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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Launched

Another heavy hitter from the GPU giants

Gigabyte's Next Generation Motherboard Line-up Teaser

Lock and Load! With the next generation motherboards from Gigabyte

Cooler Master HAF XB Unboxing and Overview

The HAF XB fills a void, a void created by the need for a system that is easy to access and change but also is suitable to be transported safely.

Cooler Master Seidon 240m Unboxing and Overview

Water cooling is a fantastic way to keep your computer cool, it is however daunting to the uninitiated, Cooler Master to the rescue with the Seidon series.

Versus Sound-Deck Soundbar Unboxing and Overview Video

In this article I'll be showing you the fantastically priced Versus Sound-Deck, a TV / Monitor sound bar which doubles as a stand. It's a great piece of kit for the price and really sounds the part.

Finfisher Creators Accused of Hiding Behind Firefox Branding

The Mozilla foundation has accused Gamma International - a UK based company of hiding behind the Firefox name

ESEA - Turning Your Computer Into A Cryptographic Gold Mine

We've heard many reports over the past few days of ESEA's client secretly turning unsuspecting users of their software into Bitcoin miners, but the ever changing story doesn't quite add up

Keeping Your Computer Cool: Part Two - CPU Coolers

There are many benefits of a cooler computer such as increasing its lifespan and allowing for higher overclocks, but how can you reduce the temperature of your processor?

Keeping Your Computer Cool: Part One - The Case

There are many benefits of a cooler computer such as increasing its lifespan and allowing for higher overclocks, but how can you reduce your systems temperature?

Toshiba C850-1HE Laptop / Notebook Unboxing and Overview

I'll be showing you around the Toshiba C850 chassis in this video which we've got stock of at an amazing price

Philips Fidelio Wireless AirPlay Speaker Unboxing and Overview

In this video I'll be demoing the Fidelio SoundRing a wireless speaker from Philips

Corsair VS 450 Watt PSU Unboxing and Overview

Today we're taking a look at the VS 450 Watt power supply from Corsair

Judge Sides With Microsoft Over Motorola in Patent Case

Although Microsoft still has to pay $1.8 million it's not the $4 billion Google Motorola had originally sought

EA Announce Further Layoffs

More staff cuts announced in an EA blog post

Cooler Master Launch New Range of Power Supplies

Cooler Master proudly announces V-series high Performance PSU's

New Fritz!OS Firmware Update From AVM

FRITZ!Box 7390, 7360, 3370 see the new firmware adding over 100 new updates and features with older models to follow

Technological Developments From Fujitsu Laboratories Turn Any Surface Into A Touchscreen Interface

Seamless integration to enable a virtual and real world workflow

Configuring Multiple Monitors - AMD Eyefinity (Single GPU)

Having multiple monitors is one of the many benefits of falling monitor prices, as they're becoming more affordable more and more people are opting for multi-monitor gaming.

Configuring Multiple Monitors - NVIDIA Surround (Single GPU)

Having multiple monitors is one of the many benefits of falling monitor prices, as they're becoming more affordable more and more people are opting for multi-monitor gaming

Cherry ZF 5000 Wireless Desktop Unboxing and Overview

In this article I'll be looking at the wireless desktop keyboard and mouse bundle from Cherry, in stock now at a fantastic price.

CCL Professional Series Case Unboxing and Overview

In this article we'll be looking at this fantastic case for many uses and applications, from high end gaming systems to workstations.

AOC E966SW-N 18.5" LED Monitor Unboxing and Overview

In this article we'll be looking at this great little monitor from AOC, 18.5" LED backlit VGA monitor ideal for office and home use

Samsung S24B300BL 24" Full HD LED Monitor Unboxing and Overview

Today I'll be taking a look at our hugely popular 24" monitor from Samsung, they're selling like hot cakes and given its sleek lines and attractive price, you'll see why

Stay Safe Online: Avoiding Ransomware

The internet is a minefield to those unfamiliar with its trickery and darker sides, but there are ways to stay safer online

Awesome Competition From iiyama To Design Your Own Bezel

Design your own themed monitor bezel and win some fantastic prizes and best of all no graphic design knowledge needed!

Turning your old computer into a home theatre media centre PC using XBMC Part Two

If you have recently purchased a new computer or if you've still got an old one laying around. Don't send it to landfill, install Xbox Media Center on it and give it a new lease of life as a home theatre PC.

Turning your old computer into a home theatre media centre PC using XBMC Part One

If you have recently purchased a new computer or if you've still got an old one laying around. Don't send it to landfill, install Xbox Media Center on it and give it a new lease of life as a home theatre PC.

Turning your old computer into a webserver running XAMPP and installing WordPress Part 2

Just because you have a new computer, it does not mean your old one is redundant. If you've ever wanted to host your own website but the monthly costs have put you off I'm going to show you how easy setting up your own webserver can be.

EA CEO Stepping-Down During Aftermath of SimCity Saga

Despite stock prices dropping and SimCity fans' demands for improvement, EA CEO decides it's time for a new leader.

Iiyama Launches The New High Resolution 27" ProLite XB2776QS LCD Display

With LED-backlit display, features a massive QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution with IPS Technology and ultra-wide viewing angles.

Turning your old computer into a webserver running XAMPP and installing WordPress Part 1

Just because you have a new computer, it does not mean your old one is redundant. If you've ever wanted to host your own website but the monthly costs have put you off I'm going to show you how easy setting up your own webserver can be.

Be Quiet - Fan Lineup Unboxing and Overview

In this video I'll be taking a look at the SilentWings Pure, the ShadowWings and the SilentWings 2 fans available from Be Quiet!

Seagate Hits 2 Billion Drives Shipped Milestone

After taking 30 years to ship their first 1 billion Seagate have demolished that record due to the increased demand for storage.

Google Fined $7 Million After Admitting Privacy Breach

Google collected personal data such as passwords, emails and other personal information from unsuspecting computer users during the Street View mapping project.

Guide to Installing Windows 8

Whether you're buying a computer without an operating system or reinstalling your existing computer there comes a point in every computers lifetime where it's going to be necessary to perform an installation of Windows.

Guide to Installing Windows 7

Whether you're buying a computer without an operating system or reinstalling your existing computer there comes a point in every computers lifetime where it's going to be necessary to perform an installation of Windows.

Be Quiet - Dark Rock 2 CPU Cooler Unboxing and Overview

When it comes to high efficiency cooling, super silent operation and hellishly good looks, you really don't have to look much further than Be Quiets range of awesome products.

Be Quiet - Shadow Rock Topflow CPU Cooler Unboxing and Overview

With small form factor builds becoming more and more popular let alone more powerful we need a smaller cooler that is capable of keeping even the highest of performance processors cool, enter the Shadow Rock Topflow from Be Quiet, small, compact, high performance and virtually silent.

Be Quiet - Straight Power E9 680W PSU Unboxing and Overview

If you're looking for high quality, reliability, high efficiency and near silent operation you don't have to look much further than Be Quiet. The Straight Power E9 is a product that offers all of the above.

Be Quiet - Dark Power Pro 10 1000W PSU Unboxing and Overview

In this video I'll be showing you around the power-house that is the Dark Power Pro 10, with its sleek lines, near silent performance and abundance of modular cables this PSU really does have it all.

Be Quiet - Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler Unboxing and Overview

In this video I'll be showing you around the behemoth of a cooler that is the Dark Rock Pro 2, Be Quiet focus on high performance components which are virtually inaudible and fantastic to look at.

The Difference Between GeForce GT and GeForce GTX

Find your perfect graphics card, but GeForce GT or Geforce GTX?

Creating a Bootable Windows 7 System Repair Disc

Medialess systems are becoming more common, but that doesn't really help in instances where you can't boot into the built in recovery options that Windows has available. Luckily there's a simple way to create a system repair disk to access these tools in such an unfortunate scenario.

The Computer Troubleshooting Guide Part 1: No Display on Boot - Failure to Power On Self-Test (POST)

Troubleshooting computer faults can be laborious and baffling at times, but following a quick series of simple tests they can be easier to diagnose than you may think. Let me show you just how easy troubleshooting a computer fault can be.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 6: Installing a Graphics Card or Any Other Add-in Card

Once you've built your computer you may want to improve or expand it using expansion cards such as graphics cards, WiFi cards, controller cards, etc. they are super simple to fit and in this guide I'll show you how.

The Complete Computer Assembly Guide

Building your own computer is not only rewarding but it gives you many more options with regards to future upgrades. The best thing about building your own computer is also that it's not as difficult as people may think.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 4: How to Fit and Connect an Optical Drive, a Solid State Drive and a Mechanical Hard Drive

Every computer needs a device to boot from whether that's a CDROM, a HDD or an SSD and in this guide I'll show you how easy they are to install. This easy process can also be followed for adding additional drives to your machine.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 5: How to Fit and Connect a Power Supply Unit

Power is essential for every computer and PSUs are very simple to fit, with connectors being specifically moulded for specific applications it's a process that's easier than most people may think.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 3: How to Fit Your Motherboard into Your Case

If you're buying a motherboard bundle or building a system from components, you're going to have to fit the motherboard into the case. Let me show you just how simple installing and fitting your motherboard is in this short handy guide.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 2: Memory Installation & Fitting

RAM is the simplest component to fit in my opinion and in this handy little guide I'll show you just how easy it is.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 1: How to Install a CPU and Cooler

If you're looking to build your own computer one of the first steps is installing the CPU and cooler. If this is a task you haven't undertaken before, let me show you just how simple it is in this guide.

Laptop Memory Upgrade Guide

Ever wanted to increase the performance of your laptop with a simple and easy to perform memory upgrade? Let Steve show you how in this step by step guide.

Microsoft Office 2013 Launches Today

The most innovative optimisation of your workflow, is finally here.

Google Reassure Us That a Donkey Found On Street View Wasn't Ran Over

We're assured that the Equus Asinus was perfectly fine.

New Rugged-style 7-Port USB 3.0 from StarTech

Ideal for wall or rack mounting adding multiple USB 3.0 ports with ease.

XBL:Chat to be swapped for Skype

Xbox Live chat is facing the same fate as Windows Live Messenger, that is to be binned in favour of Skype.

Canadian Court Refuses to Ship Megaupload Servers

Despite a heavy handed request from the US courts Canada refuses to release 32 of Kim Dotcom's servers due to the information they may.. or may not.. contain.

Announcing The Cooler Master Centurion 6

A Featured Packed, Economical, Long Lasting Mid-Tower.

NVIDIA Unveils Project Shield

Hand held Tegra powered gaming system.

Lenovo Thinkpad Helix at CES

Another addition to the Thinkpad Line-up, is the detachable and limber Helix.

SteelSeries kick off CES with their Apex and Apex [RAW] Gaming Keyboards

The world's fastest gaming keyboards on show at CES 2013

Microsoft Release Workaround for Zero-day Exploit

The remote code execution vulnerability found in older version of IE receives a temporary fix.

Gigabyte Z77 Motherboard Line-up and Feature Comparison

Steve takes a look at 3 choice Gigabyte Z77 boards for a rundown on features and some insight into which one may suit your needs.

Asus at Insomnia 47

When it comes to blistering performance and phenomenal overclocks, Asus are always around to show us what we need to get the job done.

CCL's Reindeer Roundup is Back!

Santa you clumsy fool!! You've let all the reindeers out again.

Cooler Master at Insomnia 47

You don't get any cooler than the guys from Cooler Master.

Day five at Insomnia 47 - Take down and pack up

Ready, Steady. GO HOME!

Day four at Insomnia 47 - The lull before the pack-down

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

Day three at Insomnia 47 - Chaos and More

CHANGE PLACES!

Day one at Insomnia 47 - Setup Day

Setup, stay up and work till it's done.

CCL are heading to Multiplay's Insomnia 47 for More Multiplayer Madness

*singing* The CCL team are packing their bags and are off to LAN for the servers.

CCL-Tech Is Hiring

Get your hands on the latest hardware with an attractive store credit scheme.

NVIDIA Powers Titan

The World's Fastest Supercomputer For Open Scientific Research

Microsoft Windows 8 Launch

CCL will be hosting a range of Windows 8 related content on launch day

Lian Li Lancool PC-K57 Unboxing and Overview

Steve takes a look at the Lian Li - Lancool PC-K57 PC case.

NVIDIA Brings the Power of the GeForce GTX Graphics to Gamers Everywhere

NVIDIA today introduced two new high-performance GPUs, the NVIDIA© GeForce© GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 650

CCL take highly commended for the second year running in the PC Pro desktop PCs category

Previously best online retailer 3 years running and the only online retailer to win consecutively 3 times in the 15 years of the PC Pro Awards

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Unboxing

In this video Steve takes a look at the newest Mini-ITX case from Cooler Master

Synology Introduces DiskStation DS413j

Full-fledged and budget-friendly private cloud powered by DSM 4.1

CCL Online @ Insomnia 46 Tt Esports

Tt Esports had their latest and greatest peripherals on display while exhibiting at Insomnia 46

ZOTAC Refreshes ZBOX nano

ZOTAC Nano now updated with AMD Radeon HD Graphics

CCL Online @ Insomnia 46 - Asus

Steve catches up with Thomas Jenner from Asus UK for a look around their booth at Insomnia 46

Synology Unveils DiskStation DS213

Press Release from Synology about the DiskStation DS213

CCL Online @ Insomnia 46 - Cooler Master and CM Storm

One of the many manufacturers exhibiting at Multiplays Insomnia 46 were Cooler Master with their CM Storm line up of cases and peripherals

Day four at Insomnia 46

The fourth and final day at i46 and overall we're happy to have yet another notch on our Insomnia belt

Day three at Insomnia 46

Day three here at Insomnia 46 and things aren't looking to slow down

Day two at Insomnia 46

Day two at the largest LAN gaming event in the UK Insomnia 46 and Steve although sleep deprived is still going strong with the coverage here at i46

Day one at Insomnia 46

Steve covers what the opening day of Insomnia 46 had in store for the CCL stand and surrounding areas.

CCL Online @ Insomnia 46

Here once again for another installment of LAN gaming and lack of sleep the CCL booth aims to please and we have lots of treats for all of our booth visitors

NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti launches at CCL

Kepler power without the premium

Virgin Media Finally Block Newzbin2

Almost ten months after ISP BT blocked the site Virgin have finally received their court order

Wii U release delayed in Europe

But Nintendo are still hoping for a holiday release

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover has sent its first colour panoramic picture

A colour panoramic picture from the surface of the red planet was received by NASA

CCL Elite Eyas Mini Gaming PC takes flight

Our new ITX system has nested in nicely with our gaming range

Steam to offer more than just games

Valve expand and expand on Steam beyond games

Demonoid seizure provokes hacktivisist attacks by Anonymous

As Newton's Third Law states - For ever action there is an equal and opposite reaction, as Anonymous reacts to Demonoid takedown by taking down Ukrainian websites owned and operated by Ukrainian authorities

CCL Overclocked bundles are back

Our technicians are tinkering once again to bring the highest possible performance to our motherboard bundle range with our new Overclocked Motherboard Bundles

CCL-Tech Give-Away, with Netgear UK

CCL team up with Netgear UK for a simple and easy Facebook giveaway

New Microsoft Office Unveiled

New Microsoft Office is in the cloud and harnesses innovations enabled by Windows 8

It's All About Steve (Part II)

Time to get to know the editor of CCL Tech

It's All About Steve (Part I)

Time to get to know the editor of CCL Tech

How To: SSD Optimisation - Moving the location of Windows User folders in Windows 7

One easy change to make to Windows when optimising your install after upgrading to an SSD is changing the default location of the Windows User folders to your mechanical drive. This simple guide shows you how.

CCL Guide: How to upgrade a laptop HDD to a SSD

In this short video Steve shows you just how easy installing a SSD in your laptop really is

Microsoft's So.cl social networking experimental site is now live

So.cl is an experimental project targeted at students

Buy any AMD Radeon HD 7000 card and get 3 free games

Extra value for a high performance GPU

Antec at Insomnia 45

While at Insomnia 45 Steve from CCL armed with his Canon XA10 and microphone set off to find out what Antec had to offer in the exhibitors hall at i45

CCL Return from Insomnia 45

CCL return in one piece from the first LAN of the year

Asus Z77 Ivy Bridge Overclocking Guide with an Intel 3770K

Asus show us just how easy overclocking can be with their new range of Z77 boards and included software

Windows 8 'Release Preview' announced for first week of June

After two previous test releases it seems the 'Final' Windows 8 release prior to the retail is due for the first week of June

Western Digital ceasing the manufacture of PATA (IDE) drives

Is this the first nail in the coffin for IDE drives? We've seen a lot of motherboard manufacturers removing IDE ports from their boards, but now the manufacturers are removing IDE drives from their line-up

Palit GeForce GTX 680 2048MB JetStream Unboxing and Overview

CCL's Steve takes a quick look at the Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream in another CCL unboxing and overview

Valve rumours of secretive hardware project revealed; Wearable Computing

The internet was alive with talk of Google's Project Glass last week when they announced their HUD style wearable computer and now valve appears to be doing their own R&D

Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770k stock shortage rumoured for launch delay

Delayed launch of Intel's latest flagship microarchitecture is rumoured to be due to the shortage of the overclocking version of the Intel i7 3770 Ivy Bridge CPU the i7 3770K

Lenovo - and their stand at Gadget Show Live 2012

Lenovo showing CCL-Tech what they have for Gadget Show Live visitors on their stand this week

Facebook Snatched up Instagram in a $1 Billion Acquisition Deal

Popular iPhone and Android app has trumped recent sales figures with the closest sale coming in at $200 Million for Zynga last month

Cooler Master - CM Storm range at Gadget Show Live 2012

Cooler Master show off their CM Storm range of peripherals and cases showcased at Gadget Show Live 2012

Augment Reality with Google's Project Glass

Google yesterday announced thier Glass project we at CCL want a pair.... Now.

Snow Falling in Leeds, Bradford and West Yorkshire Causes Mayhem on the Roads

Well it should be raining at this time of year but it seems to be a little too cold as April showers are replaced by wintry downfall

OCZ Vertex 4 officially released today, available soon

The new Indilinx Everest 2 controller based Vertex 4 is available from OCZ

Why developers and publishers are only hurting their paying customers in their attempts to stop the pirates

Uh-oh, Steve has heard that he might not be able to play and trade new titles for the next-gen consoles and has a bitter aftertaste.

Google Street View gives birth to Google Art Project

Ever wanted to walk around and view the fine art on the walls of the white house? Well now you can thanks to Google Art Project

OCZ's New Vertex 4 SSD's still yet to hit shelves.

We were made aware of the new Vertex 4 at CeBIT 2012 but we're hoping they'll be here sooner rather than later.

Gainward NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Phantom 2048MB Graphics Card Now Available for Pre Order.

Well the GTX 680 Is here and we're expecting stock shortly so pre order your Gainward NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Phantom 2048MB now and make sure you're at the cutting edge.

April Fools 2012 CCL's Choice Roundup

2012 April Fools roundups.

CCL launch their New Style Range with the introductory Justin Bieber System

New to CCL this week is the Justin Bieber styled system currently code named the CCL Bieber System rocking an awesome style with absolutely zero substance.

Autobots, ASSEMBLE: Hasbro loses round one to Asus over the Transformer Prime.

Initial hearing rule that the Transformer Prime is both a Tablet and a Toy.

Fuel Crisis : Rumours of a fuel shortage cause shut downs and even fighting.

Firstly we were told to fill our cars up just in-case and then we were told not to. One day Downing Street will make its mind up.

Fuel Crisis : Woman from York Suffers 40% Burns

Francis Maude told motorists to store fuel at home but his junior and shall we note ex fireman Mike Penning said it was a bad idea. I guess we should listened to the ex fireman.

Apple Offers iPad 4G Refunds to Customers Who "Feel misled" in Australia.

Apple and the ACCC in Federal Court over the iPad WiFi + 4G.

Microsoft Flight - Free Download.

Dust of your joysticks and grab your goggles - it's Microsoft Flight