Custom PC Issue 36

Custom PC Issue 36 (September 2006) is out in the shops now. The cover story sees us building a PC for the insanely low price of £250, trying a variety of methods to get half-decent components together. We scoured computer fairs, trawled eBay and checked out B-grade stock from various manufacturers. If you’re interested in building your own PC on a budget, it’s well worth a look.

Issue 35 is now on the website – we reviewed a bunch of products, including motherboards based on Nvidia’s new nForce 590 SLI chipset from Foxconn (the Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H) and Asus (the M2N32-SLI Deluxe). I wrote both reviews, since I was fortunate enought to attend the launch of nForce 500 out in California; both boards are good and worth a look. Or they were till Intel launched Core 2… The nForce 500 launch inspired my column, too, which was all about how, seeing the success of Intel’s Centrino, IT companies want to sell platforms rather than individual products.

"While platforms can offer a lot to consumers in terms of hassle-free extra features, it’s fairly obvious from the way in which Nvidia is spawning SLI spin-off products that there’s a pretty big bonus in it for the company. Why sell a customer one product when you can sell them a whole trolley-load?"

It’s online here.

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