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.
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.
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.
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.
The BitFenix Aurora is a brand new case with simplicity and elegance in mind. Available in Black or White, the Aurora is designed for high end aesthetically pleasing builds, with glass windows, RGB Chroma Control, SSD Chroma all certified by ASUS AURA letting you take control of the illumination of your system.
The Aurora comes with two high quality tempered black glass windows on either sides. The left side glass is tinted crystal clear to give a premium look to the system while showcasing the high end hardware of your build. The right side is tinted completely dark to have your cable management behind motherboard tray hidden. With tempered glass panels, cable management need to be easy, and with the large space behind motherboard tray and cable tie brackets, Aurora provides excellent cable management room. Tempered glass panels are designed to be held to the chassis when removing the screw preventing accidental falling. Thus the user only need to support them while removing the screws.
The “ASUS AURA” certified “RGB Chroma Control and SSD Chroma” are co-developed with Asus Republic of Gamers giving you the ability to customize the SSD illumination colors with “AURA RGB illumination” on motherboard and BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic RGB LED colors. The controller when not connected to an ASUS motherboard, can be used independently with the hardware button to cycle through the included presets.
The Aurora supports up to EATX motherboards while having plenty of room for high end water-cooling builds. Both the included hard drive cages are modular giving the user the ability to configure the system to their needs. This clean layout gives space for full length graphic cards and fully water-cooled components. The smart layout allows the user to use up to two 280mm radiators on top and front and a 120mm radiator at the rear while having enough space to mount the reservoirs and other water cooling hardware. With a tool free hardware mounting design, Installing and altering system configurations is now a breeze.
The BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 cables are a pre-sleeved cable kit that supports a wide variety of modular power supplies from different manufacturers.
These premium cables feature precision molded connectors and come in a variety of colours and cable types, enabling modders to transform normal PCs into objects of wonderment!
Aimed at high performance power supplies, Alchemy 2.0 is manufactured with high quality components to support up to 1600W. Use of High Current Alloy Terminals impreoves the connection and minimises the effciency drop in modular cable. Use of Pure Copper cables with thicknesses up to 16AWG reduces the resistance while increasing effciency.
The new BitFenix Spectre Xtreme fans offer many features redefining the standards of cooling fans. Spectre Xtreme gives you the best performance and aesthetics using the latest in cooling fan technology and innovative designs.
Cooling fans used in liquid cooling systems not only need to have a high airflow but also they need to be optimised for static pressure. The newly designed blades of the Spectre Xtreme not only look good but also improve the airflow of the fan to 66CFM while maintaining optimum static pressure. This makes the Spectre Xtreme fans an ideal choice for liquid cooling solutions.
BitFenix Spectre Xtreme is engineered to provide an extremely silent performance. Use of high quality Fluid Dynamic Bearings have reduced the noise levels while increasing the efficiency and life expectancy of the fans. Carrying on the signature dual frame design of the Spectre series, the new Spectre Xtreme frame design provides a high level of noise dampening due to the use of TPU the construction of the frame.The result is a fan that can operate at different fan speeds from 950RPM to 2000RPM.
The aggressively designed Spectre Xtreme comes in a wide variety of colours and options. The black Spectre Xtreme comes without any installed LEDs, while the Blue, Green, Red and White ones do. Special care has been taken to match the Green LED with the light emitted from NVIDIA GeForce GTX stock coolers. Adding to the customisability of the Spectre Xtreme, the illuminations can be toggled with the jumper cable.
We have expanded the BitFenix Pandora range today by introducing the all-new Pandora ATX. Following the same premium aesthetics with supreme functionality as the Pandora M-ATX. – The Pandora ATX offers the same desired unique styling combined with great capabilities for full sized ATX motherboards and one 360mm radiator, forming a great canvas for PC builders to be creative with a custom build project.
The Pandora ATX initially launches exclusively in black, with two versions available – Pandora ATX and Pandora ATX Core. The former is equipped with the 2.8” ICON LCD display in the front, allowing for an added personalised touch of the front fascia. This is achieved by an easy-to-use drag-and-drop software solution, with the display itself connected by a USB header to the motherboard.
Internally, the Pandora ATX stays true to the BitFenix DNA of innovation – this time mainly evident in the one-piece power cover design, effectively creating a separate bottom chamber for the PSU and HDDs at the bottom. This solution gives added space for exposure of hardware for modding projects, improves case rigidity and shields HDD and PSU noise.
Cooling is provided out of the box by the built-in 1x140mm (front) and 1x120mm (rear) fans, but the Pandora ATX is compatible with some pretty advanced watercooling builds. Supporting a 360mm radiator, top or front, and with dedicated brackets and supports for pumps and reservoirs, it makes for a truly dexterous base for any water cooling project.
In terms of expansion capabilities, the Pandora ATX comes with support for up to 440mm long graphics cards, 4x 2.5” SSDs and 4x 3.5” HDDs. Maximum PSU length is 220 mm, while CPU cooler height is a maximum of 160mm.
We are the first to list the new Bitfenix Nova case in a choice of window or non-window versions.
Bitfenix Nova delivers style, performance and silence at an incredibly competitive price. Whether you plan to build a basic office, home or gaming system, Nova’s simplistic design, aluminium badge, colour options and optional window side panel mean it will blend in perfectly. Long air vents running along the sides of its front, hidden behind sleek mesh strips, provide plenty of airflow to cool the system. And as a result allowed us to keep Nova’s Top and Front panel completely closed to block fan-noise from escaping the enclosure, and dust from building up inside.
To seal fan noise inside the chassis, we developed a closed front panel for NOVA. Concealed behind signature mesh strips running along the sides of the front panel, lie a series of 134 air vents, that let fresh air stream into the case effortlessly. Thanks to this noise-shield design of a raised, closed front panel with side vents, Nova is capable of keeping even powerful components supplied with the airflow required to keep them cooled adequately, all the while confining the fan-noise to the interior of the chassis.
While purists probably opt for the solid steel side panel version of NOVA to create a completely closed, monolithic build, we created an optional window side panel to let you and others have a look at all the nice parts, while conveniently hiding the less interesting and appeasing looking ones. Combined with colour matched components and LED fans and light strips NOVAs large window allows you to create a truly unique and impressive looking system.
The angled front panel Interface of NOVA makes it easy to reach and use whether it's on the floor, raised, or even standing on your desk. The large round power button is easy to find without even looking, while the reset button is purposely kept small and at the side of the panel. Two High Definition audio ports let you quickly connect a headset for a Skype call or to listen to your favourite music.
To prevent dust from building up inside your power supply, causing its fan to spin at unnecessarily high speeds or even overheat and shut down, NOVA comes bundled with a dust filter you can quickly rinse and slide back. This not only reduces noise, but increases the lifetime of your power supply and keeps your system running reliably for years on-end. With 7 expansion slots and a supported graphics card height of over 140mm, NOVA is ready for modern GPUs with a raised PCBs and larger, quieter heatsinks that extend beyond the traditional 110mm expansion card height.