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Month: June 2011

PC Parts

Right then, I’ve just ordered the parts for a quad core AMD based PC I’m going to build as a little side project. I’ve not built a PC in a very long time so this is a bit of a refresher for me, always good to keep yourself up to date!

The shopping list looks like this:

  • AMD Phenom II X4 840 Socket AM3 3.2GHz Processor
  • Asus M4A88T-M 880G Motherboard
  • Corsair Vengeance 4GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
  • Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD
  • LG DVD RAM Drive
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • All wrapped up in a Coolermaster Elite 335 case with a Corsair CX 500w PSU!

It’s not going to win any speed prizes starting out but it will make a good basis to work on, graphics and sounds will initially be handled by the onboard chipsets on the motherboard. Once I’ve quietly managed to sneak a few more parts in (extra drive, maybe some memory, graphics card etc.) I should have a very capable workhorse.

If I remember, I’ll get some photos while I’m putting it together so you can all have a giggle at all my bad habits! 😀


WordPress Themes again

I know, I know! I keep on about creating themes but I’m determined to get my head around it! 🙂

I’ve been having quite a few successes getting a better idea of the processes involved now so I just need to get the details right and I’ll be able to theme this site with its very own look (as opposed to the customised theme already in place).

Its all quite fascinating, I’ll get a resource list up here of the sites I’m using to get the finer points soon.

Now all I need to do is work out what colour scheme I’m going for…


Should we?

Good offer, the downside is the flyer came with the pizza last night. Two pizzas in a week?!?


There could be bacon involved so let’s not rule it out straight away… 🙂


Further impressions of the Acer Aspire 5552

Right then, I’ve had my Acer Aspire 5552 for a while now so I thought I’d throw an update on here about how its all going.
In short, its pretty darn good! The keyboard may not be the best thing in the world to type on but it has very little flex in it and I seem to be able to type quite accurately on it. The touchpad (with its multitouch possibilities) is very nice to use so no complaints there either.

The biggest bugbear has to be the screen on this thing. The vertical viewing angle is very narrow and pretty much everything appears washed out or lacking colour. I’m not too fussy so its not a major thing for me but it can get a little annoying, especially if you’re trying to show somebody something on-screen. Photo editing is impossible though so I connect to a monitor using HDMI for that.

Windows 7 has remained quite snappy on this and even HandBrake video conversions for my iPhone are bearable. All in all, you can tell this laptop was built to price but for the basics and even a couple of more advanced things, it does the job quite well.


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