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Gadgey last won the day on February 19 2017

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  1. Take a listen to Radio 4 right now. Boris has clearly gone nuts.
  2. I was really looking forward to it but I actually fell asleep (yes, really!) while watching the final episode of Game of Thrones.
  3. Close, but your expectations weren't as bad as the actuality!
  4. I can confirm that all your devices will work together to build a PC that will knock spots off your old laptop. The CPU will work with the mobo, the memory is suitably rated for the CPU and is configured suitably for the mobo so that's the big-cost items out of the way. Your storage devices are well chosen and will give you lots of space in reserve for media files and games. You will probably set things up so that Win 10 and Office reside on the SSD (Windows C:\) with everything else going on the HDD. If you are certain that won't have any "everything else", you could even get by with a smaller HDD or even no HDD at all! Either way, you're going to be bowled over by the system boot and program load times delivered by your solid state drive. You will, however, need a DVD writer - about £12 and I'll mention that Liteon devices are good value. I still shudder when I remember that I paid over £200 for a not very reliable Teac CD writer all those years ago. And that was using pristine CDs without the deep scratches and dollops of raspberry jam that CDs were claimed to tolerate back then. The BBC even did a demonstration of flawless data recovery from deliberately damaged media, possibly the first bit of fake news they ever broadcast. I see you've plumped for a semi-modular power supply - very nice! A couple of things I noticed is that one of the pics shows a round 2-pin mains connector and I can't see a 6/8 pin PCIe power cable in the pics. However, it would surprise me if the PSU really does come with a US mains connector and/or without a PCIe connector. (The latter is used to supply power to your (potential) graphics card but suitable molex/PCIe adapters aren't expensive and usually come free with the card anyway.) Personally, I wouldn't go for a USB Wireless network adapter, especially since the mobo sports an M2 slot for that very purpose. My mobo doesn't have an M2 WLAN slot and M2 cards are still expensive so I got this card from Amazon and, cheapskate that I am, I went for the Amazon Warehouse option at less than £9. Just to be clear, it'll fit your mobo and it works fine with Win 10, as do plenty of other WLAN cards. Your monitor puts laptop displays to shame and its HDMI connector is compatible with your mobo so all is well there. The same goes for your keyboard and mouse although my personal preference is for wireless units, even for gaming. Your case has a DVD slot, USB2, USB3 and audio sockets at front top, along with internal bays for your SSD and HDD so you're all set. Case connector leads and motherboard sockets are colour coded and I see nothing unusual about your configuration so it should be a (slightly fiddly and mildly confusing) doddle to hook up the case and mobo. The case's reset button usually gives me trouble but the connector is always on the mobo and all you have to do is find the little bugger. I have done some terrible things to computer components on occasion and all without damaging anything - a real testament to the robustness of modern electronic components and circuitry.
  5. Your Amazon link for the Win 10 key is fine. Don't be put off by any negative reviews you might see from people who didn't understand properly what they needed to do. Your £4 buys you an email with a Micro$oft product key and there is a bit of work to do before you can use the key, as described in my earlier post. I'll get back to you shortly on hardware compatibility after I have had a proper look at your list.
  6. If you let me see your list I'd be happy to look it over for compatibility problems. By the way, I bought my Win 10 pro licence from Amazon partner S&CW (Shape and control Wear of Rochdale) for £4. To acquire WIN 10 this way involves downloading it from Micro$oft, burning it to DVD and supplying the purchased key during the installation process. Saves you more than £60 and it's all proper - the keys were all bought from M$ in the first place and nobody's getting ripped off. Nobody, that is, unless you're daft enough to pay M$ £70 for a DVD.
  7. I built my first computer in 1980, starting with an unpopulated motherboard, a big tray of components and a soldering iron. Compared to that mammoth undertaking (hundreds of hours), slinging together a modern PC is a walk in the park. Even so, if you've never done it before it's probably not a task to be undertaken unaided. Fortunately, there's loads of help readily available on YouTube. I recommend you adjust your component list to: i5 processor 16GB RAM 120GB SSD for Windows 10 2TB HDD for programs and data No graphics card This will get you a decent PC that will breeze through everything you might want it to do, short of running the very latest and most demanding video games. If you discover next year that some game you've bought is a bit stuttery, that's the time to consider buying a 2GB (min) graphics card. Until then, you'll be more than happy with the i5's inbuilt graphics. I know this because I built my current PC at a time when graphic cards were in short supply and prices were through the roof. Consequently, I held off buying one pending prices returning to normal - all due to huge demand for use in crypto-currency mining rigs. I'm presently hooked on the XCOM 2 game and it runs very well at 1920x1200 resolution so I have seen no need for a graphics upgrade, yet. Other components you will need if you haven't already got them: Motherboard (Mine's a B250 pro) Power supply unit (500W has plenty in reserve for prospective graphics card) Wireless network card (or dongle) Midi-tower case Monitor Keyboard and mouse Only tool needed: A phillips screwdriver, magnetised for dratted runaway screw retrieval.
  8. I'm five episodes in to the intriguing series "The Sinner" and I'm really enjoying it. It's a "whydunnit" rather than a "whodunnit" and it's got that Netflix touch of class that has persuaded me to actually pay for broadcast media for the first time ever.
  9. That was quite a storm. I've known closer/louder thunderstorms and ones with heavier rainfall but never one with so many/frequent lightning flashes.
  10. Humpty's crowbar is the stuff of legend.
  11. Firefox claims that the site has an invalid security certificate, effective from today. Note that I have PMed Rob about it if you are having similar probs.
  12. We seem to be adopting all things American, so, if we did it last year, it's now a tradition, right?
  13. Congrats, Kev! The season ended just as I got in to top gear and with only 19 points in it!
  14. I have just turned off the radio because that feckwit Neil Nunes is trying to read the news. He gives the impression that he's following his finger across the page as he reads. Who is your pet hate?
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