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BenQ XL2420T 24 inch Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor (VGA, DVI-D, 1920x1080, 2ms,  2x HDMI, Game Mode Loader, Black eQualizer)
BenQ XL2420T 24 inch Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor (VGA, DVI-D, 1920x1080, 2ms, 2x HDMI, Game Mode Loader, Black eQualizer)
Offered by Maplin_Webdeals
Price: 289.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Best in its class!, 30 July 2012
First off, this is a great monitor, I have owned it for about 4 months now. It is very well built and looks and feel solid. The choice of ports is great and it comes with two usb ports - acting as a hub. The 120hz rate is the selling point of this monitor, and is really worth having for desktop use alone. Games do benefit from the faster refresh, with my preferred frame rates form 50fps MIN to 85fps MAX, anything over 85fps is not worth having at the expense of either graphics and/or fan noise. I run a gaming machine with a gtx 680, and can run most games at 80-120fps.

Now the reason for 4 stars is that is a TN panel monitor. What that means is that the picture quality, while good, is by no means fantastic. Games never look 'wow' and pictures look a bit dull. You can get much better picture quality with an IPS monitor (the same screens used in iPhones and iPads). The problem is that you cannot buy an IPS monitor that does 120hz. The technology isn't there yet. The fact is that you have a choice of better picture or better frames per second. For me, I would say 120hz as I can get 3d (which is awesome by the way on this monitor) and smooth desktop use , as I value that more than picture quality. However if you are going to be doing any sort of image editing or wont be able to run games in >60fps, I would recommend a IPS monitor.


Asus nVIDIA 3D GeForce GTX 560 Direct CU Graphics Card (1GB, DDR5)
Asus nVIDIA 3D GeForce GTX 560 Direct CU Graphics Card (1GB, DDR5)

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Performance/Price Ratio, 9 Feb 2012
I purchased this card from another retailer, for 130. I would happily buy it at the Amazon price if it had been offered at the time. This card is about 70% stronger than the 550ti and about 85% as strong as a 560ti (according to nVidia). This means that the choice of which card to buy for around 100-200 isnt that easy. Well I planned to buy a 560ti at 170, but then I saw the deal for 130. I feel I made the right decision. This game runs Alice MR at a constant 60fps (Once the 30fps cap on the game has been tweaked) with everything on max, only dipping to 30fps when alot of on screen PHYSX is going on. It looks fantastic. I run dirt 2 at 80fps ultra, and NFS the run on ultra as well at 50fps. Kingdoms of Amalur runs on max with an average of 55fps. I am very happy with the card and would recommend its value over the ti AT 130. The ti is worth about 20 more than this as it gets a few extra fps. Take note of the prices when buying, as it is not a case of this is the best value card, its only when the price difference is over 30. Love it very much!
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Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z68XP-UD3 Motherboard (Rev 1.0)
Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z68XP-UD3 Motherboard (Rev 1.0)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great board, great price, 4 Feb 2012
This is the best value Mobo in my opinion. It has SLI/crossfire support, and very good read/write data speeds. I run this with an i5 2500k and it is very fast and has a basic overclocking facility for dummies up to 4.5ghz I believe. plenty of usb headers and an usb 3.0 header as well. Perfect for what I need. Note SLI bridge is included but not a Xfire bridge. Comes with sata cables.
Recommended.
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Sharkoon T9 ATX Midi Tower Case - Red
Sharkoon T9 ATX Midi Tower Case - Red
Price: 50.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good case for first build, 26 Jan 2012
Finished my first build today with this case. (For anyone looking to build their fist build, go for it! its not hard, just time consuming and tricky) Air intake on base good for psu, Good amount of space without compromising on a large size, and lights are cool. Quick optical bays are good as well. Everything works so far and looks and feels great.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by clickforgamesltd
Price: 13.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars *sigh*, 8 Nov 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Well after a hour of gameplay I have so say I am disappointed. Disappointed in myself. If you were making a game that you had to put little work into each year, and it would still become the best selling videogame of the year, then you wouldn't risk anything either. However that doesn't justify why I bought it. I gave activision money to do the same next year - and the next - and the next. Yes its a bit of fun, but it is still the same game built on the same engine with new maps. For 40-45!!! Glad mine only cost 25, but still it is a waste. No innovation, just new killstreaks. Yay. Do yourself a favour and get Batman or Battlefield. You'll thank me later. (trading in for skyrim on friday)


Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360)
Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gameline GmbH.
Price: 8.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Game Better, In 3D, 23 Sep 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
For starters this is an awesome game. While the gameplay is very similar to one and two, some may say that its not good enough. Some may say its as bad as call of duty when it comes to innovation. Well that maybe the case, but it doesnt release the same game every year like COD.

This is a perfectly refined game, with every mode polished, and unlockables expanded. I am a massive fan of Horde, in G3, they have made it better with buildables such as barriers and turrets, and have made a much larger veriaty of enermy's, with waves X0 a boss round. Perfect. Now, I dont need to say how much better the graphics are, and how good the multiplayer is, you can imagine that.

The main reason I want to write a review, is to say how good, this game is in 3D. Imagine gears of war displayed on a screen, and then imagine the screen being streched outwards into a meter long window. Then imagine how cool that is. With no visible crosstalk or ghosting, this 3rd person shooter is how 3D SHOULD BE. Its the only game that I play in 3D all the time. On wednesday I played the game from 10am-1,1:30-2:30,4-5 and 7-12am. All in 3d with max settings and no headache. Pure perfection from the depth indulgent game. I cant wait until the 3D update in november, then the already great 3D graphics will get better. If you are a gears fan, I think you should get a 3D tv!

Tested using a Samsung D6530 3d TV with battery glasses.

EDIT 3rd October, stil loving horde, over 450 waves played ;)


Samsung UE32D6530 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D 200Hz LED SMART Internet TV with Freeview HD
Samsung UE32D6530 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D 200Hz LED SMART Internet TV with Freeview HD

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest TV to date!, 29 May 2011
Well, the review from the other guy is inaccurate, do not listen to it. Although I cannon comment on checkerboard, I use frame sequential all the time, all ps3 games, 3d blu ray and explore 3d app use it and it is automatic, whereas side by side is ina menu.

I bought this as a 3d tv, with a pair of glasses from amazon as well (battery). It is fantastic! The 2d picture in SD is pretty poor (freeview) but watchable I guess; I dont not watch anything SD so it makes no difference to me. The iplayer HD is great, Doctor who looked fab. The explore 3d app provides most of the 3d blu ray imax shorts which are all HD frame sequential, which samsung state as blu ray 3d quality, it certainly looks like it, except Hd audio (but it does have DD 5.1).

The 3d works so well, with no crosstalk, only ghosting from certain content, but you dont often get much at all. I play black ops (xbox) and killzone 3 in 3d and they look great, despite the resolution drop. The 3d conversion doesnt get used much on TV or films, as it doesnt get the layering right, but on games its a different story. The 3d depth is really there on converted games, and it looks really good, HD 3D. I have tried mass effect 2, batman AA, and infamous 2 demo. all look fairly native, which I did not expect at all. Believe it when you see it ;)

All in all its a great TV. Too small for most though, I have this in my bedroom, 1.8m away, so it feels massive, but as a lounge Tv I would recommend 40" or 46". If your after a 3d Tv, this is your model.


Samsung SSG-3100GB 3D Glasses Battery
Samsung SSG-3100GB 3D Glasses Battery
Offered by cherrypickelectronics
Price: 23.84

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the bunch!, 25 May 2011
These 3D glasses are great! I use them with the D6530, and they provide a great 3D experience. Now the glasses themselves are not exactly 'stylish' but they're certainly not ugly! The reason for the 5 stars is the comfort! Having tried sony 3D glasses prior to buying these (the sonys are horribly uncomfortable and heavy) I wasnt expecting much, but they literally feel weightless. The large foam nose pad makes them feel light and comfortable, and the arms are fairly soft too. Its a shame however that I wear prescription glasses, as it does become heavy wearing both pairs, but they sit neatly underneath, and together they are more comfortable than a cinema 3d/prescription glasses combo. The battery port is nicely accessible, and syncing is a synch! Highly recommended, as these are surely the best on the market in terms of confort, and price.


PlayStation Move Starter Pack with PlayStation Eye Camera, Move Controller and Starter Disc (PS3)
PlayStation Move Starter Pack with PlayStation Eye Camera, Move Controller and Starter Disc (PS3)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: 33.37

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MOVE VS KINECT, 26 Feb 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I am a gamer. I have Move, AND Kinect Sensor (Project Natal) with Kinect Adventures (Xbox 360). This is an accurate comparison, rather than the classic 'I only have kinect so its better than Move'

Right lets start off with Kinect; First impressions:
Seemingly expensive - or is it? over a hundred pounds, but supports 2 players out of the box, so I guess its fair.
Space - yes it takes at least 6ft of space, but I live in a 3 bed semi, and its fine (with sofa move)
Its accurate - very, even before moving any furniture, it knew my leg position through a coffee table! very few errors, impressive.
Its fun! - Kinect adventures is a good game, its fun and makes a good break from killzone or COD.
It.... gets.... dull.... - dont expect to be playing it solo for very long, its not for that, grab a mate and your have a great time
Menu scrolling, one big gimmick - It take about 10 times longer to do anything on the dash with kinect than with the controller, not worth it.
It doesnt seem, odd? - Having no weight in your hands doesn't feel odd at all, that said, its nice having weight in your hand for sports.
Its a big unit - Its big. Very big. although its very sleek, especially with a black tv stand. It also doesnt need to be mounted on top of the tv.

Kinect is certainly a barrel of laughs and is a great accessory, but its not without its faults. While the game plays well, its not gonna last you as solo player long, but its not trying to. Bear this in mind when buying. Its a great thing to have as long as youve got someone to play with, there are no single player games currently available (that are any good). I would say that it might not be a must have, but its a great thing to get out at a social gathering, It is better than Move for social gaming.

Now, here comes Playstation Move, the controller with a glowing orb on the end....

Its seeming cheap - For the pocket conscious player its 45 initial cost...... plus a game..... plus a sub controller..... plus another controller, so.. about 120?
Space - its needs.... not alot! even worked in my bedroom... suitable for any room size (unless 2 player, but less than kinect needs).
Its accurate - now i would say its MORE accurate than kinect, and it is, it knows where you are, what you're doing; even whn u twist youre arm.
Its fun - obviously it depends on the game, but sports champions is great, and its feels better with weight in your hand
It isnt so dull - here is the different between M vs K, move is a great single player peripheral, and if you have 2 controllers, its even better!
Menu scrolling - not that accurate, but quick and easy. no need to pick up the controller (unlike kinect)
Its a small unit - yep, its small and cute, its a webcam with 4 mics ontop of it, however, unless u got 10ft of space, mounting is recommended.

So, why Move? because its a great thing to have, it may not be as fun as kinect, but its certainly alot more useful, sports champions is great for solo and multiplayer, but teaching your friend to calibrate is a bit naff. Its real game winner, is how well it works for single player games, heavy rain move is to die for, and I even use it for killzone 3, as it really works well and makes it more engaging. Its also more affordable bearing in mind that you can buy it it stages, and selective components. So its MUCH better for solo player, and is good for multiplayer too.

So which one is better? Based on all factors Move takes the crown, its more affordable, more versatile, can be used effectively without you even needing to touch the controller, however it is let down slightly by its accessibility to guests, creativity and the fact that it only tracks the orb (s). Kinect however comes in a close second place, its more fun, but unless you've got a buddy to play with, it gets old, and fast. Its also packed with features, but many of which are gimmicky and take alot longer than normal. Of course it depends what console you have, but if buying a new console, or if you have both already, Go for Move..... First ;)
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Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures (Xbox 360)
Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures (Xbox 360)
Offered by Clearance Game Deals
Price: 89.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like Kinect, but I also like PS move, which ones better...., 26 Feb 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I am a gamer. I have PlayStation Move Starter Pack with PlayStation Eye Camera, Move Controller and Starter Disc (PS3), AND kinect. This is an accurate comparison, rather than the classic 'I only have kinect so its better than Move'

Right lets start off with Kinect; First impressions:
Seemingly expensive - or is it? over a hundred pounds, but supports 2 players out of the box, so I guess its fair.
Space - yes it takes at least 6ft of space, but I live in a 3 bed semi, and its fine (with sofa move)
Its accurate - very, even before moving any furniture, it knew my leg position through a coffee table! very few errors, impressive.
Its fun! - Kinect adventures is a good game, its fun and makes a good break from killzone or COD.
It.... gets.... dull.... - dont expect to be playing it solo for very long, its not for that, grab a mate and your have a great time
Menu scrolling, one big gimmick - It take about 10 times longer to do anything on the dash with kinect than with the controller, not worth it.
It doesnt seem, odd? - Having no weight in your hands doesn't feel odd at all, that said, its nice having weight in your hand for sports.
Its a big unit - Its big. Very big. although its very sleek, especially with a black tv stand. It also doesnt need to be mounted on top of the tv.

Kinect is certainly a barrel of laughs and is a great accessory, but its not without its faults. While the game plays well, its not gonna last you as solo player long, but its not trying to. Bear this in mind when buying. Its a great thing to have as long as youve got someone to play with, there are no single player games currently available (that are any good). I would say that it might not be a must have, but its a great thing to get out at a social gathering, It is better than Move for social gaming.

Now, here comes Playstation Move, the controller with a glowing orb on the end....

Its seeming cheap - For the pocket conscious player its 45 initial cost...... plus a game..... plus a sub controller..... plus another controller, so.. about 120?
Space - its needs.... not alot! even worked in my bedroom... suitable for any room size (unless 2 player, but less than kinect needs).
Its accurate - now i would say its MORE accurate than kinect, and it is, it knows where you are, what you're doing; even whn u twist youre arm.
Its fun - obviously it depends on the game, but sports champions is great, and its feels better with weight in your hand
It isnt so dull - here is the different between M vs K, move is a great single player peripheral, and if you have 2 controllers, its even better!
Menu scrolling - not that accurate, but quick and easy. no need to pick up the controller (unlike kinect)
Its a small unit - yep, its small and cute, its a webcam with 4 mics ontop of it, however, unless u got 10ft of space, mounting is recommended.

So, why Move? because its a great thing to have, it may not be as fun as kinect, but its certainly alot more useful, sports champions is great for solo and multiplayer, but teaching your friend to calibrate is a bit naff. Its real game winner, is how well it works for single player games, heavy rain move is to die for, and I even use it for killzone 3, as it really works well and makes it more engaging. Its also more affordable bearing in mind that you can buy it it stages, and selective components. So its MUCH better for solo player, and is good for multiplayer too.

So which one is better? Based on all factors Move takes the crown, its more affordable, more versatile, can be used effectively without you even needing to touch the controller, however it is let down slightly by its accessibility to guests, creativity and the fact that it only tracks the orb (s). Kinect however comes in a close second place, its more fun, but unless you've got a buddy to play with, it gets old, and fast. Its also packed with features, but many of which are gimmicky and take alot longer than normal. Of course it depends what console you have, but if buying a new console, or if you have both already, Go for Move..... First ;)

Update. Sent my kinect off an hour ago, 90 on eBay. Its a paper weight, it just never gets use. a true one hit wonder.
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