Be Quiet Power Supply 650W.

Be Quiet Power Supply

 

Sometimes I purchase PC upgrades out of necessity and sometimes I purchase them purely as a treat. A new power supply was a necessity, but a Be Quiet one was not. However, given the choice again, I would absolutely pay more for the better product such as this one. This particular model is sturdy, comes with a good selection of cables and all cables are braided to a high standard. My only gripe was that some of the cables are just that little bit short for ideal cable management, but I’m not someone who is very fussy with what the inside of my PC case looks like! Highly recommended piece of kit and worth the extra cash over a cheap unit.

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Asus GTX 970

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After many years, I have FINALLY upgraded my graphics card! Going from a GTX 560 to a GTX 970 is quite the upgrade. I bought this out of my own money as a bundle containing the card, a 256GB SSD and codes for FarCryPrimal and The Division. As expensive as graphics card are, I always think to myself after the upgrade “I should have done this ages ago.”

Yes, graphics aren’t everything in a game, but they really do enhance the whole experience, and I am absolutely loving any game which now features bodies of water!

The card has 4GB of DDR5RAM, consumes up to 225W of power and is almost 30cm long. I had to flash my BIOS to get this to work (my PC is really getting on now!) and juggle around hard drives and cables in order to get this to fit in my case, but the effort was worth it. Quiet, powerful and VR ready for those who wish to invest, this was definitely one of my favourite purchases in recent years.

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New console news…Wii U!

 

Wii U

It was high time I added a new console to the house…given that my PS3 had given up the ghost many months ago…I saved until I had enough to buy a Wii U.

I opted for this for 2 reasons, firstly watching E3, scouring the internet and paper gaming mags, I have found that the games for this platform just appeal to me more than the exclusives that the other 2 main platforms have coming out soon. Secondly, for the price. I got the premium console which includes 2 games for £200…well, slightly less than that, as I had a couple of discount codes to add on.

Initial thoughts

+  The console is sleeker looking, heavier and feels of a better quality than the Wii and than what I was expecting.

+ The gamepad is a joy to use, ergonomically designed and some of the demos I played of other games used it extremely well.

+ The interface is super easy to use and very customisable.

+ The Youtube app has become my favourite way to watch videos on the site.

 

– The massive update I had to download upon switching the console on…taking almost an hour.

– Battery life of the gamepad isn’t superb…I get about 5 hours use before it’s completely dead.

 

The only issues I have with the console are minor niggles, and I am super happy with my purchase, I shall let you know my thoughts on Lego City Undercover when I have got my teeth into it properly. (After 3 hours of game-time, it’s excellent and comes highly recommended.)

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Nexus 7 Mini Review

 

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Having never done a review of a gadget/tech product before, I haven’t really been sure how to write one! So here’s my thoughts, based on what I find useful when buying new tech.

Firstly: I bought a Nexus 7 for 2 main reasons, the first being I wanted a tablet that was under £200. Secondly I wanted something that had, at least as much RAM as my phone (A Samsung Galaxy S II which has 1GB of RAM.) I hunted around, and Google won the cost for best spec prize, and so I opted for that.

The spec;

Screen: 7” 1280 x 800 (216 ppi)

Processor & RAM

  • 1 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor

I have the 16GB, WIFI only model, running on the latest Jellybean update.

What I love;

  • Quality hardware for a very reasonable price. The tablet can handle 14 apps open at once like it’s just one, it’s quick to switch between tasks, games run very smoothly and look gorgeous too.
  • The “feel.” The rubberised back panel is a delight to hold, no other tablet feels quite as nice in the hand.
  • Google Now, a card-based information service that uses GPS in an effort to become one step ahead of the user, primarily image and text based, it displays cards for all sorts of things from the weather forecast to traffic conditions on your route to work.
  • Customisation…I’ve owned iPods, Samsung phones, Nokia phones and various other notebooks, laptops and PDAs and nothing comes close to the level of custimisation you have with a Nexus 7, you can have one, or many homescreens and they can display whatever you like, from shortcuts, to widgets to news tickers, its all there at the swipe of a finger.

What’s missing;

  • A decent camera. A 1.3 MP front facing camera and no default camera app means taking pictures is clearly not what Google had in mind for this device. Although not essential for a content consumption device, I feel a better camera would win the Nexus 7 many cool points.
  • Expandable storage, no micro SD card slot or the like means you are stuck with the amount of gigabytes you bought. Not a problem for what I use my tablet for, but worth baring in mind.
  • Not enough tablet/Nexus 7, specific apps.

I get about 8 hours of active use out of this device, and the thin but sturdy form is one you really have to see and feel to believe. Overall, although it’s not a deluxe all singing all dancing tablet, the Nexus 7 is very fast and incredibly well priced for the spec, I recommend anyone who is looking into purchasing a  tablet to take the Nexus 7 into consideration.

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