin from BitFenix's prior chassis. Delivering true modular support for user configuration and preferences, the Shogun gives way for fully-custom watercooling, extensive options for storage drive location, and RGB lighting support with existing products.
Allowing support for radiators upto 280mm in lengths to the front of the chassis, with 360mm and 140mm to the top and the rear, BitFenix does well to emphasis space and compatiblity should the user choose to adopt air cooling or watercooling. Were the user choose to adhere to the former, modular storage bays can be installed to make use of of space, housing up to six 3.5" drives and eight 2.5" inch drives divided amongst the surrounding areas of the chassis.
Air Coolers In-Depth
There are all sorts of options for keeping your processor chilled, but air coolers remain the cheapest and easiest and most versatile option.
You can spend between £10 and £100 on an air cooler, and choose huge heatsinks with multiple fans or fan-free models for pure silence. Vast units are ideal for overclocking, and smaller cooler slot inside small-form-factor systems.
Our guide explains how these important components function – and gives you an overview of the entire market. We've also picked out some of our favourite coolers.
Gearing up for the festive season of sparkly trees, ribbon tied presents and mince pie cravings, Overclockers UK will be delivering a wide range of deals and gifts so that the gamers, fans and enthusiasts can provide themselves and their loved ones with the best gifts possible.
Those looking for upgrades, full system overhauls or the comfy padding of premier gaming chairs will find their needs fulfilled. With a reindeer on the roof for next day delivery, those in the market for a pre-built gaming machine will find the greatest benefit from the OcUK Express range of systems. If your after for entry-level streaming PCs such as the FS-E1, or console stomping monsters such as the FS-H2, all systems within this range of PCs are ensured for next day delivery when ordered before 2PM, with three year warranty of dedicated support.
Enthusiasts spend hours picking parts, but too many people give too little thought to another vital component: their case.
That’s a shame, because cases are important: a good case can make a system easier to build, offer more room for extra components and make your PC run with better temperatures and less noise. And let’s not forget the aesthetics, either – a good case can make your rig look stunning.
We’ve got a huge range of the best computer cases at Overclockers UK – here are some of our favourites.
Hack Everything This Black Friday
On the 22nd November all buyers of GeForce GTX 1070 & 1080 graphics cards, systems and notebooks will receive a free copy of WatchDogs 2.
Take control of one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world as you play as Marcus Holloway, a wrongfully accused hacker, seeking revenge against the corrupt corporation ctOS 2.0. Using the power of hacking and advanced technology, along with the help of the infamous DeadSec Hacking Collective, give freedom back to the people of San Francisco and shutdown ctOS 2.0 for good.
Using the power GeForce GTX 1070 & 1080 GPUs, there is no System Restore Point for CtOS! Upgrade now and harness the might of GeForce!
Supreme build quality, modular design, silent operation.
Taking the next step-up from the Fury Series of power supplies, BitFenix is launching the Whisper Series PSUs. Fitted with a 135mm cooling fan and intelligent fan control curve technology, using just 3.5volts of power, the Whisper power supplies will run with near-silent operation, rated at just 500rpm at 18dBA. Adapting fan rotation to temperature readings and power load requirements, noise levels will adjust as needed aiming to maintain a quiet experience.
Due to the build quality and component decisions of industrial grade Japanese capacitors, maximum power delivery and duration of efficiency is maintained for far greater lengths than standard capacitors. Providing a reduction in ripple and electrical interference, stability is extensively enhanced, proving suitable for extreme overclocking and dual CPU setups.
Focusing on ergonomics and personal preference, Vertagear is set to release two new models of gaming chairs – the TRIIGGER 275 and the TRIIGGER 350.
Providing substantial comfort with the aesthetic inspiration of F1 race cars, Vertagear's TRIIGGER Series take advantage of calfskin leather, adjustable lumbar support and flexible cushioning. Differing from the model 275, the model 350 allows for seat-depth adjustments, positioning armrests, strengthened casters and automotive grade paint within its distinctive frame.
Both models offer 22 different seated positions, height adjustments and class 12.9 screws for increased durability. All adjustments made to positioning are designed in a way that's simplistic for the user, made simple by a paddle shift “Trigger” located under the armrests. Proving to be balanced and reliable through the steel alloy dual spring hubs, build quality remains at the top of the list, ensuring users feels safe and comfortable when using the chairs.
Crafted from a black, hair-silk plate of aluminium the Raijintek PAEAN takes traits from most recent cases and marries the tempered glass trend an open-bench format. Supporting up to x3 3.5" drives along with x3 2.5" inch drives, the PAEAN chassis utilises a dual-chamber layout to divide the power supply and storage compartments to a single area - opening up the oppossing side for test-bed purposes. Not only does this create a unique and tidy layout, it's also rather distinctive, making it appealing to gamers, modders and PC enthusiasts, along with an audience not so familiar - those pertaining to art and design.
This unique quality that the PAEAN delivers not only looks attractive in use, but also when it's out of use, reminiscent of futuristic sculpture. Providing support for standard ATX, M-ATX and M-ITX motherboards, along with graphics cards up to 400mm in length - extending multi-GPU support by the means of x8 PCI slots. The wide range of hardware configurations and physical sizing the the PAEAN delivers never compromises on looks, aligning watercooling support to a vertical format flat against the centre aluminium tray.
It’s almost that time of year again where everybody goes a little bit mental for awesome discounts and deals on even more awesome hardware and electronics. If you’re out and about on Black Friday, chances are you’ll see somebody trying to cram their newly purchased 4K UHDTV into a two-seater car with great difficulty instead of having it delivered like a sane person (that wasn’t me last year, honest). This is what Black Friday does to us though, we are presented with incredible prices on some seriously good products which would just be crazy to pass up on. We’ve all heard the phrase “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.” but Black Friday is probably one of the only exceptions to this saying.
Based on the insane success of last year’s Overclockers UK Black Friday / Cyber Monday event, we are bringing to you another truck load of tasty deals on PC components, gaming peripherals, monitors, some fantastic PC cases, and so much more. We love hardware and Black Friday as much as you do, so we have preselected literally hundreds of products that we would want to buy ourselves. Not only that; many of these even kick off today!
The Asus ROG Claymore RGB mechanical keyboard joins the Aura certified family, giving unprecedented lighting control over even more of your gaming environment. The Claymore is an 80% tenkeyless design with distinct Republic Of Gamers detailing on the top plate of the chassis to complete the premium ROG look. The unique and personalisable lighting system will make sure your gear stands out above the rest and will surely turn heads!
Modular and portable design - The Asus ROG Claymore can be coupled with a separate numpad add on (sold separately) to either the left or right-hand side, giving you the freedom of choice to place wherever is most efficient for you, and removable when not required or for portability. Super handy for LAN events!
Asus Aura certified RGB lighting system - Seamlessly integrate the Claymore’s RGB lighting system into your Aura software and link lighting styles to the rest of your Asus Aura setup or control individually. Each individual key is also independently adjustable to attain truly unique and personalised themes. Choose from the entire RGB spectrum of colours and swaths of lighting effects. Get creative!
Ever since we got our mitts on the NVIDIA Titan X GPU, we have been vigorously testing countless different configurations, with the ultimate goal of bringing to you both the fastest and most affordable fully-fledged Titan X builds available. Configure your own NVIDIA Titan X dream PC from under £1800! Or select the NVIDIA Titan X as your gpu of choice in the following systems – which are the result of many (many) hours of testing, comparing, and overclocking.
The Fastest NVIDIA Titan X PC In The World!
The 8Pack Supernova – When 8Pack got a hold of some new Titan X Pascal GPUs, he scurried off into his lair of experiments and locked the door behind him. A few weeks later, he emerged with a small stack of benchmark results shouting Eureka! After singling out the best 3 Titan X GPUs from his newly acquired stash, these were installed into the 8Pack Supernova in 3-way SLI along with matching EK water blocks and put through their paces. Below, you will find the results of 8Pack’s extensive overclocking and tweaking to attain the combined maximum possible overclock and ultimate stability.
Eradictaing the need for software functionaility and on-screen adjustments of player preferences, Cougar's Minos X3 gaming mouse places an emphasis on direct-user control, meaning all changes are made on-the-fly. Featuring a DPI rating of 400 to 3200 through a first-class PMW3310DH optical sensor, the excellent precision and scale of accuracy that the Minos X3 seems set to deliver means the need for hardware acceleration will cease to be relevant. As an eSports-centric gaming mouse, both the aesthetic and functional design have been combined in a manner that allows gamers of MOBA, RTS and FPS to adapt to its ergonomics and play in style.
Suited for gamers of all grip preferences, those of the claw grip, fingertip, and taper design nature will find the mouse to be both comfortable and adaptable – allowing them to compete at their best, remaining in full control. Along with Omron gaming swithces and user-defined LED backlighting, Cougar's focus on keeping gamers in the game and away from software UI means all of the Minos X3's features are placed at the base of the mouse for instant access.
WD have long been famous for their immensely reliable storage drives and there is no shortfall when it comes to speed either. To evolve with the introduction of ever smaller desktops PCs and laptops, WD have brought their knowledge and fabled reliability to the SSD market.
Adding to their Blue and Green ranges, you can now purchase solid state drives with reliability like never before and these drives are available in both the traditional 2.5” 7mm and newer M.2 2280 form factors in capacities of 120GB (Green only) to 1TB (Blue only).
Featuring dual-plane balance and rotational vibration sensors, ensuring reliability and performance for extended durations of use, with the power of error recovery control and RAID optimisation, the 10TB Ironwolf harddrive serves as the ultimate guard dog for storage protection. Answering the call to its trusty owner, the Seagate Ironwolf sits alongside the Asustor NAS drive – allowing for built-in AES-NI hardware encryption, H.264 and H.265 hardware acceleration, and an impressive rating in energy efficiency, the performance offered by such an immense duo is frankly, just too difficult to keep chained up in the doghouse.
Partnering with Asustor and Seagate, Overclockers UK is ready to let the Wolf run free – delivering an Asustor NAS Drive equipped with a quad-core processor and a hardware encryption engine, along with 10Terabytes of safe, scalable and lightning quick storage space, one lucky person will be awarded with such a roaring prize, enriching their computing experience and upgrading their storage to an impressive new bite. In order to be in to win this mighty canine, there will be 8 ways to enter.
Overclockers UK are going big for Halloween! We have some great exclusive deals running over the course of the Halloween weekend, check out our Facebook for the latest Thrill Of The Day!
We are also giving people the chance to win prizes from noblechairs, BitFenix and Soundblaster X! Check out the competition here.
Optimised for First-Person-Shooter gameplay and fitted with Cherry MX Blue switches, the HyperX Alloy has been designed with the intentions of being portable and durable, ideal for tournaments and LAN parties. Featuring a solid steel frame, textured keycaps and a detachable braided cable, HyperX aims to make this keyboard as resistive and secure as possible while still delivering a product that's stylish and eye-catching.
With its 1000Hz polling rate and the 100% Anti-ghosting N-key rollover, the reduction in physical size that HyperX has taken to the keyboard clearly mandates function over form with actual design practicality. Fitted with 6 Led backlit illumination modes, media control keys and USB passthrough, the HyperX Alloys ticks all the boxes for the standard features that gamers have come to expect from a gaming keyboard.
Bringing competition to the high-end of to the market , Raijintek has launched two new E-ATX size chassis – The Raijintek Asterion Plus & The Asterion Classic. Straying further and further away from the "Transformer-esque" theme of earlier products and keeping more in-line with the elegant aesthetics set by their most recent designs, Raijintek's latest chassis certainly catch the eye – looking rather distinct while adopting more modern design traits, the visual transition from "Gamer With Attitude" to "Minimalistic Sophistication" is evident.
Making use of dual transparent side-panels with the only differing factor between the two models being a hinged-door – with acrylic windows on the Plus, and a tempered glass construction on the Asterion Classic – both chassis do well to stand-out amongst themselves all the while catering to personal preferences.
Taking the place of prior entry-level card the GTX 950, NVIDIA has launched the GeForce GTX 1050 & GTX 1050Ti. Nvidia's latest cards will have a starting price of £99.99 & £139.99 respectively.
Featuring 640 cuda cores, a 128-bit memory bus, 112GBs of bandwidth and 2GB of GDDR5 RAM – requiring just 75 watts on the GTX 1050, the GTX 1050Ti takes things up a peg or two pushing 768 cuda cores and 4GB of GDDR5 RAM with same identical specs also requiring just 75 watts. The power to performance ratio on the Pascal architecture clearly demonstrates NVIDIA's developments in power efficiency, since first introduced on the GTX 750Ti – based on the Maxwell architecture.
While the 75W power requirement means no extra power connectors will be needed – proving efficient for those looking to build small form-factor PCs, as with the current line-up of graphics cards in the Pascal family – boost clocks remain high for both the GTX 1050 & 1050Ti – 1354MHz and 1290Mhz.
Highly modular, Super dextrous, Premium ergonomics – all from the comfort of your couch.
Roccat's approach to taking over the living room with PC gaming is one that's been bold and aggressive.
Featuring a supreme build crafted from a combination of durable fibre and plastic, the cushioning structure and convenient stature means the Roccat Sova Gaming Lapboard is the ultimate choice for a superior couch gaming experience. Available in two variations – membrane and mechanical, those who purchase either of the following keyboards will receive the Roccat Kiro Modular Gaming Mouse for free!
Virtual Reality is one of the biggest deals in gaming and computing, with dozens of companies trying to grab a slice of this futuristic pie. The amount of choice is great for consumers, but it’s confusing too.
The virtual reality headsets on the market are divided into two mains camps: the PC hardware takes most of the plaudits for high-end performance, are console headsets are beginning to make waves. And then there are smartphone headsets, too.
We’ve delved into the packed market to explain the key differences between PC and console VR – and to help you get you ready for the best virtual reality games.
Through the use of custom patented acousto-haptic feedback technology, the KOR-FX Gaming Vest isn't exactly a fashion accessory most common to the likes of slogan T-shirts or merchandising apparel. No. Where traditional gamepads will rumble the player's fingers through the means of simplistic motors, the KOR-FX takes things to the next level.
Created by company Immerz, the "Kinetic Omnidirectional Response" appropriately named the KOR-FX Gaming Vest – uses state of the art tracking technology to map in-game audio frequencies to transducers which in-turn create haptic feedback responses.
No gaming, home or office PC is complete without a monitor, and there’s never been more choice. Gamers can pick from sync-equipped screens with curved panels, while movie buffs can choose widescreen monitors with incredible colour accuracy.
There’s a PC monitor for every budget and scenario, which is why we’ve put together this guide to the technologies, resolutions and features on screens in 2016 – whether you’re after a cheap PC monitor or a mighty 4K gaming monitor.
Streacom's approach to simplistic design and user-friendly functionality continues to remain evident in their latest chassis – The BC1 and the DB4.
Visually striking yet fully-functional within its design, Streacom's BC1 was designed and engineered directly for technical professionals as well as the overclocking community. When setting out to create the ultimate Open Benchtable, Streacom focused its efforts on answering one simple question; How can we design a fully functional benchtable that is also 100% portable?
Emphasizing strength and style within a spacious interior, In Win is set to bring their latest gaming chassis to the market – In Win 805i.
Continuing with the same class and grace of previous products, the In Win 805i boasts a brushed aluminium construction, a simplistic approach to its front I/O, and tempered glass panels with an improved level of thickness. Where the 805i differs from its competition in regards to its tempered glass fitting resides in its layout and the replacement of a standard front panel.
Upping their game – and yours – yet again, Cougar introduces the Revenger. Wielding a PMW 3360 optical sensor for the most absolute accuracy currently available on the market and ultimate personalisation with full spectrum RGB illumination, this is it; the best mouse Cougar has ever created.
Upping their game – and yours – yet again, Cougar introduces the Revenger. Wielding a PMW 3360 optical sensor for the most absolute accuracy currently available on the market and ultimate personalisation with full spectrum RGB illumination, this is it; the best mouse Cougar has ever created.
PMW 3360 Optical Sensor - The Cougar Revenger ustilises the best optical sensor on the market today. With an upper DPI limit of 12,000, even triple 4K display setups won’t give you any trouble with navigating your screen space quickly and accurately.
16.8 Million Colour RGB Illumination - The Cougar Revenger integrates barnstorming RGB functionality using a 2-zone lighting array. Each zone is separate of each other and can be configured independently, allowing the user to create truly personalised lighting setups.
Cougar UIX System - Using Cougar’s UIX software which has received praise for functionality and being incredibly intuitive to use, the user can adjust the Revnger’s profiles, lighting, and pinpoint DPI adjustments from the desktop and easily keep track of your different settings.
Dominate all surfaces with the Revenger gaming mouse
The Cougar Revenger is designed and optimised for use on all surfaces, not limited to just fabric mouse mats, but also wooden or steel surfaces. The Revenger remains accurate and an absolute joy in operation wherever you use it. This is also in combination with anti-slip grip pads which flank the Revenger on both the left and right sides of its armoured shell, ensuring you remain in full and unwavering control of every single movement.
In Win have just released a new range of power supplies, the Classic Series. These 80+ Platinum Certified units are made with a brushed aluminium enclosure for an attractive finish, definitely a PSU you do not want to cover with a shroud!
Made by In-Win themselves, these units come in either 750W or 900W capacities, with a 7-Year warranty included as standard. Both units are fully modular with smart fan control from a low noise HDB fan and comes with a full suite of protections. Both units will be in stock in around 2-3 weeks time and initial stock is pretty limited!
PC gaming is booming thanks to new players, incredible games and innovative technology, and that means there are plenty of options when it comes to your next desktop.
That’s easier said than done. If you’re a beginner, then poring over pages of components can be daunting – and it’s still tricky at times for experienced users. That’s no surprise, given that the market is stuffed with thousands of components that can be assembled in millions of ways.
For us, of course, there’s only one choice – and that’s buying a PC from Overclockers UK.
Aesthetically unparalleled. Uncompromised in performance. Most popularly known for pushing PCs past their limits and holding multiple records at the world’s largest overclocking events, Ian “8Pack” Parry is no stranger when it comes to breaking the laws of what many PC enthusiasts would commonly consider to be the impossible.
Meet the 8Pack Rocket. Distinctly crafted, highly refined and equipped with nothing less than the best, 8Pack's latest beast isn't one that's happy being confined to the home. Designed for portability and travel, all-the-while packing the power; the 8Pack Rocket is an overclocked powerhouse for on-the-go performance that's perfect for LAN parties.
Powering the heart of this competition-crushing showstopper resides an Intel core i5 6600K processor. Unchained by the standards set by Intel, this quad-core menace has been set free by the manufacturer's limits – pushing over 4.8 GHz without breaking a sweat!
Suited and booted with clear dual reservoirs along with dual loop watercooling passing through a Radeon R9 FuryX graphics card. While the machine has been tightly tuned and deeply tested as to ensure zero bottlenecks and consistent efficiency, every rocket requires fuel. Providing the sustenance needed for such level of supremacy rests a Silverstone Strider 600W power supply.
The support given with all 8Pack systems is unparalleled, customers will receive 8Packs mobile phone number to contact him if there were any issues or support queries, and they also come with labour free for 5 years.
Graphics Card: Radeon R9 FuryX (Water cooled)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200 MHz
Processor: Intel Core i5 6600K overclocked to 4.8GHz+
Storage: 512GB NVME Storage Drive and 1TB Samsung SSD
Motherboard: ASUS Z170I Pro Gamer ITX
PSU: 600W Silverstone Strider SFX
Case: Custom 8Pack Edition case with a customised dual loop and dual transparent reservoirs with Aquero integration and custom Pexon braided cables
Click here to view the Small Form Factor Extreme PCs by 8Pack.
Gaming Chairs Explored
Buying a proper PC gaming chair can ensure longer and more comfortable gaming sessions. Here’s our pick of the best.
It’s all too easy to look past a chair when building a benchmark-busting gaming setup, but don’t forget this crucial bit of kit – after all, you’re going to sit there for hours.
Comfort is imperative, which is why it’s worth spending a bit of cash on a proper gaming chair. The market is loaded with top-notch products, which is why we’ve put together this guide to suit all budgets.
The 509 sports a pair of tempered glass panels on the front and side of the chassis, along with an RGB enabled logo on the front.
The 509 boasts full tower capability, with support for E-ATX motherboards up to 12" x 13", 370mm VGA cards, 188mm CPU coolers & 230mm PSU's. Watercooling is also covered well with up to 360mm radiators support on the front, side and middle of the chassis, along with a 140mm radiator on the rear.
The In-Win 509 also sports a GPU support bracket to help avoid any flex on the PCI-E slots from heavy graphics cards. Stock is available in either Black/Grey or a ROG Certified Black & Red model. Stock will be available in approx 2/3 weeks and is pretty limited initially so buy now to avoid regrets.
The term "esports" is being used more frequently in the gaming world, and the market is growing at a rapid rate. The esports scene was worth $750 million at the start of the year, and is now estimated that it will be worth almost $2 billion by 2018!
Competitive gaming is massive in countries across the world, with millions of dollars offered in prize pools, and gaming teams being sponsored by massive brands, such as McDonalds, Nike, Addidas, Intel, AMD and lots more. Some gaming teams even have their own double decker buses, similar to football teams with their branding on the side.
In the UK, esports is small in comparison however; the growing rate of the scene is very fast and will eventually catch up with the rest of the world. We talk to ESL, the largest esports company in the world about the future of esports, we chat about their new ESL Studio that is based in the UK that can broadcast esports to national or international television, and we talk to them about virtual reality and esports to see if that could be possible, and lots more.
The PENTA Sports special edition PU gaming chair by noblechairs is now available for pre-order. Well known in German esports, PENTA are active in competitive games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six Siege, Hearthstone and more!
Themed in black and orange, the new noblechairs gaming chair looks the part with the debossed PENTA Sports logo, along with the logo stitching on the back of the chair.
The chair enjoys the same features as found on the noblechairs PU series, such as 1.5mm thick PU leather covering, 55% density freshly moulded cold foam, 4D armrests and more. Stock is available this week.
noblechairs are known for their award winning quality and designed chairs and in addition, we have in stock two new models in the EPIC real leather series - Brown/Black & Brown/Beige. Both these models offer a more classic leather chair look, with your choice of either Black or Beige stitching. Both are available for order now. Finally, also due in stock this week we have the noblechairs PU Black/Green model, with green stitching and embossed logo accents. Initial stock will be limited!
See the full range of noblechairs here.
Renowned for gaming PCs, we are especially known for creating some of the world’s fastest PCs. Utilising our experience across the range of gaming PCs from high-end to low-end, we are proud to announce the Nitro Force Sapphire RX 480 Gaming PC, the perfect PC for those wanting exceptional gaming performance for under £1000.
This Special Edition PC has been made possible with one of the world's largest graphics card manufacturers’, Sapphire, to provide a gaming PC at a brilliant price point.
The PC has an overclocked Intel Core i5 6600K running at 4.2GHz inside, along with a Sapphire Vapor-X CPU Cooler which uses vapor chamber technology to keep the CPU running at its best, 16GB of speedy DDR4 3000MHz memory and Sapphire’s award winning Nitro+ RX 480 Graphics card range with upgrade options (to select between 4GB and 8GB versions). A 240GB SSD and 2TB SATA HDD take care of all storage needs, the system also includes the latest Microsoft operating system, Windows 10. For a limited time only get a FREE Nitro Concepts C80 Comfort Series Gaming Chair worth £145.95!
The Nitro Force RX 480 Gaming PC is a beautifully crafted gaming PC, following Sapphire's own style. This vision in blue and black benfits from all of the performance advantages Radeon RX 480, which have propelled it to the top of the sales charts, including features such as AMD's liquid VR Technology.
The Sapphire's Nitro+ range of graphics cards is legendary amongst gamers for being the pinnacle of the AMD Radeon Gaming family. Kitted out with high air flow dual 95mm fans, Sapphires’ free flow technology and wrapped in a classic, stylish black facade, the Sapphire Nitro range operates faster and cooler than the reference design cards.
An addition to this amazing offer, if you already have a gaming PC and just want to upgrade your graphics card, we have a RX 480 Nitro+ OC 8GB graphics card and Nitro Concepts C80 Motion gaming chair bundle too, saving £44.95.
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The In Win D-Frame 2.0 is an open air chassis manufactured with a combination of hand crafted steel tubing and tempered glass. The chassis has an innovative two-way open design with a quick release design allowing easier assembly. The chassis also has a 1065W transparent PSU included which has been exclusively designed for the D-Frame 2.0.
The design concept for D-Frame 2.0 originates from the freedom, individuality and impulsive nature of off-road motorcycles. The combination of steel tubing, anti-flip foot pads with deep tire treads, a power supply in the shape of an air-cooled engine and tempered glass is perfect fusion of art and technology. Expertly bent tubing is entirely crafted by human hands. TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding is used to reinforced stability, and unique electrode position, which creates an ultra-smooth finish! The motherboard mounting tray is sandblasted to achieve a refined metallic texture.
The outer frame features a unique two-way open design. With its quick-release fasteners, D-Frame 2.0 allows for easier assembling and custom display platforms. The open-frame structure improves heat dissipation and airflow is effectively channeled, ensuring excellent ventilated performance. Each D-Frame 2.0 includes a SIII-1065W power supply, which is exclusively designed for D-Frame 2.0
Continuing with the D-Frame 2.0 design, the SIII-1065W power supply is designed in the shape of an air-cooled engine with an aluminium alloy top cover. Its reflective tempered glass window emits light from within to create a stunning visual impact.The original power supply design, combined with high wattage, excellent heat dissipation and fast charging, provides gamers with the ultimate powerful performance.
The SIII-1065 power supply provides options to efficiently remove the residual hot air generated by the operating PC. To accomplish this task, the PSU emits 65W electricity to keep the cooling system operational after shutting down the PC. Users can choose the timer options to be continuous, after 180 seconds, after 30 seconds or immediately shut down. The designed USB internal is ideal for your mobile phone and tablet charging, moreover with the automatic identify charging system, you can charge your gadgets without turning your system on. It outputs to maximum 3A and supports APPLE 2.4 A, Samsung 2.0A fast charge. Match the BC 1.2 & YD/T 1591 USB charging regulation.
The Cougar Immersa is a premium gaming headset with impressive sound quality. Equipped with useful features, such as high adaptability, outstanding wearing comfort and 40mm neodymium magnet drivers, it is perfectly suited for true gamers. It also offers a two metres long braided cable with built-in remote control, a retractable microphone, an ultra lightweight and convenient design as well as high compatibility to various devices.
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Power Supplies reach their efficiency maximum in medium load scenarios, yet modern gaming systems with one to two graphics cards of the latest generation draw less and less energy. Super Flower manages the formidable technical challenge of developing PSUs that combine appropriately low nominal wattage ratings and high 80Plus Platinum energy efficiency at a fair price! The result are perfect PSUs for current gaming-hardware!
With the 80Plus Platinum Kings with 450, 550 or 650 watts, Super Flower raises the bar and offers whopping 5 years of warranty!