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UK’s Most Awarded PC Manufacturer

As one of the top manufacturers of UK gaming computers, Chillblast is no stranger to winning awards. In fact, we’ve taken first place in the PC Pro Excellence Awards (previously known as the ‘Reliability and Service Awards’) a record ten times. We’ve also been named ‘Desktop Retailer of the Year’ by PC Advisor for four consecutive years.

But doesn’t mean competition wasn’t intense. Chillblast was up against some of the biggest names in the industry, including Apple, Dell, PC Specialist and Scan. In the most recent round of awards (2018), Chillblast took first place with an astounding 97% customer satisfaction rating.

The secret to our consistently high rankings and stellar customer-satisfaction ratings is simple. You see, from the time that you enquire about a Chillblast gaming computer to the moment it’s delivered, you’ll be dealing with representatives who really understand your needs. That’s because Chillblast only employs PC experts – even for customer service positions.

When you call in, you’ll rarely have to wait before speaking to a representative. And we also check our email regularly in order to offer prompt call-backs. The result is a seamless service model in which you’re kept in the loop and confident that the representative you’re dealing with understands your technical needs and expectations.

Rated ‘Excellent’ by our customers! Based on 4384 reviews
5 Year Warranty (Terms & Conditions Apply)

Given the fact that we manufacturer some of the best gaming desktops currently available, it should come as no surprise that we’re willing to stand beside our craftsmanship. Chillblast’s industry-leading warranty offers two phases of protection.

Our standard warranty begins with a two-year collect-and-return package, during which time we offer local-rate telephone support and unlimited repairs. We’ll both collect and return your custom pc at no charge. This applies to all models – whether you purchased a cheap gaming desktop or an ultra-high-spec custom built PC.

But we don’t stop there. Chillblast also offers an additional three years of warranty coverage after your collect-and-return package expires. During those three years, we’ll continue to provide labour-only support.

We believe this is one of the best warranties available from any custom PC builder in the UK. And if you’re looking for additional peace of mind, we also offer a 3 Year Gold Collect-and-Return Warranty as a potential add-on for desktop PCs specifically.

Buy a gaming desktop or custom build PC from Chillblast, and the benefits continue long after that initial five-year period. Even out of warranty, Chillblast is delighted to offer customers exclusive upgrades and repair services with discounted parts and subsidised collection, delivery and labour charges.

The full terms and conditions of our warranty can be found here.

Your RGB Dream and How to Achieve It - Our Guide to Choosing the Right RGB Gaming Components

30/03/2020

Whether you like your PC to look like a rainbow unicorn or prefer something a little more subtle, there are many ways in which RGB lighting can augment your PC. From flashing cascades of colour, to nuanced pulses of muted tones, RGB lighting is a major component in any PC build where you care about the looks.

But when it comes to picking the right RGB gaming components, the choices can be overwhelming. Do you opt for RGB fans alone, or also use RGB strips? Are after market coolers with built-in RGB LEDs better, or should you choose components with lighting built in from the start? Do you need a hardware controller for it all?

These are all questions worth asking and answering and we're here to help.

Product photo of the Chillblast Fusion Ripper Render RTX 5000 Workstation with its multitude of RGB components lit up.

Plan your lighting

Before you buy anything, the most important step you need to take is to plan out what you want your PC's lighting to look like. That will give you an idea of the kind of components you need, and how much time and money you'll need to invest to get the system you want. There's no point in buying needless additional fans or RGB controllers, if you don't really need them for what you want to design.

Likewise, you don't want to be buying RGB fans and then putting them behind radiators, nor buying a fancy RGB lighting kit and realising your case doesn't have the necessary glass or plastic side panel to show it all off

Whether you draw a detailed diagram or just make some notes in your head, there are several important factors to consider:

  • Does your case support the kind of lighting configuration you want? Plan around where your case will let your lighting shine through.
  • Do you want the lighting to be focused around the coolers and fans, or more dispersed throughout your PC? The former will mean using predominantly RGB fans, while the latter is better served by LED strips.
  • How much control do you want? If you are happy with the default configuration for your fans or don't feel like you'll want to change your lighting after it's been installed, you can probably do without a control hub. If you want to make your lighting adjustments regularly or in a more nuanced fashion, a controller of some sort will be a good idea.

Whatever lighting configuration you opt for, give Chillblast a call and we can offer advice and guidance, as well as explain all of the lighting options we offer with our configurable gaming PCs.

Consider Corsair iCUE

If you like the idea of controlling the LEDs in your system for the best look, no matter what you're doing, Corsair's iCUE is a fantastic platform to consider adopting. There are hardware controllers like the Lighting Node Pro and Commander Pro, which let you hook up your LEDs and fans directly to a hardware control box, while the software backend gives you the actual control over your various RGB hardware.

You do need to have compatible RGB components in order to best take advantage of this, though generic RGB LED strips and fans will still be controllable to some extent with the hardware control hubs – just not so much in the iCUE software. But there are a wide range of supporting components to pick from.

Corsair's iCUE is supported by Corsair's keyboards, both mechanical and membrane, as well as its RGB-equipped mouse maps and mice, like the M800 RGB Polaris and Harpoon RGB Pro, among many others.

There's even an RGB headset stand that you can link up with all of your other RGB products under the iCUE banner.

Inside PCs there are Corsair AIO coolers and cooling fans, all with RGB and iCUE support, as well as power supplies, and even RGB memory modules

But you aren't just limited to Corsair products with iCUE...

Infographic highlighting both the internal and external compatible Corsair peripherals and components that can utilise the iCUE software.

Aura Sync support

Another popular lighting system is Asus' Aura Sync. In a similar manner to Corsair's iCUE, it gives you complete control over the lighting on your internal components and peripherals, with custom animations, synchronized lighting, smart triggers that change lighting when your in-game health is low, or temperatures rise, and the option of having it all pulse to your music.

That's just the tip of the lighting iceberg, and with a wide range of compatible products, it's worth considering Asus' lighting system... but it's also worth considering Corsair's iCUE with Aura Sync, because iCUE has full support for all of Asus' Aura lighting products.

Announced during CES 2020, Corsair's iCUE support for Aura Sync was a slow progression at first, but gradually ramped up to offer full support for Asus' RGB products through its iCUE software. You do need a few things to make it work, namely an Aura Sync Compatible motherboard, and both the latest iCUE and Aura software, but with all of that installed, you should be able to enjoy the lighting of both Asus and Corsair products, all controlled through a singular interface.

Follow along with Corsair's handy guide, if you want some help getting things set up:

With Corsair iCUE with Aura Sync support, you can now control all of your peripherals, and Corsair products, alongside your Asus Aura motherboard. That makes it easier than ever to unify lighting profiles, effects, and even have different aspects dynamically react to the changing state of your PC's temperatures, or what you're doing in various supporting games.

Corsair plans to better integrate third party lighting systems in the future, expanding beyond Asus' own efforts to other manufacturers and component makers. It hasn't made any firm announcements just yet, but we look forward to seeing who Corsair plans to work with next.

It works both ways

Amidst all the hype for Corsair's iCUE and Asus' Aura Sync integration, it is important to remember that there was support for Corsair RGB components in Aura Sync first. Corsair even released a handy guide for how to set it up.

All you need are a compatible Aura motherboard and one of Corsair's various RGB memory kits. Together, they can be controlled right through Aura Sync. Or now, through iCUE, depending on your preference.

With Corsair moving to integrate other lighting systems under its iCUE banner, we may not see it expand support for its RGB components under others in the future, so if you're wondering whether to opt for one or the other, iCUE is probably more future-proof when it comes to integrating Corsair products.

Take control of your lighting

Whether you want your lighting muted and subtle, or a blazing, glorious display of bright light, there are plenty of hardware options for you to pick from. Corsair's iCUE is one of the best ways to control it all though, and with ever expanding support for third-party controllers, hardware, and components, your RGB lighting rig of tomorrow could be the most impressive looking yet, with you controlling how it looks every step of the way.

If you want any help designing, building, or buying your next RGB-lit gaming rig, be sure to give our system building experts a call. They'll be more than happy to dispense advice, or walk you through the process from start to finish.