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Asus PB238Q 23-inch Widescreen IPS Multimedia Monitor(1920 x 1080, 6ms, VGA, HDMI, DVI, Display Port, USB)
Asus PB238Q 23-inch Widescreen IPS Multimedia Monitor(1920 x 1080, 6ms, VGA, HDMI, DVI, Display Port, USB)
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Price: £214.47

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent monitor with lots of features, 16 Jan. 2013
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I was skeptical about this monitor initially due to the bad rap Asus was getting for their PA238Q model (backlight bleeding and screen uniformity issues). I am, however, happy to say that my experience so far has been exceptional and this model appears to have none of the issues predominantly reported on it' s predecessor.

The packaging contains almost everything you could ask for: Both European and UK power adaptors, VGA, DVI and DisplayPort cable (oddly, NO HDMI for some reason...), USB hub cable, user guide and a nice cable tie. The monitor itself contains ALL input connections, including a USB hub powering 4 USB 2.0 ports. Very useful for gadgets like webcams or bench table pc like mine. The stand is one of the best I have ever seen, allowing smooth tilt, pivot, swivel and height adjustment functions while keeping the monitor firmly in place. The no nonsense design (matt black finish on the bezel and no glossy surfaces, good old buttons for the OSD menu) is indicative of this monitor' s main purpose being functionality above all else for the user. It also features onboard stereo speakers, which are decent I suppose for what they are. Good thing here is that they do not spoil the monitor' s front view as they are installed on the back. Props to Asus for that design choice.

I bought this monitor mainly for the features and honestly, the stand itself would have been reason enough for me, but this is supposed to be a detailed review :P
The image quality is excellent, sharp and crisp and the Anti Glare coating is not very aggressive. Therefore, color reproduction is very accurate and the monitor is capable of displaying light grey up to 254 (255 being total white). The gamma tests I did also confirm the color's accuracy and this monitor seems to have a lot in common with the Pro Art series, especially 100% srgb coverage (running in SRGB mode). However the blacks aren' t as deep as I would have liked, I could only perceive dark greys around 6 (0 being total black) in SRGB mode. You can alleviate this by choosing other presets, but then you forfeit on color accuracy. Furthermore, I noticed zero backlight bleed (first thing I checked when I connected the monitor) or dead pixels and screen uniformity appears good enough, though not perfect.

The osd is what sets this model apart from the PA series, as it offers nowhere near enough color customization options. You will only find basic brightness, contrast and saturation along with Red, Green and Blue level configuration, making manual calibration a bit of a pain.

So to recap:

+Excellent build quality
+Amazing stand
+All display inputs available
+DisplayPort cable included
+USB hub
+Accurate color reproduction
+Great white levels
+No backlight bleed or dead pixels
+Anti Glare coating is just about right

-No HDMI cable included
-Not so great black levels
-IPS panel means some white glare when viewing under certain angles

For the price, the PB238Q is an excellent monitor that doesn' t skimp on features and performs admirably on a number of tasks ranging from gaming to CAD design and photo editing. Approved !

Offered by NOCTUA - Designed in Austria
Price: £42.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely quiet, quality cooler, 8 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: NH-L12 (Accessory)
Firstly I would like to thank amazon (or noctua, not sure here :P) for the super fast delivery of this product. In fact , it arrived 2 days prior to the estimated date. Well done!

About the product itself, it looks and feels amazingly sturdy and well made, features detailed instruction sets for all supported sockets as well as toolkits for each socket maker (intel or amd). Installation was a breeze, about 10 minutes tops and no problems where fan cable routing where encountered. If you would like to monitor both fans, check your motherboard layout and look for a cpu optional fan header.

Don' t be surprised if during the first boot with the cooler the bios beeps about cpu fan error, in my case the fan RPM was so low the bios actually thought they were defective! A minor tweak in the monitoring settings resolved the problem. The fans themselves are very quiet ( I am using them without the low noise adapter) and a massive improvement over intel' s stock cooler. Despite being low profile, it achieves an average of 7 degrees lower idle temperatures and about 10 degrees lower over load on my stock i7 2600 (non K model) which I dare say is impressive given the low heat dissipation surface of the cooler (it is low profile afterall).

All in all, an excellent buy and one of the more affordable coolers from noctua. Ideal for HTPCs or silence freaks like me :)

EVGA GeF GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 Graphic Card
EVGA GeF GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 Graphic Card

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reference 670 and nothing more, 24 Oct. 2012
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A quality card, although it adds nearly nothing to Nvidia' s original cheap and all-plastic design. The shroud is redesigned to fit EVGA' s logo and some nice black and white tones. Looks nice overall.

A tad bit noisy when stressed, but still within acceptable levels. If you' re a silence freak however, prepare to be disappointed. On the performance aspect, it was amazing, while it worked. Soon after I had installed it, it started displaying all sorts of artifacts (red-green stars and screen tearing) and crashing constantly in 3d applications. The driver would even crash in windows environment and display the ''stopped working and has recovered'' error message. This happened at any and all temperature levels, at ANY core and memory clock and voltage (tried lowering them all through evga precision). In the end, I had received a faulty card. It' s on it' s way back to amazon as I type.

It seems there are quite a few faulty 670' s still on the market. I requested a refund and am currently contemplating if it is worth purchasing a 680 or 7970 instead, which do not seem to have issues at the same scale as the 670s. I could be wrong though.

My negative experience with one card has nothing to do with my rating however, 3 stars because it is a nice performer, however the blower style fan, all plastic design, noise and generally high temperatures (around 78 c under load) prevent me from giving it a higher score. That said, it is a reference product, so it should be expected at this price level.
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Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard (Socket 1155, 32GB DDR3 Support, ATX, Intel Z77 Express, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Support, Dual Intelligent Processors 3)
Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard (Socket 1155, 32GB DDR3 Support, ATX, Intel Z77 Express, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Support, Dual Intelligent Processors 3)

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid board, 20 Aug. 2012
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The P8Z77 V LX is an excellent choice for the price, perhaps there are more feature-rich boards for the same price out there (namely from Gigabyte and Asrock) but my previous phenomenal experience with Asus products and software support dictated this purchase. Board works as intended, also verified for Windows 8 (which I am currently running) and Asus delivered WHQL Win 8 drivers amazingly fast. Haven't had the chance to test lucid virtu in windows 8 environment yet as it is not supported at this time.

Offers great variety of settings in Bios, especially as far as overclocking and fan setup is concerned although users may want to invest in better cooling for their components and case if they decide to go that way, mainly CPU since the board lacks any sort of coolers on the capacitors like Asus's Stack Cool. Also lacking is IDE device support, so I had to throw my old DVD and floppy (!) drive (yes I still had them in my case), SLI (some paltry Crossfire support where slave card runs at 4x, NOT recommended for dual card setups) and eSata port, though you can always use USB to attach external interface combos.

All in all, a great board for the price intended for simple builds. People into overclocking looking for a mainstream board may want to check ou the P8Z77 M for better passive cooling capacity, if mATX is your thing that is.

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