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.
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.
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.
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.
The Raijintek Atlantis
We are the first to list the Raijintek Atlantis series, a range of watercooling products from Raijintek for the user to build their very own watercooling loop, cooling the processor, graphics card and memory.
Starting with the waterblocks in the Raijintek Atlantis range, there are three; the CPU, GPU and VRM (CWB-C1, GWB-C1 and VWB-C1) waterblocks. All designed to fit the latest generation platforms from AMD, Intel and NVIDIA. These blocks are user friendly for installation and can easily be fitted to the user’s hardware.
The waterblocks are copper, melted by alloying brazing and nickel plated then finished off with mirror polishing treatment. The waterblocks have a 3D micro-structure flow tunnel inside enabling the coolant from the cold plate to heat up accordingly and sufficiently to transfer the heat extremely well. The thread type on the waterblocks are 1/4 thread, the standard thread allowing users to upgrade their watercooling system easily.
The Raijintek superior pump is the RAI-PM5, a high level solution for enthusiast and PC builders to create a great watercooling system. The pump features a super flow discharge of 480 L/H and head-lift of 15 feet at a maximum speed, giving the loop a great flow rate. The RAI-RM5 also operates steadily and silently, and also comes with a support bracket providing users a study, reliable and friendly installation.
The tube reservoir, RAI-R10 (10CM tall) is made from high quality Polyocymethylene and Polymethylmethacrylate, a thermoplastic that is durable with excellent dimensional stability. The reservoir is also light-weight and has a waterfall design inside, the unit also comes with many anodised options, from black, red, blue and gold. There is also the RAI-R20 (20cm tall) that is designed for those who want a larger reservoir in their system.
The coolant available is the RAIAQUA-T1, the best partner for the watercooling products, including anti-freeze, preventing the PC cooling system from corrosion and cavitation, antirusting and water scale reducing. Additional to the Raijintek Aqua coolant is three bottles of dye, green, red and blue, so you can create the colours you want conveniently. The RAITUBO-T3 is 200cm in length of watercooling tubing, manufactured from medical grade PVC material, and designed for resisting twisting and collapsing allowing for tighter bends without kinking. With 3/8” barbs and compression fittings, the Raijintek tubing gives users better mounting and easier fitting and an ideal flow.
We are proud to be stocking the Rajintek STYX. Based around the design of the Metis keeping similar aesthetics with the premium brushed aluminium crafted chassis design.
The STYX is noticeably larger comparing to the Metis, allowing you to install even more hardware. The case also supports 2x 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator in the top of the case and on the side, giving the user further cooling extending to high end air cooling or watercooling.
The case is 325mm in height, 360mm in length and 210mm in width. Giving the user space to install a graphics card up to a 280mm. The case also supports a 120mm fan at the back of the case, and at the bottom.
The additional features the STYX has over the Metis is that it can support a slim DVD drive allowing you to have a slot loading drive access on the right side of the case. The STYX is available in six colours, black, silver, red, blue, gold and green. Supporting Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX. The I/O ports are 2x USB3.0 and HD audio. Hard drive support is 3x 3.5” with 6x 2.5” drives allowing you to have a huge amount of storage.