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on 06 December 2019 at 17:30

We've already built the Ultimate PC at the $1200 sweet spot, but what about something for the more frugal PC gamer? For $800 you can get a 1080p PC gaming build which absolutely blows away console performance the same resolution. Proof that you don't need to break the bank to have a top-tier gaming experience.

For 800 bucks you can build yourself a fantastic gaming rig including all the necessary hardware components such as graphics card, CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and even a headset. All of this for under $800 and you're not going to have any troubles reaching that all-important 1080p/60 frames per second.

Jon Sutton
on 06 December 2019 at 11:26

For those of you who love the idea of Minecraft but detest the total freedom and lack of direction, ¬¬g_id:36735[Dragon Quest Builders 2]¬¬ is quite the answer. It's all the block-building shenanigans from Minecraft but this time wrapped up in a classic JRPG setting with a story and quests to help point you in the right direction. DQ Builders 2 is coming to PC on December 10th and here are the PC specs required to run it.

A cursory glance at some Dragon Quest Builders 2 screenshots and gameplay footage will tell you much of what you need to know. This isn't a massively demanding game, nor is it trying to be a graphical powerhouse. It means DQB2 has some very modest system specs, including a low-end dual-core processor and an entry-level DirectX 11 video card such as a GeForce GT 640 or Radeon HD 7750. Just about any modern graphics card, including integrated graphics (iGPUs) can comfortably surpass this level of performance. 

Jon Sutton
on 04 December 2019 at 12:30

Ahh, Halo. It's good to see you back. After well over a decade lost in the Xbox wilderness, Halo is now officially back on PC. ¬¬g_id:1052[Halo: Reach]¬¬ is the first title in an eventual 6-game ¬¬g_id:20324[Halo: The Master Chief Collection]¬¬, offering revamped 4K visuals, mouse and keyboard support, and every bit of content that was ever released for Halo Reach on Xbox 360.

It's a great package at a bargain bin price and it's also booming in popularity very quickly. Halo Reach has already hit a peak concurrent player count of 161,000 players on Steam alone, so this should be a franchise which is back and here to stay.

Stuart Thomas
on 03 December 2019 at 12:20

AMD has dropped a small-ish Radeon Software Adrenalin driver update as it prepares for the arrival of its Radeon RX 5300M laptop graphics card. The big addition is the official support for the aforementioned GPU, which should mean Radeon RX 5300 series is set to make its debut in stores soon.

Aside from this, the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.12.1 is actually a very low-key update. There isn’t any mention whatsoever of Radeon graphics card performance optimisation for the imminent releases of either Halo Reach or Phoenix Point so it doesn’t exactly qualify as a critical update for most folks.

Jon Sutton
on 02 December 2019 at 15:40

Research conducted through an independent survey has demonstrated a surge in popularity for AMD processors over the past two years. While Intel has long been the dominant force in the CPU market, Europe, at least, is being pulled in by the allure of AMD Ryzen.

The survey was conducted by the European Hardware Association (EHA) and polled over 10,000 European residents. Of those asked, more than 60% said they’d choose an AMD CPU over an Intel CPU. By contrast, just 40% showed a preference for AMD when another survey was run in 2018, showcasing a 50% rise in consumer preference for AMD processors.

Jon Sutton
on 01 December 2019 at 14:04

Nvidia has confirmed that future G-Sync displays released will now also support all AMD Radeon graphics cards. The G-Sync modules within these displays will work with AMD graphics cards right out of the box.

The variable refresh rate technology began as prohibitively expensive proprietary technology but has since been gradually expanded to FreeSync compatible displays which are compatible with G-Sync and now, the final frontier, so  to speak, with the inclusion of AMD Radeon compatibility.

Jon Sutton
on 01 December 2019 at 12:05

We’ve had plenty of renders and dodgy leaks regarding the PlayStation 5 development kit’s design but it now appears, with a year to go until launch, the final hardware is in plenty of developers’ hands.

Yet another leaked image has emerged this weekend, matching up almost exactly with the the ‘Letsgo Digital’ renders which were revealed earlier in the year. The PS5 devkit sports a very unique inverted V-shape design with more vents than the Nostromo, presumably packing plenty of cooling for the next-gen hardware provided by AMD.

on 29 November 2019 at 16:58

UPDATE: 29th Nov, 2019 – In our recent poll, “Which GPU should we choose”, had the XFX Radeon RX 5700 winning. This means we will now add the GPU to the current build with the ¬¬azn:SSR-650FX[Seasonic FOCUS Plus 650 Gold]¬¬ to give it the required juice.

In my opinion, we currently have the “Ultimate PC Gaming Build for Under $1200”. This can change from personal preferences if you'd prefer to get a larger SSD instead of a HDD, for example, or you would get a weaker GPU and add a stronger CPU. However, at the moment we do appear to have the best price / performance setup.

Stuart Thomas
on 29 November 2019 at 15:45

For so long the stubborn child of the hardware world, Intel has finally given in and asked for help. Following on from an open apology to partners last week for failing to address supply issues, the CPU giant has asked its buddies at Samsung to help manufacture its processors and get Intel’s fabrication back on track. 

As a lot of people will be well aware, Intel has struggled with both a shortage of chips and the shift to the 10nm fabrication process. Reports from South Korea have now indicated Intel has agreed a contract with Samsung to produce desktop processor chips using Samsung’s foundries. This would be the first time in history Samsung has used a third-party foundry to manufacture its core range of CPUs.

Neil Soutter
on 29 November 2019 at 14:24

Chris Hook, the long-time AMD marketing veteran who jumped ship to Intel last year, has revealed he has now quit Intel just 18 months into his tenure.

He confirmed his own departure on Twitter in response to a question from Mark Hachman, editor at PCWorld, saying “I did, following other ex graphics brethren like @HeatherJLennon and @Dr_jonnyfever. You’ll be hearing more about my next gig shortly. Now for some rest and Turkey.”