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    Bits and Bobs.

    I need a 7.1 sound system (onboard sound FYI) or a soundcard and a set of speakers.

    I also need a new monitor. I don't particulary care what size, but I'm running on two HD3650 512mb GDDR3 graphics cards, so whatever will do nicely with that .

    Also need a keyboard and mouse. Need to be wireless, preferably optical mouse rather than ball mouse (I hate ball mouses.)


    Other stuff that would be nice is a new wireless network picker-upper thingy, a new LAN wire (yes, both), headphones (pref with mic, but I can manage without), a PC carry case (for this case: and possibly a second monitor.

    Any suggestions welcome.

    I was thinking something like this for carry case:
    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    7.1 sound seems to be something like this:
    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK because the other alternative is approximately 4 times the cost of this one...
    Last edited by mediaboy; 08-04-2008 at 08:38 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortune117
    Kids are getting smarter, eventually no amount of parental controls will be able to stop them
    I guess we're expected to do quite well

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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    1) What's the monitor mainly for? Gaming, Office work, multimedia, professional photo editting? Makes a difference as not all monitors are good for all tasks although there are some good all rounders. Also you'll find larger ones can cost a lot more.

    2) Wireless network picker-up thingy - I guess you mean a PCI wireless network adaptor. I would get a good brand like Lynksys, Buffalo or Draytek, or Airlink I think owned by Cisco

    3) "Lan Wire" - do you mean a CAT5e patch cable - they are a utility and can be had for 50pence for a 1 meter cable. Just get the cheapest for the length you want.

    4) Headphones - for what purpose - listening to music or using Skype etc? A good mid-range headphone is the Sennheiser PX100 about £25 - good for musci but not Skype etc

    I don't know much aboput 7.1 speakers or carry cases so can't comment there sorry.

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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    I think this offers a better alternative for a carry case, i just ordered one tonight.

    KustomPCs.co.uk - Hama Full Tower LANBag Black
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    Answering those questions:

    1) gaming with a bit of office work.
    2) Yes, a Wireless adaptor. I wasn't sure what to call it.
    3) I have no idea. is that the one that has a rectangle, then another rectangle on top with a thing that clips it into a computer.
    4) again, the best answer is probably gaming. I don't listen to music on a computer. That's what a CD player is for. They're for when I want to play computer games... and it's 1 in the morning and the rest of the house is asleep.

    7.1 speakers are for the rest of the time.



    thanks for the idea of the carry case
    It's a little big though, as I'm using this case:Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK which (for those that cba to click the link) is 22.1cm by 41.2cm by 45.0cm (WxHxD)

    Does it matter if I've got a 1-5cm clearance gap around the outside of the carrycase?
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortune117
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    1) Monitor - 22": LG L227WT, 1680x1050 (16:10) excellent for gaming as listed by AnandTech as their top gaming screen. Cheap too
    other options are:

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK
    22": LG L227WT, 1680x1050
    or

    19": LG Flatron L1960TR, 1280x1024 (5:4)
    or
    24": BenQ G2400W, 1920x1200 (16:10)

    2) As for wireless adaptor tr the Roll Royce option:
    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK
    or still pretty good:
    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    3) Network cable
    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK
    or
    Plexus Cat5e UTP Patch Cable (Black) 3m - Ebuyer

    4)I would go with the Sennheiser PX100 -

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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    They also have a smaller version -
    KustomPCs.co.uk - Hama Midi Tower LANBag Black
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    Oh and you can get that 22": LG L227WT for £170 rather than the £231 at Scan - here:
    LG L227WT-PF 22" wide format TFT Screen (2 ms)
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    Quote Originally Posted by format View Post
    They also have a smaller version -
    KustomPCs.co.uk - Hama Midi Tower LANBag Black


    There's no way a skinny guy like that could possibly stay upright with a fully kitted out PC in that bag!
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    Dunno.. Might be a strong skinny guy.

    I'm skinny, but dont' stop me from carrying "fully kitted" PCs around.

    anyhow I'm not looking at the pictures, I'm looking at the specs. As long as it can carry the PC and keyboard/mouse I'm happy. This one can also carry headphones, so it saves me a problem and a half.

    Now I just need to find a way of attaching a monitor to my computer...
    Joking.

    I don't really want to attack my montior to the computer.

    Anyhow, thanks for all the comments, but I think I'll wait a few months before a monitor.

    But a sound system would be nice

    Any suggestions for 7.1? Or should I buy myself a different soundcard and get speakers for that?
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    Might be an idea just to get some 5.1 headphones
    eg Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK (don't know what they are like off hand, but it mainly depends on how much of an audiophile you are.

    Go for a laser mouse not an optical (they are the same sort of thing as optical but have less problems with differnt types of surface)
    While older optical mice had very few problems the higher scanning rates often used in current optical mice are less reliable on differnt surfaces.
    Personally I'd stick with wired mice/keyboard nothing worse than running out of charge on a wireless mouse/keyboard in the middle of playing a game.

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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Salazaar View Post


    There's no way a skinny guy like that could possibly stay upright with a fully kitted out PC in that bag!
    It's ok, im 6ft4!
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    just over 6ft.. not quite 6' 1" though.


    anyhow - it's better to get 5.1 headphones than 7.1 speakers?

    suggest some?
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    I have these and they do the trick.
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    Quote Originally Posted by mediaboy View Post
    Dunno.. Might be a strong skinny guy.

    I'm skinny, but dont' stop me from carrying "fully kitted" PCs around.
    Alright Hercules I'll rephrase it. He wouldn't be lifting around my fully kitted out PC like that!
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    why? how much does it weigh?
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    Re: Bits and Bobs.

    I got my LANbag, kind of wish I'd went for the smaller one ( I might have been able to squeeze it in)
    However, it does mean with enough bubblewrap I can fit my 17in monitor and possibly even my 22" monitor(when I get it) along side my tower, there's so much extra room!
    The keyboard and other pockets are great aswell, plenty of room.
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