• Which Graphics Card Should I Buy?

    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?

    Our great range of Graphics Cards start from £34.99. Our great range of Graphics Cards start from £34.99.

    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.

    Memory Bandwidth

    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!

  • How To Choose The Correct Monitor

    Whether it’s for gaming, entertainment or work, most of us spend hours in front of our computer monitors, so, it’s paramount we choose the right one for us. Our monitors have a range of great features, all suited to different tasks. Here, we take a look at our computer monitors, analysing them by size, panel type, refresh rate and resolution so you can choose the perfect monitor for you.

    AOC E2470SWHE 23.6 Wide TN LED Monitor £111.99 AOC E2470SWHE 23.6 Wide TN LED Monitor £111.99


    Relatively self-explanatory, and one of the first things people will look at. If you use your monitor occasionally for short periods of time and perform largely basic tasks, a small screen is more than adequate, however, for gaming or multi-media tasks, a larger screen is preferable so you can see more and work or play better.

    ASUS VS228DE 21.5 Wide LED Monitor £91.99 ASUS VS228DE 21.5 Wide LED Monitor £91.99

    Refresh Rate:

    For work or basic tasks, a lower refresh rate of 50Hz is fine, but, for avid gamers, a more rapid response rate is preferable, allowing you to maintain a fast pace in first person shooter games.

    Panel Type:

    The two types of LCD display panels are IPS and TN. IPS offers good colour accuracy, an ideal feature for multi-media users. Although lacking the colour accuracy of IPS, TN are considerably cheaper and have a short response time allowing them to refresh quickly. This makes them ideal for high-speed gamers who don’t want anything to slow down their game.

    BENQ GL2250 21.5 Wide LED Monitor £96.99 BENQ GL2250 21.5 Wide LED Monitor £96.99


    Most monitors have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, making them ideal for multipurpose use and sufficient for most users, including gamers. For those predominantly working with pictures and videos a larger screen resolution is recommended.

    AOC E2270SWN 21.5 Wide TN Monitor £87.99 AOC E2270SWN 21.5 Wide TN Monitor £87.99

    Extra Features:

    Depending on your needs or preferences, there are certain features you may also want to look out for. A wall and stand mountable monitor that is adjustable is ideal to create a comfortable, optimised working or gaming environment catered to you. USB hubs and HDMI ports are also a great addition to enhance performance.

    Expertec have a great range of monitors available that are suitable for home, work or gaming. Take a look at our handy comparison table to find the perfect monitor for you.

    monitors table

  • Ryzen vs Intel Processors

    For years, Intel processors have dominated the PC market, but, thanks to AMD’s Ryzen processors, this could be about to change. Here, we consider some of the main benefits and pitfalls of Ryzen in comparison to Intel.

    Cores and Threads

    A thread is a sequence of related instructions, and most modern CPUs can manage two threads per core. The Ryzen 3 1200 starts with four cores and four threads, the Ryzen 5 1600X is a 6-core, 12-thread processor, while the Ryzen 7 series at the top of the scale features 8 cores with 16 threads.

    All of the above Ryzen processors rival the number of threads and cores featured in Intel’s CPU’s, however, Intel have focused on improving the speed of their cores rather than the number.

    So, what does this mean for gamers and PC users?

    Gaming vs Surfing

    Despite having more cores and threads, Intel keep improving the speed of their cores meaning Intel’s CPUs deliver higher frame rates than the new Ryzen processors, and, higher frame rates are currently better for games, meaning Intel’s Core i5 or i7 still dominate the gaming world.

    However, for those looking to game whilst also surfing the web, streaming and creating content, then the new Ryzen processors offer improved performance compared to Intel’s CPUs, meaning the real results are dependent on what you use your PC for, and where you’d like optimum performance and speed.

    Efficiency and Price

    Ryzen CPU’s function with lower power consumption and cooler temperatures, meaning your PC can run more efficiently and economically.

    Adding to this, most Ryzen processors are cheaper than Intel’s alternatives, while Ryzen’s new products have resulted in Intel slashing some of their prices to compete with a more competitive market.

    Whether you prefer Intel or Ryzen, this added competition from Ryzen’s new CPU’s is likely to result in lower prices, new, advanced CPU’s and a more exciting gaming market competing to produce the best hardware to take gamers to another world.

    Ryzen 5 1600X Gaming PC Windows 10 Pro £799.96 Ryzen 5 1600X Gaming PC Windows 10 Pro £799.96

    Interested in Ryzen’s CPU’s? Then take a look at Expertec’s new range of Ryzen Gaming PC’s offering the best technical specifications with 10% off in our January sale!

  • New Year PC Games

    With a new year comes a whole host of new PC games for gamers to look forward to. We’ve put together the PC game releases we’re most looking forward to to bring us out of winter.

    Railway Empire – 26th January

    From the team behind Tropico, Railway Empire is the first railway simulation game to hit PCs since 2006. With railway stations to build, 300 technologies to research and 40 different types of trains to experiment with it seems Railway Empire may have been worth the wait for railway simulation fans.

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance – 13th February

    Deliverance is set to feature ambitious, yet highly realistic, first-person combat, realistic medieval weaponry, that diminishes the stamina of even the strongest players, and new treasure maps and locations in a bid to transport you to the epic adventures of the Holy Roman Empire.

    Dragon Ball: FighterZ – February

    Following on from the highly successful Xenoverse series, Dragon Ball Fighter Z is set to feature classic spectacular fights with all-powerful fighters and maximise high-end Anime graphics. With release date, and final features, being kept secret, FighterZ is bound to be one of the most highly anticipate games of 2018.

    Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom – 23rd March

    Despite the original game not coming to PC, and with this sequel being slightly delayed, Revenant Kingdom is due for PC release in March. Set 100 years after its original but still featuring the same lovable cast, animated world and engaging combat system, Revenant Kingdom is being tipped as one of the best adventure games of the year.

    Far Cry 5 – 27th March

    After a month’s delay, Far Cry 5 is set to be released on 27th March 2018. The first game to be set in the West, Far Cry 5 sees you lead a resistance against a fanatical cult in Montanna using guns, combat, a new character creator feature and the ability to call on allies to help you in battles.

    With a host of new PC games set for release, and 10% off everything in our New Year Sale, now is the perfect time to invest in your gaming pc!

  • New Year, New PC

    New Year, New PC?

    To celebrate our New Year’s sale, which is offering 10% off everything with code NEWPC18, we’ve put together a list of our top PC’s that are sure to start your 2018 off right!

    Ryzen 5 1600X 1050Ti Gaming PC Windows 10 Pro
    The Ryzen 5X PC has a 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen processor and comes complete with a Nvidia GEF GTX 1050Ti graphics card so you can play the latest games in the highest setting. With DDR4 2400 MHZ RAM, 8GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive, 120GB SSD and Windows 10 installed this new Ryzen PC offers the best gaming experience at a great price!

    Ryzen 5 1600X Gaming PC Windows 10 Pro Ryzen 5 1600X Gaming PC Windows 10 Pro £799.96

    6 Core FX Gaming PC with 8GB 1TB + 2GB 1050 Graphics

    Featuring an FX 6300 6 Core 3.5GHZ CPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 OC 2GB GDDR5 WINDFORCE 2X Cooling System Graphics Card, this Gaming PC offers high performance gaming on an affordable budget. Meanwhile, the 8GM DDR3 1600MHZ RAM and Windows 10 Pro software enables smooth and quick performance so you can focus on the next world domination.

    6 Core FX Gaming PC with 8GB 1TB + 2GB 1050 Graphics £424.99 6 Core FX Gaming PC with 8GB 1TB + 2GB 1050 Graphics £424.99

    Quad Core Gaming PC Tower With WIFI & 8GB 1TB HDD + 1GB Graphics

    Built by our experts, the Quad Core Gaming PC Tower is ideal for home, school or work, thanks to its AMD technology, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive that make it an effective, budget PC that is built to last!


    Water Cooled Gaming PC’s

    Our new range of KabyLake Water Cooled Gaming PC’s features a Core i5 and Core i7, so, whatever your gaming needs we have a processor to suit you. With both machines WiFi enabled through a USB dongle, coming with a Nvidia GEF GTX 1050 Ti 4GB graphics card and Windows 10 Pro installed, you can play the latest games in a high setting. Running on DDR4 2400 MHZ RAM with 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive, this machine offers a great gaming experience, while its Volcano case means your gaming setup will definitely look the part!

    Water Cooled Gaming PC's starting from £649.99 Water Cooled Gaming PC's starting from £649.99

    Core i3 8100 Coffee Lake 8th Gen PC 8GB DDR4 1TB Win 10 Pro

    The Core i3 Coffee Lake PC features the latest technology so you can tailor the machine to your specific gaming needs! Meanwhile, the latest Intel CPU, DDR4 2400MHZ RAM, 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive provides the best gaming experience for any gamer!

    Core i3 8100 Coffee Lake 8th Gen PC 8GB DDR4 1TB Win 10 Pro £399.96 Core i3 8100 Coffee Lake 8th Gen PC 8GB DDR4 1TB Win 10 Pro £399.96

    Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 6GB GTX 1060 16GB Windows 10 Pro

    The Core i5 Kaby Lake PC is made for the serious gamer! Using the latest Intel technology, and coming with a Nvidia GEF GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, means you can play the latest games in the highest setting for a great gaming experience. This machine runs on DDR4 2400 MHZ RAM with 16GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive to ensure the fastest speeds and highest frame rates.

    Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 6GB GTX 1060 16GB Windows 10 Pro £799.96 Core i5 7500 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 6GB GTX 1060 16GB Windows 10 Pro £799.96

    With so many great PC’s to choose from, and with 10% off when you use code NEWPC18, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new PC!

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