Posts Tagged ‘build’

Competition – Build Your Own

December 10, 2009

Good afternoon all, hope everyone is in the mood to take on a bit of a challenge. We’re running a competition to see who can suggest the most impressive build without going over the €500 mark.

We did make Ryan put together a PC for €500 during the week, and his went very well indeed. So we’ve decided that we’ll see what the rest of you guys can come up with for under the €500 mark and once it’s all done myself, Shelton and Ryan will sit down and look through all of the builds we get and give the one that impresses us the most a bit of a reward in the form of a Gainward GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition.

Anyway, you can check out our post in our forum to see the rules and talk to us about how you’d like to put together your build. We’ll be curious to see the builds that people come up with, so don’t be afraid to be a little outlandish when you’re going for it.

Good luck to everyone who tries, we’re curious to see just how everyone gets on 🙂 Just post your build on the board and we’ll be pleased to chat about it and watch people trash talk one another about their builds 😉

Click through to our forum and enter our competition.

If you already have computer components that you would like to add to your PC, why not register for and bring them along with you to one of our Build your own PC classes and we’d be happy to show you how to do it! Visit for location and dates.


Build Your Own €500 PC

December 9, 2009

One of the things we really enjoy doing for the blog is setting someone a fairly unreasonable budget and then asking them to build a PC with it. It’s something that Ryan has come to see happen a little more often than he’d like really, but since a lot of people had asked what was the cheapest someone could reasonably expect to build a PC for, we decided to see how low we could push our resident Welshman.

This machine was built around one of our upgrade kits, click through to see its product page 🙂

I should probably note here that Ryan did put this build together under duress – we did have to keep telling him to stay under budget, no matter how sensible it seemed to go “just a bit” over the €500 mark. If you find yourself with a little extra, don’t hesitate to use this build as a base and flesh out the bits and pieces you find wanting.

We’ll take it from the top now. The first piece of advice was that you can pick up an Upgrade Kit from us that contains the CPU, motherboard and RAM in one pack, which saves some organisational woes.


How To: Get Your Digital Media to Your TV

October 28, 2009

We get asked a lot about getting digital media from a PC or a piece of large-scale digital storage directly onto a nice, big display. Generally, these questions come from people looking to get their high-definition content onto their HDTV. With that in mind, we’re going to go through a few of the different ways to get some content from your PC to your TV without any big headaches.

We’ll start with dedicated devices and then work from there, but basically there are about three or four fairly easy ways to get your video library from your hard drive to your TV without burning a mountain of DVDs, which is (let’s face it) both awkward and honestly feels a bit transient.

Dedicated Media Player:

The first option, by far the easiest in terms of technical skill needed to get everything together, is to just pick up a dedicated media player. The whole thing needn’t take longer than the time it takes to copy across all of your media, though the down side is that you’ll need to sort yourself out with both a media player and storage (if you go with some of the more popular media players).

Click through to see our page on the WD TV HD Media Player :)

By far the most popular media player we sell is Western Digital’s WD TV HD Media Player. It’s nice and simple, all you need to do is plug it into the display itself (HDMI ports would be ideal), plug in an external drive and you’re ready to go. The WD TV comes highly recommended and very well reviewed. Moreover, we’ve now got the Western Digital TV Mini too, though it outputs at DVD quality rather than in HD.

To quote the folks from TrustedReviews, “… while we’ve come across all sorts of variations on the ‘getting my multimedia stored on my computer to play on my living room TV’ theme, this is the first that has taken such a simple and effective approach”

Of course, you’ll need to grab some extra storage if you pick it up. Normally we recommend that people consider very carefully whether they’ll get the use out of a drive that will have to be plugged into a wall socket, but given the fact that the drive will likely be in near-continuous use in the same place, so it’s nowhere near as big an issue.


First Timers: Build Your Own PC

October 14, 2009

This is a guide specifically for those of you who’ve always wanted to put together your own PC, but never quite had the guts to get moving on it. This is basically a twelve-step guide that should cover just about everything you’ll encounter when you go to put together your own machine.

For the absolute beginner, the reasoning behind building your own machine is the wide range of customisation and upgrade options. You can pick and choose your own parts to ensure that your machine will do exactly what you need it to, without overspending.

We do offer kits, for those who like to go with bundles.

We do offer kits, for those who like to go with bundles.

Everyone wants something a bit different from their PC; big downloaders are going to want as much space as possible, gamers will want heavy-duty video cards. There are people for whom one or the other is enough, and some who’ll want both. You don’t need to go out and buy a “high performance” machine when you could just build a machine that performs where you need it to.

In the long run, you could save yourself a lot of money (unless you end up like those of us who get a bit obsessive about upgrading your machine). This is a simple enough twelve step program, like dealing with addiction, only you end up with a new machine out of the deal. Each step is described in detail, so you shouldn’t need too much else.

You can also read this article on the main page, with some instructive images, here 🙂


Build Your Own – Gaming PC

August 12, 2009

When we asked people what they wanted to see next in our Build Your Own series, one of the responses we got from a surprising number of people was that they’d like to see a Build Your Own Gaming PC article that kept to a reasonable budget.

Building Your Own - Because not all gaming machines need to look like this...

Building Your Own - Because not all gaming machines need to look like this...

With that in mind, I asked Denis from our RMA department what he’d use to build a gaming machine that stayed as close as possible to a €1000 price limit. Actually, I first asked for a €100 limit, which was just confusing, but once we’d hashed out the typos we were ready to go. This is going to be a fairly straightforward article; we’ll list the parts we recommend and give some impression, where necessary, of why we’ve chosen them.

Asus P5Q Deluxe, P45, Socket-775:
Seeing as a system is always built around the mainboard, it’s where I tend to start when I outline a build. Naturally, if you want to deviate from our recommendations (which is where the fun of a DIY machine generally comes from) then you’ll have to make sure it’s compatible with all of the other bits and pieces.


There’s not too much to say about a board on its own, apart from the fact that it’s got support for Crossfire, should you decide to go that route. It can be a bit of a headache to get everything set up and working correctly, but once you have it up and running nicely, a decent Crossfire setup is something you can really take pride in.

You can check out the Asus P5Q Deluxe here. If you hit the page you can see that it’s won a raft of awards and Editor’s Choice picks, which is always good to see 🙂 It’ll set you back €137.50.