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Super Flower SF-464T2-S Rhythmic Silver Atx Case Top & Side 20/03/2005

Make sure your next PC has Rhythmic Bubbletubes!!

Casecom KG-201 In Black And Red With USB/Audio No PSU 18/03/2005

Great looking case/hand shredder for a low price!

Sapphire 9550 Graphics card 256 MB DDR SDRAM 08/03/2005

Perfect sub £60 graphics card for budget systems!

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ / 2 GHz processor 07/03/2005

The BEST processor you can get for under £100!

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ / 2 GHz processor THE CHOICE I recently decided it was time to finally give my ancient Athlon 500-based system a rest and build a new one (on a budget of around £400). Obviously the CPU is a fairly important choice to make when building a new computer so I put in a lot of thought and research and eventually settled on the AMD Athlon64 3000+ for my new machine. The current price of the 3000+ model makes it only slightly more expensive than the 2800+ and actually cheaper than the equivalent AthlonXP! There's no Intel processor available that can touch it at this price. I paid around £95 for the P-I-B (Processor-In-Box) package, which includes everything you need. The Athlon64 comes in various varieties, 754pin, 939pin, FX and a range of speeds, all of which have slight differences and may require different motherboards. The 3000+ I chose is a 754pin processor (at the budget end of the scale) with 128kb L1 cache, 512kb L2 cache and actual clock speed of just over 2 GHz. AMD use an equivalent performance marking system to rate their processor speeds – so whilst the clock speed of this ‘3000+’ chip is 2ghz, its performance is equivalent to at least a 3ghz Pentium 4 – a common misconception is that clock speed (the ghz/mhz number) is the be all and end all of a processor – most certainly not the case. INSTALLATION The retail pack comes in a very nice looking box complete with instructions, heatsink/fan and the processor itself. For the extra couple of quid over the OEM processor, this ...

ABIT NF8 - motherboard - ATX - Socket 754 - nForce3 250Gb 25/02/2005

A good choice as base for a budget Athlon64 system

Reise, Reise - Rammstein 21/10/2004

Rammstein - Reise, Reise - Pure Amour for this CD!

Reise, Reise - Rammstein WHAT IS RAMMSTEIN?? First, I guess I'd better explain the craziness that is the band Rammstein. What genre do they fall into? I’d say its somewhere along the lines of Heavy German Cyber Gothic Techno Melodic Metal… If that doesn’t immediately appeal to you then chances are you may not enjoy this CD, but everyone should hear it at least once! Rammstein consist of 6 members, Till (vocals), Richard (Guitar), Paul (Guitar), Oliver (Bass), Christoph (Drums) and Flake (pronounced Flar-kuh, on Keyboards/Electronics). They’ve been around since the early ‘90s and their unique sound has gained them thousands of die-hard fans across the world (including me!). Pair this with their incredible live show and they’re actually one of the hottest bands you’ve never heard of. Reise, Reise is their fourth full-length studio album, and has been several years in the making. It was worth the wait… THE CD Reise, reise is a new release so there’s little chance of finding it at a bargain price. The best deal I found was on Amazon.co.uk where it’s available for just £8.99. I believe it’s also available at this price on CD-wow. The front cover is designed to look like a Flight Data Recorder, a theme which is continued throughout the packaging and indeed the CD. The booklet has all the lyrics as usual with backgrounds of plane wreckage. It’s a fairly minimalist design really, with no pictures of the band or anything, but it works well. THE SONGS 1) REISE, REISE - The title track gets ...

Cedar Point, Ohio 03/10/2004

Enthusiast POV - CEDAR POINT Americas Roller Coast

Cedar Point, Ohio INTRODUCTION Wow, this review’s been some time in the making. I hope you have the patience to see it through (I know, it’s very very long!) - I started writing and just couldn’t stop (although I had to for sleep and such!). Cedar Point is a huge place full of some of the most crazy rides you've ever seen but what makes it really special is the way it's run and the fantastic atmosphere it generates. It's my very favourite park and home to several of my favourite coasters (and I've experienced a fair few!). The park is located on a point of land that juts out into Lake Erie at Sandusky in Northern Ohio. It's around 2 hours drive from Cleveland, home of the nearest international airport I believe. It's easily reached on road from all over Ohio and the surrounding states and is well signposted from far away. Be wary of heavy traffic on the main approach road. It seriously is worth making a trip all the way from the UK just to come here, and flights can be quite reasonable if you come across a good deal on the net. We paid around £350 each return for flights to Cleveland in August this year (on US Airways from Manchester-Philadelphia-Cleveland). Car hire is also reasonable and there's a lot more to Ohio than you might think (especially if you're in the market for a theme park holiday!). THE PARK On the gate entry is around $45, this drops to around $38 if you book online and about $35 if you take advantage of offers that go on in the local area (this year I noticed good ...

Jet2 30/09/2004

Jet2.com - The Way All Budget Airlines Should Be!

Fujifilm FinePix 4800 Zoom 24/07/2004

Fuji FP4800 - Stunning looks with quality results

The 36 (Leeds-Harrogate-Ripon) 23/07/2004

36 The Best Option for Travel from Leeds-Harrogate

Hotel De Gerstekorrel, Amsterdam 13/07/2004

Basic Accomodation on a Budget in Amsterdam Centre

Drayton Manor 12/07/2004

Enthusiast Review - Drayton Manor Theme Park

Acer TravelMate 202T 30/06/2004

Acer TM202 - An Excellent if Basic Workstation

SmartDisk SmartScan 3600 27/06/2004

A good option for Scanning Slides from SmartDisk

Canon S 200x 26/06/2004

S200 - Basic Budget Printer that gets the job done

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