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  • How to build gaming rigs, mini PCs and console killers!

    In-depth advice on the kit you should buy

    Packed with clear step-by-step guides

    the perfect pc cOMpONeNtS tUtOrIALS

    more power for less money! Whatever kind of rig you want, we'll show you how to build it

    NEW

    FOR 2013

    thE cOmplEtE guidE tO Rig buildiNg

    148 pageslearn the skills you need to build your next box

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    Cbn48 2013 PRInTED In THE UK 9.99

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    BUILD YOUR OWN PC

    BUILD YOUR OWN PC

    TECHBUILD

    8 The Console KillersDont wait for the next-gen consoles, build a power PC now for the same price

    16 The Mini Power PCBuild a no-compromise, small form factor gaming computer

    22 Low Power to the PeopleCan you create a low-power computer that uses only 10W of energy?

    28 Parts for PenguinsLinux-based PCs dont have to be second-tier machines any more. Build one with all the power you need

    36 Reuse, Recycle, ResellMake the most of your old kit to benefi t you and your environment

    46 Serious CPUsWe review the best desktop processors and lift the lid on the best choice for you

    54 Graphics for every GamerDiscover the fi nest graphics card for the discerning DIY-er

    62 Massive MonitorsWe dish the dirt on the bit youll spend all your time looking at the display

    70 Solid State DrivesSuper-fast and quickly coming down in price, SSD is the way to go

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    BUILD YOUR OWN PC

    BUILD YOUR OWN PC

    BUILDEROur at-a-glance guide to the gear you need to create three amazing rigs

    DO MORE...UPGRADE

    80 Bargain UpgradesWhat are the best hardware upgrades if youre operating on a strict budget?

    96 In-ear HeadphonesWe showcase the very best slimline headphones for your aural pleasure

    98 Gaming MiceIf youre into gaming, you need to cast your eye over these sublime rodents

    100 Mouse MatsA top-of-the-range home for your mouse can make all the difference

    104 Stay FrostyHow to cool your hardware

    108 Wall-mount your PCOh yes, my friends, it can be done

    112 Boot Drive MigrationThe easy way to migrate to an SSD

    114 Build an open-source DVRGet the most from free digital television

    118 Build a Smart TV NetworkHow to make a tuned DVLA server

    122 Create a VPN ServerDo it today using Windows 7

    126 Master the Windows 8 desktopIf youve moved to Windows 8, you need our power tips tutorial

    130 Manage your DriversAvoid hardware confl icts and speed up

    134 Expand to Two MonitorsPut your desktop on multiple screens

    136 Raspberry Pi: Retro GamingEmulate the golden era of games

    140 Calibrate your MonitorSee your photos in a whole new light

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  • Low-Power to the PeoPLeCan we Create a 10w gaming PC? Probably not, but neil mohr gives it a damn good go

    Were supposed to be power conscious these days. Our editor has unplugged his executive vibrating chair for our mental sanity were assuming its the chair thats been vibrating. Our art editor had to swap his 1,000W 7.1 speaker setup for a pair of earbud

    headphones. While our tech monkey, Jeremy Laird, had to swap out his Intel 6-core Extreme Edition for Intels latest Atom. And theyre not even socket compatible people, oh the humanity.

    We can joke, but power consumption is a real issue. Phones and tablets can idle at sub-watt levels, but even a modest PC gaming rig can happily suck down almost 200 watts of power without trying. If youre sat there browsing the web or furiously writing complaints about the neighbours leylandii to your MP, all that power seems a bit of a waste of energy.

    But what are the alternatives? You could jump on your laptop, but thats often still underpowered and youre left

    with an awful keyboard and trackpad to use, while upgrading it always feels a compromise. But then we did what our therapist told us not to do, we got thinking, perhaps we could build a full-desktop system that was capable of 3D gaming but was also built around the idea of ultra-low power consumption? Perhaps even low enough to rival a laptop?

    At the heart of this project is going to be the new breed of Intel Ivy Bridge processors. Theyre built with a 22nm process and, in some ways most importantly of all, Intels new generation of integrated HD Graphics, which means we can do away with power hungry third-party graphics cards for our system. Sorry AMD and Nvidia.

    With so much integrated on to the super-effi cient 22nm process, low-power states can be effi ciently managed. While historically higher-power tasks now require far less juice as well, this is against a background of continued integration and ever more effi cient processes; the number of ICs on a motherboard is down, the main chipset uses less power than ever and main storage and memory can be measured in a single watt. So lets see if we can get near that magical 10W mark

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  • Low-Power to the PeoPLeCan we Create a 10w gaming PC? Probably not, but neil mohr gives it a damn good go

    Low-power to the People

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  • MORE REVIEWS MORE FEATURES

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  • GRAPHICS FOR EVERY GAMERT

    hese things can take time, but at last this generation of graphics cards has been pretty much fi nalised. AMD did its part early on, having almost its entire

    lineup sorted before the summer, while Nvidia has been dragging its heels like a schoolboy whos forgotten his homework. The release of the GTX 650 Ti, though, marks the completion of this generation of cards, and despite the fact its taken nearly an entire year to get to this stage, things have never looked so good for the consumer.

    Its somewhat inevitable that every generation offers more power for less cash than ever before, but its still

    surprising that a budget card will be able to deliver more than 30fps on average at full HD resolutions in the latest DX11 titles.

    Its strange, then, that people are calling these the end times for the discrete graphics card, what with all the advances in integrated CPU graphics performance. For the end user though, us PC gamers, our rigs have never looked so sprightly. Being able to pick up mid-range cards with the sort of performance the high-end cards of the past few years could only wish for, is making our gaming experience the envy of the slavering console hordes.

    Just look at the gaming shows of the past year, GamesCom and E3 especially.

    All the best-looking titles were being demoed on high-end PCs. Why? Because theres no way to get the games looking as good on the current generation of consoles.

    With the next generation of those limited tech bricks not arriving until the tail-end of 2013, the PC has an entire year of even greater gaming dominance. And by then, chances are its still going to hold the technological gaming advantage.

    But what of right now? Who are the winners and losers in the great graphics arms race? Weve lined up the full range of gaming-capable graphics cards of this generation and well tell you where the smart upgrade money should go.

    THE NEW GENERATION LINEUP IS READY. DAVE JAMES LAYS HIS CARDS ON THE TABLE

    eVGA GTX 680 Signature 2

    Sapphire HD 7970 Ghz ED Vapor-X

    ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU II

    ASUS HD 7950 Direct CU II

    eVGA GTX 660Ti SuperClocked

    Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC Edition

    GEAR REVIEWED

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  • GRAPHICS FOR EVERY GAMER

    eVGA GTX 660 SuperClocked

    Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB

    Zotac GT