Posts Tagged ‘case’

Special Offers – Week of January 10th

January 4, 2010

Happy new year everyone, hopefully you’re all as warm and well as we are here, despite the icy conditions surrounding Komplett towers. The big thaw is on, everyone is back to work and with it we’ve got some special offers we thoughts you might be interested in… for the “back to work” vibe.

This week, we’ve got a gorgeous display, a graphics card and a netbook bundle on offer. We won’t stall any longer, here are the products themselves.

Samsung 21.5” LCD Syncmaster 2233SN:

Samsung’s flair for design is something that comes up time and time again when we talk about displays. The fact is that they’re not the cheapest when it comes to hardware, but the kit is well worth the asking price when you factor in how good it looks.

Click through to see our page for the Samsung Syncmaster 2233SN 🙂

Samsung’s Syncmaster 2233SN is a 21.5-inch, widescreen display with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080, which should mean you’re not hampered at all when it comes to viewing high-definition content or playing games. The response time is low at 5ms, so sports fans and gamers should be well catered to.

The case is a glossy black, tapering to a transparent bevel along the bottom of the display, with a nice, slim stand to prop the whole thing up. It’s relatively simple, but gives the whole affair a classy kind of a feel that many other displays don’t quite manage.

Samsung’s Syncmaster 2233SN has been dropped to €144.99 this week, which isn’t a bad old deal at all.

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Court Rules iPods Don’t Deafen

December 31, 2009

Apple has won an appeal to an earlier ruling in its favour against the claim that the its iPod hardware was responsible for hearing loss among those who listen to the device at high volumes.

According to TechRadar, the case was levelled by two claimants who asserted that the iPod line range is “defective,” in that it allows user to listen to their various media at volumes in excess of those determined to be safe for sustained listening. David Thompson, the judge involved in the case issued a statement, in which he pointed out that,

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Build Your Own – Christmas Gaming Rig

November 25, 2009

Good afternoon all. As those of you who’ve been reading the blog for a while will already know, we like to run a fairly tech-centric or a how-to piece on a Wednesday afternoon. This week’s How-To is basically a build your own PC build we’ve been asked to write up by people who were looking to put together a new machine either in the run up to or just after Christmas.

It’s a nice and simple build, without anything too fancy going on, but it’s also our first build from the charming Ryan in RMA; since Shelton’s been doing all of the builds for a while, it’s about time we gave Ryan a chance 😉

Anyway, enough jibber-jabber, we’ll get straight to the build itself. We’ll take it from the top, opening with the motherboard.

Motherboard – Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4:

There are a couple of reasons we went with this motherboard, but the biggest one was the combination of reliability and the fact that it’s a very solid board for anyone looking to overclock.

Click through to see our product page for the Gigabyte motherboard 🙂

We can’t really recommend that anyone try overclocking their equipment, because doing so voids warranties and has the potential to create all kinds of mess… but if you’re the kind of person who’d like to see good overclocking potential in a machine they’re building then this is exactly the kind of board you’d do well to check out.

Moreover, at €145 it’s not a bad old deal by any stretch of the imagination, and things only get better when we move on to the processor end of things. You can check out more of the specifics for the Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4 over at our product page for it, if you’re so inclined.

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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 🙂

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Special Offers – Week of October 12th

October 12, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully this week has been kind to you and you’ve had as good a weekend as we have. To those of you we met at the Irish Web Awards, it was excellent to meet you, especially those of you who got up and had a dance 🙂

For those of you who aren’t familiar, we do up a fairly simple blog post every Monday afternoon that basically outlines some of the products we have on special offer during the week. We do it on a Monday do you have the maximum amount of time to order it while the price is down, mull it over or convince the husband/wife that it’s a solid buy.

This week we’ve got a graphics card, a solid all ‘round upgrade kit and a case… between them you could build a fair machine with mot much else 😉

Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 1GB:

Sapphire’s Radeon HD 4890 is a solid card, and we’ve got it down to €171.50, so it won’t break the bank. As usual, there are so many different areas people might be interested in when it comes to shopping for a graphics card that it doesn’t really make sense to just list off all of the specifications. If you’re interested in the HD 4890 then you should have a look at the product page for it.

Click through to see the Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 in more detail :)

Click through to see the Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 in more detail 🙂

For those with an interest in some of the beefier points, it’ll support resolutions up to 2560 x 1600, which isn’t something to sneeze at. It’ll also support two monitors, for those with two displays (or who are looking to add one to an existing arrangement). It’s also won a host of awards, which is always nice to see for a product on sale.

Sapphire Awards

You can check out our page for the Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 for more details. It’s also got a single customer review that rates it at 5/5, which is good to see too 🙂

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Build Your Own – Skint Gaming Rig

August 26, 2009

When we did our Build Your Own article on getting together a decently specced gaming machine for under €1000 we got a lot of questions about how one would go about doing it for significantly less. Intrigued, I asked Shelton from RMA, who basically told me that you wouldn’t.

At least, you wouldn’t unless you were a very specific type of user. He didn’t mean cheap, he just meant the kind of person who doesn’t mind sitting down and working everything out so that they can eke every last drop of performance out of a machine they’ve bought for as little as possible – the kind of person who’s happy to overclock and damn the consequences.

He was kind enough to put together a build for just that kind of machine for us this week, we hope you guys like it. Keep in mind though that I was fairly hard on him budgetwise, so this isn’t by any means a machine we’d recommend you build unless you’re confident you know what you’re doing.

Without further ado, here’s the build itself for a gaming rig as cheap as possible (but no cheaper, to paraphrase Einstein):

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8GHz

We have kind of an unexpected bonus on this one because, when I initially asked Shelton about this build on Friday, we weren’t sure about whether or not it’d be on offer this week, but since it is the price has been dropped by 17%, meaning you’re only paying €99 for your processor.

Click the image to see the Core 2 Duo product page :)

Click the image to see the Core 2 Duo product page 🙂

While this is just a 2.8GHz dual core on the face of things, Shelton tells me that if you manage it carefully you can reliably “coax 3.5GHz out of it”. Of course, we can’t possibly take responsibility for anything that happens your machine when you’ve packed it full of overclocked components, but if you’re still reading by now you probably already know that.

Naturally we’d advise that you use the money saved on the processor to pick up some extra cooling (see below), but that kind of goes without saying on a build like this.

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