Top rated PC components: August 2011

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These are the top rated PC components we've reviewed in the year leading up to August 2011.

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WoW Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse
5.00

1. WoW Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse

If you are a serious, dedicated WoW gamer, you probably already own a specialised mouse; after all, a regular boring mouse just doesn't offer enough features to help you maximize your time in Azeroth. But if you're still resting your ...
Review Date: 4th Feb., 2011
RRP: $ 141.00
Radeon HD 6990
4.50

2. AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics card

AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 is the world's fastest single graphics card. But with massive power comes a massive price tag.
Review Date: 9th March, 2011
RRP: $ 699.00
Starcraft II Spectre Gaming Mouse
4.50

3. Razer Starcraft II Spectre Gaming Mouse

The Razer Starcraft II Spectre Gaming Mouse is a nearly perfect StarCraft II gaming mouse. The design's austere but attractive, the response feels tight out of the box and offers dozens of customisation parameters, and the best part of the ...
Review Date: 1st Jan., 2011
RRP: $ 119.95
Arc Touch
4.50

4. Microsoft Arc Touch mouse

Portable, practical, good at its job and more desirable than a PC peripheral has any right to be, Microsoft's Arc Touch is a superb wireless mouse. Yes, it's expensive - not to mention a little unconventional for some tastes. But ...
Review Date: 5th Nov., 2010
RRP: $ 99.95
Radeon HD 6950
4.25

5. AMD Radeon HD 6950 graphics card

The AMD Radeon HD 6950 is an excellent graphics card for gamers and overclocking enthusiasts; especially if you're on a budget. It offers plenty of upgrade incentives for the asking price. Highly recommended.
Review Date: 14th Jan., 2011
RRP: $ 339.00
Radeon HD 6850
4.25

6. AMD Radeon HD 6850 graphics card

The AMD Radeon HD 6850 graphics card is a worthy successor to the HD 5850. It performed superbly in our benchmarks, with results often matching its technically superior predecessors. Throw 3D gaming into the mix and you have a great ...
Review Date: 27th Oct., 2010
RRP: $ 259.00
Radeon HD 6870
4.25

7. AMD Radeon HD 6870 graphics card

The AMD HD 6870 is a worthy successor to the Radeon HD 5850. It offers a superior gaming performance, comparable power efficiency, and a lower price tag to boot.
Review Date: 23rd Oct., 2010
RRP: $ 239.00
Radeon HD 6670
4.00

8. AMD Radeon HD 6670 graphics card

The AMD Radeon HD 6670 is a good low-cost graphics card for anyone who wants to upgrade from integrated graphics and give their PC the ability to run the latest games. It can run most games smoothly at Full HD ...
Review Date: 17th May, 2011
RRP: $ 112.00
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
4.00

9. Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card makes a strong push for the midrange graphics card crown, but savvy shoppers have a few options before them.
Review Date: 26th Jan., 2011
RRP: TBA
GeForce GTX 580
4.00

10. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 graphics card

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 580 takes the "World's Fastest" crown, sliding ahead of tough competition and -- perhaps more importantly -- revamping their Fermi GPU architecture.
Review Date: 10th Nov., 2010
RRP: TBA
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I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

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As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

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I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

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Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

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