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Sapphire 11201-17-20G AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 GHZ Graphics Card (HDMI, DVI-I,PCI Express 3.0, 128-Bit, AMD CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology)
Sapphire 11201-17-20G AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 GHZ Graphics Card (HDMI, DVI-I,PCI Express 3.0, 128-Bit, AMD CrossFireX Multi-GPU Technology)

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entry tier GPU, 22 Feb 2014
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For a budget card this is about as low as you should go when buying a discreet GPU for playing computer games.
Works best at 900p, 1080p puts on a little too much extra load, I'm using it in conjunction with a 1440x900 monitor which lets me keep up some higher graphical settings in games while maintaining playable frame-rates. Design wise the plastic cooler has an ok aesthetic but the fan itself is a nice size. It's dual slot as well which is fine in my m-ITX build but seems like they could have stuck with a single-slot card considering how frosty this one stays all the time. It's short length wise which is good for any mini form factor PC build.

The selection of outputs are fine however at this low end you would think they could also have had a VGA out for CRT lovers and poor people, especially considering all the space a dual-slot card gives you to work with. Eyefinity is great tech as always but you won't be gaming on dual-monitors with this card. 3D use is likely limited to watching 3D videos on youtube.

Acceptable in a sub-400 gaming build. Redundant everywhere else.


ARMA 3 - Limited Deluxe Edition (PC CD)
ARMA 3 - Limited Deluxe Edition (PC CD)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! Polished! Well done Bohemia., 22 Feb 2014
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Once you find a good group of guys to operate with you'll get your money's worth out of this game.
The multiplayer is what makes Arma, what will keep you coming back for more, and there's nothing wrong with that. But surprisingly Arma III is actually a fairly polished product from Bohemia all things considered. Graphics aren't as slick as Battlefield 4 but still full of detail. Terrain and view-distance are ridiculous. The soundtrack is cool and the overhauled sfx is sufficient enough that I felt no dire need to install JSRS. Movement, squad command, vehicles, a.i. are on the next-level. It could be much worse but it's just going to keep getting better.
In the sea of modern military FPS there is still nothing like it.

Will need a beast CPU in order to get good frames, my FX6300 stock chugs along at 30fps single player and can go down to 11fps in multiplayer. Feels console peasant man.


XFX 450W Core Edition 80+ Bronze Wired Power Supply
XFX 450W Core Edition 80+ Bronze Wired Power Supply
Offered by ADMI Limited UK
Price: 40.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for small Form Factors, 22 Feb 2014
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XFX aren't always known for the most reliable products but this PSU has a good advantage over competitors in the m-ATX build category thanks to its relatively high wattage and slightly shorter size. Shaving a few cm off the standard length meant I had no better alternative choice for my recent m-ITX build. I like the design of the PSU and the cables are all well braided. Price-wise it doesn't come with a premium which makes it choice for budget builds.


Fractal Design Node 304 Case
Fractal Design Node 304 Case
Offered by Ballicom International
Price: 64.34

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy, spacious, unique., 22 Feb 2014
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This is yet another beautiful case by Fractal Design and it's an absolute joy to build with.

It has a very simple design. Thumbscrews hold on the metal one-piece sides and top. Once that is off you find Fractal have maximised the interior space allowing you to fit standard size PSU, large GPUs and after market CPU coolers. 2x 120mm fans suck in air from the front and blow it over your precious components while a large fan at the back exhausts hot air out of the case. All three can be easily connected up to the built in fan controller switch located at the back of the case. They are silent on the lowest setting and highly effective at keeping things cool inside the small enclosure.

3 brackets hang down above the PSU space, a very clever way of supporting many, many hard-drives. 6x 3.5" HDD and even more 2.5" drives can be contained in the enclosure. They are secured on rubber grommets to ensure vibrations are dampened in order to reduce both noise and potential mechanical drive failure. Of course with a large GPU installed you may have to forgo one of the hanging brackets.

Ventilation is present on the bottom and sides of the case for your GPU and PSU along with dust filters. Mesh vents on the top and bottom of the front-bezel of the case provide inlets for cool air to be sucked through into the case. USB and audio ports are located on the right side of the bezel above the Power button. The front of the bezel is brushed metal coloured black with a little white Fractal Design logo printed on it next to the power-light strip and it looks immediately striking and stylish. The rest of the case is matte black and this colour scheme continues on to the inside of the case as well.

5 stars.


ASRock B75M-ITX Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel B75, DDR3, S-ATA 600, Mini ITX, Instant Boot, AsRock XFast LAN and XFast USB, AsRock APP Charger)
ASRock B75M-ITX Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel B75, DDR3, S-ATA 600, Mini ITX, Instant Boot, AsRock XFast LAN and XFast USB, AsRock APP Charger)
Price: 61.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full Fat Features on Micro Motherboard, 22 Feb 2014
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Mini can still be mighty!

This is a really good board from ASRock that has a surprisingly high level of quality in terms of components and build. The board itself is a dark brown and it has grey, silver and black components which look nicer than that garish blue found on other motherboards. The I/O comes with a full set of ports to rival many m-ATX boards and includes USB 3.0.

The GPU slot is fully compatible with PCI-E 3.0 which basically means you can strap a nuclear powerhouse to the thing and get maximum capability if you wanted. What I really liked are the energy conservative features and the robust BIOS features. Paired with a Core i3 and HD 7770 my little budget machine runs cool and rock solid while positively sipping energy which means no nasty electrical bills coming mum's way after someone was on their new computer 24/7.

BIOS is cool, fully graphical and operable by mouse. Actually it seems needlessly over the top considering this is not the board of choice for anyone looking to overclock. THX audio is a nice little thing for anyone building a suitable home-theater and planning their own HTPC build.

I put it in a Fractal Design Node 304 case with the previously mentioned components, added 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD and the XFX 450W PSU for a sub-400 computer that can handle almost any game out just now without bumping up electric costs. The computer booted with zero issue and I'm very pleased with the quality of the motherboard.


Intel Core i3 3240 Dual Core CPU ( 3.40GHz, Socket 1155, 3MB Cache, Ivy Bridge, 55W, Intel HD Graphics 2500, Advanced Vector Extensions)
Intel Core i3 3240 Dual Core CPU ( 3.40GHz, Socket 1155, 3MB Cache, Ivy Bridge, 55W, Intel HD Graphics 2500, Advanced Vector Extensions)
Price: 83.84

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High-end CPU for budget builds, 22 Feb 2014
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This is the top of the line for your true budget build gaming PC. 95% of games out now will not even max this CPU. I think that's a testament to the single-threaded throughput of the Intel Core series.

Even if you're not using it for games the 3.4GHz, dual-threaded, dual-cores and 2500 HD integrated GPU will bear the grunt of modern everyday computing easily. Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, Database Processing, 1080p video playback, FLAC music, file compression and so on are no sweat for the i3 3240. In fact, especially if you are building a little office computer, I would certainly recommend this CPU over any AMD alternative and I usually prefer AMD for my main builds. And because it's Socket 1155 that leaves your computer open to i5 and i7 upgrades later down the line.

If you value your quiet workspace do NOT stick with the stock Intel cooler that comes with this CPU, it is horrible. Make sure to get an after-market alternative.
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Lenovo ThinkPlus Optical 3-Button ScrollPoint Mouse - Mouse - optical - 3 button(s) - wired - PS/2, USB - black
Lenovo ThinkPlus Optical 3-Button ScrollPoint Mouse - Mouse - optical - 3 button(s) - wired - PS/2, USB - black
Offered by LambdaTek ComponentShop
Price: 12.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Mistakes into Miracles, 22 Feb 2014
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The product I received was different to the IBM mouse pictured and I'm disappointed by that however the Lenovo ThinkPlus is actually pretty cool. After installing the Lenovo mouse suite and configuring/tweaking settings I started to enjoy the trackpoint for general use more than expected. It's less a point than a moulded nub. With simple application of pressure from my middle-finger I can finely scroll through web pages and documents in 8 directions. Just like the trackpoint of any classic Thinkpad you can achieve a new level of control that a scroll-wheel will never offer.

A few other comments I would make about this mouse are it's near flawless sensor and symmetrical design. The mouse is moderately sized and can be used ambidextrously so no trouble for left-handed persons. It's a light, solidly built product with clearly all the design sensibilities of IBM/Lenovo products. Practical, practical, practical and professionally ugly much like the Thinkpad. DPI is low, somewhere around 400-800 I believe. Hell, this could be a pro-Quake choice if it wasn't for the lack of scroll-wheel.

Overall it's a good, cheap mouse for your office work or whatever tinkering about in Gentoo you plan on doing on your T61. No scroll-wheel hurts it too much for use in games unfortunately or it could be Microsoft WMO tier.


Nintendo Handheld Console 2DS - Black/Blue
Nintendo Handheld Console 2DS - Black/Blue
Offered by Wowudo
Price: 98.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version of this console, 22 Feb 2014
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The 2DS is the best version of the console.
-Reasonable price for such terrible hardware capability
-Gives you access to any of the few worthwhile 3DS exclusives
-Superior battery life to the standard 3DS
-Superior build quality to the 3DS and 3DS XL
-Fantastic L/R triggers
-More comfortable to hold compared to 3DS
-Custom built screen
-Doesn't suffer from horribly low DPI like the 3DS XL
-Saves you more money that you'll need for the overpriced Nintendo games
-Makes fanboys angry because you aren't giving Nintendo enough money


Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by express111GB
Price: 37.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster Remake, 22 Feb 2014
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Star Fox is my favourite Nintendo series but for the past decade it has not seen any love from the company.
Star Fox 64 3D, a remake of Lylat Wars on the 3DS with updated graphics and audio shouldn't have left me with such a bitter taste. It's my 2nd favourite game in the series and I've bought it 3 times over for N64, Wii VC and now on the 3DS. This version leaves too much to be desired.

The graphical upgrade is nice in a lot of ways I must admit, especially the solid framerate over the N64 version which averaged at about 28fps and could chug down to 20. However the lighting is somewhat off, the skyboxes are a lot less moody and some of the remodelled enemy designs seem a little too cartoon-ish. I can forgive the final point in that it's very hard to update the early 3D without upsetting older fans. The original N64 graphics provided ample opportunity for players to subconsciously fill in imagery with their imagination. However the new lighting and sky-boxes totally hurt the mood of the game.

What absolutely killed it for me was the re-recorded voice acting and changed dialogue. Rehiring the original voice actors only for them to horribly phone it in, collect their paycheck and go probably hurt poor old Miyamoto and Dylan Cuthbert once they listened in to the final product. Certainly hurt me right in the childhood. Only good voice acting was from R.O.B. and that Bear in the training mode, you know, the bear that never had voice acting back in the original?
It's very sad, although Star Fox series is clearly dead it at least lived on in a generation of gamers hearts thanks to the memorable quotes of the N64 classic. All that fun has been killed for the next generation whom likely only experience of Star Fox will be a lackluster 3DS version and tourney favourite tryhard McCloud in the SSB series. Speaking of which I heard the blue skank, Krystal, is going to be in the new SSB. I'm surprised Nintendo didn't shoe-horn her somewhere into this remake.

One thing that remains untarnished is the timeless shmup gameplay of SF64. Mechanically this is the best playing version of the game as the framerate remains rock solid throughout, at least in 2D mode. It is arcade perfection in the on-rails Arwing sections. Controls are perfect thanks to the circle-pad and 2DS bumpers, I was easily racking up points and achieving Mission Accomplished so I could run my desired route.
Considering the leak of a certain beta ROM the All-range mode of SF64 is the weakest element of the gameplay although back in the early 3D era it was very novel and exciting. A highlight of SF64 are the many different boss encounters. I would consider each one a little puzzle how to beat them and they all have memorable designs. Of course once you know how to defeat a boss it becomes ridiculously easy to chew them up with rapid lazer fire, some can be destroyed in less than a half-minute.

I wouldn't recommend this version of SF64 to anyone. While the soul is there in terms of gameplay it all lacks heart. Get the Virtual Console version instead for an experience truer to the original.


Katamari Forever (PS3)
Katamari Forever (PS3)
Offered by Game Gadgets
Price: 18.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly unique. Utter madness., 22 Feb 2014
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From what I've gathered Katamari Forever is an enhanced remake of the PS2 classic Katamari Damacy.
From what I've gathered the developers were on a constant high and 'rolling a Katamari' was more than intentional.
But ultimately Katamari Forever lives up to the hype by providing incredibly addictive score attack gameplay in a uniquely creative format all the while simulating the effects of psychedelics for us uninitiated folk.

Controls are fairly tight with both sticks coming into play as a tank-track effect. Push both forward to move forward, push left-stick forward to rotate to the right and vice-versa. You have an occasional tendency to get stuck in the gaps of your environment so the added jump is a god send. Simply shake the controller to activate it and spring clear into freedom.

The art style is simple but charming and wonderfully crisp in native 1080p. Soundtrack wise is fitting to the game and adds a lot to the Katamari experience. There is some endearing humour splashed throughout the dialogue and cutscenes. Borderline nonsensical everything except maybe the main gameplay itself will be hard to grasp for a new player. It gets to a point where I felt scared, confused and almost abused like a small ape attempting to dance for the circus while a jeering audience pelted me with monkey nuts.

I can see why the series is such a cult hit, anyone who has been into this hobby since at least '95 needs to give it a try.


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