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  1. BoB

    New Computer Wishlist

    Ive got I7 and it's very nice indeed. It's my GPU (I think Raedon 4850 but could be totally wrong) that slows it down.
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    Dangerous Driving

    Why fine anti-social behaviour when most people don't pay the fines, when you can fine the middle classes and get £60 a pop?
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    U21 Eurocup Final Germany - England 4-0!

    My first read in probably a year.... Baaaaaaah HUMBUG!
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    Empire Total War - Demo

    I want this game so badly that its the only one i've ever pre-ordered. I even bought my new PC largely to play this game. However, after such an investment I refuse to install shit like Steam on here, so I've got to wait for the real game to play it ¬¬.
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    Funny Pics Thread 33 1/3

    Hahahahaha that's brilliant. I logged back in just to say so!
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    Blowout Pc

    Sorry to do this, but I don't suppose anyone could have a look and see what I could get for circa £700? I'm struggling to figure out if any of the components i've looked at are compatible or not. I'm also just looking on Dabs atm, are there other sites I could look at? So far: £1,059 on Dabs just for: Dabs Value BLACK WIZARD CASE 600W +25CM LED FAN SIDE PANEL - £42 Intel Nehalem i7 920 S1366 2.66GHz - LGA1366 Socket - £233 XFX GF GTX 260 Black Edition DDR3 PCIE 2XDVI 666/2.3GHz - INCLUDES FARCRY 2 - DDR3 - £253 MOBO - Gigabyte S1366 Intel X58 DDR3 ATX Audio 2GbE Lan 3 Channel - £221 Corsair Memory 4GB (2X2GB KIT) DDR3 1600MHZ 240PIN UNBUFFERED - £125 Sony 20X DVD+/-RW/12XRAM IDE black black with additional silver bezel - £19 Western Digital Caviar 500GB S300 16mb 7200rpm - £49 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM - £86 Pinnacle Systems PCTV DVB-T Stick Nano - USB - £31 Seems Waayyyyyy expensive, especially given that its not got a monitor or keyboard/mouse/speakers yet. I'm tempted to try that Dell one again on a different card.
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    Blowout Pc

    Haha, I don't ever see myself buying a Mac. Well, due to the credit card company blocking the transaction (apparently there's been a HUGE spate of fraudulent purchases from Dell recently using stolen credit card details) so the order's been cancelled. Maybe I will look into buying the parts and making it myself.
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    Iraq's New Toys

    How does that 60% stand into the conversation in any way? e.g. 60% of death is still death. 60% of a billion dollars is still a helluva lot of money. Potency doesn't matter; the final effect matters (i.e. potency x amount). Same thing for the lead vs DU argument. In Desert Storm the A-10s used DU rounds didn't they? Not exactly one-shot one-hit weapons.
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    Blowout Pc

    Building my own is a no-go. I have zero idea on it, and tbh the time and risk wouldn't be worth it. This Dell rig was only a bit more than the PCSpecialist one, but comes with a £150++ monitor, and a warranty for a year. It also has Intel i7 2.6GHz rather than AMD Phenom quad 2.6, and faster RAM (DDR3 against DDR2). The reason I didn't use a similar site was down to the negligible lower prices (~£100, some were actually more expensive) and the fact that I read numerous reviews online complaining about non-existent customer service, PCs being delievered with parts still loose etc etc. Given that I had to buy my own, this is the best and safest deal I found. Interesting fact regarding pricing - on ALL of the sites where you can make selections/modifications.... the final price for an identical rig is influenced by where you start from. I.e. if you start from a top-spec PC and work down it can come out up to £50 more for the same specs as starting at a mid-spec and bolstering it up.
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    Blowout Pc

    Thanks for all the advice, it's much appreciated. I thought I'd better announce how I got on: I was near to pulling the trigger on a £950 (excl monitor) PCSpecialist one, but then I read some online reviews and thought again (complaints about problems right out of the box, poor service etc). There must have been some mistake, so I just jumped and ordered this Dell PC I customised after finding it this evening: Base Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 920 (2.66GHz, 8MB cache, 4.8GT/sec) Memory 4096MB (4x1024) 1067MHz DDR3 Tri Channel Keyboard Dell Multimedia USB Keyboard Black - UK Monitor 23in S2309W WIDESCREEN UK Black (1920 x 1080) Video Card 512MB ATI® Radeon® 4850 Graphics card Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA (7200RPM) Hard Drive Floppy Drives and Additional Storage Devices 19-in-1 Media Card Reader Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 64Bit - English Mouse Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse - Full Speed USB, adjustable sensitivity, onboard weight tuning Optical Devices 16X DVD+/- RW Optical Drive (DVD & CD read and write) Sound Cards Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital Audio Speakers No Speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system) Wireless Networking Internal Enhanced Wireless 802.11n PCIe Card - Europe Shipping Documents English Documentation with UK/IRL Power Cord Gedis Bundle Reference D12SX03 Standard Warranty 1Yr XPS Premium Warranty Support - Priority Call In and Onsite Support Enhanced Service Packs 1Yr XPS Premium Warranty Support - Priority Call In and Onsite Support Order Information XPS Desktop 430 Order - UK Gift Promotion Free Gift Promotion - Creative Vado 2GB Silver Pocket Camera Dell System Media Kit Resource DVD - (Diagnostics & Drivers) Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Support Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 9 - English Protect your new PC McAfee® Security Centre - 36 Month Protection - English Total excl. VAT VAT Rate VAT Total incl. VAT Sub-total(s): £ 844.58 15.00% £ 126.69 £ 971.27 Delivery Charge: £ 17.02 15.00% £ 2.55 £ 19.57 Total Price: £ 861.60 £ 129.24 £ 990.84 As I see it the only weak-link is the GPU, and it was the top out of the options I could use when customising it. I need to buy some EHD storage, and some cheap speakers for it too perhaps, but otherwise it's good to go. I had a look at the screen specs - it's full HD, 1920x1080 :)
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    Left 4 Dead

    I did that for Rome TW back in first year of uni. Totally worth it. First year (I guess you are?) counts for bugger all here, and its easy compared to what comes later.
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    American Presidential Elections

    I'm surprised just how bad layoffs are getting here, having been down on the economy for a year I thought it'd be fairly restricted - everyone is cutting jobs. Friends have already been made redundant, with my company (large accounting firm) laying off numerous staff. Luckily my department should avoid very much of it, unless the clients actually go under (as some already have) and they need to scale down rather than the usual cost-cutting.
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    Blowout Pc

    Cool, thanks. How important is the cache on the CPU? Looks like a choice between the slower Intel® Core™2 Quad Q8200 (4 X 2.33GHz) 1333MHz FSB/4MB Cache, and the low-cache AMD PHENOM™ X4 9950 (2.6GHz) 4 x 512K L2 Cache (Socket AM2+). Also, how do I find out about the Mobo being able to harness Quad-core?
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    Blowout Pc

    Well, I've decided to be a bit less insane and get a Very Good PC rather than top-of-the-line, so that I can replace it in 3 years rather than getting a slightly better one but paying 40% more. The base I'm working off now is this: http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/index.php?pa...;spec=gaming600 Processor (CPU) AMD PHENOM™ X4 9950 (2.6GHz) 4 x 512K L2 Cache (Socket AM2+) Memory (RAM) 4GB CORSAIR XMS2 800MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (2x2GB) Motherboard ASUS® M3N72-D: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA II, 2 x PCI-Ex, 2 x PCI Graphics Card 512MB GEFORCE 9800GT PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT That's £637, but with the extras I want £805. (TV card, cooling, wireless card, Kapersky, speakers and keyboard/mouse). I'm more after something that can power through Football Manager, Empire Total War etc rather than FPSes, though I will get at least one. One question i've got - for games, say old ones like Hearts of Iron 2... will the 64bit Vista route the CPU load through the 4 cores to help it, or does the game have to be coded to use multiple processors? So here's how I the options for souping it up; 1) making it 8gb of RAM adds £40. 2) Making the Mobo ASUS® M3N-HT DELUXE: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA II, 3 x PCI-Ex, 2 x PCI adds £26. 3) Making the Graphics card CTX260 = +£140. Making it 1024MB GEFORCE 9800GT PCI Express = +£31. Making it 512MB GEFORCE 9800GTX+ PCI Express = +£39. Making it 768MB GEFORCE 9600GSO PCI Express SAVES £22. 4) Dual GPUs? DUAL 768MB GEFORCE 9600GSO PCI Express adds £44. Dual 512MB GEFORCE 9600GT PCI Express = +£48. Dual 512MB GEFORCE 9800GT PCI Express = +£86 As it stands I'm falling for the dual- 768MB 9600GSOs, and the RAM. Will the Mobo make any difference other than the extra slot? The Crossfire Mobo was way expensive.
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    Bear Stearns

    Wouldnt you have to sell it before you bought it to allow for inflation losses? xD