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Noctua NH-D15
Noctua NH-D15
Offered by NOCTUA -Designed in Austria
Price: £77.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but overall not quite as good as the D14, 31 Aug 2014
This review is from: Noctua NH-D15 (Personal Computers)
PROS:
Solid build quality
Good PWM fans
Silent
Mounting is relatively easy compared to some competitors
Looks good (okay the brown isnt for everything but I think it looks decent)
Better ram compatibility than the D14
Performs as well as or better than D14 (fans are different though!)

CONS:
It will block the first PCIE slot on some motherboards (I really dislike this..)
Expensive

This looks like a great heatsink overall and to be fair it is. But the predecessor the D14 could do pretty much the same thing. What we've got here is a heatsink that trades RAM comparability for blocking the first PCIE slot which IMO is a monumentally bad design decision. The first PCIE slot is sometimes a seldom used x1 slot, other times its the big full bandwidth x16 one where the graphics card is supposed to go! With the old D14 it wouldn't block this slot, but you couldn't fit tall memory with large heatsinks. Most enthusiasts know that heatsinks on memory is a waste, its purely for aesthetics, memory does not get hot. It took about 3-4 years for the D15 to come out and I guess im a bit disappointed.

Stick those PWM A15 fans on an NH D14 and IMO you'll have a better heatsink than the D15. Overall its not bad but its not what i expected, blocking that first slot is a real letdown for me, its not actually something that affects me but its another compatibility worry ill have to factor in when upgrading. I would much rather it blocked tall memory because tall memory is never important, the first PCIE slot is!


Raspberry Slice - Case for the Raspberry Pi Micro Computer
Raspberry Slice - Case for the Raspberry Pi Micro Computer

5.0 out of 5 stars Hell of a case, sturdy and easy to put together, 9 Jan 2014
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I was caught between buying just a normal plastic box case (the cyntech one), the pibow case and this. In the end I chose this one because it uses metal screws as opposed to the plastic on the pibow, should last better IMO, also it was cheaper. I managed to piece this together in a half drunk state as well so its pretty easy. In the end it turns your pi into a solid piece of colored acrylic or thats what it looks like anyways. Very sturdy and well made.

I found other colors on ebay of this case, red black orange etc but amazon only seem to have the pink one. I wasent too fussed pink is fine.


Sim City (PC DVD)
Sim City (PC DVD)
Offered by Turbotrance
Price: £20.18

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful game, awful experience, 8 Mar 2013
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sim City (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
PROS:

- Decent graphics, to be fair its been more than a decade since simcity 4, an improvement in this area is kind of a given.

CONS:

- Small city sizes, i mean absolutely tiny, look on google images for a comparison to simcity 4, simcity 2000 had bigger cities than this and that game came out in 1993!! This game should be called "Simsmalltown"

- Uses DX9 and the game logic is single threaded, this means city sizes will not increase much as it is down to this limitation they are so small to begin with. So unfortunately they will never release a patch for larger sizes etc because they would have to rewrite the entire game. Absolutely astounding they chose a single threaded DX9 route after what they did with Battlefield 3 (like it or hate it) the engine BF3 uses is top notch, it is DX11 only and uses up to 8 threads. Why didnt simcity have something like that?? Why this last generation BS?!

- DRM! "The more things change the more they stay the same - Snake Pliskin" This quote sums things up pretty well when it comes to EA and DRM, here are some of the lousy situations you will likely find yourself in should you buy this game:

*Just want to play single player? You must be online!
*Cant login because server is busy? Wait 30 minutes in the queue!
*Finally login and start building? Get kicked out again due to server instability!
*Cant login because server is busy? Wait 30 minutes in the queue! (deja vu anyone?)
*Finally login and continue building? Nope, start from the beginning because nothing you did was saved from the last time!
*Throw a mug at the wall in frustration? Absolutely okay, DRM will not stop you doing this!

Overall with the cripplingly small city sizes, the limited engine which means that in the future the sizes are highly unlikely to be increased and the godawful DRM i cannot recommend that anyone purchase this game, its terrible. A real shame as ive been playing simcity since simcity classic on windows 95. If anyone does buy this heres a top tip: you can play simcity classic/2000/3000/4 whilst you wait in the server queue to login =D
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Premier Housewares Round Chrome Wire Fruit Bowl with Rubber Wood Base
Premier Housewares Round Chrome Wire Fruit Bowl with Rubber Wood Base
Offered by Home Discount Ltd
Price: £7.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fruit bowl, base was not aligned correctly on mine though, 9 Jan 2013
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PROS:

- Solidly built, for its intended purpose it should last a long time

- Looks great

- Good size

- Has handles

- Wont scratch the surface it is placed upon

- Fantastic price of £6.95 delivered!

CONS:

- The base on mine was not assembled correctly, it was easy to fix as the base is in two parts which are held together by two large star woodscrews, it was just a matter of unscrewing them and turning the bottom part of the base around the correct way and moving the top part of the base so it was in the centre of the metal part.

Overall this is a great product and i am very pleased with it, it will go nicely in my new house! I wouldn't be put off by the base not being put on correctly on mine though as its easy to fix and may simply be an isolated incident. I did knock a star off for it though.


3.5mm Socket to 6.35mm Jack Plug Audio Stereo Adaptor Gold Premium Quality 6.3mm 1/4 inch Headphone Adapter
3.5mm Socket to 6.35mm Jack Plug Audio Stereo Adaptor Gold Premium Quality 6.3mm 1/4 inch Headphone Adapter
Offered by The end(Dispatched from HK)
Price: £0.83

1.0 out of 5 stars Low quality garbage!!!!, 22 Jun 2012
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I should have listened to the other reviewers, this is low quality crap, i have one of these that came with my soundcard the xonar STX and this is much much lower quality than that one. It smells strangely too, like the one i have is shiny and has no smell to it, this one smells like raw metal or something. Also it took weeks to arrive. I just bought two of the xxion quality adapters instead, hopefully i will have better luck with them.


Durex Elite Condoms x 36
Durex Elite Condoms x 36

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value for the money., 10 Jun 2012
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PROS:
- Cheap
- You get a lot of them
- High quality

CONS:
- Dosent feel as good, i typically use pull-out anyways :)


Seasonic X-460FL 460W ATX Fanless Case
Seasonic X-460FL 460W ATX Fanless Case
Price: £134.11

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its good!, 10 Jun 2012
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PROS:
- Silent, you have to stick your ear right against it to hear anything at all
- Efficient, my power consumption dropped ~5w once this was installed, small amount i know but my server when idle only used 35w anyway
- Quality sleeved cables
- All cables modular

CONS:
- Price, its expensive, if you can grab an open box one or one that's used go for it
- Although this is fanless the seasonic X and corsair AX (same PSU's different brands) are fanless until they are put under moderate to heavy load, these may be a cheaper option

Overall im very satisfied with this PSU, this combined with an SSD and allowing my hard drives to spin down after 5 minutes of inactivity has given me a completely inaudible home server, which is great because it sits 2 metres from my bed :O


NZXT 2m LED Cable
NZXT 2m LED Cable
Price: £10.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, bright, one major flaw though, 10 Jun 2012
PROS:
- Cheap
- Very long, 2m is enough to fit all the way around the interior of my silverstone FT02 case
- Bright enough to light the case
- Quality sleeving on the cables
- Control box is easy to install and use, subtle design as well

CONS:
- This is why ive knocked two stars off, there is a short either with certain cases or certain motherboards or a case/mobo combination that stops this from working. I can fit the control board without screwing it in and it works fine however the moment i actually screw the board in place the LED's go off. I solved this by using a metal washer (strange i know, would have thought it would be condictive) between the screw and the board. Ive no idea why that works but it does, i thought i would have to fish around for a silicone grommet. So if anyone else is having problems with this try using it while unscrewed to see if that is the problem.

Overall i feel this is a major design oversight which i have seen posted by others (one of which was using an NZXT case!), it would have been a 5 star product if not for this flaw. This dosent seem to be a common flaw and is likely affected by the case but do be aware of it if your LEDs wont turn on. I used a silverstone FT02 case.
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Panasonic SD2502 Stainless Steel Bread Maker
Panasonic SD2502 Stainless Steel Bread Maker
Offered by Lakeland
Price: £149.99

139 of 142 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great breadmaker, beware of a weak dispenser door though!, 17 Sep 2011
PROS:

- Makes excellent and most importantly tasty! bread

- Good selection of recipes

- Can do jam as well which i why i upgraded from my SD255, i always wanted to make jam

- Easy to use interface, all english words no symbols, see most washing machines to understand what i mean about symbols

- Reasonably quiet

- Actually is touchable when baking, the cooltouch housing does a good job, its not cool to the touch obviously its warm but not anything that could burn you. Its not like i would stand there and hug the thing while it bakes... but i saw another reviewer mention this and wanted to affirm its not boiling hot or anything

- Now says what its doing, resting, baking, kneading etc, nice addition from the older models

- Yeast dispenser! I dont know exactly what kind of an advantage this is but i think i had a few loaves turn out badly before because i forgot to put the yeast in and put it in last in my SD255, dont remember as it was so long ago

CONS:

- Weak fruit/nut dispenser door, this really irritated me i dont know if this is also the case with the SD2501 which also has the fruit/nut dispenser but i put some nuts on the door and it opened up right away causing them to fall right into the mix... I was not impressed. I took out the dispenser for a closer examination, i compared directly with the one from my SD255 and found the SD255s was much stronger, it was very difficult to open accidentally whereas the SD2502's opened with only a slight tap on the door. I did fix this however, read below to see how.

- Not much is new, this is only really a con if you are coming from another reasonably modern panasonic, its difficult to improve on perfection they say and the older SD255/257 models were very good indeed.

Overall i give this 4 stars... I am a bit ticked to have paid £144 for the "ultimate breadmaking machine" then i have to modify it on first use. I only saw 1 other reviewer mention the weak door so far and that was on the SD2501 page so it may be an isolated case. I fixed this by taking out the dispenser (just pull it out, designed this way for cleaning) and unscrewing the 2 screws that hold in the plastic lever. There is a small spring attached to the lever which is not strong enough to keep the door open when force is exerted on the door so replace the spring with one from a pen or something, i used one from a pen and the door is now as difficult to open as the SD255's i can push on it, put any amount of seeds/nuts/raisins on it and it will not open on its own. The machine can still open it by itself even with the stronger spring as i tested this earlier with a seeded loaf.

I would love to hear from others on the door issue, can you tap the dispenser door when its closed? What happens, does it stay shut or swing open?
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