The processor is a vital component in every PC and laptop – if you don't have one, your device just won't work.
It pays to give some thought to the processor you choose, too, because a poor chip will hinder every single aspect of your machine, while a high-quality chip could take your gaming, work and daily computing to the next level.
We've got a guide to the nuts and bolts of these crucial components, but that's not all. We've chosen our favourites from Intel's new Kaby Lake range to suit every budget and a whole range of computing tasks, from gaming to graphic design, and we've also explained how the Overclockers UK touch can result in faster, safer and better PCs.
There is no component more vital to a gaming PC than the graphics card. It's the engine behind every top game, and picking the right card means your rig will run the most demanding games for years.
Graphics cards are no joke, but that does mean that it can be tricky to pick the right part.
If you're not sure about how graphics cards work, then read on – and if you still need to pick a card, then read our guide for the top chips for work and play.
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.
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.
We are celebrating the launch of the new lineup of graphics cards from AMD, the Radeon RX480. We are giving free next day delivery to all UK Mainland customers across the entire range of Radeon RX480, including both 4GB and 8GB models.
The Radeon RX480 graphics cards are in stock and available for purchase at competitive prices, giving extraordinary VR and gaming experiences at price points never offered before. The RX480 is also has the future in mind producing powerful performance in the latest DX12 games like Ashes of Singularity, Hitman, and Total Warhammer.
We are running special deals on FreeSync monitors with savings up to 20% off, a perfect match. There are discounts also on stylish gaming chairs, quality PSUs, and great gaming PCs.
Get a FREE Ashes of the Singularity game code with purchase of a Radeon R9 390 Series graphics card!
Get ready for planetary warfare on a massive scale. Oxide games' new Nitrous engine and Radeon R9 380 Series graphics unleash the full power of DirectX 12 to bring unbelievable multiple-unit RTS combat to your screen in the ultimate battle for the fate of humankind.
Life continues thanks to smooth gameplay at high resolutions with AMD Radeon R9 380X graphics, conceived to play the most demanding games at maximum details at 1080p, 1440p all the way to 4K.
Read more here.
The Marvel Gaming Range
We have launched two brand new PCs, one being a 4K gaming PC priced at only £799.99 and the other being a 1080p gaming PC that is a console alternative for only £329.95 for a limited time only, there is a £70 saving as an introductory offer reducing it from the usual price of £399.95.
Introducing the Marvel 4K, part of the new Special Edition Marvel AMD Gaming PC range. Designed to deliver 4K gaming at a very wallet friendly price point, using high-grade components, the graphics power comes from the ASUS STRIX Radeon R9 390X 8GB Graphics Card – With upgrade options including the Radeon Fury and FuryX 4GB HBM.
The Marvel 4K PC is powered by a Super Flower PSU, a renowned and award winning brand providing reliable, stable power and high efficiency throughout the system.
Available upon purchase is an interesting range of compact Micro-ATX chassis’ from Aerocool, Cougar and Bitfenix, giving the user a selection of styles and colours to choose from; to make the PC their own. – The Marvel 4K PC is probably the best value entry into 4K gaming ever!
A fast system gets the job done quicker, a fast system games harder. The Marvel 4K is equipped with a selection of rapid solid state drives, mechanical hard drives or, for the best of both worlds, a solid state hybrid drive.
Following the Marvel 4K, the Marvel 1080p has its part, being a fully AMD APU based system, this PC is a console alternative designed to play popular online multiplayer games, the likes of Minecraft, League of Legends, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Priced at £329.95 this PC is a great unit for those who are after their first gaming PC, or for those who love to play casually.
The customer can theme both PCs by choosing the LED lighting colour they would prefer, giving the user full customisation to have their PC how they want it.
Each PCs is assembled, configured, overclocked and tested by Overclockers UK’s experienced and professional system builders, supporting it with a standard 3 year warranty and labour-free upgrade service for total peace of mind. All of these systems are available to purchase through finance, allowing you to buy now and pay in 6 or 12 months, or pay over monthly payment for 36 or 48 months.
The AMD Radeon R9 Nano graphics card is the first graphics card to pack this much performance into such a small form factor.
The AMD Radeon R9 Nano graphics card is AMD’s most innovative and advanced GPU to date, delivering 4096-bit High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM), the highest memory bandwidth ever in a GPU, engineered for 4K and VR gaming – in a revolutionary small form factor graphics card – the ultimate GPU for Mini-ITX PC supremacy. Experience DirectX 12 featuring async shaders and multi-threaded command buffer recording as well as support for OpenGL 4.5 and Vulkan APIs. Push your gameplay to the max and achieve scorchingly-fast framerates at ultra settings by adding up to four GPUs with AMD CrossFire multi-GPU technology.