PCR’s guide to gaming PCs and components

Whether gamers are training to be the next esports superstar, or wanting to make their living-room setup as swift as possible, it all starts with the right PC build.

Here’s our roundup of the latest gaming PCs and components on the market…

Kolink Levante Midi Tower Airflow Gaming Case

Specs: 4x 120mm Ring Rainbow RGB fans, RGB lighting controller and remote control, tempered glass right and left side panels.

“The Kolink Levante is a midi-tower case with an eye-catching design that has been optimised for airflow. As a result, it is an excellent option from beginners all the way up to experienced system builders.”

Contact: Caseking UK

Shuttle XPC Cube SZ270R9

Specs: Suitable for Intel Kaby Lake processors for socket LGA 1151 up to 95W TDP, up to 64 of DDR4-2133/2400 memory, room for 4x 3.5” drive, 2x M.2-2280 NVMe slot,1x M.2-2230 slot, Intel Optane ready.

“With the Shuttle brand established in 1983, Shuttle XPCs have been around since 2001. The SZ270R9 now represents our fastest machine and comes with a case design which is particularly geared towards gamers. The front panel features an ‘X‘ design with BIOS-controllable RGB LEDs. The SZ270R9 overclocks by just pressing its Turbo button according to the values as previously set by the management software. The R9 case is spacious enough to house a 7700K, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, four 3.5 inch drives and a dual-slot graphics card such as the GTX 1080TI.”

Contact: Shuttle

Gigabyte Aorus RGB Memory

Specs: Heat Sink, DDR4-3200MHz memory speed, 16GB (2 x 8GB) memory capacity, XMP 2.0 supported, 5 DDR exclusive lighting effects.

“Explore the full spectrum of glorious RGB Lighting with AORUS RGB Memory and Exclusive RGB Infused Demo Modules, with seamless RGB synchronisation between the motherboard and other peripherals. The AORUS RGB Memory kit is built on a ten-layer, sophisticatedly engineered PCB that ensures the stability and the high performance of the Samsung B-die ICs.”

Contact: Target Components

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Motherboard

Specs: Multi-VGA output support, 5-way optimisation by Dual Intelligent Processors 5, AMD AM4 Socket AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation/Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics/Ryzen 1st Generation Processors.

“ROG Strix B450 Gaming series provides a feature set distilled form the high-end ROG Strix X470 Gaming series that gives you all the essentials for a well-balanced build. With comprehensive cooling options, dual PCIe 3.0 M.2 slots and AMD StoreMI support for incredible storage speeds, improved DDR4 memory stability and much more, ROG Strix B450 Gaming delivers the performance you need with room to focus your budget on accompanying hardware.”

Contact: ASUS

Cooler Master MasterCase H500

Specs: Iron Grey colour, 7 expansion slots, 570 x 301 x 609mm dimensions, 9.22kg weight.

“Both the mesh front panel and transparent panel are included with the MasterCase H500 to offer a choice between maximum airflow and aesthetics. Each of the front panel options compliment the industrial design of the MasterCase H500 in their own method. The H500 offers 410mm of GFX clearance for the latest cards, ensuring that future upgrades will not be limited by space. For easier transportation, a handle has been fitted at the front of the top panel.”

Contact: Target Components

Shuttle XPC Cube SH370R6

Specs: Intel H370 chipset, triple display support with 1x HDMI 2.0 and 2x DisplayPort 1.2, up to 64GB of DDR4-2400/2666 memory.

“The SH370R6 marks the debut of Intel’s 8th-gen Coffee Lake processors in the Shuttle range. It is based on the Intel H370 chipset and comes with a 300W power supply built in as standard. This means it is rather aimed at gamers who are not willing to spend a premium and are comfortable running mid-range games. As the first Shuttle XPC, the SH370R6 supports DDR4-2400/2666 memory. Unlike the R8/R9 case designs, the R6 chassis allows for one 5.25 inch drive to be installed. The SH370R6 also brings 4x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) for data transfer rates of up to 10 Gigabit/s. In order to support more power-hungry graphics cards, there is also an SH370R6 Plus version with a 500W PSU to launch later in the autumn.”

Contact: Shuttle

Cooler Master Cosmo C700P

Specs: Available in Gun Metal and Black finishes, 639 x 306 x 651mm dimensions, 22.2 kg weight, motherboard support for Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX and E-ATX.

“With its innovational modular system, you can build a unique PC without the need to do any modding.” – Jurgen in’t Zandt, Case BU – Product Marketing.

Contact: Exertis, VIP Computers, CI Distribution, Target Components.

8Pack Polaris MK2

Specs: 2 1TB Samsung 960 Pro NVME SSDs, ASUS Rampage Extreme X299 motherboard, Core i9 7920X, 12 Core, 24 Thread CPU, 64GB of 3200MHz 8pack Edition memory, NVIDIA’s flagship GTX 1080Ti 11GB cards.

“The Polaris MK2 is the latest creation from our world renowned overclocker 8Pack. Powered by a 4.7GHz 12 core i9-7920X. The MK2 has been overclocked by 8Pack himself to it’s maximum potential for those who demand the very best 4K HDR gaming has to offer. Combined with two overclocked 11GB GTX 1080Ti in SLI, the Polaris MK.2 also doubles as the ideal workstation solution too.”

Contact: Overclockers

Cooler Master MasterCase H500M

Specs: Iron Grey colour, 544 x 248 x 546mm dimensions, 7 + 2 expansion slots, motherboard support for Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX and E-ATX.

“The H500M displays a perfect combination of high quality glass panels combined with ARGB lighting to lighten up your gameroom.” – Jurgen in’t Zandt, Case BU – Product Marketing.

Contact: Exertis, VIP Computers, CI Distribution, Target Components.

XPG SPECTRIX D41 TUF Gaming Edition DDR4 Memory

Specs: Operating frequencies of up to 3200MHz, supports both Intel X299 2666MHz and AMD/Ryzen platforms, custom-engineered heatsink, multi-layer PCB.

“The special edition memory module is TUF Gaming Alliance-certified, which means it has passed rigorous testing to meet the stringent standards of the alliance. While this memory module offers the same performance and programmable RGB lighting as the original model, it sports a more combative look via its black heat spreaders with yellow trimming.”

Contact: ADATA Technology

INFIN8 Oblisk System

Specs: Intel Core i7 8700K Coffee Lake Processor Watercooled and Overclocked to at least 5.2Hz, Asus Maximus X Formula ATX DDR4 Motherboard, up to 32GB 3200MHz Dual Channel DDR4 Kit.

“The Infin8 Obelisk is a towering beast. Thermal management comes from by two intricate Custom Watercooling Loops featuring hand made fluid pass-through plates for a wonderfully integral effect.”

Contact: Overclockers

ASUS TUF B450-PLUS Gaming Motherboard

Specs: AMD AM4 Socket AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation/Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics/Ryzen 1st Generation Processors, supports CPU up to 8 cores.

“TUF Gaming motherboards are specially designed and tested to survive and thrive in conditions where other boards would struggle. Engineered with highly durable components, these motherboards deliver unwavering stability for long gaming sessions.”

Contact: ASUS

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