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Find out what's inside the latest issue of Shopper, where we've tested hundreds of components to help you build the perfect PC
One of the great joys of desktop PCs is that you can build one yourself from its component parts. PC components are all based on standards; standard sizes, standard interfaces and standard power requirements, so you can mix and match parts from all kinds of different manufacturers to get just the kind of PC you want at the right price for you.
This month, we've reviewed all the parts you need to build a desktop PC. From powerful Intel and great-value AMD processors, to full-size and compact motherboards, to powerful graphics cards to help you play the latest games and beautifully-made cases to hold all these bits together, we've got you covered. If you follow our advice, and that of the Build a PC feature coming in next month's issue, you'll be able to put a professional build together for just £229.
If that sounds a bit expensive, we've got some good news. The new Raspberry Pi 2 is a massive upgrade on the previous model, with a quad-core processor and double the RAM. It's so much quicker, in fact, that it's now a proper computer instead of simply a tool for embedded applications or educational use. What's more, when Windows 10 comes out you'll be able to install it on the Pi for free.
Hollywood may make it look like the preserve of the solitary genius, but computer hacking can actually be remarkably, and worryingly, simple. As the best way to protect yourself from hackers is to know your enemy, our complete guide to hacking will show you how to hack systems and, by extension, protect yourself from those who would do you harm. Pull on your white hat and get ready to hack with this month's Computer Shopper.
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