By now there can’t be much doubt in anyone’s mind that 2016 will be the year that will be remembered as the year VR went mainstream. We have got 3 major players each bringing out their own VR headsets, partly they already have to early adopters, and they surely won’t be the last ones. Overclockers UK is one of the biggest gaming system builders and hardware components shops in the UK and they are also on board for this new wave of virtual reality. We’ve already seen them create dedicated HTC Vive area in their shops where customers and fans can experience the full room VR experience, so there is no doubt that they believe in this too.
Overclockers UK will also be among the 600 buyers, sellers, and developers who will attend the VR World Congress next week on April the 12th in Bristol that is being headlined by AMD and their LiquidVR. At the VRWC, you’ll find a dedicated expo hall filled to the brim with exciting and innovative companies showing the latest developments in VR.
OC UK themselves will bring their high-performance PCs, starting from the recommended VR specifications and all the way up to the 8Pack designed and built monster PC called the Asteroid. There will also be the chance to test out OCUK’s Room Scale VR Experience at their booth.
You can also be part of this yourself, if you have time and are in the area, and you can even get in for free with a little luck. Overclockers UK is giving away 2 tickets for this event and the entry is as simple as it could be. All you have to do is to visit the OCUK forums and post a reply to a thread there. You should also take the time to browse the forums a little bit while you’re there, they got some great and knowledgeable people hanging around that post a lot of interesting stuff.
Overclockers UK is one of the leading stockists of PC hardware and their engineering team produces an impressive range of custom rigs to suit contrasting tastes. Whether you’re looking for a silent air-cooled build, or extreme overclocked PC with premium water cooling parts, there’s something designed for your specific requirements. Often, whenever a new game is released which sells remarkably well, consumers like to pay homage with a system based around its theme. This can be a challenge especially if the game in question doesn’t have a distinctive colour scheme. The Division is an open world third-person shooter set in a bleak vision of New York City ravaged by a smallpox pandemic. This intriguing setting and captivating multiplayer confrontations have proved to be incredibly popular! As a result, The Division became Ubisoft’s fastest selling game on record and attracted a very passionate community.
This success story has given Overclockers UK inspiration for their latest gaming PC entitled the Titan Dark Zone. The system opts for orange braided PSU extension cables and vibrant LED lighting which creates a stunning aesthetic design. Combining the orange tones with black jet black components is quite unusual and a reference to The Division’s box art. Therefore, the Titan Dark Zone is a dream come true for fans of this particular title and features a very potent specification capable of powering VR devices without any concessions. The Intel i7-6700K is professionally overclocked to 4.5GHz using the Alpenfohn Broken 2 cooler. As a result, I expect to see an impeccable performance to noise ratio which surpasses many closed-loop-coolers. On another note, the 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory, factory overclocked GTX 980Ti and Samsung 250GB boot drive should be able to provide a sensational gaming experience even on high-resolution monitors. Rather surprising, Overclockers UK have decided to use a non-modular power supply which complicates cables management. On the other hand, the PSU has received a great deal of critical acclaim and showcases the careful decision-making process when designing a system’s specification.
Name: Overclockers UK Titan Dark Zone
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
Motherboard: MSI Z170A-SLI Plus
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K Overclocked to 4.5GHz
Processor Cooler: Alpenfohn Broken 2
System Memory: Team Group Elite 16GB (8x2GB) 2400MHz CL16 RAM
Warranty: Three Year (24 Month Collect and Return plus 12 Month labour) Mainland UK and Ireland Only
Packing and Accessories
The system arrived in an extremely large box which cannot fit on my photography backdrop. This is the reason why I’ve taken a snapshot in the hallway to emphasize the package’s mammoth size. Overclockers UK always adopt such an attentive approach to packaging and employ durable materials which enhances the level of protection substantially. It’s evidently clear that the company has considered the strain delicate PCs go under during transit and taken every necessary step to dramatically reduce the probability of damage occurring.
Once the top cover has been removed, we can see an ample supply of durable cardboard inserts which holds the system firmly in position.
The Titan Dark Zone is placed in the original chassis box and secured with strong tape. Honestly, I’d be extremely surprised if you received the system with even cosmetic imperfections considering multiple layers were used for protective purposes.
There’s additional support inside the chassis box via two strong polystyrene blocks.
The system’s internal components are surrounded by three Instapak foam pieces. These are essential additions which protect the CPU mounting and prevent the graphics card from applying too much pressure on the PCI-E slot during delivery.
In terms of accessories, OCUK included a Welcome Pack and Windows 10 Home OEM DVD containing the product code. The Welcome Pack outlines the system’s specification, and warranty terms in an easy to understand manner. Personally, I love the overall presentation and solder joints design on the front cover.
When we here 8Pack, then we know that it is followed by something great and it is no different this time around. Overclockers UK introduced the new Asteroid Mini-ITX gaming system by 8Pack – an impressive and very powerful system. The all-new extreme mini PC is designed and built by Ian 8Pack Parry, one of the best-known overclockers in the world. The hardware has been handpicked and tuned for only the best experience.
The 8Pack Astroid isn’t just a powerful system, it is also a beautiful one with its black and red case. It is also built with hard-line tubing for the custom liquid cooling loop that gives it an even better over-all look. The PC is also supplied with a flight case as standard that has been manufactured for portability, allowing the user to also pack their peripherals with the PC.
So by now you’re probably curious what kind of hardware powers this tiny monster. At the heart, it has an Intel Core i7 6700K Skylake processor that has been overclocked to 4.7GHz and the base configuration comes with 8GB memory that has been overclocked to 3866MHz. The graphics part is covered by a Nvidia GTX 980Ti graphics card that also has been overclocked out of the box, in this case to 1450MHz or more. The operating system gets a 512GB solid state drive while there also is a 1TB SSD for files and your game collection. All this is powered by a 1000W 80Plus Titanium rated Super Flower power supply. Wow.
In every single 8Pack Asteroid gaming PC, there is always expert craftsmanship with cherry picked hardware and deep testing. With a setup like this, you won’t run into any bottlenecks and get maximum performance from the hardware without any compromise.
As with all Overclockers UK systems, you can also customize the specification away from the standard setup in order to get just the right match for your needs. While many might go for a memory upgrade, the rest is pretty much solid. So what will all this cost you, you might ask. It starts at £3989.99 which is a hefty sum, but it is also a hefty system.
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti overclocked (Option to upgrade to Titan X)
Memory: Team Group Xtreem 8GB 3866Mhz (Option to upgrade to 16GB 3733Mhz)
Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K overclocked to 4.7+
Storage: Two Samsung 850 Evo Series Solid State Drives. 512GB for OS, and 1TB for games
PSU: 1000W Superflower PSU
Case: Custom Parvum 8Pack Edition case with built in water cooling reservoir
Fan controller: Aquaero 5
Flight Case included
While the price of almost £4000 might have put you off a little bit, we got to remember that we don’t just buy the hardware here – this is a little piece of art and it comes with unparalleled support. As a customer of this system, you ‘ll be given 8Packs mobile phone number to contact him if there were any issues or support queries – labour free for 5 years. That isn’t a service that you’ll find anywhere else.
Below you’ll find a lot more images of this beautiful built system and all its details, so have fun drooling and imagining how great it would look on your desk right now.
Who doesn’t like to get free stuff? And especially when it is something as sweet as a solid state drive. That is what you currently can get, at least if you purchase one of the participating ASUS GTX 970 graphics cards at Overclockers UK.
For a limited time, and as long as stock lasts – as always – you can get a Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB solid state drive for free on top of the Nvidia based GTX 970 graphics card that your purchasing. It isn’t just some cheap SSD either as it comes from Kingston’s HyperX division. The 7mm slim 2.5-inch SSD delivers a solid performance, and for free, who can complain. You still get the bundled game Tom Clancy’s The Division on top too, making this a very good deal for a well-performing graphics card.
Speaking of the graphics card, the first of the two participating ASUS graphics cards are the GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Strix with 4GB GDDR5 memory, a core clock of 1141MHz, and a boost clock up to 1253MHz. The second card is the GeForce GTX 970 Turbo OC which also comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory, but a slower clock speed. The Turbo OC has a core clock of 1088MHz and a boost clock of 1228MHz.
Which of the two cards you pick for your setup is based on optical preference, amount you want to spend, and probably more things too – but it is safe to say that both are great graphics cards where you get a lot of bang for the buck, especially considering the extras you get in this deal. The DirectCU II OC Strix will set you back £299.99 while the Turbo OC will cost a little less and set you back £275.99.
Virtual Reality, or VR for short, is the big thing of 2016. While it isn’t new in itself, this is the year where consumers will get the chance to enter this field and there is no shortage presented VR headsets. But VR is one of those things that is tough to describe and it is also tough to show off with traditional videos and images; it is something that has to be experienced first hand to fully get what it is all about and be able to grasp the full concept.
Overclockers UK is known for its line-up of gaming ready PCs in all sizes and calibers and they’re naturally on board with VR too. They’ve now proudly announced the extension to their showroom that will provide a permanent Vive Room Scale VR Experience in the Midlands.
The new Room Scale VR allows users with a Vive to move around and interact with a virtual environment while staying in the comfort of their own home. Overclockers UK created this new 20 square meters sized showroom to allow users to truly test this experience using hardware built together by Overclockers UK and that has been Virtual Reality Certified.
The Overclockers UK Room Scale VR Experience is set to launch with a special event, which will take place at the Overclockers UK Newcastle-Under-Lyme showroom on the 19th of March. This event is open to the public and there is an online booking system in place allowing users to reserve their very own VR Experience.
You don’t need to worry if you can’t make it on March the 19th as the Room Scale VR Experience will be a permanent feature at the Overclockers UK store. Besides the showroom, Overclockers UK also launched a new mini-site that is a collection of all the relevant VR information.
The Vive headset needs to be powered by something and OC UK has new and certified systems ready for the Vive, starting with the entry level system for £749 and moving up to the titan that starts at £1314.95. As always, you can further configure and modify these systems before you purchase.Virtual Reality hardware can also be purchased directly with everything from upgrade parts to your current system on to VR compatible peripherals. All in one place, and now also live testable.
Virtual Reality hardware can also be purchased directly with everything from upgrade parts to your current system on to VR compatible peripherals. All in one place, and now also live testable.
Overclockers UK is one of the leading online hardware retailers and stocks a huge supply of components from niche water cooling products to affordable pre-configured systems. The company’s customer service and active forum community makes it stand out compared to the competition and ensures each customer’s needs are attended to. Recently, Overclockers UK entered a partnership with HTC, and launch a brand new Virtual Reality section on their website. Here you can find a description about VR, and easily navigate to VR ready hardware. For example, only VR capable graphics cards are listed to help the end-user make a suitable purchasing decision without having to perform extensive research.
On another note, Overclockers UK will also sell VR headsets, peripherals and software and has everything you need to get started! This means it’s possible to create a stunning setup for immersive racing games, or build your own flight simulator. Virtual Reality is here to stay and the new big revolution in gaming. Currently, VR devices are expensive which makes being an early adopter a difficult proposition. However, prices should reduce in time and make the technology more accessible. In addition to an extensive component line-up, the company is also offering an impressive range of custom-made PCs.
The new ‘VR Ready’ range utilizes the SteamVR performance test to gauge a system’s performance. Clearly, VR has some fairly hefty requirements and this can be quite overwhelming for certain customers. Thankfully, Overclockers UK has employed this tool to provide a simple rating system and outline the performance benefits across various price points. For example, the Titan Virtual Raid VR includes an Intel Core i5 6600K, and high-end AMD Radeon R9 Fury 4GB. This PC is described as ‘VR Ready’ with an average fidelity of 8.9 (Very High). If this particular machine is out of your budget, then there’s cheaper alternatives like the Kinect VR small-form factor PC. This unit sports an Intel Core i5 6500 and GTX 970. Despite its weaker specification, the PC is still ‘VR Ready’ with an average fidelity of 6.6 (High).
It’s great to see the VR buying process made simpler, and I cannot wait to try some of these new systems from Overclockers UK.
Overclockers UK has launched a new section on their websites for game-themed pre-built PC systems called PCs by Game. To celebrate this newly launched section, they have built a new range of systems based on the latest AAA titles Hitman: World of Assassination and Tom Clancy’s The Division.
There is a total of four new gaming PCs in this section in addition to the already existing two. The two Hitman machines are the Titan Contract “Hitman” Gaming PC and the Titan Agent 47 “Hitman” Gaming PC. The two Hitman systems come along with two The Division PCs, the Titan Pandemic “The Division” Gaming PC and the Titan Dark Zone “The Division” Gaming PC.
The Titan Contract PC and the Titan Agent 47 PC are naturally both developed with Hitman in mind and they come with a free copy of the game included. They are built with AMD R9 380X and R9 390X that should help to achieve maximum frame rates in the game.
The Titan Dark Zone PC and the Titan Pandemic are built in a colour scheme to fit with Tom Clancy’s The Division. Where the Hitman PCs were built around AMD-based graphics cards, these systems are built with Nvidia cards instead. The GTX 970 and the GTX 980Ti graphics cards are both known for the raw power that will ll let you play The Division with the best possible experience. Naturally, these systems come with a free copy of the game included too.
As for the rest of the specification, they are customizable as you are used to from Overclockers UK. It starts out with 8GB RAM and 120GB SSD coupled with 1TB HDD and that can all be upgraded further. The Hitman systems are built around the AMD FX series CPUs and the The Division systems are built around Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 processors.
You can check out the new section right here, see the prices and customise the systems to your liking. Kind of like self-built but without the trouble of actually having to build it yourself.
IN WIN manufacturers some of the most unusual and wacky PC chassis designs the industry has ever seen. Many of their products seem like prototypes which you wouldn’t expect to see grace the enthusiast market. However, the company always tries to innovate and offer something truly unique instead of mass producing lower priced cases. Granted, they do make some budget options, but the majority of their clientèle comes from spectacular chassis designs. For instance, the D-Frame and S-Frame caused a great deal of media attention and discussion from hardware enthusiasts. The S-Frame in particular is a major talking point due to the open air design and premium construction. This incredible piece of technology isn’t cheap and costs upwards of £600. This makes it a very niche product and caters to the 0.001% of PC builders with a very high budget.
The company’s latest chassis takes this one step further with the release of the IN WIN H-Tower. This behemoth is capable of transforming the case’s structure wirelessly. When the H-Tower is in motion, the side panels unfold outwards to reveal a spacious interior with the motherboard main plate rotating 90 degrees to showcase your hardware.
Here we can see a detailed look at the model’s specification:
– Material: Aluminium, SECC
– Colour: Black/Red
– Internal Drive Bay: 3.5” x 1, 2.5” x 4
– M/B Form Factor: E-ATX (12” x 13”), ATX, Micro-ATX
– Power Supply: ATX12V, PSII and EPS
– Power Supply Mounting Area: Length up to 230mm
– I/O Port: USB3.1 Type C (19-pin) Connector x 1, USB3.0 Type A Connector x 3, HD Audio
– I/O Expansion Slot: PCI-E Slot x 8
– Supports High-end Graphic Card (Length up to 340mm, Height up to 200mm)
– Thermal Solution: Supports 120mm Top Fan x 3, 360mm Radiator (Height up to 35mm), Supports at Least 200mm Height CPU Heatsink Based on Different Mounting Position
– Dimension (HxWxD): Closed: 617 x 322 x 502mm (24.3″ x 12.7″ x 19.8″), Open: 620 x 680 x 785mm (24.4″ x 26.8″ x 30.9″)
– Net Weight: 23.03kg
– Gross Weight: 32.1kg
Overclockers UK is now stocking the H-Tower, but it’s limited to around 50 units worldwide. This means, it’s very expensive and Overclockers UK has a limited number for sale. When it comes to pricing, the H-Tower costs an astronomical £1889.95, and around $2400 in the USA.
Let us know in the comments section what you think of this case.
I’ve never personally been a fan of the desktop monitor stands, they’re large, heavy and expensive. Although the main reason I’ve never liked them is because I’ve never had enough monitors to buy one; until now. Since upgrading our test bench to triple 4K 28″ monitors, I’ve had to resort to putting the monitors in portrait just to fit on my desk; despite it being custom-made and a lot larger than most other that you can buy on the market.
There are many options on the market, but something caught my eye back at iSeries in April that OverclockersUK had made available. It was an OCuK designed monitor stand that could support up to THREE 32″ monitors. The stand looked simply stunning and was finished off with red highlights to incorporate the colour scheme from the OCUK logo. This was announced around a year ago and seemingly went under the radar, it seems monitor stands just aren’t that important to review, yet make a triple monitor set-up so much easier and pain-free.
The Neptune stand is an absolute beast with one of the largest base plates I’ve seen and it weighs just under 15Kg excluding monitors. There’s not much more to say, so let’s just get cracking and see what this thing can do.
The time for holiday festivities is almost upon us and as the modern tradition of consumerism continues to grow, it becomes harder and harder to pick the right gifts for people every year, or perhaps it’s just me who struggles? Either way, we’ve sat around a Christmas fire, or just a general fire in November and December, getting into the gift buying state of mind and picked a range of our favourite products which we’ve reviewed here at eTeknix throughout 2015, as what better products to recommend than the ones we’ve had in our own hands and tested!
We’ve got a huge range of budgets covered here today, although I think it’s fair to assume that given we play around with graphics cards and a lot of enthusiast friendly products, there are some real wallet busters here too. Of course, you can use this guide to find some of the best products of the year to treat your family, friends and more, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t just spoil yourself too!
Rock Band 4 Band in a Box
Get ready to rock out this Christmas and no doubt many other days. Pick up the guitar, drum sticks, or just butcher your favourite song on the microphone. Rock Band 4 – Band in a Box is a fantastic gift and it’s a great thing to deploy at parties too, certainly beats the usual Karaoke chaos! It comes with the guitar, microphone, drums and the game for $249.99. To save costs, the standalone game with the guitar is just $129.99. In the UK, the Band in a Box is £219.99, while the guitar and game is just £109.99.
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower chassis is by far my favourite chassis of 2015, it just oozes high quality inside and out, with capabilities for high-end water and air cooling and so much more. It is available from Overclockers UK for £139.99 and is available in both Gun Metal and black.
What a fantastic little chassis this is! Built from beautifully finished brushed aluminium and available in a wide range of colours, this would make a great gift for someone building a new gaming system this Christmas. The Raijintek Styx chassis is available from Overclockers UK for just £64.99.
Another expensive chassis on our list, but one of the best we’ve seen this year. If you’re wanting to build someone, or yourself, a gaming PC that not only looks great but is as silent as you could ever hope for, the Silent Base 800 Window is the way to go. It is available from most popular retailers for 149,90EUR/119 GBP/149,90 USD ex. VAT.
Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Red Mechanical Keyboard
Featuring the innovative Cherry MX Silent Switches, the Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is simply amazing to use. It’s packed full of features and is by far the quietest mech we’ve ever tested. A little expensive, but I’m sure anyone would be happy to unwrap this at Christmas. The Strafe is available for £139.99 from Overclockers UK, while the MX Red and the MX Brown are priced at £129.95. If you want the non-RGB version, you can find the MX Red and the MX Brown at £99.95 each.
Thermaltake Commander Gaming Gear Keyboard and Mouse Combo
The TteSports by Thermaltake Commander Keyboard and Mouse Combo is a great gift for Christmas, it’s affordable, has a nice range of features and you get a keyboard and a mouse in a single nice and tidy (and easy to wrap) box! With prices around £23.99 it’s hard to say no to such a great deal! Readers in the US can pick one of from Newegg for an equally impressive $29.99.
RGB mechanical keyboards are everywhere this year, but the XTi from Cooler Master is my personal favourite so far. It’s no-fuss and bold design is great for home and office, gaming or work, with the added bonus that it’s incredibly durable and has some of the nicest lighting tones I’ve seen so far, even if it does only allow for a mixture of red and blue! You can pick up the XTi from Box for just £134, although there’s also a deal that includes a free mouse here!
The Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse is packed full of features that will put a smile on any PC gamers face. With RGB lighting, excellent performance and a customisable keypad on the side, it’s one of the best mice we’ve ever tested. better yet, it’s only £69.95 from Overclockers UK.
The Logitech G502 is a prime example of how great a gaming mouse can truly be. This is without a doubt the best mouse sensor we’ve ever tested and the rest of the mouse isn’t exactly lacking in features either. I’d be tempted to buy this one for myself this Christmas, but you could always treat someone else with it too. It’s available directly from the Logitech website (with free shipping) for just £69.99.
A relatively new entry on the peripherals market, the G.Skills MX780 is a fantastic gaming mouse, with a switchable left or right handed grip that makes it ideal for a wide range of gamers. With a retail price of just $59.99 it is exceptional value for a Christmas gift, and given its spec, it’ll go head to head with many of the best mice on the market.
We were absolutely blown away by the Corsair Void series, some of the best sounding, most comfortable and best-looking headsets we’ve ever seen! They would make a great gift, but be careful, if you try them out before you give them away, you may want to keep them. The Corsair Void USB 7.1 RGB Headset is available from Overclockers UK for just £79.99. This is £10 cheaper than the Wireless headset which is £89.99, I prefer the wireless and think it’s not much more to pay for the extra tech, but you’re own preferences will obviously determine which model you prefer.
Eager to get the best of the best gaming headset for you or your loved one? Then make no exception, the Astro A40 TR Headset with Mix Amp Pro is the way to go. This is one that’s sure to leave a dent in your wallet, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Available from the Astro store for £200, plus around £48 for the optional Mod Kit, the Astro is expensive, but the sound quality, features and comfortable fit are priceless.
SSD prices are dropping constantly and there really has never been a better time to invest. If it’s for your own system, you can give yourself a great upgrade without spending a fortune, but the smaller drive sizes make excellent gifts to those who could do with a performance upgrade on their system. The Crucial BX200 comes with an MSRP of £234.49 ($299.99) for the 960GB model and £66.49 ($84.99) and £116.99 ($149.99) for the smaller 240GB and 480GB models, plus the small boxes are super easy to wrap up as a gift.
Give the gift of a connected home this Christmas, from streaming your movies around the house, to backing up those important files, there are a lot of benefits to owning a NAS. Not the cheapest of gifts, but it’s one of those products where if you buy cheap, you’ll likely regret it in the long run. The QNAP’s TS-251 Turbo NAS can be found at NewEgg for $384.99, at Scan UK for £295.32, or through Geizhals starting at €284.
AMD have created a mighty powerhouse with the R9 380X and the Sapphire Nitro is one of the finest examples. It’s fast, sleek and affordable, more than enough power for 1080P ultra gaming, or 1440p high gaming, making it a great addition to anyone who wants the latest PC games for Christmas. The Sapphire Nitro R9 380X is currently available from OverclockersUK for £199.99. NeweggUS currently has this card listed for $229.99.
Spend a little more, get a lot more, the GTX 970 is a superb card, but one that may be getting a little expensive for those looking for a Christmas gift. With enough power to play anything on the market and even delve into high-end resolutions, it’s a strong contender for something to put under the Christmas tree, or even put on your own wish list. The Gainward Phoenix GTX 970 is currently available in the UK from SCAN for £273.56 and for an estimated $360 in the US.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if we couldn’t all hope and dream, but the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti is currently one of the best cards on the market and we would be crazy not to suggest the best of the best. Available in the UK for the £599.99 it’s certainly not cheap, although we’ve seen some great deals bringing it down below £500, so it’s best to shop around. Just imagine the look on your partners face when they unwrap this monster on Christmas day!
Getting a little more back to reality and reasonable prices, DDR4 memory is dropping in price quite nicely now. It was super expensive at launch, but now you’ll often find DDR4 kits at equal or lower prices to their DDR3 equivalents. That makes them a great upgrade for Christmas, but make sure you have a DDR4 motherboard to go with it!
Snapped up a 4K TV in the Black Friday deals? The Nvidia Shield Console is the most powerful Android device on the market, and it’s the perfect media player for Plex, 4K content on Netflix and more. Even better, it’s also a very powerful gaming system, with many AAA games available to play, as well as game streaming features that will leave you wondering why this device doesn’t cost more than £149.99! You can buy the Shield TV and accessories directly from Nvidia here.
Think someone could do with a cooling upgrade for their system, or perhaps even parts towards a new system build this Christmas? Treat them to an AIO water cooler and they’ll be able to reduce the noise from their system and unlock its overclocking potential! The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S is a little expensive, but it’s still a competitively priced AIO at just £81.98 and would make a great gift, especially if you’re just going to treat yourself.
The Atlas is one of the coolest coolers we’ve seen this year, a tiny form factor with big performance and virtually silent acoustics. Building a system for someone or upgrading your own, this is one cooler you’ll want to consider and given that it’s available from Overclockers UK for a very reasonable £42.95, it’s another great addition to our buying guide.
Need a premium cooler but don’t want to pay a premium price this Christmas? The be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim is more affordable, but still packs some impressive performance figures. It’s available from Scan.co.uk for just £30.52 + shipping here in the UK and from Amazon.com for $49.90 + $9.80 shipping in the US.
Love your music on the go, when you’re out at the park, or anywhere for that matter? The Mercury box offers up a huge sound from such a tiny box. Built from aluminium and featuring a waterproof design, it’s one of the best mobile speakers on the market, great for listening to music wherever you are! Available from Amazon.com for just $48.99 and readers in the UK can get it from Amazon.co.uk for £49.99.
The perfect stocking filler, a 10,000 mAh mobile battery. This has enough juice to charge most mobiles several times, and it’ll even recharge high-end devices such as iPads with ease too. Perfect for travelling, and best of all, it’s super lightweight and affordable. The power bank is £13.99/$14.99/€15.99 and you can order it directly from OnePlus.
Nothing says I love you like a kick-ass gaming PC. Of course, budgets vary wildly from hundreds to even thousands of pounds/dollars, but that’s the joy of buying a PC, or building your own, there’s so much to choose from! With so many awesome system integrators around these days, you can’t go far wrong. Chillblast, CyberPower, PC Specialist, Vibox, Freshtech or Overclockers UK.
Gaming in the living room? Why not invest in a CyberPower Syber Steambox! Prices start at £485 and go right up to £1905, giving you a great choice to suit your needs, and your budget.
A whole lot of gaming for not a lot of money from Chillblast, with their very competitive Fusion NightHawk, a great option for those looking for their first gaming PC at just £599.
Another mid-budget powerhouse, this time from Vibox with their Element X. At just £649, this MSI R9 380 and AMD FX-6300 powered computer is great for gaming and would make a great gift this Christmas.
Time to bring out the big gun’s and really treat yourself? Or perhaps you just want your friend or family member to open a present they’ll never forget? The FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC is an absolute beast, powered by some of today’s latest and greatest hardware. Of course, it’s not cheap at £1412, but this is not your run of the mill gaming PC.
This morning we first thought that our friends from Overclockers UK had trouble with their website again, which would have been a logical scenario thinking of all the recent attacks on British-based online shops. However, the news wasn’t all as bad as we though and the page started to work again shortly after and showed us a brand new design instead.
Some users might still experience a 503 error now and then until the cache updates. If you should run into any 503 loading troubles, just leave the browser tab open a little while and try to refresh a few minutes later and you should be good to go.
Interested to see if this was a company-wide redesign, I visited Caseking DE to see how their site looked now. To no surprise, it looks pretty much identical, it just uses Caseking’s blue colour scheme instead of the Overclockers black one.
Overclockers UK is also celebrating the new web design with some great deal. One example on an awesome deal is the 250GB Samsung 850 EVO drive for only £59.99. That deal is only valid today, so hurry over to Overclockers.UK and get yourself a cheap and great new SSD. (Limited to one per customer).
Overclockers UK has launched two brand new PCs in the Marvel range, the Marvel 4K and the Marvel 1080p, and it isn’t hard to guess what gaming resolutions these systems are designed for with names like that. Both systems are AMD based and come at a very reasonable price.
The Marvel 4K is designed to deliver 4K gaming at a very wallet-friendly price point but still utilizing high-grade components. The system is built with an ASUS STRIX Radeon R9 390X 8GB Graphics Card, but with upgrade options that include the Radeon Fury and FuryX 4GB HBM. To provide stable power, Overclockers added the highly recommended Super Flower PSU and a wide range of chassis to choose from. Among the cases are models from Aerocool, Cougar and Bitfenix, giving you the choice of look, style and colours. The Marvel 4K is also equipped with a selection of solid state drives, mechanical drives, or hybrid drives.
The Marvel 1080p is a more modest approach to a system and it’s built around AMD’s APUs. These systems are designed to be an alternative to gaming consoles and can be yours for a very similar price. While APUs might not be the go-to choice for hardcore gamers, they provide more than sufficient power for popular online games like League of Legends.
The Marvel 4K starts from £799.99 and the Marvel 1080p starts at £399.95, depending on customizations you choose. However, if you’re in the market for a Marvel 1080p system, you might want to get on it now as the Marvel 1080p is available with a £70 discount at the moment, reducing the price all the way down to £329.95.
It has been a little over a month since Lian Li introduced us to the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) certified PC-Q17 chassis, but at the time we didn’t get a release date nor a price. The good news is that we now have both these details and can provide them to you. All that’s left now is for you to decide whether you want one of these and if it will be worth the asking price.
The UK availability of the ROG certified Lian Li PC-Q17 chassis is set to early October where you’ll be able to pick one up from our friends at Overclockers UK. The initial retail price is set to £159.90, a hefty price for such a small chassis.
The small chassis has just as a unique shape on the outside as it has on the inside. The side panel is basically just one large piece of tempered glass while the rest of the case comes in Lian Li’s trademark aluminium with a brushed front. You’ll find two USB 3.0 port and audio jacks at the bottom of the case and not on the top as usual and that is because that’s where you can mount a slot-in optical drive and make it pop the disks directly up.
The top-mounted drive bay doesn’t just work for optical disk drives, it also works for 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch hard disk drives and solid state drives. Very few people still want to retain the optical drive, but most people would probably rather use it for a normal storage drive. The place behind the ODD bay is designated for the power supply and that also explains why the bay is upwards. The PC-Q17 uses a default ATX power supply that can be up to 150mm long.
You can mount two 3.5-inch drives at the bottom of the chassis, two 2.5-inch drives on the side of the PSU and one 2.5-inch on the bottom of it. The motherboard tray has a large cut-out for easy assembly and maintenance. There is clearance for GPUs with a length up to 270mm and CPU coolers up to 140mm. These are values that you should watch carefully when building in a case like this. Nothing worse than ordering a fancy GTX 980 Ti card, only to find out that it doesn’t fit into the chassis.
There isn’t much room left on the insides for liquid cooling, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible. The top panel can take up to 240mm radiator that will be mounted on the outside of the chassis. A clever design also allows AIO coolers to be used, just remove the top plate and the tubing can be passed through.
Product Features of the PC-Q17
Removable acrylic side window displays lit ROG logo and hides the PSU
Water cooling: 240mm on top pop off panel with mouse ears for AIO support
Sloped and angled front compartment for looks, options and airflow.
Overclockers UK already released some pretty impressive pre-built systems this year and it doesn’t look like they have any plans to stop that. They have expanded once more and added the Storm range of system that are designed to be able to handle gaming as well as graphic design and video rendering.
The range includes five PCs, the Titan Riptide, Wave, Thunder, Tornado, and Typhoon, and all are based around the X99 platform and come with an Intel Core i7 processor that has been overclocked to 4.40GHz from its 4GHz default clock. The range is naturally available with Windows 10, but Windows 7 and OS-less are options as well.
You can customize the system far beyond the default specifications and select between a variety of cases, power graphics cards, and just the storage option you need. Mechanical HDDs, hybrid SSHDs, and regular SSDs are all available to choose from and you have the option to choose the LED lighting you would prefer, giving the system that final touch our of the box.
These systems are built with high-quality components and all systems are powered by Super Flower power
supply units to ensure quality and stability. The case manufacturers that you can choose from include Aerocool, BitFenix, Corsair, Fractal Design, Lian Li, NZXT, Phanteks. For storage, there are options of Samsung or Seagate, and you also decide whether you want to use AMD or NVIDIA graphics cards.
The systems are suitable for gamers they are probably aimed more at the more demanding enthusiast and professionals, providing an all-rounder with good performance for gaming, graphic design and video rendering.
Overclockers UK Storm Range is backed by a 3-year warranty and labour-free upgrade service for total peace of mind. A perfect system for those who want an out of the box solution that isn’t average. The fun starts at £1143.94 and how high it goes depends on your customization in the order.
Intel launched their Skylake platform yesterday and we had you covered with both the two new processor reviews as well as a bunch of new Z170 motherboards. But not everyone is convinced that it might be the best way to go, as we still have the option to go down the X99 based route. Overclockers UK agree with this and for a limited time they are offering an X99 based system with a six-core Intel i7-5820K CPU for £50 less than an equivalent top-of-the-line i7-6700K Skylake system costs.
And there are quite a few benefits on the X99 based system with an i7-5820K processor. The processor is a little slower with 4.2GHz versus 4.4GHz, but that doesn’t really make a lot of difference. What does make a difference is the X99’s ability to support quad-channel memory and it has more PCI-Express lanes. The Skylake CPU still only has 16 lanes and that’s just not enough for a proper tricked-out high-end system. Skylake does have the ability to clock higher, but the X99 still performs better in most areas and when you are rendering physics, using Photoshop, or similar creative work, then “X99 smashes Skylake out of the water”.
Gaming chairs are extremely popular and provide a great way to enhance your desktop experience and comfort. The brand new Vertagear gaming chairs have just hit Overclockers UK and look like a very promising addition to the gaming chair market. The Vertagear range, which is inspired by car racing seats, offers three options; the SL2000, SL4000 and the SL5000 in their Racing Series S-Line.
“Vertagear’s main focus is on comfort and adjustability. Knowing gamers tend to ignore the importance of a chair when sitting in front of a computer and they lose the sense of time when playing their games this results in back pain and neck pain. One chair does not fit all, this is the reason why Vertagear designed chairs to accommodate different type of users.”
Adjustable armrests, seat height and backrests can make a world of difference to your gaming experience. They can help your posture, save you from some back pain and help you stay comfortable during those marathon gaming sessions. Although, anyone who’s sat in a cheap chair will know that improper seating is not a great thing to have to live with.
“The desirable S-Line series is designed with the basis of ergonomics and adjustability as the main feature of the chair. All models have one thing in common and that is to give a wide range of adjustability and flexibility to gamers.
170 degree recline, Ergonomically designed armrests with padding, height adjustments, lumbar support and more are available on the range and you can find out more about these new chairs, as well as order one for yourself at Overclockers UK.
The OC UK Evolution systems are built around Phanteks Evolve chassis and come in six different base variations that can be further customized upon order. The range consists of two distinct line-ups, The Wrath based on AMD graphics and the Envy based on NVIDIA, giving customers the choice according to their preference.
As mentioned, there are six models in the range: Envy and Wrath Mini, The Envy, The Wrath, The Envy Duo and The
Wrath Duo, and the fun starts from £999.95 and goes up to £1419.94. The mini and normal systems depend on the chassis size while the Duo systems pack the extra power of two GPUs.
The Wrath range features a Red colour theme including LED’s while the Envy range has a Green theme. Customers can however specify alternative colours and other options such as secondary hard drives or SSDs for those who want a PC configured just the right way. The whole thing is built with high-quality components such as the Gold rated Super Flower PSU and the Evolution range offers overclocked speeds of up to 4.5 GHz (i7 4790k).
With those specifications in mind, we know that these systems are suitable for all gamers but they are aimed primarily at the more experienced and more technically demanding enthusiast and professionals. Each PCs is assembled, configured, overclocked, and tested by Overclockers UK’s experienced and professional system builders and comes with a standard 3-year warranty and labour free upgrade service for total peace of mind.
The systems are fully Windows 10 ready, so nothing stands in the way of an upgrade when the OS is released shortly. Remember, Windows 7 and 8.1 users can upgrade for free to Windows 10 within the first year of release and get the latest benefits from the house of Microsoft.
The Evolution range is perfect for those who want an out of the box solution as well as those who want to make further changes to their systems later on.
All of these systems are also 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. You can check out the entire line-up here where you’re able to further configure the systems to your needs before purchase.
The new Cougar 300M mouse is aimed at the mainstream professional level gamer and is packed with great features. It is using an ADNS-3090 Optical Sensor with 4000 DPI, 1000 Hz polling rate and a 1 ms response time, which provides the gamer with smooth and lag-free input. The durability needed for extensive gaming sessions should be guaranteed by the OMRON switches that are used for the main buttons, which promise a minimum life cycle of 5 million clicks.
The cable is braided for better aesthetics and improved durability, it has 7 fully programmable buttons, and an onboard storage for 3 complete configuration profiles resulting in 24 functions which can be accessed directly from the mouse. The built-in LEDs feature 16.8 million colours, so you can set them just the way you like.
The soft-touch surface makes it comfortable for long periods of use and gives you full control. All functions can be managed with the Cougar UIX System, a convenient software management suite. The Cougar 300M could be an ideal mouse for the everyday gamer.
Overclockers UK is well-known for the online shop full of great hardware and gaming systems, but they aren’t content with just supplying all the gaming components, they want to part of it. Not surprising when you have a company basically made up of gamers and for gamers, those who want the best and most out of it.
They have now formed their own professional League of Legends team in order to take on the online gaming community. Team Overclockers UK is sponsored by Cougar and will be competing in the Challenger Series and various tournaments with the aim to qualify for LCS, the biggest eSport league in the world. Being heavily involved in eSports, streaming and gaming internally with members of the staff, a professional eSports team was the next natural step.
The Overclockers UK team consists of the following people:
Marek “Libik” Kręgiel (Team Captain)
Kuba “Kubon” Turewicz
Wojciech “Tabasko” Kruza
Rafal “TakeFun” Górniak
Pawel “Celaver” Koprianiuk
Fryderyk “Veggie” Kozioł (coach)
The next match is on June the 30th against Team Dignitas and the reverse match will be played the next day, on Wednesday the first of July. The next team they’re up against will be Denial eSports on the 7th and 8th of July.
Pre-built computer systems have to be revamped now and then, bring in the new hardware and create an up-to-date product. After all, no one wants to buy an outdated system. Overclockers UK is in the process of doing that and we’ve already seen the Atomic range compact systems and the Project Cars themed Forcebox systems, but it doesn’t stop there.
Overclockers UK’s newest range is the Blade series and it is a new range of high-performance gaming PCs packed with enough power to cut through games with ease. The systems span from mid to full tower cases in size and the internals are customizable, to a point.
You can easy tailor the Blade system by upgrading the storage, memory, graphics cards, and more. You can change cases and interior LED lighting as well and get a system that is just like you want it, only you save yourself the trouble of putting it together. The Blade range is perfect for those who want an out of the box solution that just works and without having to go through the task of putting it together yourself.
You can find more photos of the different Blade systems at the Overclockers UK’s Blade Mini-site and check them out yourself, configure your dream system, and perhaps even order it.
Project CARS is probably the best racing game made to date and Overclockers UK wants you to experience that game the best possible way. For that, OC UK have partnered with Slightly Mad Studios, Nvidia, and Microsoft to create a new line of systems not only bundled with the game but also optimized for it.
The Forcebox Chicane, Slipstream and Apex are three special edition Project CARS PCs that are finely tuned to pack the best performance without breaking the budget. The range is developed and tested with Project CARS in mind and speed is the key. Each system has been benchmarked to make sure that it can sustain the frame rates needed. The mid-range PC in the default specification is able to hit an average of 56 fps at 4K resolution and Ultra detail. Those numbers speak for themselves.
There should be a style that fits everyones taste among the systems and they all come with Windows 8.1, allowing you to upgrade to Windows 10 once it becomes available on July 29th. The systems are powered by Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, up to 32GB RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, 980, 980Ti, or Titan X graphics cards. There’s also plenty of choice in the HDD, SSHD, and SSD department.
Check out the photos and specs below or head right on over to OC UK’s homepage and get your own.
Overclockers UK is one of the largest gaming PC system builders in the UK and that’s a thing they don’t take lightly. As such, they’re revamping their current line up of gaming systems and splitting them up into easier to understand categories.
The first of the new series we’re presented with is the new Atomic range featuring compact systems that still pack a great punch. While the systems already are tailored for most demands, customers can still customize them before ordering thanks to the easy to use website.
The new Atomic series of compact systems start at £409.99 and are ideal for those with limited space, whether it is in your living room, bedroom, office, or something to take with you to LAN events.
The new series consists off the Titan Electron, Neutron, Photon, Proton, and Quark systems that are built into some of the best SFF cases on the market from makers such as Silverstone, Raijintek and Xigmatek.
The systems are built in-house by Overclocker UK’s experienced builders and overclockers and come backed by a 3-year warranty that also can be extended. The systems are fully Windows 10 ready, allowing Windows 7 and 8 users to easily upgrade once the new system is released.
British fans of Cougar haven’t had that easy a task getting their hands on the devices they want, that is up until now. That just got a whole lot easier as Overclockers UK have entered a cooperation with Cougar and where they became an official reseller and will provide the full range of Cougar products.
Cougar was founded back in 2007 by a team of passionate engineers and have since made quite the mark in the industry. Among their most famous products are the Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse and Cougar 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, but they also make fans, cases, and power supplies.
Both the 700K and 700M have won numerous awards and now it’s a lot easier to get your hands on those peripherals. The 700M stands out with it’s adjustable and interchangeable design and overall design for gamers while the 700K mechanical keyboard is mounted on an exposed bended aluminium structure with a brushed surface treatment.
It looks great and it is easy to clean and also comes with an extra palm rest for FPS gamers and other heavy users of the WASD area.
You can head over to Overclockers UK’s homepage and check out the whole line-up for yourself, but a fair warning: You might be tempted to use all your money. Good thing it pay-day.
Isn’t it great when manufacturers listen to feedback and adjust their products accordingly? Giving you something that you want instead of telling you want you want. And yes, it surely is. Anidees is one that did just that and they overhauled and improved on the AI-06 chassis and created the Anidees AI-06 V2 chassis.
The Anidees AI-06 V2 case has the same simplistic premium design as the first version, but it packs a lot more features and functions.
The I/O panel got a complete overhaul and now provides you with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports along with microphone and headphone jacks. Anidees also added a fan controller and an SD card reader at the same time.
The AI-06 V2 can also hold more drives now. You can add up to eight 3.5-inch hard drives in the cages and hide a 2.5-inch drive behind the motherboard tray.
Watercooling is an important factor and it was slightly overlooked in the first version that only supported on 240mm radiator. The V2 supports three 240mm radiators, one in the top, one in the front and one at the bottom of the chassis.
The version that comes with a window in the side panel got more upgrades. The windows is now tinted and 94% larger than the previous design, allowing you to see even more of the hardware you have inside.
Kington’s HyperX division of today announces its “Meet the Pros” exclusive Pop-Up Shop launching in London’s Soho from 27-31 May.
HyperX doesn’t do it all alone and they joined forces with Intel and Overclockers UK to create a fully immersive gaming experience where game enthusiasts and visitors can go head to head with professional gamers and compete on the newly released Project Cars game.
You can’t just see how you measure up against some of the best, there will also be daily prizes for the fastest lap times, composed of gaming peripherals and accessories. The grand prize is worthy of the name is it is a complete custom gaming rig that is up for grabs on the final day of the competition.
The League of Legends global champion Snoopeh will headline the event and there will be a meet and greet for fans on Thursday, 28th May.
8Pack is one of the highest acclaimed and known overclockers in the world, and he’ll be attending on the same day, giving fans a chance to meet the record breaker and gain first-hand expert advice.
The event is open to the public from 27-31 May at 27 Peter Street, London, W1F 0AR.
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am- 5pm
A full array of HyperX products will also be available to view and purchase, and you can also get expert advice along with it.
There is some great news for all our UK based readers as Overclockers UK just announced that they entered a larger cooperation with be quiet! and became a master partners to sell the entire portfolio of BeQuiets products.
Be Quiet has been the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for the past nine years and they have also won a lot of rewards in our reviews, and they are well-known for creating some of the best devices for people who desire silent operation at the same time as they still get the best performance. Overclockers UK was founded with the idea to sell overclocked CPUs with guaranteed performance and stability and has quickly become the go-to place for enthusiasts and modders.
“Overclockers are delighted to sign a master partner agreement with be quiet! in the UK. be quiet! are renowned for their excellent products in the PSU, cooling and chassis markets, offering tailored components for people who demand silent, high performance solutions. be quiet! will join our extensive range of market leading brands in the UK and we look forward to a successful partnership together,” said Glen Rhodes, Product Manager Overclockers UK
It is no surprise that these two have partnered up and it is great news for everyone in the UK that wants to get their hands on the latest and best Be Quiet products.
8Pack is without a doubt one of the most skilled overclockers and as such it’s no surprise that some of the best hardware manufacturers want his input on how to create the best product with that in mind. We’ve previously seen the impressive 2000W PSU from Super Flower, and this time it is KFA2 that teamed up with 8Pack to create a beast of a graphics card.
The new card resembles the latest KFA2 cards with the triple fan cooler, but this time we also get the 8Pack branding on both the fans and the good looking backplate. The backplate helps both with the cooling of the card when those heavy clocks speeds are running as well as improving the overall sturdiness of the card and prevent PCB warping and bending from the cooler weight.
The selection process of the components to assemble the 8Pack Edition graphics cards is said to be unique, allowing only the highest GPU core and memory types to be used, but the card also uses uprated capacitors and VRM components to allow for even faster and more stable clock speeds.
All this power has to go somewhere and the 8Pack Edition comes with a factory set boots speed of 1440 MHz that is guaranteed, but how high you want to take the clocks yourself is your choice.
Base core clock: 1304 MHz
Boost clock: 1440 MHz
Memory clock: 7010 MHz
Memory: 4096MB GDDR5
Power: two 8-Pin connectors
Dimensions with Bracket: 308 x 129.1 x 49 mm
Dimensions without Bracket: 294 x 116 x 46.1 mm
The new KFA2 GeForce GTX 980 “8Pack Edition” 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card will be available exclusive from Overclockers UK for £589.99. The 8Pack GTX 980 HOF also qualifies for NVIDIA’s new Batman Arkham Knights and The Witcher 3 bundle.