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PCR's guide to PC gaming components

We round up the latest gaming motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, fans, SSDs and more
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System building and component sales offer retailers a potentially lucrative sales avenue. PCR lists some of the most essential products on the market, including RAM, SSDs, fans, motherboards, CPUs, GPUs and more.

XFX 750W 80 PLUS GOLD XTR SERIES
Distributor: Caseking
Designed for serious gamers and DIY professionals, the XFX XTR Series 750W Full Modular 80 Plus Gold power supply delivers the clean and stable power required for demanding gaming rigs and workstations.
Specs: Multiple PCI-E 6-Pin and 6+2Pin connectors, 80 Plus Gold certifying 90 per cent power efficiency.
SRP: £94.99

RAIJINTEK THEMIS (pictured)
Distributor: Caseking
The Raijintek Themis is manufactured with strict tolerances to make sure each unit meets specified performance, quality and workmanship levels. With its small dimensions, the Themis is an ideal fit for most computer chassis.
Specs: 122mm(W) x 50mm(D) x 157mm(H) dimensions. 12V voltage rating, 1,000 to 1,800RPM speed.
SRP: £19.99

ASUS GTX 970 STRIX
Distributors: VIP, Exertis, Spire, Tech Data
The ASUS Strix GTX 970 gaming graphics card is factory-overclocked at 1253 MHz and packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II to deliver cooler, quieter, and faster performance.
Specs: PCI Express 3.0, GDDR5 4GB, 1664 CUDA Cores, 140mm x 280mm x 40mm dimensions.
SRP: £299.99

CORSAIR CX SERIES POWER SUPPLY
Distributor: Exertis
CX Series Modular power supply units are an excellent choice for basic system builds and desktop PC computer upgrades, offering high reliability, low noise and the flexibility of modular cabling.
Specs: 750 Watt, over-voltage and over- power protection, under-voltage protection, short circuit protection.
SRP: £89.99

CORSAIR HYDRO SERIES COOLER
Distributor: Exertis
This Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler suits cases with 240mm radiator mounts. The radiator and dual SP120L PWM fans provide the heat dissipation needed for highly overclocked CPUs.
Specs: 240mm radiator, advanced SP120L PWM fans, closed loop design, modular, tool-free mounting bracket.
SRP: £104.99

SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 SSD
Distributors: Northamber, M2M, Exertis, Smithie UK
If you’re a heavy workload professional searching for an SSD with uncompromising power and performance, look no further. The next- generation Samsung 950 PRO delivers exceptional performance.
Specs: Sequential read speed max 2,500MB/s, sequential write speed max 1,500MB/s.
SRP: $199.99 (256GB), $349.99 (512GB)

INTEL CORE I7-6700K CPU
Distributors: Microtronica, Tech Data, Hammer, Ingram Micro, Avnet
The 6th gen Intel Core i7 processors deliver a new class of computing with a host of new features to power the next generation of desktops, laptops and 2-in-1 PCs. Expect lighting fast speeds and peak performance.
Specs: 100mm x 100mm x 60mm dimensions, 4GHz processor frequency, 32GB max RAM supported.
SRP: $350

INTEL 750 SERIES SSD
Distributors: Microtronica, Tech Data, Hammer, Ingram Micro, Avnet
Experience the future of storage performance for desktop client and workstation users with the Intel SSD 750 Series. It delivers uncompromised performance by utilising NVM Express over four lanes of PCIe 3.0.
Specs: 400GB, 800GB and 1.2TB capacities, up to 2,400MB/s read speeds and 1,200MB/s write speeds.
SRP: Varies

VTX3D R9 FURY X SRP
Distributor: Target Components
The VTX3D R9 Fury X 4GB Liquid Cooling Graphics Card features GCN Architecture for improved performance and efficiency, AMD Eyefinty Technology, App Acceleration, HD3D Technology, CrossFire Technology, PowerPlay Technology, PowerTune and PCR Express 3.0 compatability to make it one of the most powerful cards on the market.
Specs: 4GB HBM, 4096bit memory interface, PCIe 3.0, 1,050MHz core speed, 500MHz core speed.
SRP: £550

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X GAMING MOTHERBOARD
Distributor: Target Components With support for the 6th Generation
Intel Core Processors, Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs and UEFI DualBIOS Technology, the Gigabyte 3 Intel Socket 1151 ATX Motherboard is one of the hottest on the market.
Specs: 30.5cm x 23.5cm dimensions, Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connectors, four DDR4 DIMM sockets.
SRP: £120

COOLER MASTER MASTERAIR MAKER 8
Distributors: Entatech, Exertis
The MasterAir Maker 8 is designed for gamers and overclockers who demand ultra-low temperatures, aggressive LED lighting, and total control over their hardware. A seriously sizeable unit bursting at the seams with a newly patented 3D Vapor Chamber technology, your system will look amazing and stay rock solid during intense gaming and overclocking.
Specs: 135mm x 145mm x 172mm dimensions, 78mm x 144.5mm x 160.5mm heat sink dimensions.
SRP: £89.99

COOLER MASTER MASTERGEL MAKER
Distributors: Entatech, Exertis
MasterGel Maker is developed for users needing the best thermal conductivity for high performance CPUs, GPUs or even chipsets. The non-curing and non- electrical conductive traits help avoid any short-circuiting and provide protection and performance for long- term use. The non-abrasive added Nano Diamond particles allow the MasterGel Maker to be extremely lightweight and easy to spread or remove.
Specs: Ultra-high conductivity (11 W/m.k), temperature range from -50 to 150.
SRP: £9.99

DYNAMODE HDD/SSD CONVERSION CRADLE
Distributor: Meroncourt
The SSD-RAIL is a very low cost and easy to install mounting assembly, produced in ABS plastic to allow easy fitment of any 2.5-inch HDD or SSD drive into your existing 3.5-inch drive bay found on server, workstation and desktop computers. The adapter cradle can also be used for other media types including 2.5-inch tape backup and media card readers.
Specs: For 2.5-inch HDD/SSD fitment into 3.5-inch drive bays.
SRP: £4.99

BE QUIET PURE WINGS 2 FAN
Distributors: Spire Technology, Caseking
Be Quiet’s Pure Wings 2 120mm PWM features nine airflow-optimised blades that operate below 20.2dB(A) even at maximum speed, durable rifle bearing technology and a lifespan of up to 80,000 hours. Pure Wings 2 120mm PWM offers outstanding reliability and quiet operation at a great price-for- performance ratio.
Specs: Available in 80mm, 92mm, 120mm and 140mm versions and also as a non-PWM version.
SRP: £6.50 to £8.50

HYPERX SAVAGE DDR4
Distributors: Entatech, Ingram Micro, Simms, Tech Data
HyperX Savage DDR4 memory offers an unbeatable combination of fast speeds and aggressive timings for faster video editing, 3D rendering, gaming and AI processing. Featuring easy overclocking, it has no need for manual timing adjustments in BIOS. HyperX Savage is backed by a lifetime warranty, free technical support and legendary reliability.
Specs: Available in single modules and kits of 2, 4 and 8 and in capacities of up to 128GB, speeds of up to 3000MHz.
SRP: From £32 (4GB) to £800 (128GB)

SANDISK EXTREME PRO SSD
Distributor: SanDisk
Featuring pro-level performance for serious gamers, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD delivers super-fast 550MB/s sequential read speeds. It can load big graphics-intensive games in super fast time.
Specs: 7mm x 101mm x 70mm dimensions, 240/480/960GB capacities.
SRP: From £89.99 to £282.58

CRUCIAL BALLISTIX SPORT 8GB KIT
Distributor: CMS Distribution
The Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3-1600 UDIMM gives gamers the memory they need at an affordable price. It’s designed for entry- level and mainstream users.
Specs: DDR3 PC3-12800, 1600MT/s speed.
SRP: £36.99 inc VAT

ANTEC PRO WATERCOOLERS
Distributors: Spire Technology, Smithie UK, A One Distribution, Ingram Micro
Antec’s new range of AIO watercoolers include the H600 Pro and H1200 Pro. These are extremely well priced with MSRPs of £39.99 including VAT for the H600 Pro (120mm AIO) and £59.99 including VAT for the H1200 Pro.
Specs: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm fan dimensions (the H1200 is a twin fan), 16-35dBA, liquid cooler radiator type.
SRP: £39.99 – £59.99

BE QUIET HEATSINK AND FAN
Distributor: Spire Technology
This virtually inaudible double-tower CPU cooler puts Be Quiet SilentWings technology in your PC where it really counts. They are excellent for overclocked systems and demanding multi-graphics platforms.
Specs: 135mm x 135mm x 22mm dimensions and 120mm x 120mm x 25 mm fan dimensions.
SRP: £65.99

ASUS MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA
Distributor: Spire Technology
Featuring an LGA1151 socket for 6th-gen Intel Core desktop processors, this ASUS Republic of Gamers motherboard boasts CrossChill EK for air and liquid cooling, plus connectivity for gaming.
Specs: DDR4 dual channel, 4 x DIMM RAM slots, ATX form factor, 64GB maximum memory.
SRP: £299.99

CLUB 3D DISPLAYPORT TO DVI ADAPTER
Distributor: Club 3D
Club 3D CAC-1051 is an Active DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI 330Mhz adapter. This Advanced adapter is one of the few out there which enables 3D gaming with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA Geforce graphics solutions.
Specs: Powered through USB 2.0 port, compatible with NVIDIA 3D Vision and AMD HD3D technology.
SRP: $135 including VAT

ZOTAC GEFORCE GTX 980TI ARCTICSTORM
Distributor: Entatech
The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti ArcticStorm is a tuned and optimised hybrid system. Take the 6GB of memory with 2,816 pulsating cores to polar coolness by combining the supremacy of liquid cooling and triple 90mm fans.
Specs: PCIe Express 3.0, 6GB memory size, GDDR5, 2,816 cores, 7010MHz memory clock.
SRP: £599

LMS POWER X850 PSU
Distributor: Exertis
The LMS Power PSUs are available at different wattages to suit almost all power scenarios, including 500, 550, 700, 750 and 850 watt designs (the latter being the X850 product).
Specs: 850 watt, ATX form factor, Intel and AMD certification, SATA, FDU and other connections.
SRP: £39.99 (X850)

COOLER MASTER G550M PSU
Distributors: Entatech, Exertis
The Cooler Master G550M is semi-modular to reduce the number of unnecessary cables for better cable management. The single +12V rail on the power supply allows superior load balancing and GPU compatibility.
Specs: 150mm(L) x 140mm(W) x 86mm(H) dimensions, 80 PLUS Bronze certification, 120mm fan.
SRP: £54.99

CONTACTS
A One Distribution: 0161 763 3633
Avnet: 01344 662 000
Caseking: 01782 444488
Centerprise: 01256 378000
Club 3D: +31 23 555 63 63
CMS Distribution: 020 8960 6000
Entatech: 0333 101 1000
Exertis IT: 01256 707070
Hammer: 01256 841000
Ingram Micro: 0871 973 3000
M2M Direct: 0208 676 6067
Meroncourt: 01462 680060
Microtronica: 0118 963 3870
Northamber: 020 8296 7000
SanDisk: +33 1 41 441 728
Simms: 01622 852800
Smithie UK: 01256 844028
Spire Technology: 01202 828444
Target Components: 01977 739 300
Tech Data: 01256 788 000
VIP Computers: 0871 622 7500

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