Maximum PC Holiday 2019

Maximum PC Holiday 2019
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Maximum PC Holiday 2019
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Maximum PC Holiday 2019
$5.99
Includes Shipping
Maximum PC Holiday 2019
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Includes Shipping
Published 10th December

This month’s cover build is essentially a Dream Machine. It’s beautiful, packed with some of the latest hardware, and is a total monster in terms of performance. Having said that, when it comes to component selection, we’ve kept a close eye on value for money more than our Dream Machine traditionally does, so while, at just over $6,200, it isn’t exactly cheap, it doesn’t cost the sort of money that would normally net you a car or a new room for your house. 

So, no, officially the system we’ve built this issue isn’t actually a Dream Machine, but in terms of performance, it’s very close, and it’s an incredible PC all the same. If you’ve ever wanted to produce the kind of machine that you could show off to your friends and family, this is it. Boasting custom dual water-cooling loops, stunning attention to detail, and a final design that wouldn’t look out of place at most computer fairs, this really is a machine to behold and show off. It isn’t what anyone would really call easy to put together, but with enough patience, money, and our help, you can achieve your own monster PC.

In case you’re wondering, this system uses an AMD CPU, the Ryzen 9 3900X, as we see it as the current pinnacle of consumer desktop processing (at least until the Ryzen 9 3950X drops—at the time of going to press, AMD has just revealed the final details of this chip, along with info about the next-gen Threadrippers, which we’ll cover in more detail next issue). But what of Intel? This month, we take a look at its 10th-generation processors. They’re predominantly laptop focused, but there are some offerings for desktop as well—although, as ever, it isn’t straightforward, and with multiple architectures and production processes in play, it pays to know what you’re paying for before you pull the trigger. 

We talk a lot about managing music and videos here in Maximum PC, but one area that often gets overlooked is audiobooks. This issue, we correct that, with a complete guide to taking control of your audiobooks: pulling your books from various services and saving them locally, and organizing them in a way that makes sense. We also look at other sources for audiobooks, including free options that you may not know about. 

In our tutorial section, you’ll find plenty of helpful advice for doing more with the hardware you already have, kicking off with VirtualBox hints and tips. The rise of Docker may mean that its one-stop containers can be the way to go for specific tasks, but taking complete control of the system for more general use still works in the favor of traditional virtualization, and being a master of that will help you get more things done. This is followed by a tutorial on how to get the most from high-refresh screens, and why just leaving everything at the whim of your graphics driver means that you won’t be getting the best possible experience. 

I hope you enjoy the issue!