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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.

Setting Up Your New CCL Computer

A quick guide to cover some of the common issues with setting up a new computer

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

A Beginner's Guide to Windows 8

The first in a series of guides for new computer owners.

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 ?

Christmas Tablet Buyers Guide

Struggling to make heads or tails of the tablet market or just simply looking for help to make your decision easier, check out Tom's guide to tablets

Keyboard Technology Guide

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

How to format a hard drive in Windows

Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 covered

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