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Xbox Cloud Gaming: How Microsoft is giving Google Stadia run for its money

Google Stadia might have set out to disrupt the gaming industry, but Xbox Cloud gaming has set out to disrupt Stadia's mission.

The Top Games People Upgraded Their PC For - September 2021

There are a couple of surprise entries on our big list, but there are also some shoe-ins that we knew would appear there as well. When we asked "What was the last game you upgraded your PC for?", we expected AAA titles that were GPU and processor hungry epics - but we didn't expect such a eclectic mix!

What can a gaming PC do that a console can't?

It can't be denied that the consoles are becoming a lot more PC like in their gaming capabilities, but there are still a few things gaming PCs can do that consoles cannot.

Should you upgrade to Windows 11 on day-one for the 'Big Three' gaming features?

Windows 11 has been touted by Microsoft as the best Windows for gaming yet, and with the features and improvements they unveiled we believe it just might be.

RTX 3080 vs RTX 3080 Ti - Is the higher price tag still worth it?

The RTX 3080 Ti lands very nicely in between the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3090, but is it worth the higher price tag?

Unmissable Upcoming PC Games in 2021 and Beyond

We take a look at some of the PC games coming out over the next few months and beyond that you just can't miss!

Gaming PC or a new gen console - What should you buy in 2021?

Is the console vs PC war still relevant? Maybe not as much anymore, but if you're looking to buy one platform, it can be difficult to decide where to invest the money.

Is Shill Journalism Killing Games Like Deathloop?

Deathloop: the latest AAA game with mixed public reviews after receiving 10/10 ratings by industry giants IGN. Shill reviews or difference of opinion?

A Brief History Of Modding (And Why FiveM Is So Popular)

What is FiveM? How did FiveM get more players than Rockstar's GTA Online on Steam? We take a look back at FiveM's humble beginnings and its future.

Can Aspyr do justice to The Knights of the Old Republic in a remake that won't involve Bioware or EA?

One of the staples of Bioware studios is being handed over to Aspyr for a remake, and it's not really a surprise.

4 games on Game Pass that run better on PC than on console (and Warframe)

Just a small selection of some of the titles from the Game Pass that are a significantly better experience on your gaming PC.

Haptic VR and Haptic Feedback Technology - Are We Close To Playing In The Oasis?

What is haptic feedback? What haptic VR suits and haptic VR vests are available? We take a look at the past, present and future of haptic gaming

Top 5 Best PC Case Mods Of 2021... So Far

Although the title might suggest that this is one of those Channel 5 compilation shows you'll find close to Christmas, we just couldn't help but cover some of the awesome PC case mods we've seen in the last eight months.

Everything You Need to Know About Intel's Alder Lake Hybrid CPUs.

If there's one thing that never seems to go away in the world of computers, it's the AMD versus Intel debate. With the upcoming launch of Intel's 12th-generation of processors, it looks like this debate won't be going anywhere soon. So, what exactly are Intel's Alder Lake Hybrid CPUs and will they live up to the hype?

What is Xbox Game Pass and is it worth it?

As you may have heard, Microsoft has a neat little service called Xbox Game Pass. Have you looked at this and thought "what on earth is this?". In this article we're going to break down what makes Xbox Game Pass so good and which version you should go for.

Pre-Built Versus Custom PC: Which Is Best For Gaming?

If you want the best possible PC for gaming and at the best possible price (who doesn't?!), then should you buy a pre-built gaming PC or build a custom one from scratch? It's a question that we receive a lot here at CCL, and there are many different answers depending on what you want.

Nazare Gaming PCs Featuring RTX 3080 Ti

Introducing Nazare, the new range of gaming PCs featuring RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards, built to the highest specifications and powered by Corsair iCUE.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Stock Official Response

NVIDIA's official response regarding the stock issues at launch.

CCL Service Updates

Service information during the COVID-19 pandemic

Top PC Components of 2019!

We take a look at the most popular PC components you have bought in 2019 and specced up a PC with the results.

Christmas Delivery Times

Final dates for delivery this Christmas at CCL.

What is NAS?

NAS helps keep your most precious moments in a safe and secure location. It is the ultimate media centre, allowing you to stream all of your favourite videos to any TV or mobile device.

CCL Computers nominated for two awards!

Computer Shopper is launching its 2019 awards and CCL Computers have been nominated for two categories!

Seagate FireCuda 2.5" and 3.5" Hybrid Drives (SSHDs)

Play faster, work smarter. Combining the latest NAND flash technology with a traditional hard drive for a compact blend of speed and capacity.

Compeition time! Win a limited edition NZXT H700 case bundle!

We are giving away a limited edition NZXT H700 case together with a Z370 motherboard and 650w power supply.

#TechTuesday - GIGABYTE Force K83 Mechanical Keyboard

A firm favourite amongst gamers, the Gigabyte Force K83 is a keyboard that's minimalistic to the eye, but dynamic in its ability.

2nd Generation AMD RYZEN Desktop Processors

Introducing the new Pinnacle Ridge AMD RYZEN desktop processors with improved performance and exclusive features.

Custom Build of the Week #5 - NVIDIA Battlebox

GeForce GTX Battlebox systems give you everything you need to step up your gaming experience.

Custom Build of the Week #4 - The Beast

This is The Beast. Intel Xeon E5 CPU and FOUR graphics cards because why not?

Custom Build of the Week #3 - Corsair 570X SLI

A high-end gaming system with an Intel Core i7-7700K processor and two GeForce GTX 1080s in SLI housed in a stylish Corsair Crystal 570X case.

Custom Build of the Week #2 - Phanteks Evolv Glass X99

Following on from last week's X99 build, we have yet another X99 custom build. This time however featuring the Haswell-E Intel i7 5820K overclocked to 4.0GHz.

Custom Build of the Week #1 - ASUS Rampage X99 Build

This build is in a whole different league when it comes to PC performance. Featuring an Intel Extreme i7 6950X with 10 cores and 20 threads coupled with a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.


We have partnered with GIGABYTE to give you a chance to win this GIGABYTE Z270-GAMING K3 motherboard!

CCL @ VR Arts

We attended the launch of VR Arts in Manchester last month. Here's what went down!

PC Gaming - Join in for less than you think!

Mark has a look at what it takes to make an entry level gaming PC in 2017

Has RGB Lighting Gone Crazy?

Mark ponders the possible overuse of RGB lighting in modern components and builds.

ASUS ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse

Our first look at the brand new ASUS ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse

PLAY Expo 2016

Dan has a look back at this year's PLAY Expo

Graphics Card Sag: A Solvable Problem?

Dan takes a look at the problems larger graphics cards can face.

EGX 2016

Dan returns to the NEC for this year's EGX show.

Whole-Home Wi-Fi Coverage with TP-Link

Tired of Wi-Fi dead spots in your home? The RE350 range extender expands your Wi-Fi to rooms your router can't reach.

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer Ends Soon

Still on the fence about upgrading to Windows 10? The free upgrade offer ends July 29th

What's New at CCL?

Here is a quick summary of all the new stock, deals and offers at CCL to kick off the summer spending spree!

TP-Link AV2000 Gigabit Passthrough Powerline Start Kit

The TL-PA9020P provides superior network performance that supports all of your online needs such as 4K HDTV.

PLAY Blackpool 2016

Dan's back with a report on Replay Events' latest show in Blackpool

TP-Link Archer VR900 Unboxing & Giveaway!

Kirsten is unboxing the TP-Link VR900 AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Modem Router which we are also giving away to one of our YouTube subscribers!

Is It Worth Putting an SSD in a PS4?

With SSD prices dropping constantly and larger capacity SSDs becoming more affordable, is it worth switching to an SSD in your console?

Fallout 4 performance boosted by SSDs on Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Fallout 4 is tested on an OCZ ARC 100 SSD to improve performance on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

PLAY Expo 2015

Dan and the CCL team attend this year's PLAY Expo for another round of fun and games.

EGX 2015 Birmingham

The CCL team travel to Birmingham for the yearly EGX show to see some of this year's biggest upcoming games.

Batman: Arkham Knight PC Performance and Problems

Ahead of his upcoming review, Dan takes a look at the widely reported issues with the new Batman: Arkham Knight game.

Button Mash XI

Fun and games at a gaming event in our home town of Bradford

PLAY Blackpool 2015

Fun and games at the Blackpool PLAY exhibition

PLAY Expo 2014

The CCL team return to the annual PLAY Expo

CCL Computers at Insomnia 52

The CCL team return from another iSeries event

CCL Computers at Insomnia 51

CCL attend the first Multiplay event at the Ricoh Arena

CCL @ I50

Better late than never, here is Dan's look back at the last Insomnia event in Telford

PLAY Expo 2013

Dans thoughts on the PLAY Expo

Benchmarking in Focus - Fraps

Just another entry, listing the features of Fraps

Gangnam Style Turns 1

Video has garnered over 1.7B views

What is SweetFX ?

A quick look at a program that makes your games look less like a game

Benchmarking In Focus - 3DMark

Another entry in our series about benchmarking programs

Benchmarking In Focus - AIDA 64

Another entry, showcasing programs that are available to test and benchmark your PC

Benchmarking in Focus - PC Mark 7

Another entry, showcasing programs that are available to test and benchmark your PC

Does anyone really need a £2K+ PC ?

Mark asks the question

Benchmarking in Focus - Catzilla

A New series showcasing some of the programs available that you can use to benchmark and test PC's

What is in a Sample ?

In a new series of articles we hope to lift the lid on some of the stuff that comes into CCL, by offering product reviews and presenting arguments on why it did or didn't make the grade.

Game Length

Can a game be too long ?

Connected Data Transporter - Two Weeks In...

BLOG 2: Tom continues his adventures in the world of The Cloud. For those who have not come across the Transporter before, it is quite simply an ingenious NAS device that emulates services such as Microsoft's SkyDrive and the ever popular Dropbox.

Connected Data Transporter - The future of Cloud storage?

BLOG 1: Tom takes a look at the new Transporter from Connected Data that allows anyone, anywhere to setup their own cloud storage system.

Is this going to be bigger than the internet and save the UK economy?

This could potentially rewrite the rules of manufacturing

Dizzy numbers of the week

Some people live in a different world to rest of us!

Loose Change

You might have more money than you think.

Custom mITX Server Build - Part 3

Martin continues building the mITX HyperV server with lots of images!

RPG Classics Part 1 - The Witcher 2

Taking a look at some of the finest RPG games ever created.

Waking Dead Blog: Introduction

This blog will be a kind of mini-walkthrough/review, I'll start this post by giving an introduction to the walking dead series, and aspects of the game, so in my other blog posts, I can get straight to the action.

Custom mITX Server Build - Part 2

Martin's motto is plan, plan, plan and then plan your build some more!

The Sims 3 - Is enough enough?

Are EA having a laugh with the reproduction of old Sims expansion packs? They could well be, but fans will need to vote with their wallets to get EA to take notice!

Custom mITX Server Build - Part 1

Martin guides you through the picking of parts for his awesome mITX server build in this 5 part blog.

The Hunt For Missing Reindeer Is Over!

Christmas went ahead as usual this year thanks to our reindeer hunters helping Santa get them all back in-time to set off on Christmas Eve.

The conversation that changed my rendered world! Part 5

Ponderings of a 30 year old gamer..

Games Worth A Lifetime Part 5 - Lights, Camera, Action!

The best games of our lifetime that deserve your attention.

AMD Never Settle Game Bundle 2/3 - Hitman: Absolution

While I will do my best to avoid spoilers in my discussions of games it's not always possible to do so when conveying why and where a game excels or falls short.

The conversation that changed my rendered world! Part 4

The gaming world according to Guba.

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


Day one at Insomnia 47 - Setup Day

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

The conversation that changed my rendered world! Part 3

The meet, greet and drinks in the pub....

Games Worth A Lifetime: Part 4 - Platformers

The best games of our lifetime that deserve your attention.

Retro Games of Today: Part 3

Grand theft pockets. Your money and your life.

The conversation that changed my rendered world! Part 2

My views on gaming, gaming, and well, I guess, gaming.

Games Worth A Lifetime: Part 3 - Racing

The best games of our lifetime that deserve your attention.

Retro Games of Today: Part 2

A Syndicate Lottery... Not a winner

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.

Games Worth A Lifetime: Part 2 - Action And Adventure

The best games of our lifetime that deserve your attention.

Retro Games of Today: Part 1

Long lost, found and lost again Civilization.

Games Worth A Lifetime: Part 1 - RPG

The best games of our lifetime that deserve your attention.

A thank you from the CCL team to all those at Multiplay Insomnia 46

Tom expresses CCL's thanks to those who attended ths years i46

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

What's new to CCL this week

Our weekly blog bringing you the latest products to arrive on our website.

About time, 1366 x 768 finally becomes the most popular screen resolution

After years of dominance 1024x768 finally gives up its dominance of PC resolutions

It is time to finally retire your faithful Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX

Arguably the greatest graphics card of all time is set to finally fall behind the pace of game development, after almost 6 years...

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.

What's new to CCL this week

Our weekly blog bringing you the latest products to arrive on our website.

Nvidia GTX 680 launch, well done Nvidia - AMD take note

Tom (CCL Purchaser) muses over the success of Nvidia's GTX 680 and AMD's failings on product launches.

What's new to CCL this week

Our weekly blog bringing you the latest products to arrive on our website.

What's new to CCL this week

Welcome to a new weekly blog on CCL Tech bringing you the latest products to arrive on our website.