With more capabilities than the Core i5 and Core i3 CPUs, Intel’s Core i7 CPU is proving popular among gamers, but, why should you choose an Intel Core i7 PC?
Number Of Cores and Threads
As you would expect, the Core i7 has more cores than its predecessors, ranging from four to eight cores. The more cores there are, the more data the CPU can handle, and therefore, the more tasks or threads your PC can work on simultaneously.
With the Core i3 and i5, only one thread could be served for one core. However, Core i7 processors support Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology, enabling each core to serve multiple threads. So, a standard four core i7 processor could run eight threads simultaneously.
The Core i7’s increase in cores and threads is key for the avid gamer looking to complete multiple tasks quickly and simultaneously.
When you use the same data continuously, your CPU stores this data in its cache to help improve the speed at which it can complete tasks. The Core i7 features 8MB of cache, setting it apart from the the Core i3 and Core i5 which have 3-4MB and 4-6MB respectively. Again, this is ideal for PC users looking to complete repetitive tasks faster.
Although the Core i3 appears to have a faster clock speed than both the Core i5 and Core i7, the Core i7 and i5 both benefit from Intel’s Turbo Boost technology. Turbo Boost increases the clock speed of CPUs when you need more power. This dynamic feature means that your CPU can draw less power, and usually produce less heat, by only running at a high speed when it needs to. So, although the Core i3’s base clock speed may appear higher, the Core i7 actually outperforms it once Turbo Boost is taken into account.
Overall Intel’s Core i7 CPU enables you to do more simultaneously in less time, making it ideal for high-end gaming and multimedia tasks. Expertec stock a great range of i7 Gaming PC’s, starting from just £509.96. So, what are you waiting for? Shop online today for a great gaming experience.
Whether you’re using your PC for work or gaming, it can attract a surprising amount of dust and dirt that can cause your PC to overheat, run inefficiently, loosen components and break down thermal paste. Cleaning your PC can be a daunting task and could damage your PC if not done with care. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips to help you safely and quickly clean your PC so you can get back to gaming!
Even a small amount of dust on your fan filters can result in higher temperatures and a reduced component life. In time, this can also cause negative air pressure, meaning your PC’s fans suck air into your case through any open crevice further damaging components and reducing life span.
To prevent this simply lightly vacuum the dust and debris from fan filters and any other vents.
This is the area you’re most likely to notice dust and debris, and therefore the area you’re likely to clean on a more regular basis. Gently wiping down external PC surfaces with a lightly dampened cloth is enough to clean most PC’s of dust and dirt.
Be careful not to use a high-chemical cleaning product to avoid staining your PC and refrain from spraying any liquid cleaner directly onto your PC as this could clog your PC system.
Inside Your PC
Although your filters will most likely block most dust and debris, some can reach the inside of your PC. To remove this dust, you can again lightly vacuum. However, be gentle and use a low power setting taking care not to dislodge, and lose, any small parts.
If dust remains after a light vacuum, you could use canned air to dislodge any stubborn dust, use a small brush to manually remove it, again taking car with delicate parts, and finally use a microfiber cloth to remove any flyaway small fibres or stubborn grime.
Top Tip: Try to shoot the canned air in the opposite direction to the fan’s airflow to avoid dust spreading cross your PC and into vital components.
Cards and Cables
Removing, quickly cleaning and re-inserting your PC’s cards and cables is a great way to avoid the build up of dust in any ports and prevent cards from dislodging over time.
Although cleaning your PC may be the last thing on your mind, regular cleaning pays off, helping to optimise cooling, performance and stability so you can keep gaming for longer!
The TMP30 Thunder X3 Mouse Pad is designed for PC gamers that seek control over speed, meaning that you can play at your own pace and feel the mouse move. With a 4mm thick, anti-slip rubber and a rough, resistant surface, the TMP30 enables precise, minute and anti-slip movement, ensures the pad stays where it should during intense game situations and is designed for precision and tracking quality for both optical and laser mice. This is a great low-budget mouse pad for gamers who never want to miss a shot!
Our lowest priced mouse at £19.99, the TM10 Thunder X3 Mouse is a six-button, ergonomic mouse with grey segments and futuristic LED lights in the body. The grey scroll-wheel is made for extensive scrolling, while the DPI resolution can be easily adapted from 1000 up to 3000, so, whether you need to throw a grenade, take the perfect shot or zoom in on the battlefield, this mouse is made for intense gaming! In addition, the tangle-free cable wrapped in silicon helps to prevent wear and tear, while the Teflon feet help the mouse to glide across surfaces, preventing scratches, and, with a spare set of Teflon feet included, this mouse is definitely value for your money!
After testing the contour and touch of market-leading mice, we have designed the shape of the Thunder X3 TM10 to fit in your hand comfortably. This, combined with the Omron mechanical switches, slip-proof silicon sides and precisely located side buttons, enables a comfortable and convenient gaming experience, making it ideal for gaming marathons!
The Thunder X3 TM50 Gaming Mouse 16000 DPI, features the Omron mechanical switches, slip-proof silicon sides and precisely located side buttons of the TM10 but also features an aluminium base at the bottom of the mouse to act as a counter-weight and an AVAGO 3310 sensor that is capable of high-speed motion detection and acceleration to provide optimum gaming performance. As well as the Teflon Feet, this mouse features a gold-plated USB connector to ensure the connector will be corrosion-free and maintain a high quality of data transmission. This, combined with the customised backlight adds to the TM50’s slick design that is bound to perfect any gaming setup. The four DPI settings of 1500, 3000, 6000 and 10000 ensure that all movements are lag free and incredibly accurate, while the downloadable software available allows you to program macros, customise buttons and save up to three different profiles, perfect for the seasoned gamer.
A higher budget model, the Thunder X3 TM60 Gaming Mouse 16000 DPI, features the Omron mechanical switches, slip-proof silicon sides and the precisely located side buttons of the TM10 and TM50 Thunder X3 Mouse. It also includes an aluminium base at the bottom of the mouse to act as a counter-weight, an interchangeable panel included to switch to the slip-proof surface or utilize the ring finger rest and a wider scroller wheel to prevent discomfort, making it the perfect mouse to enhance manoeuvrability and comfort during intense sessions. As well as the Teflon Feet, this mouse, like the TM60 features a gold-plated USB connector to ensure the connector will be corrosion-free and maintain the quality of data transmission. This also hides all wires to combine with the customised backlight to contribute to the aesthetics of this accessory. The four DPI settings of 1000, 3000, 5000 and 16000 ensure that all movements are lag free and incredibly accurate while the 9800 sensor provides enhanced features to achieve an optimum performance while gaming!
Our lowest priced keyboard, the Thunder X3 TK15 Gaming LED Keyboard has a high-quality, soft touch membrane and can reach up to 20 million keystrokes to deliver a high-speed, precise performance on a budget. Meanwhile, the keyboard’s 19-key press anti-ghosting ability means you can perform multiple actions simultaneously, essential when playing the latest, fast paced games. The splash-proof design enables water to seep out of the interior without damaging the electronics, while the wrist wrest area is designed with a subtle texture to help prevent repetitive stress injuries, so both you and your keyboard are ready for gaming marathons!
The TK25 definitely looks the part with Blue, Red and Purple LED colours to choose from, and, it certainly lives up to its High-Tec appearance, with a 1000Hz polling rate, the highest possible on keyboards, allowing for a 1 millisecond conversation between the PC and the keyboard, ensuring your keystrokes never lag. This, combined with a 26-key-press anti-ghosting ability, reliable membrane Keyboard, capacity to save up to three profiles and additional macro keys within quick reach, this keyboard brings all commands close to hand to deliver precision, speed and performance. The splash-proof design enables water to seep out of the interior without damaging the electronics, while the wrist wrest area is designed with a subtle texture to help prevent repetitive stress injuries, so both you and your keyboard are ready for gaming marathons!
The most expensive keyboard in our range, the Thunder X3 TK50 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has a beautifully crafted, brushed aluminium top-casing and blue LED lighting with 12 different modes and styles available. The TK50’s technical specification matches its sleek appearance thanks to its 25-key press anti-ghosting ability and a 1000Hz polling rate to provide 1 millisecond communications between the PC and the keyboard eliminating keystroke lags. The splash-proof design enables water to seep out of the interior without damaging the electronics while the wrist wrest area is designed with a subtle texture to help prevent repetitive stress injuries, so both you and your keyboard are ready for gaming marathons!
The Ajudication & Kill Gaming Mouse, Keyboard & Mouse Pad Gaming Combo is a great way to get all of your essential gaming accessories on a budget! However, you’ll still be getting high-tech equipment with an ergonomic design.
The keyboard comes with six extra multimedia keys, a lockable win key and a large palm rest for your hand allowing you to keep playing for longer! The key cap is made using ABS+PC material to give you superior strength and flexibility when playing. Meanwhile, the mouse is equipped with seven LED colours, four resolution levels, varying from 800 to 2000 and exclusive multimedia seven function mouse keys to make your work and gaming, stylish and more convenient! The rubber mouse mat with a no noise, slip resistant design keeps the mouse where it should be for accurate gaming!
Available in black and white with a range of optional LED backlight colours, the Befire Keyboard and Mouse combo is guaranteed to compliment any style of Gaming PC. The mouse is equipped with 4 resolution levels, 800, 1200, 1600 and 2000, and exclusive multimedia seven function keys to make both gaming and work more convenient. Meanwhile, the keyboard is made from ABS+PC material and features multimedia capabilities and a lockable win key to provide both strength, durability and flexibility.
With all these gaming keyboards, mice and combos to choose from, your gaming set up will be complete in no time, enabling you to have the best gaming experience without breaking the bank.
Put simply, your graphics card is like the heart of your PC, pumping pixels from your tower onto your screen, so, if your graphics card isn’t quite up to speed your whole PC and gaming experience is going to be affected. But, what should you really be looking for in a graphics card?
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Type
Graphics cards have a dedicated video memory and a graphics processing unit (GPU) which can handle any number of different calculations like lighting surfaces and mapping textures whilst producing millions of polygons.
Most graphics cards use AMD, Intel or NVidia, all of which perform well. However, matching your GPU with your processor or chipset is ideal for maximum compatibility. So, an AMD CPU pairs perfectly with an AMD graphics card, while a NVidia chipset works best with a NVidia graphics card over AMD or Intel.
GPU Clock Speed
On average, the higher the number, the faster the GPU, which is exactly what you want when playing high-speed, first person shooter games. However, other factors will also play a factor in the speed of your Graphics Card, so it’s worth considering the specification as a whole, not in isolation.
Measured in gigabytes per second, Memory Bandwidth is the speed of your RAM. More memory bandwidth means you can draw faster and higher quality images.
Memory bandwidth is calculated by the memory clock, type and width. The most common memory type is DDR, Double Data Rate, which essentially transfers two memory values for each memory clock cycle.
Again, memory bandwidth, although important, is best combined with other features to get the best performance graphics card.
NVidia CUDA Cores and AMD Shaders
Although NVidia’s Cores and AMD’s Shader have different names, these respective technologies essentially work out how to shade 3D objects and how to show light affecting them so that images look as realistic as possible on screen.
In gaming especially, the more CUDA cores or Shaders the better, given the importance of graphics and Frames Per Second (FPS).
As graphics cards slot into the motherboard’s PCI Express (PCIe) slots, it is vital to check there are slots available on your motherboard and that they support the maximum PCIe version and card width.
It is also advisable to check your power supply connector, card dimensions and resolutions supported, number of monitors that can be plugged in and the port, either HDMI or DVI, on the card itself.
Expertec’s PC’s come with the latest graphics cards installed and we also sell a great range of graphics cards so you can have the best gaming experience!