The Radeon RX 580, our pick for the best graphics card for 1080p gaming, has been reduced to its lowest price yet. Right now, you can get the full-fat PowerColor RX 580 8GB for just £169.99 from Overclockers, a savings of £30. The PowerColor Dragon V2 graphics card is also part of AMD's Fully Loaded promotion, so you choose any two of three upcoming PC titles to get for free. The games on offer are Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5 and The Division 2, each of which will be released early next year and has a retail price of around £50. If you were planning to pick up these games that's an additional savings of £100 - and if you weren't going to get these games, you could potentially flip the codes online to get some money back. We mentioned earlier that the RX 580 is our pick for the best value graphics card, and that's a fact - the card typically outperforms the popular GeForce GTX 1060 6GB at a similar price point, making it the better choice overall. (You can … [Read more...] about This RX 580 8GB at £170 is a bargain for 1080p PC gaming
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Amazon seems to be rolling out a new "Part Finder" tool to check the compatibility of PC parts. On some PC component product pages, a widget at the top lets you select the brand and model number of your existing rig to check if the part is compatible.The system appears to be brand new, and only shows up on some part pages—I saw it on this listing for a Samsung 860 Evo SSD, for example, but not an MSI GTX 1080. From what I can tell, Part Finder isn't as full-featured as tools like PC Part Picker's Compatibility Check, and it only works for systems that actually have a model number—prebuilts and laptops, that is. This means it's no use if you built your rig yourself, though you can at least check if two specific parts will match up, like a set of RAM sticks and a particular motherboard. That last feature still needs some work, though. It says this EVGA Z370 mobo is incompatible with a standard set of DDR4 RAM, when they definitely shouldn't have a problem with each … [Read more...] about Amazon now has a compatibility checker for PC parts
Black Friday, the start of the holiday shopping season, falls on November 23 this year. However you’d be forgiven for thinking the whole thing has started already, with many shops running “Black Friday” sales way in advance of the actual date. You can find some decent deals right now, but in general, the best deals come on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So ultimately, it's better to wait it out—it's just a week away.However, good deals can depend on the retailer. On Amazon you’ll find deals from now up until midnight on November 23. There are some which are not time limited, meaning they’ll be the price they are now until the end of Black Friday, or until the stock runs out. Of course, Amazon also has Daily Deals which are ever-changing, and also the Lightning Deals which last for an even shorter amount of time. These are probably where you’ll find the biggest discounts, and it’s tough to say whether the items in these sales will get any … [Read more...] about Are pre-Black Friday deals any good?
PART PICKERUse an SSD SSDs use a fraction of the power of a traditional hard drive, and they bring better performance too.Get a smart mobo Some motherboards, like MSI's ECO line, allow you to disable unused features to save power.Spend more on a PSU Spend a little more on a power supply unit and you can reach up to 90% efficiency.Try fewer fans Fans eat up power and generate noise—use as few of them as you can get away with.It’s funny how gamers will jump through all sorts of hoops to save a fictional planet if they’re asked to by a quest-giving NPC, but rarely think about doing the same when it comes to the real thing. The energy-guzzling PC sitting on, or below, your desk may not compare to a coal-fired power plant when it comes to environmental impact, but a 2015 study found that a typical gaming computer uses about the same amount of energy as three refrigerators (or ten Xbox consoles). So here’s a quest for you—how can you make your PC more … [Read more...] about How to make your PC more environmentally friendly
Cyberpunk 2077 was undoubtedly one of the biggest and most-hyped E3 2018 games. And man if it didn't look the part, stunning us with its lush visuals and detailed sci-fi world. In case you were fearing it's all just a tad too good to be true, don't be; developer CD Projekt Red has released the specs of the PC running the Cyberpunk 2077 demo and they're... pretty reasonable, actually.A quick clarification before we continue: the demo in question was behind closed doors, and is different from the trailer we saw on-stage during the Xbox E3 2018 press conference (though that too was rendered in-engine). So, what does it take to run Cyberpunk 2077 at that level of visual fidelity? According to the people making it:An Intel Core i7 8700K at 3.70GHz CPU, Asus ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming model motherboard, 32GB of G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 RAM with a speed of 3,000MHz, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics card, and a Samsung 960 Pro 512GB SSD, all powered by a Corsair SF600W power supply.Even if you … [Read more...] about The Cyberpunk 2077 E3 demo was running on a PC with these surprisingly reasonable specs