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Custom PC magazine is a must for anyone interested in building or upgrading their own computer. It has detailed, Un biased opinions and reviews and has all the latest and greatest hardware. This magazine is brilliant and will probably be a good investment if you subscribe to this magazine. the last issue i read had a section on how to build faster PC than Dell's XP5 for £275 less including a nice lian li case. The information is extremely useful and has plenty of reviews, mods, games and ways to save money in each monthly issue. The magazine will usually compare a different piece of hardware in each issue for example it might compare 29 different power supplies and give you the best one overall. It is packed with benchmarks and the correct speeds to overclock your computer to. I wanted to buy a new graphics card so i picked this up in my local tesco, after reding just one issue i thought it was brilliant and have subscribed. It was only £30 a year. If you are thinking of buying any new PC component or even an new monitor then you definately need to buy this magazine. overall I would rate it a 9/10 as it has great information, alot of it not even available on the internet, and remember the reviews are from a trusted source. It will also save you alot of money whilst increasing your computers performance.
Custom PC is a monthly specialist computer magazine that describes itself as "The Essential Read For Performance Hardware & Customisation," an exacting statement that sums up the excellency of a magazine with hopes of world domination (see inside magazine for explanation).
We seem to be in the age where printed paper is becoming replaced by the Internet, and while I agree that the Internet is a fantastic place to get information, there are times where this is neither practical, nor the easiest way to do something. Custom PC is one of those times. Sure you can more than likely get the same wealth of information online for free. But from a practical point of view, how long would it take you, and more to the point can you trust you're sources. Custom PC on the other hand is a magazine you will grow to trust. It offers up to date detailed reviews and benchmarks that are honest and fair. If something is great, they will tell you it's great (look out for their 'Custom PC Approved' and 'Crazy but Cool' logos) but more to the point if a product is rubbish they won't hesitate to tell you that, and why. Custom PC also offers comprehensive reviews and group tests with accurate benchmarks that are easy to understand and compare to similar products. They also offer a brief but entertaining "If Only It Was True" article which is a humours 'what if' scenario. But most importantly, the reviews are all very well written and well structured. They don't overly complicated things while at the time don't dumb things down. Your also more likely to come across things in Custom PC that you're unlikely to find on the Internet. I've been a dedicated reader since the third issue and I still eagerly await the next issue. I really do find the magazine extremely useful, having studying the magazines to pick the best components for my PC before building it.
That's the good and now for the bad. The price is a bit on the high side considering other cheaper computer magazines also offer a cover disk of software and utilities (Custom PC does not). I personally feel that the price is well worth it and the cost does drop if you subscribe to the magazine. Also because it is a specialist magazine catering mainly to hardware enthusiasts, and overclockers, it will automatically alienate some readers who prefer say software reviews, or are looking for the bog standard reviews of printers and scanners that all other computer magazines seem to do time and time again.
For you're reference the following is a list of just some of the things that Custom PC offers, and while it's content may vary slightly from issue to issue you can still relay on the magazine to delivery every single month.
- News from the computing industry.
- Game news and game tests.
- CPU elite lists (the pick of the best hardware available).
- Reviews, benchmarks, and lab tests of computer hardware.
- Custom Kit (the latest and coolest gadgets)
- Hands On (guides on how to do things like remove heatsinks & heatpipes, and setup RAID)
- Customisation (features reader's own modified computer)
Custom PC is a unique magazine that was brave enough to break the mould and be different. I do really enjoy reading Custom PC, and I hope I have successfully conveyed this to you in this review.
In the age of the internet you can find pretty much any information you want, quickly and on the day it becomes available. Many people say that magazines such as CustomPC are worthless when we can get all the information we need on the internet.
However I disagree. I have been a nerd and subscriber of CustomPC for over a year. It my opinion lying in bed with a glossy copy of CustomPC beats sitting in front of my computer burning my eyes out easily.
The reviews are full and provide accurate benchmarks and comparisons. They are serious enough to provide you with all the info you need but with some witty remarks which make you chuckle. You read reviews on all sorts of interesting hardware you would never of known about without CustomPC.
The thing that really keeps me buying CustomPC is the features and extras that are hard to find on the internet. Recently they did a comprehensive guide on water cooling. Okay you could find this info online but this was upto date and written with the UK consumer in mind. They have a section about interesting gadgets, again some things are quite awesome and I would never have known about before.
CustomPC easily beats trawling the web. It is an expensive magazine at £4.25 but if you subscribe it gets cheaper. But for the price it provides you with a huge amount of info.
In my line of work, I need to keep up-to-date with the latest computer hardware. This mag is great for keeping me in touch and informed of the latest industry news, products and developments.
Their reviews are always interesting and well worded. They make the reviews very easy to read and delve in-depth in to the performance and practical applications of everything they review. In addition, they also make references to existing rival products and alternatives.
This means that you always get an impartial and honest view which will enable you to judge how good a product is, compared to its competitors.
They review computer hardware mostly, but they also have industry news, technical and hands-on articles (which clearly explain how to create gadgets and so-on), as well as some software reviews.
They often have feature articles which concentrate on individual areas of PC upgrade/maintenace. Most recently they have looked at CPU's, Graphics Cards and Water Cooling. All three of these issues were very detailed and very easy to follow (even without Geek-level knowledge).
To be honest this magazine is really only aimed at hardcore techno-heaads who are interested in building and maintaining their own PC's, but if you feel like delving a little deeper in to the hardware industry this is a great place to start.
Every month Custom PC includes the hottest tech news, unique features, interactive reader challenges and definitive reviews of cutting-edge hardware.