There’s plenty of guides out there on how to build a PC. Putting together a new computer is a complex task, and it’s great there are so many resources out there for the aspiring PC builder. However, there’s not a lot of info on how to upgrade an existing PC. I realized this when NZXT sent us a Kraken X72 AIO CPU cooler and an E850 modular power supply. It’s intimidating when you look at your beautiful, fully-functional PC that you spent hours building and getting just right and think about replacing parts. No one wants to strip their PC down to the case to add a few things, so how do you figure out how to get the old parts out, and get the new ones in? Switching a power supply and CPU cooler are two of the more invasive upgrades you can undertake, and I’ve put together my process below for anyone who wants to add some new parts into their PC the right way without rebuilding the whole thing. Contents: Preparing to Upgrade Your PC One of the biggest … [Read more...] about How to Upgrade Your PC: Add a New CPU Cooler and Power Supply
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Every time we hit up the drawing board for a build like this, there’s a sense of apprehension. The degree of organization and luck required is Herculean, and even with all our experience, it never comes easy.From planning the spec list, to requesting hardware, arranging photography, and more, it can take months for everything to come together, only for a new product to launch, or a shipping deadline to fall through, and scupper the entire thing.Unlike our Dream Machines, these one-off specials are not about absolute power and pushing everything to the bleeding edge of technology, but about crafting a PC that’s perfect for the individual it’s designed for.Let’s be realistic: You can probably get the same performance for half the cost. But you rarely find someone who’s invested this much time and effort into a rig and regrets it. It’s a real labor of love.This time around, we’ll be crafting a super-small liquid-cooled ITX Ryzen 2 rig, packing … [Read more...] about Building a next-level liquid cooled PC with Ryzen
This feature originally ran in PC Gamer magazine. To subscribe to either our US or UK edition and have great, exclusive features like this sent to your door every month, head here. Explosions are some of gaming's most dazzling effects. Ever since Doom's toxic barrels let players turn demons into soup, developers have striven to make explosions bigger, more spectacular and more dynamic. Today, explosions appear in all sorts of forms for all sorts of purposes, whether it's starting a revolution in Just Cause, or triggering a tactical chain reaction in Divinity: Original Sin. In a matter of moments, explosions can change dramatically in size, shape and colour. They can be triggered by the player in all kinds of different ways, and radically alter the existing game state. But how do development studios actually tackle these stunning, violent and oh-so-fleeting effects? Chris Judkins is principle VFX artist on Just Cause 4, which aims to continue the series' tradition of … [Read more...] about How great game explosions are made
THE PCG Q&AWe ask a question, you tell us your answers! Here are some previous editions of the PCG Q&A:What's your favorite non-violent game?What's the first game you really loved?What's the most you've spent on a game?It's off to the nostalgia well for this midweek edition of the PCG Q&A. Most PC players collected physical versions of PC games back in the day, but in the last few years, thanks to digital distribution, there's been little cause to do so. There are exceptions, of course: Kickstarter campaigns often add some interesting boxed niceties and cloth maps at certain tiers, which is neat. Generally speaking, though, picking up a physical copy of a game generally involves stripping out the code, redeeming it through a client then having three useless discs sat in a box in your home forever. So we ask you, reader: what was the last game you bought a physical copy of? Let us know in the comments below. Samuel Roberts: Pillars of Eternity, but hot damn I … [Read more...] about What was the last game you bought as a physical copy?
This feature was originally published in issue 316 of PC Gamer UK and issue 304 of PC Gamer US. Get our lovely-looking magazine delivered to your door every month and save a bunch of money on the cover price. With Divinity: Original Sin, developer Larian Studios created its most successful game in its two-decade history, netting a plethora of accolades and comparisons to genre titans like Ultima V2. Not content, the studio rolled out an overhauled Enhanced Edition, all the while working on a fresh prototype. That would become Divinity: Original Sin 2, Larian's newest and biggest success story. That Original Sin 2 prototype started life as an arena mode, like the one that's still in-game today, allowing the designers to quickly create scenarios and fights to test new and returning systems."We were using it to prototype how combat would feel, what we were going to do with Action Points, what new elemental combinations we could come up with, and how we'd shape the roles and … [Read more...] about The making of Divinity: Original Sin 2