Maximum PC June 2019

Maximum PC June 2019
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Maximum PC June 2019
US$7.99
Includes Shipping
Maximum PC June 2019
$5.99
Includes Shipping
Maximum PC June 2019
$7.99
Includes Shipping
Published 28th May 

System building is always in a state of flux, and in the last few months, we’ve gone from having no affordable new graphics cards to play with, to having almost too many. Knowing what hardware to focus on is where we come in of course, and whether you’re upgrading an existing machine or building one from scratch, you can rely on us to tell you what really matters.

This issue we show you how to build an affordable kick-ass gaming machine around Nvidia’s latest GeForce 1660 Ti. The machine can game brilliantly, but also turn its hand to more serious endeavors without breaking into a sweat. It’s powerful and puts in a good turn in the value-for-money stakes as well. It’s easy to piece together too, so if you’ve been putting off building your own system, this is a great time to give it a try.

If you’re a fan of older hardware, then the feature starting on retro gaming should be of interest, as it shows you how to recreate some of the machines of your youth using emulation. The likes of the Commodore 64, Atari ST, and consoles from the ’90s can now strut their stuff for your entertainment, and it’s far easier to do now than it was.

One thing that older systems did very well was making the most of the storage they had available, and when you look at the size of Windows 10 with this in mind, Microsoft’s latest OS can appear bloated. The good news is that there are tools that can help you cut a lot of this bloat, and focus on the core functionality of Windows without a lot of the extras that you never use. This issue, we show you how to use these tools to strip out apps you don’t need to create a trimmed, stripped-down install.

Our other big feature this issue looks at the viability of Google’s game streaming service, Stadia. It isn’t the first such service, and it probably won’t be the last, but what hurdles will it have to overcome to stand a chance, is it something that people actually want, and will having Google’s sizable funds behind it mean that it can succeed where so many others have failed? Find out, this issue.