Get the new-look Custom PC magazine for free!

After buying top PC hobbyist mag Custom PC earlier this year, we’ve buffed it to a shine and we’re now ready to share our slightly tweaked formula with you.

We’re offering 5000 free copies of Issue 190 of Custom PC

Raspberry Pi and Custom PC

“We’ve been fans of Custom PC for a long time, so when the opportunity arose to add it to the Raspberry Pi Press stable, we couldn’t resist,” says Raspberry Pi co-founder and Raspberry Pi Trading CEO, Eben Upton.

“You’ll already have seen some of the investments we’ve made in the title, from higher-quality paper to more (and more technical) feature content, and this redesign is the next step in that process. This is the Custom PC that we always wanted to see and that our shared communities deserve.”

“We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback, and to many more years of hacking, modding, and learning. The engineering skills you learn as you work through the trade-offs of building a custom gaming rig on a budget are every bit as valuable as those you learn from building a robot or writing a computer game on a Raspberry Pi.”

Get the relaunch issue for free

The first issue with our new-look design is now on sale at all good newsagents, and the Raspberry Pi Store, Cambridge. With a dash of electric pink and a lovely spot-gloss finish, it will be easy to spot on the shelf. What’s more, you can try it out for free! We’re giving away 5000 copies to the first people who take advantage of this offer. Postage is free in the UK and heavily subsidised overseas.

Custom PC has regularly featured computer hobbyist content

Custom PC issue 190

Custom PC is all about making the computer that you want, and issue 190’s lead cover feature is a great example, showing you how to turn a standard PC into a lavish system with your own personal stamp. We take you through the whole process of building a dream PC, from the initial inspiration, through to design, planning, and cooling considerations, and then onto painting and cutting.

Also in this issue:

  • Monitors with FreeSync and G-Sync
  • How to cut air vents
  • How LCD monitors work
  • £200–£300 graphics cards group test

The latest issue’s lead cover feature is all about turning a standard PC into something really special

We hope you enjoy reading the new-look Custom PC as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. And while we were at it, we’ve also launched a new Custom PC website. If you’re interested in the wonderful world of PC building, overclocking, modding, and gaming, then visit the site to order your free copy now!


Norman Dunbar avatar

Nice to see a publisher picking up magazines. Every other one seems to be dropping them. Sadly.

Good luck.


Peter Felgate avatar

Am I alone in being unhappy that this is taking the foundation in totally the wrong direction? Surely it should be concentrating on Pi and education related matters rather than general purpose computing?

Steve avatar

Yes you are. The Pi foundation has been given a bunch of copies of a magazine that is aimed at the high end (who pick up hard copies) that features a Pi and one of the many hundreds of applications it can be used for.
It’s a perfect advertisement into the “#pcmasterrace who may not have picked a Pi up yet but may be enough to ignite something.
It’s really not a bad thing.

Harry Hardjono avatar

Presumably Raspbian will run on these highfalutin machines. ITMT, I’m still trying to maximize $10 Raspi ZeroW.

StarMariner avatar

I am glad the foundation is taking this step. When I was a child we had Zx81’s then the PC 286sx came out which AMiga couldnt match ,raspberry pis have exceed these. So being able to look at other computer architectures by building your own computers is the best way to learn the technology and become a future engineer. When you realize memory DDR1 does not go with DDR4 or compatable with certain processors or chipsets and your processor has a fault which the manufacturer didnt find ect.. then you use your ingenuity to solve those problems and make a general purpose computer that is uniquely yours. Maybe one day a raspberry x86 pc will come out or an ARM based powered desktop computer. Knowing multiple archictecures is a must for tomorrows data-centres which do use ARM and x86 on the same board.
I look forward to see the issue, but please have articles , alot of paper magazines seem to just have adverts and nothing new. THANKS ! :)

Peter Jones avatar

The Raspberry Pi foundation do seem to being going against the general move away from printed magazines. However if they can make a go of it and maintain circulation then good luck to them.

After loosing Linux User & Developer as well as Linux Voice it would be lovely to have a general purpose UK produced Linux magazine to give an alternative to the likes of Linux Format. I believe you have some of the team involved in Linux Voice on the HackSpace team.

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