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Which is better, Desktop PC or Laptop PC?

When it comes to purchasing a gaming PC, is it better to go for the portability of a laptop, or the more affordable desktop? We compare all aspects of a PC Desktop and PC Laptop and see which is better.

Choosing A Motherboard Bundle

Buying a motherboard bundle is one of the fastest and most cost effective ways to upgrade your PC, but how do you get the best value?

AiO Water Cooling Best Setup (Don't Get It Wrong)

Incorrectly installing an AiO water cooling system for your CPU can seriously degrade performance. Here's how to do it right, according to experts.

PC build for deep learning under £4000

We walk you through building a PC that is capable of high performance deep learning AI and machine learning, without overspending.

AMD Ryzen 5 4600G - Is It Worth It?

From AMD's entry level gaming processor range, the Ryzen 5 4600G is a budget and crowd pleasing CPU that does exactly what it says on the box.

How to get into your UEFI BIOS and Advanced Mode

We've listed how to get into your BIOS - Basic Input / Output System - for each manufacturer, and the advanced settings you can access.

What is TPM and why do I need it?

There are still many of us Windows PC owners who don't know much about TPM (or if they even have it). Here's what you need to know.

Laptops for cloud gaming, Minecraft and study: Introducing Geo

We've highlighted a few of the versatile Geo laptops for children and students, expertly balancing affordability with educational and gaming needs.

The Gaming PC You Need To Start Streaming In 2022

Want to get started in streaming? We find out if now is a good time to start streaming and which specifications and PCs are perfect for streamers of all levels

Minecraft RTX Gaming Laptop: Ray Tracing + Pretty Graphics!

An RTX 3050 Ti gaming laptop might just be the perfect spec and price to play Minecraft with Ray Tracing, pretty graphics and shader mods.

The AMD Ryzen 5000 Series - What You Need To Know

We look at the specifications designed for gamers, enthusiasts and creators, and how the AMD 5000 series offers both value and performance.

The Best Gaming Laptops Under £1000

If you're on a fixed budget with a gaming laptop, here's a list of the best models that offer the best value and spec, pound for pound.

The Best Gaming Laptops Under £2500

We graded our selection of laptops based on their ability to deliver the goods in content creation, streaming and of course - top end gaming.

Fnatic Boaster Valorant Settings

In our first Valorant Masterclass we check out the crosshair, keybinds, video and pro settings used by Fnatic's energetic fragging IGL, Jake "Boaster" Howlett

Valorant Skye Icebox Guide - Pro Tips

Skye is not a common pick for Icebox, with few pro tip guides out there. So, we asked Fnatic Boaster how to get the best out of her in a ranked game

Esports - How To Go Pro Part 2

In this second part, learn how to get noticed, networking, emulating success, and importantly, the gear you need to make it as a pro.

Esports - How To Go Pro Part 1

If you think you're good enough to go professional and become an Esports athlete, here's everything you need to know before you make the leap.

Portable SSD Storage - Do You Need It?

The many benefits of SSD are obvious when it comes to internal storage, so is portable SSD worth it for gaming and creative workflows?

How I built a 12th-Gen RTX 3080 rig for under £1000

A motherboard bundle and GeForce Now means you get the gaming rig of your dreams - all for under £1000!

High End PCs - Gaming Without Limits

With high performance RTX graphics cards and running the latest AMD Ryzen processors, these are the ultimate PCs for serious gaming

5 Reasons You Shouldn't Use Cleaning Software

You see the ads everywhere - PC cleaning software that promises to fix all of your slow PC issues and fragmented files. Don't use them - here's why

Ultimate Gaming Brands

For gaming PC excellence, which brands should you choose?

Gaming In Your Downtime - How Do You Do It?

If you are a gamer who works long hours, enjoys short weekends, and has limited leisure time, budgeting for a gaming PC or laptop is important.

Work Hard, Play Hard - Your Laptop Buying Guide

For the budget-conscious student, a gaming laptop needs to multi-task work and play without compromise.

Is a gaming PC or laptop worth it for casual gamers?

Casual gamers love pick up & play games without a huge time investment to get the best experience - but do you need a gaming spec for casual games?

The easy way to keep your PC clean - good airflow!

The absolute best way to keep your PC clean and running smoothly is to focus on airflow optimisation. Here's how to optimise your case airflow for performance

Refresh your storage - Seagate SSD best sellers compared

It's Spring again; time to throw out the old and plug in the new. We look at the best sellers for Seagate SSD storage to help you compare

Mites, cats and flesh - Inside nasty PCs and gamer lairs

What lurks inside your keyboard? What happens to your PC when you vape near it? Sit back and (try to) enjoy this Spring special on PC hygiene!

Gigabyte Laptops For Gaming, Streaming And Editing

We lined up three of Gigabyte's best gaming laptops, in three budget ranges and ranked them for gaming, streaming and video editing capabilities.

Gigabyte Z690 Gaming X - Is It Worth It?

The power hungry Alder Lake processors have proven that they need a serious motherboard to get the best out of them. Just how good is the Z690 Gaming X?

Overclock Core i9 12900K For Gaming & Performance

What you need to overclock Intel's Alder Lake 12th Gen Core i9-12900K, and what you should know about thermal issues and overheating

Which Processor...? Top 10 Questions Answered!

A significant part of any laptop or PC, the processor is a complex beast. We took a look at the most asked questions on Google about CPUs.

CCL Customer Poll - What Do You Want To See From CCL In 2022?

We recently ran a giveaway and asked the question: what do you want to see more of this year? The results are in, and you might be surprised!

The Best Gaming PCs To Play God of War

God of War for PC is set to be one of the biggest releases in recent years. But what specifications or new hardware do you need to play it?

B450 vs B550 vs X570 - Which AMD Motherboard Should You Buy?

We look at AM4 socket B450, B550 and X570 motherboards for AMD's Ryzen CPUs to find the best value and most popular boards for gaming PC builds

Best Value VR Ready Gaming PC - Updated Jan 2022

Step into VR with a PC to meet your gaming needs and budget. Here are the specs you need for Oculus Quest 2, HP Reverb, HTC Vive, and Valve Index VR gaming.

Build A DIY Home Media Server On A Budget

How and why smart consumers are now ditching expensive Cloud storage and building cheap DIY NAS home media servers using SATA HDDs

The Best PC For Blender - Value And Performance Specs

With this guide we're aiming to find the best value PC for Blender, with speed and performance that does not come at too high a premium.

What Computers Do NASA, SpaceX And Blue Origin Use?

If any company needs total reliability and performance, it's NASA. We look at the technology used in space exploration, and the new space race tech.

Which Is The Best Selling 27 Inch Curved Monitor?

With hundreds of sales and happy gamers, we took a look at the ViewSonic VX2718-2KPC-MHD, best-selling 27 inch curved monitor according to our customers

First Things To Do With A New Gaming PC

Booting up a gaming PC for the first time? Setting up a PC for a child? These quick tips will ensure any gaming PC is in good shape and stays that way

Next Day MSI Laptops For Remote Work And Gaming

Remote working and flexible working is now commonplace in the UK, and these powerful laptops are ideal for working and playing hard in 2022

Is An AMD Threadripper Worth It? Part 2 of 2

We discuss the origins, present and future of the legendary processor, asking if a Threadripper is still worth it for gaming and workstation use.

Is An AMD Threadripper Worth It? Part 1 of 2

We discuss the origins, present and future of the legendary processor, asking if a Threadripper is still worth it for gaming and workstation use.

The Best Gaming Laptops For Students

If you're buying for a student who likes to spend their downtime gaming, then a laptop is ideal. We've curated a list of the best value laptops that can do both!

Get The All White PC Aesthetic This Christmas

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? These white PC cases are the perfect aesthetic for the most wonderful time of the year!

How Multiple Monitors Make Your Life Easier In 2022

With a double or triple monitor setup, your workflow will go into overdrive in 2022. See how these affordable multiple displays can help you game and work smarter.

Guilt-Free, Affordable PC Upgrades You Deserve

With huge savings on components and hardware, there's no need to feel guilty this year. Upgrade your gaming setup or start your build with these great deals.

Treat Yourself To A Photo Editing PC This Christmas

Whether you're taking up photography next year or plan on editing those festive pics, you need a capable PC. Here's our top pick for December 2021.

Stocking Filler Gifts For PC Gamers Of All Ages 2021

Stuck for gift inspiration? These gaming stocking fillers under £50 will make someone smile, whatever their age.

First Gaming PC - The 2021 Guide For Non-Techy Parents

If you're buying a gaming PC for the first time this year, it can get confusing. This guide will help you choose the perfect PC, whatever your budget.

Christmas RGB Light Profiles And Themes For A Festive Aesthetic

Here's how to easily set up your Corsair iCUE, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, ASUS Aura Sync or generic themes to light up your rig in gorgeous festive colours this Christmas!

Connected Christmas for the whole family

Whether you'll be gaming this Christmas, talking to family abroad or surfing the internet as a family, we all want to stay connected this Holiday Season.

Most Wanted Gaming Headsets For Christmas 2021

We've listed the best headsets for PC, covering competitive and FPS gaming, listening to music, Discord chat and everything in between.

The best monitors for console gamers Christmas 2021

If you're looking for a present for a console gamer in your life and don't know where to start, we've got some great suggestions to help you out.

The Best Budget Gaming PCs December 2021

We lined up the best performing budget gaming PCs starting at £595 capable of running the best games of 2021 and awesome upcoming releases

Game Pass For PC And Cloud Gaming - Using A Controller

Using a controller for Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Cloud Gaming is usually simple, but here are some of the most common problems and fixes.

How Much VRAM Do You Really Need?

There are plenty of misconceptions about VRAM, memory allocation and memory used when playing games. We investigate how much VRAM you really need.

Best Monitor For Photo Editing - November 2021

Your monitor is extremely important if you use photo editing software, so this handy guide should help you choose the right display.

The Most Popular Gaming PC Spec In November 2021

Our PC builder tool allows you to configure a custom PC in a few minutes. One gaming PC spec was more popular than others in November, and here's why.

The Ultimate Cloud Gaming PC GeForce NOW RTX 3080

With the new RTX 3080 streaming options from Nvidia GeForce NOW, more gamers are choosing AAA Cloud gaming until graphics cards become affordable.

Best PC For 4K Video Editing and Content Creation

If you are looking for a PC capable of up to 4K video editing, YouTube content creation, and anything in between, here's the budget and spec you need.

PC Life Hacks That Actually Work

Life hacks are great. But it's rare we see them for IT professionals, where there is a wealth of knowledge and experience on offer. Here are our favourites.

Mini-ITX Case Buyers Guide 2021

The small form factor Mini-ITX case is an ultra-portable, space saving, and extremely flexible chassis option. We explore how to choose your Mini-ITX case.

The Best All ROG Gaming PC Build 2021

We selected the very best ROG components for the ultimate gaming PC build, from motherboard to gaming chair, with a budget of £2300

How To Benchmark Games With On-Screen Display

If you just bought or built a new gaming PC, chances are you want to see how it performs with games. Here's how to benchmark quickly and easily.

16:10 Monitors - A Buyers Guide

16:10 monitors are still popular, and generally preferred by gamers wanting more vertical field of view. Here's what you need to know before you buy.

Cyber Monday 2020 vs Cyber Monday 2021 What Deals To Expect

Cyber Monday 2020 might have been strange IRL, but the deals were quite predictable. What deals can we expect in 2021 from IT and gaming retailers?

Buying The Best 60 Mechanical Keyboard - Mega Guide

Taking your MnK (mouse & keyboard) gaming to the next level? A 60 mechanical keyboard is a great idea. Here's what you need to know before you buy.

Best PC Gaming Mouse 2021

Hand cramping up from that nasty old plastic rodent? It might be time to upgrade to an ultra-comfortable, high performance PC gaming mouse

Top 10 Things You Should Never Do With Your PC

There are a few things you should NEVER do with a brand new PC, even though YouTube told you it would be a good idea. We'll cover the major ones here.

12 Applications Every Gaming PC Must Have

Once your new gaming PC is up and running, there are some must-have applications that will hopefully make your life easier and improve your experience

Gaming PC Under £600 - What Games Can I Play

With GPU prices still incredibly high, budget conscious gamers and parents are feeling it the most. Here are the best games for a budget gaming PC

PlayStation 5 - How Many Games Can You Store?

In the real world, consoles are used by more than one person in a household and fill up fast. Realistically, how many games can you store on a PS5?

Choosing The Best CPU Cooler - A Buyers Guide

This guide highlights the pros and cons of some of our best selling and great value CPU coolers, comparing some of the best CPU coolers for every budget.

How to Choose an Ethernet Cable

If you're looking at Ethernet (or network) cables, you'll often see them referred to as 'CAT 5e' or 'CAT 6', 'Shielded' or 'Crossover'. But, what does this all mean, and how can you choose the right cable for you? Keep reading to find out.

The must-have accessories for a mid-tier Gaming Laptop

We take a look at some of the best accessories you can get for your Gaming Laptop

Best Value White Gaming PC Under £800

White gaming PCs are as popular as ever, and white components are readily available. With a budget of £800 we look at the best options for this aesthetic.

Keycaps for UK Keyboards: Buyers Guide

Two brands stand out more than most with keycaps; Tai Hao and Ducky. Both are perfect for both the new and the veteran keycap modder... here's why.

B560 vs H570 vs Z590 - Which Intel Motherboard Should You Buy?

The LGA 1200 chipset B560, H570 and Z590 motherboards for Intel's Rocket Lake CPUs: Expect surprisingly good value & performance for gaming builds

How to get Windows 11

Microsoft today released Windows 11 for general availability, and there are several ways that you can install the new operating system. Let's go through them!

How to choose the best PSU for your gaming PC?

Milyana takes a look at what you should keep in mind when you're choosing a power supply for your gaming rig.

How and Where to Play Test Upcoming AAA and Indie Games

The last few months have been amazing for gaming. We've seen invites for play tests being sent for Battlefield 2042, Halo Infinite, Age of Empires 4 and Call of Duty: Vanguard among many others. But how do you get one of those invites and can you get in on the action?

What is the Best Gaming PC Case?

We take a look at the recommendations of some of the most trusted industry titans on what the best Gaming PC case is right now.

The All White PC Setup

Where some PC builders are constructing rigs that look like a neon rainbow, there are a good amount of people who are looking for that minimalistic or clean look of a white PC build.

The Best SSD For PS5 And How To Install It

The update PS5 owners were waiting for - the ability to upgrade the SSD storage. This guide takes you through an SSD upgrade from start to finish.

Ryzen 5 3600 vs Intel Core i5-10400F - Best Budget Gaming PC Build

The reasonably priced and readily available Intel Core i5-10400F is ideal for anyone looking to build a budget gaming PC with stacks of power.

Choosing The Best Laptop For Photo Editing

Having an efficient workflow when you're on the move means finding the best photo editing laptop that offers performance, mobility and reliability.

What Is The Best Storage For A Gaming PC In 2021?

The latest games use more storage than ever before, so we compared the best performing SSD and HDD storage for gaming PCs in 2021.

How do silent PC power supplies work?

If you're a gamer, the last thing you want is to struggle to hear your game over your power supply. Can this be reduced? Learn how a silent PC power supply works.

Best free cross-play games you can play with your console or PC friends in 2021

Cross-platform gaming has exploded. Here are some of the best free cross-play games you can play on console or PC in 2021.

The Best Open World Games for PC and Steam

We look at some of the best and biggest open world games and sandbox games available on PC and Steam in 2021

Can You Get a VESA Desk Mount for Two Screens?

From design work to gaming, sometimes one screen isn't enough. Find out what VESA desk mount dual designs are available for mounting two screens.

How Does a Mesh Wi-Fi System like Ubiquiti Amplifi Work?

Are you looking for information on mesh systems? Then check out this guide with Ubiquiti that will provide details on how this system functions.

RGB PC Build Guide - September 2021

From cold cathode tubes to modern ARGB LED lighting, the RGB PC build has evolved. We look at your options for the perfect RGB build.

Game Pass For PC - How It Works And How To Get It!

PC Game Pass is now out of public beta, and subscriptions are available for just £1. We ask what is Game Pass for PC and how it works.

What Is The Best Laptop For Home Learning Students

In this guide: Which home learning laptops have the best features for students? Which spec is best for your course? What budget do you need?

Streaming PC Build - Budget Streaming Setup

Time for a streaming PC build? Here's how to decide which hardware and software will take your Twitch and YouTube streaming to the next level.

What is overclocking and should you overclock your PC?

You might have heard a lot of PC gamers and crypto miners talk about 'overclocking' their PCs and wondered what it means and whether or not you should try overclocking your PC.

What is monitor latency (Input lag) and why it matters in gaming?

Taking a look at input lag and how it can affect gaming on your PC.

Best Wall Mountable Monitor

Whether you want to increase desk space or have a multiple monitor setup, then you need the best wall mountable monitor for the job.

Should You Buy a Used PC Case?

Are you looking for a used PC case? Check out some of these tips for making sure you find the best option for your needs.

SSD vs. HDD: Myths, Lies And Terabytes

Before we start talking about what SSDs are or how SSDs are good for gamers, let's get one thing out in the open here...

How to choose the best monitor for your gaming PC

Gaming monitors come in myriad of different sizes and specs, so choosing the right monitor for you can be confusing and overwhelming.

What is the Best Wireless WiFi Dongle for PC?

Are you looking for some information on a wireless WiFi Dongle for PC? Then check out this short analysis to learn more.

Apex Legends FPS Boost - Mega Guide

Whether you're new to the game or have been playing for a while, you've probably been wondering how to boost FPS (Frames Per Second) in Apex Legends.

How to Choose the Right SSD for Your Computer

Picking the right Solid State Drive (SSD) can make a real difference to your system's performance. But how do you decide which one to go for? Read on to find out.

The Complete Gaming PC Glossary: A Guide to Terminology

Unless you're a hardcore gamer, shopping for a Gaming PC means encountering what seems like an alien language. GPUs? CPUs? PSUs? We wouldn't blame you if your eyes start to glaze over with all of the acronyms and abbreviations. But, we're here to help. The team at CCL has put together a complete Gaming PC glossary. Carry on reading and we'll take you through terminology you need to know...

Can You Use a Gaming Laptop for Streaming?

Can you stream from a gaming laptop? It's a question more and more gamers are asking as platforms such Twitch, Discord and others become ever more popular. Today's hardware and games integrate with streaming better than ever, so can you really stream from a laptop? Keep on reading to find out...

Should You Buy a Desktop PC or a Laptop for Gaming?

The battle between laptops and desktops is one that seems like it stretches back to the dawn of time (well, the 1990s at least). When it comes to gaming, the battle is a valid one. Both laptops and desktops have their passionate fans. But, which one is right for you? If you're trying to decide between a laptop or a desktop for gaming, keep on reading to discover the pros and cons of each.

What is Cloud Gaming?

You've probably heard quite a bit about cloud gaming of late. With Xbox Cloud Gaming becoming available on iOS and PC, as well as the 'thing' that is Google Stadia, interest in cloud gaming is at an all-time high. But, what exactly is it? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about cloud gaming...

Gaming Monitor Buying Guide 2021

A monitor is just a monitor right? Wrong! If you're serious about gaming, then selecting the right monitor can make a huge difference to your gaming performance. But, what type of monitor is best? There are so many different options and features to look at, it can make your head spin. Luckily, CCL is here to help with our guide to gaming PC monitors.

Pre-Built Gaming PC Buying Guide

If you want to get into PC gaming quickly and with minimal fuss, then buying a pre-built gaming PC is often the best option. But before you hit the buy button, here are some things you need to think about...

What Is GeForce Experience and Why Is It Installed on Your Computer?

If your computer contains an NVIDIA graphics card and you're wondering what the associated NVIDIA GeForce Experience software is, keep reading. The CCL team has taken a look at what features this software has and how it differs from other NVIDIA software such as Control Panel.

How to Choose RAM: Speed (MHz/CL) vs Capacity (GB)

If you've ever shopped around for system memory (RAM), or even a full PC, you're probably aware that RAM has its own 'speed', like that of a CPU or GPU. So, faster the better right?! Not quite. There's a little more to it than that. So, keep reading to find out how to intelligently choose RAM for your computer.

What Parts Do You Need to Build a Gaming PC?

More and more people are choosing to build their own Gaming PC and it's easy to see why. You can create a gaming rig that's completely custom to you. Plus, you'll know the ins and outs of your system so you can easily upgrade it in future. So, if you want to try building a Gaming PC yourself, what parts will you need? Keep reading to find out!

Should You Buy an AMD or NVIDIA GPU?

It's one of the perennial questions asked by gamers across the world: do AMD or NVIDIA make the best GPUs? It's an interesting debate to have. But when it comes to spending your own cold, hard cash you want a definitive answer. So, let's take a look and see whether you should buy an AMD or NVIDIA GPU...

How to Record Music on Your Computer - Part 1: The Computer

In this, the first in a new series of articles, we're going to look at what you need to do to create a home recording studio. We'll talk about the different computer components, hardware and software you'll need to get your music career started. We'll also look at how home recording has evolved. Along the way you'll encounter a variety of terms and ideas, but don't worry if you're unfamiliar with them - we'll be explaining these at a later date. Using a computer for recording music is a deep rabbit hole.

Creating a Windows USB Installation Drive

Covering Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8, this guide shows how to create USB installation media for each version of Windows.

Guide to Installing Windows 10

A step by step guide covering the full process of installing Windows 10.

Windows 7 - Unable to Download or Install Updates from Windows Update

A quick guide to restore Windows Update in Windows 7 to full functionality.

Windows 10 - Start Menu Not Working

Dan goes through the steps you can take to restore a non working Start Menu in Windows 10

Windows 7 Boot Problem "The system found unauthorized changes on the firmware, operating system or UEFI drivers"

A recent Windows 7 update has left some users unable to start their computer, Dan is on hand with a quick guide to get you up and running again.

Hard drive Capacity - Fomatted Size vs. Advertised Size

A quick guide to cover the difference in the size you'll see when comparing the size of a hard drive in Windows to it's advertised size on the box.

Intel Small Business Advantage

A brief guide into Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) and its software suite.

Getting Online With Your New Computer

A quick guide on how to get your system online and stay protected.

Windows 8 Mail App

How to use and customise the Windows 8 Mail App

Game Console Hard Drive Guide

A brief guide to what works and what doesn't with all the current games consoles - UPDATED December 2016

How to manually update a driver in Windows

Ever wanted to know how to update a driver, when you have no installer and just a list of files ?

Keyboard Technology Guide

The Ins and Outs of keyboards, broken down and hopefully easy to understand.

Getting the best and most out of the Steam Summer Sale

A quick guide on how best to spend your money in the Steam summer sale

Tech Support Phone Scams on the up

Don't get caught out, follow our and Microsoft's simple advice in this article

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

How to Upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 with a USB Stick

No optical drive? No problem, Mathew shows you how easy installation via a USB is in this handy guide.

The laptop Christmas gift buying guide 2012

If you are stuck for a present this Christmas there is still time to order from CCL, here are some of our best laptop offers this Christmas

Installing and Configuring Microsoft Security Essentials

Stay safe while browsing online.

Do floppy disk drives still have a place in a modern PC?

The essential question on everyone's lips this year. Or maybe not!

Operating System Buying Guide

This updated and improved guide covers all the major operating systems including the newly released Microsoft Windows 8 & Google's Chrome OS

Kingston HyperX 3K SSD

Kingston's HyperX 3K SSD delivers high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) performance.

Kingston Hyper X Genesis

Kingston's HyperX Genesis sets the standard in high-performance memory.

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0

DataTraveler HyperX Predator USB Flash drive combines extreme speed with high capacity.

Kingston Hyper X Predator

Kingston HyperX Predator memory features fast speeds, low latencies and high capacities.

What is overclocking your CPU all about?

This guide briefly touches on what CPU overclocking is, what the benefits are and some of the potential risks, if you have heard overclocking being mentioned but never quite understood what it was then this is a great place to start your research

CCL Guide: Updating NVIDIA Display Drivers

CCL-Tech's newest author Josh takes us through updating our drivers for our NVIDIA based graphics cards.

So you're looking to upgrade to Windows 8

A detailed run down of what changes you can expect moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

Building Your Own System - Component Compatibility Guide

Martin walks us through checking compatibility when looking to build our own systems, it's not as scary as you may think.

Wii U Launch & Prices, what you need to know.

Nintendos latests hardware is on the horizon, here is everything you need to know.

PC Maintenance, a Beginners Guide

When was the last time you cleaned inside your PC?

Why Buy an NVIDIA Powered Laptop Computer?

Tom gives us some of the beneficial features of using NVIDIA products and the impact they have on mobile computing

3D Gaming - The Cheap Way

Martin tries to wet our palate and tempt us with 3D in a fairly in expensive way

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

Future Proofing - A Valid Concept?

Our newest writer Martin Castaldo gives our readers his view on future proofing